Aug. 23, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Following eight days of intense training and preparation during preseason workouts, the Florida State women's soccer team will finally get to put everything together on Friday, August 24 in their first exhibition match of the season. The Seminoles will travel to the First Coast to take on Jacksonville University at 1:00 pm at the Ashley Sports Complex.
Although both schools faced each other twice a season ago, this will be the only meeting between both teams in 2007. Last year, Florida State defeated Jacksonville 3-0 in a regular season showdown at the Seminole Sports Complex. Then 17 days later, the Seminoles and Dolphins squared-off again in Tallahassee, this time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. FSU scored four first-half goals including a hat trick by Katrin Schmidt en route to a 6-0 victory over JU. The Seminoles are 12-1 lifetime against the Dolphins.
Jacksonville returns 15 players from head coach Chris Kouns' 2006 Atlantic-Sun Championship team, including the inaugural conference preseason MVP, junior forward Keri Zwikker.
Fans can follow all the action over the internet as gametracker will be available for the entire contest.
Florida State returns six of 11 starters and 14 of 24 letterwinners this year. Included among the six returning starters are all four of FSU's starting backline from a season ago. The quartet of Schmidt, Libby Gianeskis, Sarah Wagenfuhr and Becky Edwards guided the Seminoles to its finest defensive season in school history setting single-season records for shutouts (14), GAA (0.67) and the fewest goals allowed with 18.
The Seminoles list just four seniors on the roster in 2007 marking the smallest senior class since 2003 and 2005 when Florida State listed two seniors on its roster. Ironically, in both those seasons FSU advanced to the College Cup. This year's senior class includes Gianeskis, forward/midfielder Holly Peltzer, defender Melissa Samokishyn and midfielder Kirsten van de Ven.
Florida State set a school record in 2007 welcoming 12 newcomers which include nine freshmen and three transfers. It is the biggest group of new faces on a Seminole roster since 1999 when FSU added 11 players. The new batch of players also came highly regarded earning the school's highest ranking in program history. The Seminoles were recognized by Soccer Buzz with the nation's second best recruiting class in 2007, while grabbing the top spot in the Southeast Region. Both rankings are the highest garnered in the program's 13-year history.
The Seminoles will kick-off the 2007 season on the road at the Portland Tournament beginning Saturday, September 1. The Portland Pilots welcome Florida State to Oregon in the first game of the season for both teams. FSU will then remain in Portland to face Cal State Northridge for the first time in school history on Monday, September 3.