Third-Ranked Seminoles Continue ACC Play As They Host UM Sunday On SUN Sports
Oct. 14, 2006
MIAMI (7-6-1, 1-5-1)
SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 6-2
AS ACC TEAMS: FSU leads 2-0
IN TALLAHASSEE: FSU leads 2-1
SERIES STREAK: FSU has won six in a row
LAST MEETING: FSU 3 UM 1
Florida State and Miami meet this weekend as ACC rivals for the third time. Last season the Seminoles traveled to Coral Gables, FL for the second straight season and downed the Hurricanes 3-1. After losing the first two games in the series, Florida State has now won six in a row by a combined score of 19-5. The Seminoles haven't lost to the Hurricanes in Tallahassee since 1999, which was the last time Miami won a game in the series. Senior All-American India Trotter has recorded a point in every game she has played against UM. She has scored two goals and recorded an assist in three meetings with the Canes. In FSU's six wins, Miami has never scored more than one goal in any of those matches but they have only been shutout once in that stretch as well. The Seminoles will look to continue their success against the newest members of the conference this Sunday. Florida State is perfect in six meetings with the three new members of the ACC. The Seminoles have beaten Virginia Tech three times, Miami twice and Boston College once and outscored the newest ACC members 13-2 so far.
VS. THE "NEW" ACC
TEAM REC SCORE
Virginia Tech 3-0 6-1
BC 1-0-1 3-0
Miami 2-0 4-1
SUN SHINE ON ME
Florida State's game versus Miami will be the third and final regular season broadcast of the year on SUN Sports, which isn't only a bad thing for FSU fans around the state and country. FSU has taken a liking to playing on SUN. In 2004 SUN Sports was still known as the Sunshine Network. That year FSU soccer lost all three games broadcast by Sunshine. In 2005 the cable network changed its name to SUN Sports and since then Florida State has won four straight on the new SUN Sports. This season the Seminoles have beaten Florida and UCF on SUN. Last year it was victories over the Gators and Miami. In 2005 FSU also won a game on SUN Sports sister network FSN Florida but lost its other TV game falling 4-0 to UCLA on ESPN2 at the College Cup.
RACE TO THE FINISH
The jockeying for position in the conference tournament is heating up as the teams come down the stretch. Preseason favorite North Carolina seems to be cruising to the regular season title once again at 6-0. The battle for 2nd-4th is really shaping up to be a dog fight. Wake Forest, Florida State, Virginia, Duke and NC State are all separated by just three points in the battle for second. Wake Forest leads that group by one point with a game in hand but they also still have to play North Carolina, Florida State and Duke on top of Miami and Clemson. FSU is in good position if they take care of their business. If the Seminoles win their last four ACC games, they can finish no worse than third and avoid likely top-seed North Carolina. If FSU is able to win out, they would finish second if Wake Forest loses or ties one other game down the stretch. Virginia is in very good shape as the four teams remaining on their ACC slate have a combined 6-14-3 record in conference play. Wake's last five opponents are a combined 15-11-3 while FSU's final four games come versus teams that are 10-11-2.
RACE FOR SECOND
TEAM PTS. OPPS. LEFT
WFU 12 Duke, Miami, Clemson, FSU, UNC
FSU 11 Miami, WFU, Duke, Clemson
Virginia 10 VT, BC, Maryland, NCST
Duke 9 WFU, FSU, Maryland, Clemson, Miami
NCST 9 BC, UNC, Clemson, Virginia
ALREADY NO. 1
Selin Kuralay's Florida State career continues to amaze. The junior has played just 37 games at Florida State in a little more than a season and a half yet her assault on the Seminole career record book just keeps moving forward. In Wednesday's game versus Stetson, the Australian scored her fifth game-winner of the season and the 11th of her career. Kuralay is now tied for the career game-winning goal record despite playing 23 games less than Leah Gallegos and 52 fewer games than Cindy Schofield, the two other players who share the record with her. Kuralay's game-winning goal per game average is twice as high as Schofield's and also way ahead of Gallegos'. Kuralay's six game-winning goals in 2005 came in 24 games and were the second-most in a season in Florida State history. In 2005 she nearly broke the record averaging a game-winner in 25% of her games this season that average is up to 38% of the time. Kuralay has scored the game-winning goal in 50% of FSU's games so far this season. She leads the ACC in game-winning goals and her percentage of goals scored that are game-winners is an astounding 83%. While Kuralay has already tied for the all-time lead in game-winners she isn't in first in any other offensive category yet but she will be. Kuralay is already in the top five for career goals and in the top seven for career points. No Seminole who played at FSU for more than a season has ever averaged more points, goals or game-winning goals per game than Kuralay.
Player G/gm Pt/gm GWG/gm
Selin Kuralay 0.62 1.51 0.29
Cindy Schofield 0.52 1.34 0.14
Emma Breland 0.50 1.29 0.21
Leah Gallegos 0.47 1.17 0.18
FIRST TO 10
For the second year in a row Mark Krikorian's Seminoles reached 10 wins quicker than any previous Seminole squad. While this year's pace was just off the record set last year,the 2006 Seminoles reached 10 wins in just 13 games, which is the second fastest run to 10 wins in program history. This season's Seminoles may not have made it to the magic 10 wins earlier than the 2005 squad but they have done something no other team in school history has been able to accomplish. For the first time ever FSU has just one loss 13 games into a season. Mark Krikorian's two FSU teams are the only two squads in program history that have made it to double digit games played before suffering their second defeat. Last season the Seminoles only lost twice in the entire regular season. This group will have a tough road ahead to beat that mark but still obviously have a chance to finish the first-ever regular season with only one loss.
Quickest To 10 Wins
2005 12 10-2-0
2006 13 10-1-2
2004 14 10-3-0
2001 14 10-4-0
With the win over Stetson Wednesday, FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian picked up the 30th win of his FSU career. The Seminole coach needed just 38 games to reach the 30-win mark as he has posted a .829 winning percentage since taking over the FSU program. Krikorian came into a better situation than either off his two predecessors so it makes sense he reached the 30 win mark much faster than either FSU's first coach Heather Kerby-Nelson or Patrick Baker. It took Kerby-Nelson 80 games to notch her 30th victory and Baker needed just 54 games to get there. While 30 wins at a school is a nice milestone it is nothing compared to the next milestone Krikorian is after. With two more wins the Seminole head coach will have secured the 200th victory of his collegiate career. With his 200th victory, Krikorian will join a list of 50 coaches all-time with 200 career victories but he will be the only one on that list with fewer than 13 seasons as a collegiate coach.
It is safe to say Florida State was a little stunned when Stetson took a 1-0 lead in their match Wednesday. No disrespect to the Hatters it is just the way the game was going FSU was piling up the shots and Stetson had very few chances up to the point of the goal. Contributing to the shock value was the way the goal was scored. First of all, the goal for Stetson was the first ever scored by the Hatters in the series between the teams. In the 13th minute Brittany Jones struck a free kick from the sideline near midfield. The shot skipped through the box to the backpost where it somehow snuck into the net. It was stunning. How did FSU respond? The Seminoles took the ball straight down the middle of the pitch on the restart. Kirsten van de Ven got inside the Hatters' box and took a shot that was deflected back to her about 15 yards away. With her back to the goal she laid a ball back to Mami Yamaguchi who tied the game with her fourth goal of the season. The goal came just 15 seconds after Stetson scored setting a new Florida State record for the quickest time in answering an opponent's goal. The previous record was set in 2001 at Jacksonville when FSU responded to a JU goal in 17 seconds.