WEEKLY RELEASE: No. 9 Soccer Travels To Consensus No. 1 UNC
Oct. 29, 2003
ONE HEEL OF A GOOD TEAM
Florida State is 1-13 all-time versus North Carolina...the Tribe's only win against the Tar Heels came in the 2000 regular season when the No. 13 Seminoles upset the 2nd-ranked and defending National Champion Tar Heels by a score of 3-2 in double overtime...the win came at home in front of a record-breaking crowd of 1, 582 fans which now ranks second all-time in the Florida State soccer history books...the Seminoles scored more goals in that game than in the previous nine games combined since the series began in 1995...the Tribe's three goals scored in that game marked only the second time in UNC history that an ACC opponent has scored three times against the Tar Heels...that victory also made the Seminoles only the third conference team that has ever beaten North Carolina...FSU is one of just 16 schools to ever defeat the Tar Heels...UNC has lost just seven games in the history of Fetzer Field and none since 1999...the Seminoles have played the Tar Heels more times than any other team since the program began in 1995, playing them six times in the ACC Tournament and eight times in the regular season for a total of 14 games in eight years...the only two seasons that the Seminoles did not play the Tar Heels in the conference tournament was 1998 and 2002...last year was the first time that FSU led in the corner kick category for a single game putting up nine corner kicks compared to UNC's four...those nine corner kicks are more than the Seminoles had in the first ten meetings combined...Florida State tallied six shots in last year's match-up versus North Carolina which ranks second in the series history right behind the Tribe's nine shots in the 2000 victory over the Tar Heels...the only current players to score against the Tar Heels are Kristin Boyce and Jessica Bell...Boyce scored the game-winner in the 2000 match-up and Bell scored the Seminole's only goal last year...Leah Gallegos assisted Bell on that goal last year to make her the only current FSU player with an assist in the series.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION With the regular season wrapping-up this weekend for most of the schools around the nation, postseason honor time is sneaking up. With a top three finish in the conference, the Tribe should merit serious recognition for ACC awards. Leah Gallegos is currently second in the ACC with 14 goals and is in pretty good position for an All-ACC selection. With the Seminoles leading the league in conference shutouts, Kelly Rowland, Kristin Boyce and Katie Beal all deserve some sort of recognition although getting all three defenders on the first and second team will be tough. Florida State does have a chance to match a school and conference record with three freshmen on the All-Rookie team. India Trotter, Julia Schnugg and Kelly Rowland have started every game this season and should be locks for the freshman team. All three players should also vie for Rookie of the Year honors with Heather O'Reilly of North Carolina and Courtney Foster of Clemson. One of the most deserving Seminoles has to be keeper Joy McKenzie. She leads the ACC in GAA and had twice as many shutouts as any keeper in conference play. She is assured of finishing the season as the ACC's shutout leader in conference games and only McKenzie and UNC's Aly Winget are undefeated in conference play. McKenzie has allowed just one goal in ACC games, five other starters have allowed eight or more.
TOP KEEPERS IN ACC PLAY (at least 270:00)
Player GAA MIN SO REC Joy McKenzie FSU 0.19 470 4 4-0-1 Aly Winget UNC 0.51 523 2 6-0-0 Thora Helgadottir DU 1.37 525 2 3-3-0 Anne Abernethy UVa 1.39 515 1 3-2-1 Lauren Whitt CU 1.67 540 2 3-3-0 Kristen Barnhill UMD 1.67 540 0 2-4-0 Kenna Healey WF 2.64 580 1 0-4-2
TOP SCORING FRESHMEN
Player PTS GLS ASSTS Courtney Foster CU 26 11 4 Julia Schnugg FSU 20 5 10 Heather O'Reilly UNC 16 4 8 Shannon Floey UVA 15 4 7 Lauren Tippets DU 14 6 2
TOP GOAL SCORERS
Player GLS GMS Lindsey Tarpley UNC 18 17 Leah Gallegos FSU 14 17 Kelly Hammond UVA 12 17 Courtney Foster CU 11 16
Whatever happens on Halloween night in Chapel Hill between the Tar Heels and Seminoles, one thing is certain, the Seminoles will finish the season with their highest conference finish. With Virginia's 3-1 loss to UNC, the Seminoles have locked up at least a tie for second place, something they have never done in the history of the program. A loss to Carolina and a Virginia win over Clemson will put the Tribe and Cavaliers dead even in second place at 4-2-1. Virginia would receive the second seed in the tournament due to a head-to-head win but the teams would finish the year tied for second place. If the Tigers win their third straight ACC game, FSU will finish all alone in second place no matter what the result of the game versus the Heels. In its first six years of ACC play, FSU finished either last or second to last every year. Since then, the Seminoles have finished in the top half of the conference every year since 2001. In 2001, the Tribe finished tied for third, last year they finished tied for fourth and this year they will place second. All three of the best conference records in school history have come since head coach Patrick Baker took over the program.
SPIRIT OF 77
For the second time this season, FSU scored seven goals in a game when they blanked Florida Atlantic 7-0. Both of FSU's seven-goal games came against teams with winning records. The Seminoles beat Miami (9-8-1) earlier this year 7-1 and FAU (15-4-0) 7-0. This is the first time ever that FSU has scored seven or more goals in a game twice in one season. If you add in the 6-1 win over San Diego State from six weeks ago, this is the first time in Seminole history that the Tribe has scored six or more goals versus three opponents in a season as well. Florida State has scored 43 goals this season and has been in and out of the NCAA's top 25 scoring offenses all year. Florida State is however second in the ACC in goals per game and that was before the seven-goal outburst versus FAU. The Tribe is 12 goals off the single season goal record but could move into third all-time with four more goals this year.
ROWLAND IS ROLLING
Florida State freshman defender Kelly Rowland is having the type of season that should land her on the ACC All-Rookie team and on some freshman All-American teams as well. She was the missing piece in an FSU defense that is now vying to become the best ever from a statistical standpoint and now she has done something no Seminole in the history of the program has ever accomplished. When Rowland was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week (10/29/03) after her game winning assist versus NCSU, she became the first FSU player ever to receive that honor twice in a season. She is just the second Florida State player to receive honors from the publication twice in her career (Leah Gallegos). This is just the second time in program history that three Seminoles have been honored by the country's most respected soccer magazine.
FOUR THE RECORD
Leah Gallegos tore apart the FSU record book as far as freshman records go last season and she has designs on doing the same to the rest of the records over the next two-plus years. The Los Angeles, CA striker broke another record and tied two others with her four goal performance against FAU. The sophomore now has four multi-goal games this season, which is a new single season record and she tied the marks for goals in a game (4) and goals in a half (2) . She is stalking some big time single season and even some career records despite just playing for two seasons. She is one player worth watching.
ASSISTS ARE SWEET FOR SUGAR
Senior Amber Tollefson is the heart and soul of the Seminole soccer team. Her determination and passion for soccer carry over to the entire squad and there was probably never a better encapsulation of her career than the assist she had in the win over Duke. The Boca Raton, FL native got end line but had her service blocked. She chased the ball into the box where Icelandic National Team keeper Thora Helgadottir was charging. Tollefson continued to chip at the ball until she pried it away from the keeper and got it to Julia Schnugg. The freshman then pounded it into the net. It was Tollefson's fourth straight game with an assist a first in her career and after two more against FAU, she now has eight on the year. She is just the second Seminole ever to record six or more assists in three straight seasons. She has now moved into a first place tie for career assists with 22 and is just one away from owning the record outright. Her three assists in ACC play this year have vaulted her into first as FSU's all-time leader in assists in conference play and she is second at FSU for career points in conference games.
The Florida State defense and goalkeeper Joy McKenzie have been spectacular in shutting out the last four ACC opponents. The Tribe is currently in the midst of an ACC shutout streak that reached 380:27 with the 1-0 win over NC State. Most amazingly though, whatever happens in the Tribe's final game at UNC, the Seminoles will at least share the conference shutout title for the season. The Seminoles head into their final ACC game with four clean sheets in ACC play. North Carolina is second with three. If the Heels shutout the Tribe, the two teams will share the title, but if FSU scores just once, they will be the only team with four ACC shutouts this season. Joy McKenzie has already wrapped up the individual title. She has twice as many ACC blankings as her nearest competitor and will finish the year the ACC's leader in conference shutouts.
SHUTOUTS IN ACC PLAY (team)
FSU 4 UNC 3 CU 2 UVA 2 DU 2 WFU 1 NCSU 1 MD 0
SHUTOUTS IN ACC PLAY(indiv.)
McKenzie FSU 4 Winget UNC 2 Whitt CU 2 Helgadottir DU 2 Abernethy UVA 1 Healey WFU 1 Selz NCSU 1
SINGLE_HANDIDLY WINNING ACC GAMES
Senior night couldn't have been more special for Amber Tollefson. The four-year starter was honored in front of friends and family for her contribution to turning FSU soccer into a national player. She was give flowers by the coaching staff and hugs by her parents. She shed a few tears and then proceeded to move into first place all-time at FSU for career game ACC winning goals. The wide midfielder, inspired by her senior night tribute, recorded a career high seven shots and was all over the field in FSU's 1-0 win over NC State. Her 61st minute goal gave FSU its best conference record in team history and assured the Seminoles of clinching second place in the final conference standings as well. It was the third ACC game-winner of her career with the other two coming against Maryland and Clemson in 2001.
Freshman Kelly Rowland has been a key part of Florida State's defensive turnaround since she moved to the center back position. Since the position switch, the Seminoles have shutout seven opponents and seen the team's GAA lowered from 2.00 to 0.57. Rowland has also been a huge weapon for FSU with her long throw-ins. The Wallingford, PA native has four assists and all four have come off throws. She is third on the squad in assists and half of her throw-ins have led to game-winning goals.
BACK WITH THE BEST
As erratic as the polls have been this season, it was nice for FSU fans to see the Tribe return to the top 20 of all four polls after a 1-0 win over NC State. This is the first time during the regular season FSU has been ranked in all four of the polls. The Tribe's highest ranking is No. 9 in Soccer America. After starting the season as a consensus Top 15 pick for the first time in team history, the Tribe fell out of all four polls after a 1-4 start. The Seminoles finally returned to the four national polls and all it took was FSU going 10-1-1 in their last 12 games, defeating four ACC teams and four teams that are currently ranked or who have been ranked this season. The NCSAA wais the only poll that hadn't jumped back on the Seminole bandwagon but the Tribe showed up in this week's poll at No. 18. Nobody has been as appreciative, for lack of a better word, of the Tribe's accomplishments this year than the folks at Soccer America. The nation's top soccer publication returned the Seminoles to their poll at No. 22 three weeks ago. Since then FSU has sailed up 13 spots and the teams current ranking is the highest-ever for FSU by Soccer America. It is also the second-highest ranking ever for the Seminole soccer team. The only time Florida State was ranked higher was 2002 when they appeared at No. 7 in a now defunct poll.
IT TAKES TWO
Seniors Kristin Boyce and Amber Tollefson have done so much for FSU soccer. They have been a huge part in the re-birth of this program and it is no coincidence that theirs is the first class that will go to four straight NCAA Tournaments, will finish in the top half of the ACC for three straight years will have set every mark a senior class can set before they leave. It took just two in the final few weeks of their regular season careers to illustrate why these two seniors are so special. With the Tribe looking for huge conference wins at Clemson and at home versus NC State, Boyce and Tollefson both recorded game-winners in 1-0 matches. When the Seminoles need goals the most in scoreless games, Boyce and Tollefson found a way to come up with the game-winners.
TRICK OR TREAT
As if it isn't scary enough playing the 17-time National Champions, 15-time ACC Champions and consensus No. 1 Tar Heels (17-0-0) in Chapel Hill, the Tribe has to do it on All Hallows Eve. This is the third time in Florida State history that the Seminoles have played on Halloween and they are 1-1-0 in the previous two games. The lone win came in 1997 versus Alabama-Birmingham 1-0. The loss was in an ACC game against Maryland and came by the exact score of 1-0. On a night where omens take on an entirely different meaning, the Tribe's one Halloween win came on the road in Knoxville, TN.
SCHNUGGLING UP TO THE ASSIST RECORD
Freshman Julia Schnugg does everything with a burst of speed so it is no surprise that it has taken her just 16 games to tie the single season assist record. The forward from Alamo, CA has 10 assists this year, which ties Maren Vik Edvardsen's mark set in 1999 and beats the old freshman assist record by three. Even more amazingly, she leads the team and is currently two ahead of Amber Tollefson who has six on the year. If Schnugg is able to finish the season as the teams assist leader, she will become the first freshman in FSU soccer history to accomplish that feat. She is currently tied for second in the conference for total assists and is the only player not playing for the Tar Heels with more than eight assists. Another reason she is in the running for All-Rookie team and ACC Rookie of the Year honors.
COULDN'T HAVE PLANNED IT BETTER
The last weekend of the regular season is always big when it comes to positioning for the ACC Tournament. With only seven conference games, things can change quite a bit after just one match. Heading into the final weekend, only a few things are assured. North Carolina has clinched the regular season title, Florida State is assured of finishing second and Virginia will finish no worse than third. After that, it is anybody's guess. Making things more interesting is the way the schedule works itself out this weekend. On the final two days of ACC play, every team will play the team right above it or right below it in the current standings. The first (UNC) and second (FSU) place teams will meet, the third (UVA) and fourth (Clemson) places teams will meet, the fifth (Duke) and sixth (UMD) place teams meet and the seventh (NCSU) and eighth (WFU) place teams meet. That schedule quirk could cause a lot of shuffling from fourth to eighth place by Saturday night.
GOT 'EM CORNERED
Last year FSU set a new program low limiting opponents to just 91 corner kicks in 23 games. That number was impressive and seemed to set a mentality that has carried through to the 2003 team. With just one regular season game left, the Seminoles have surrendered only 65 corner kicks this season, which is ahead of the previous record by 25. With UNC, the ACC Tournament and possible NCAA Tournament still on the horizon, that number is likely to change but it is still way ahead of the 79 corners the record-setting 2002 squad allowed in the regular season.
Julia Schnugg's shattering the FSU freshman assists record is not all that surprising. For one thing she is as talented a freshman as any FSU has ever landed and her pedigree might be the best ever for an FSU recruit but she is also just following tradition. For three straight years, an FSU freshman has tied the all-time freshman assist record with seven. Emma Breland set the mark in 2000. Camie Bybee tied the mark in 2001 and then Leah Gallegos equaled them both in 2002. Schnugg broke tradition though as she has already beat the record with 10 on the year. Schnugg is the fourth consecutive player to move to the top of the list for assists.
THIS WEEK'S PEAK PERFORMERS
Florida State, Midfielder
Senior, Boca Raton, FL
The four-year starter recorded a goal, which was an ACC game-winner and two assists last week. She had a memorable senior night as she scored the game-winning goal over NC State in FSU's only conference game of the week. Her game-winner came in the 61st minute and assured Florida State of its best ever ACC record (currently 4-1-1) and guaranteed the Tribe of finishing second in the ACC, which sets an all-time FSU record. The goal, which was the 12th of her career half of which have come in ACC play, moved her into the career lead at FSU for game-winning goals in ACC games. She is also now second all-time at FSU for career ACC points and goals. Tollefson also set a new career high with seven shots versus NC State. Her seven shots moved her into fourth place for career shots in ACC games. Tollefson's goal came with less than 30 minutes remaining in a scoreless game. Freshman Kelly Rowland came down to the far touchline for a long throw. She found Camie Bybee at the near post. The junior flicked the ball backwards and over the defense to the back post where Tollefson was waiting to stick the chance. She then went out and recorded two assists versus her hometown team, Florida Atlantic, which moved the midfielder into a first place tie for career assists.
Florida State, Goalkeeper
Junior, Houston, TX
Keeper recorded her sixth straight shutout in a 1-0 blanking of NC State Friday night before shutting down FAU for 71:53 before leaving the game with FSU a head 7-0. She now leads the ACC in conference shutouts with four and has not allowed a goal in conference play in 465:22. Overall, she has not allowed a goal in her last 672:15 and has set records for career ACC shutouts (4), ACC shutouts in a season (4), consecutive ACC shutouts (4) and consecutive shutouts (6). She has allowed just one goal in five conference games and her ACC GAA now stands at 0.19. She also has a .947 save percentage in her five conference starts. Overall, her GAA has fallen to 0.75 and she is 6-0-1 in her last seven games.
Florida State, Defender
Freshman, Wallingford, PA
Had a big night offensively and defensively as FSU clinched its best ACC record ever (4-1-1) and secured their second top three conference finish in the last three years. The rookie recorded her third game-winning assist of the season and her second in ACC play as her long throw in led to Amber Tollefson's game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over NC State. In the 61st minute, Rowland came down to the far touchline for a long throw. She found Camie Bybee at the near post. The junior flicked the ball backwards and over the defense to the back post where Tollefson was waiting to stick the chance. She not only did the job offensively but Rowland helped the Seminole defense post their sixth straight shutout and fourth straight ACC shutout. The group has now helped set the FSU record for the most minutes without allowing a goal (560:27) and also set records for consecutive shutouts, consecutive ACC shutouts and ACC shutouts in a season.
Florida State, Forward
Sophomore, Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles, CA striker broke another record and tied two others with her four goal performance against FAU. The sophomore now has four multi-goal games this season, which is a new single season record and she tied the marks for goals in a game (4) and goals in a half (2). Last week she led the Tribe in goals (4), points (8), shots (14), shot percentage (.286), shots on goal (10), shot on goal percentage (.714) and game-winning goals (1). She is now second in the ACC for total goals scored and is on the cusp of setting a slew of single season records. Gallegos is three goals away from the goals in a season record, four shots away from that record, six shots on goal away from that mark and two game-winning goals shy of that record as well.
A JOY-US OCCASION
Joy McKenzie, the former walk-on from Texas continues to amaze in her first season as a starter. The junior did not allow a goal in 171:53 minutes last week as FSU went 2-0 in wins over NC State and FAU. With almost 172 more minutes of shutout play, McKenzie has added to her Florida State records for minutes without allowing a goal (672:15) and consecutive minutes without a goal in conference play (365:22). She also became the first goalkeeper in Florida State history to record four ACC shutouts in a single season and the first ever to record four consecutive conference shutouts (Duke, Clemson and Wake Forest) . She is now 4-0-1 in the conference and has a GAA of just 0.19. Overall, she moved her record to 9-3-1 and lowered her GAA to 0.75. After a 0-3-0 start and a GAA of 2.15, McKenzie has gone 9-0-1 and posted a GAA of 0.38. She has allowed just four goals in a span of over 953 minutes. The last time McKenzie allowed a goal was September 26 in the fifth minute against Maryland and that was the only goal she has given up in ACC play this season. After playing just 152 minutes in her first two seasons, McKenzie's current shutout streak is more than three times longer than her career minutes played entering 2003.
On top of setting the consecutive shutout record and consecutive ACC shutout record, McKenzie and the Tribe defense have allowed just three goals in the last eight games and in a span covering 825:22. While the whole team deserves credit for the stingy defense, McKenzie has played a huge role and in the process established two new Seminole records. With her success, McKenzie's GAA has dropped to the lowest single season GAA in FSU program history. In the past 11 games McKenzie has cut her GAA in more than half from a season-high 2.15.
RECORDS SET BY MCKENZIE
Most ACC shutouts in a career (3)
Most ACC Shutouts in a season (3)
Most consecutive ACC shutouts (3)
Longest shutout streak in team history (672:15)
Longest ACC shutout streak in team history (465:22)