Dec. 15, 2009
With another college soccer season in the bag, it is time once again to reflect on all that happened with the Florida State soccer program in 2009. From the completion of the Mary Ann Stiles & Barry Smith state-of-the-art team building in July, to a fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals, the 2009 soccer season was filled with a great deal excitement and of course a handful of program firsts.
Join Seminoles.com as we take a look back on the 2009 season with a Florida State Season Wrap-Up:
* The Seminole Soccer/Softball Complex received a face-lift of sorts back in July of 2009 with the completion of the renovation and expansion project of the Mary Ann Stiles & Barry Smith team building. The building, which overlooks both the soccer and softball fields, received an expansion of the second floor which included additional office space for coaches, meeting rooms, a `Tradition Room,' video edit suit, a 598 square foot classroom furnished with transferable desks, dry erase boards, projection screen and the latest in electronic equipment complete with HD capabilities and surround sound. The building also includes player lounges for both the Seminole soccer and softball teams equipped with HD-television screens, computer monitors with wireless capabilities and surround sound.
* Florida State closed out the season with an overall record of 19-5-1. It marked the second highest win total in school history falling one victory shy of the school record 20 set back in 2005. The Seminoles have finished with at least 17 wins in each of the five seasons under head coach Mark Krikorian.
* The Seminoles earned a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title with Boston College as the two schools finished the regular season with a league record of 7-2-1 and 22 points. By virtue of its regular season victory over BC, FSU was tabbed the top seed in the 2009 ACC Tournament. The regular season title and the No. 1 seed were both program firsts for the Seminoles.
* Florida State returned to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive season in 2009. Not too bad for a program that has been in existence for just 15 seasons. After not reaching the postseason in its first five years, the Seminoles are now just one of 11 schools out of 322 playing Division I soccer that have gone to 10 consecutive tournaments. Of those 11 schools, four are from the ACC (Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest). Eight of those 11 schools earned a national seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament including all four top seeds in North Carolina, Stanford, UCLA and FSU.
* FSU is 27-9-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament - good for the fifth best winning percentage and eighth most wins in Division I postseason history. The Seminoles' postseason run resulted in a berth in the quarterfinals for the fifth straight year and sixth time overall. FSU is 3-2-1 all-time in quarterfinal action advancing to the College Cup on four previous occasions.
* The 2009 Seminole squad finished the season as the second highest scoring team in school history recording 204 points on 67 goals and 70 assists. It marked just the second time that FSU surpassed the 200-point plateau in a single year. The 67g and 70a also sit second all-time in the FSU record books in their respective categories.
* The Garnet and Gold finished with a shots on goal percentage of .494 (210/425 - SOG/shots) - the highest percentage since 2002 when the Seminoles recorded a SOG percentage of .506. The 425 shots attempted in 2009 were the fifth most in school history.
* Defensively, the Seminoles posted the third lowest goals against average at 0.85 allowing 22 goals in over 2,300 minutes of action. For the fifth straight year, Florida State reached double figures in shutouts recording 10 in 2009.
* Florida State was one of three schools (North Carolina and Portland) to place two student-athletes on the NSCAA All-America first team as senior Becky Edwards and sophomore Tiffany McCarty were honored in 2009. It marks the second year in a row and the third time in the last four years that FSU has had two student-athletes earn first team All-America honors. With the recognition, Edwards becomes FSU's first two-time, first team All-American.
* Senior captain Becky Edwards was honored as a third team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American. She becomes the first Seminole soccer player to be recognized as an Academic All-American at the national level.
* Florida State's Becky Edwards and Tiffany McCarty were among the list of 15 student-athletes named as semifinalists for the 2009 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Award. FSU was one of five schools to have two student-athletes on this year's semifinal list. Edwards and McCarty are just the second Seminole duo to be named MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists in the same year (Kuralay/Trotter - 2006).
See the attached pdf at the top of the page for all the final news and notes from the 2009 season.