Oct. 3, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - After splitting a pair of ACC home games last week, Florida State (6-3-1, 1-1-0 ACC) will head north to face Virginia (7-1-2, 1-0-1 ACC) and Virginia Tech (4-4-1, 0-2-1 ACC) on Thursday and Sunday, respectively. The Seminoles are right in the middle of the pack in the conference standings currently tied for fifth with North Carolina and Duke with three points. FSU is in search of its first-ever victory against the Cavaliers (0-13-2), while the Seminoles will look to stay undefeated against the Hokies (4-0-0).
Junior Mami Yamaguchi continues to lead the nation in points per game (3.40) as well as goals per game (1.40) in 2007. The Tokyo, Japan native has a point in all 10 games this year. Freshman Sanna Talonen returns to the team after playing with the Finnish National Team a week ago. She helped lead her native country to a pair of wins over Scotland, 1-0 and 4-1. Talonen has scored in five of her eight games with the Seminoles and in three of her last four. She has tallied a pair of multi-goal games this season.
Florida State has the highest scoring offense in the nation averaging 4.40 points per game. The Seminoles have scored a goal in 16 straight games dating back to last year's ACC Championship final against North Carolina in Cary, N.C.
THIS WEEK'S GAME INFORMATION
Thursday, October 4, 2007; Web cast - ACC Select
#15 Florida State (6-3-1) at #3 Virginia, 7:00 pm
Series Record: Virginia leads 13-0-2; Cavaliers lead 6-0-0 in Charlottesville, Va.
Sunday, October 7, 2007;
#15 Florida State (6-3-1) at Virginia Tech (4-4-1)
Series Record: Florida State leads 4-0-0; Seminoles lead 1-0-0 in Blacksburg, Va.
FLORIDA STATE AT VIRGINIA KEY NOTES:
* In the 16th meeting between the two schools, Florida State travels to Charlottesville in search of its first-ever victory over Virginia. Prior to last season's 0-0 tie in Tallahassee, the Cavaliers had won five straight over FSU.
* Eleven of the 15 contests have been decided by one goal or less, while UVa has held FSU without a goal over the last 412 minutes including a span of four straight games.
* Virginia has outscored Florida State 16-5 in six previous games in Charlottesville, but if you remove the 6-0 game in 1995 (the first game in the series) the last five games at Klockner Stadium have all been decided by one goal.
* FSU has scored a goal in 16 straight games dating back to last season, while UVa has posted shutouts in nine of 10 matches and has given up just two goals all season.
AGAINST THE CAVALIERS
Florida State is in search of its first victory over Virginia in this the 16th all-time meeting in the series. The Cavaliers are the only school in the ACC that FSU has not posted a victory against since the Seminoles began playing women's soccer in 1995. The Seminoles are also looking to snap a bit of a scoring drought against the Cavaliers. UVa has kept Florida State off the scoreboard over the last 412:41 a streak extending into 2003 when the Cavaliers defeated the Seminoles 3-2. Sarah Wagenfuhr, Kirsten van de Ven, Katrin Schmidt, Holly Peltzer and Mami Yamaguchi have all played in the last three games against Virginia. Yamaguchi leads all current Seminoles with two career shots.
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS
1995 - Virginia 6, FSU 0 (at Charlottesville, Va.)
1996 - Virginia 3, FSU 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
1997 - Virginia 2, FSU 1 (at Charlottesville, Va.)
1998 - Virginia 4, FSU 3 ot (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
1998 - Virginia 2, FSU 0 (ACC at Orlando, Fla.)
1999 - Virginia 1, FSU 0 (at Charlottesville, Va.)
2000 - Virginia 1, FSU 0 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2001 - Virginia 3, FSU 2 (at Charlottesville, Va.)
2001 - FSU 0, Virginia 0 4ot (ACC at Winston-Salem, N.C.)
2002 - Virginia 2, FSU 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2003 - Virginia 3, FSU 2 (at Charlottesville, Va.)
2004 - Virginia 1, FSU 0 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2005 - Virginia 1, FSU 0 (at Charlottesville, Va.)
2005 - Virginia 2, FSU 0 (ACC at Cary, N.C.)
2006 - FSU 0, Virginia 0 2ot (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
FLORIDA STATE AT VIRGINIA TECH KEY NOTES:
* Florida State makes the trek to Blacksburg for just the second time in the series where the Seminoles are a perfect 1-0-0 after downing Virginia Tech 3-0 in 2005.
* FSU has won all four games in the series outscoring the Hokies 7-1, while the Seminoles are a perfect 3-0-0 against VT since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004; three of the four contests have been decided by one goal.
* These two teams have never faced each other more than once in the 12 previous seasons of Seminole soccer. There are two other ACC teams FSU has not faced more than once in a season and those include Miami and NC State.
* Prior to welcoming Miami and Florida State to Blacksburg this weekend, the Hokies are unbeaten at home in 2007 posting a mark of 2-0-1 while outscoring the opposition 6-2.
AGAINST THE HOKIES
Florida State will travel to Virginia Tech for only the second time in this the fifth overall meeting between the two schools. The Hokies held their first and only lead of the series in the first half of last year's match as Mauri Liberati scored with less than 10 minutes remaining before the half. After a penalty kick conversion by Selin Kuralay tied the match at one in the second half, Mami Yamaguchi scored the game-winner, one of eight in her career, with less than five minutes remaining to give FSU a 2-1 victory. Yamaguchi has tallied eight career shots against the Hokies in two games with a goal and an assist. Holly Peltzer has two career assists, while Melissa Samokishyn assisted on the game-winner as a freshman in 2004.
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS
2002 - FSU 1, Virginia Tech 0 (at Miami, Fla.)
2004 - FSU 1, Virginia Tech 0 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2005 - FSU 3, Virginia Tech 0 (at Blacksburg, Va.)
2006 - FSU 2, Virginia Tech 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
SEMINOLE QUICK HITS
* When the season started no one envisioned this kind of scoring from the Seminole offense. Now more than halfway through the season, Florida State has tallied 124 points (44 goals, 36 assists) which stands as the eighth highest scoring season in school history.
* Florida State has scored a goal in 16 straight games dating back to last year's ACC Championship final against North Carolina in Cary, N.C. During that span, FSU is 10-5-1 while outscoring the opposition 58-17. This is the second longest scoring streak in school history. The school record for consecutive games with a goal scored in 21 set during the 2002 season.
* Junior forward Mami Yamaguchi set the individual school record for consecutive games with a goal scored at seven surpassing the previous record of five set in 2001 by Cindy Schofield. The streak started in a 6-1 victory over Cal State Northridge and concluded in a 3-3 tie at UCF.
* Freshman Sanna Talonen has scored in five of the last eight games and in three of her last four. She has tallied two multi-goal games this season (Francis Marion and Troy).
* Florida State has compiled seven multi-goal games in 2007 which ties for the third most in one season in school history. Mami Yamaguchi leads the way for the Seminoles this season with three followed by Sanna Talonen with two. Erika Sutton and Becky Edwards have each recorded one. FSU has seven multi-goal games in 2001. The school record of nine was set in 2005. That season five different Seminoles registered multiple goals led by Selin Kuralay's three.
* Seminoles with points in consecutive games:
Mami Yamaguchi - 10
Sanna Talonen - 4
Kirsten van de Ven - 4
* Freshman Rachel Lim tallied her first career game-winning goal with a goal in the 40th minute against NC State. The Boca Raton, Fla., native caromed a shot off the left post and into the net for her third goal of the season. The score completed the Seminoles first come-from-behind victory of the season.
* The Seminoles have been on the short end of the one-goal games in 2007 posting a mark of 0-3 with two of those losses coming in overtime. Prior to the start of the season, FSU registered a mark of 15-2-0 in one-goal games under head coach Mark Krikorian. FSU is 63-29 all-time in one-goal contests.
* Freshman Sanna Talonen leads the team with two game-winning goals in 2007, while senior Kirsten van de Ven leads the team with two game-winning assists.
SCHOOL RECORD STREAK COMES TO AN END...NEW ONE BEGINS
When Florida State dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime contest against North Carolina Thursday, September 27, the loss ended the Seminoles school record 24-game unbeaten streak with a record of 22-0-2. During the streak, Florida State did not allow more than one goal to any opponent outscoring the opposition 76-10 while posting 13 shutouts. Ironically enough, North Carolina was the last school to beat FSU in Tallahassee downing the Seminoles 4-1 on September 22, 2005. The loss at home was just the second in three years under the direction of head coach Mark Krikorian, who's Seminole squad is 25-2-2 when playing in front of the hometown fans.
On Sunday, September 30, the Seminoles began a new home winning streak with a 4-1 victory over NC State. Ironically, the Wolfpack were the same team Florida State defeated en route to the school record 24-game unbeaten streak which began in 2005. That year the Seminoles went on to defeat NC State 3-1. Same school, different year, same result? We will just have to wait and see...
MAMI OFF TO A GREAT START
Junior Mami Yamaguchi began the 2007 season as Florida State's leading returning scorer as she ranked third in scoring a year ago with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists). At the halfway point, she has already amassed the fifth highest scoring season in school history with 34 points on 14 goals and six assists. On the career charts, Yamaguchi is tied for seventh in both career goals (22) and career assists (18) and is eighth in points with 62. She has also started the season registering a point in all 10 games, while she set the school record by scoring at least one goal in seven consecutive games. The Tokyo, Japan native tallied career-highs in points (7) and goals (3) in FSU's 6-1 win over Cal State Northridge. Against the Matadors, Yamaguchi posted her first career multi-goal game with a hat trick. In FSU's home opener against Francis Marion, she tied her career-high in assists with two. She then added two more hat tricks in games against Troy and North Florida to become the first Seminole to register three hat tricks in a career. Her shots on goal percentage have been lights out so far this season as 25 of her 45 shots have been on goal (55.6%).
Florida State established a school record in 2007 welcoming 12 new players including nine freshmen and three transfers, eclipsing the previous record of 11 set back in 1999. The big question entering the season was what kind of role the newcomers would play. That question has been quickly answered in the first half of the season. Freshman Sanna Talonen is second on the team in points (17) and goals scored (7), while junior transfer Erika Sutton is tied for third on the team with four goals and 11 points. Amanda DaCosta and Erin McNulty are the only two freshman to have started all 10 games for the Seminoles in 2007. DaCosta has been a solid force in the midfield where she is currently tied for second in assists with four. She also has two goals including the game-winner against Francis Marion. McNulty has made every start in goal and has made 30 saves including a career-high seven against Florida. She recorded her first collegiate shutout against the Auburn Tigers. Marissa Kazbour has tallied seven points in 2007 on two goals and three assists. Four freshmen were in the starting lineup for each of the first four games including Talonen, DaCosta, McNulty and Rachel Brown. Brown has appeared in eight games this season at both the midfield and backline spots. Rachel Lim and Casey Lademann tallied their first collegiate goals against Francis Marion and North Florida, respectively. Lim currently sits second among Seminole freshmen with three goals. Margo McAuley contributed with an assist against the Patriots for her first collegiate point. Sophomore transfer Lauren Switzer made a string of four consecutive starts in the backline for the Seminoles in 2007.
RIGHT ON TARGET
Florida State has outshot the opposition 178-97 at the halfway point of the season. But what is most impressive about that stat is the accuracy of those shots. Of the 178 shots taken, 88 have been on goal, good for a .494 shots on goal percentage. Of those 88 shots on goal, 44 have found the back of the net (.500). Last season, FSU registered 163 shots through the first 10 games. Sixty-two of those shots went on goal with 16 going for goals. FSU posted a shots on goal percentage of .094 a season ago.
VANDY FINDS HER MARK
Kirsten van de Ven's senior season got off to a slow start as she tallied just two points through the first four games. But the senior midfielder as turned it up as of late tallying a point in four consecutive games and in five of her last six. Van de Ven tied her career-high for points in a game as she posted three in FSU's 4-1 victory over NC State. She has scored a goal in three straight games and at one point was responsible for three straight FSU goals in three consecutive games. Van de Ven, a native of Heesch, Holland, scored the final goal of the UCF game, the only goal against North Carolina and the first goal vs. NC State.
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