Oct. 24, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - No. 10 Florida State (10-3-2, 5-1-1) will hit the road for the second time in league play this season as they travel to North Carolina to face No. 18 Wake Forest (8-5-3, 3-2-2) and No. 28 Duke (7-3-5, 2-2-3). The Seminoles currently sit in second place in the ACC standings while the Demon Deacons and Blue Devils rank fifth and sixth, respectively.
Florida State is unbeaten in its last six games against Wake Forest posting a mark of 4-0-2 during that span. The Seminoles are looking to build off last year's momentum as FSU went 1-0-1 versus the Deacs. Florida State captured its first win at Spry Stadium downing Wake 3-2 thanks to Libby Gianeskis, who scored her first collegiate goal, the game clincher, in the 60th minute. The two teams then met up in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament and after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Seminoles advanced to the finals with a 4-2 victory in a penalty kick shootout.
In Durham, Florida State will search for its first win inside Koskinen Stadium. Both teams faced each other twice last year with each team winning once. In the first game, the Blue Devils handed the Seminoles their worst loss of the season downing FSU 3-1. But the Garnet and Gold would avenge that early season loss shutting out Duke 2-0 in the first round of the ACC Tournament.
Florida State is second in the nation in scoring averaging 3.57 goals per game and in a 4-1 win last week against Miami tied the school for consecutive games with a goal at 21. For the sixth straight week, junior Mami Yamaguchi leads the nation in scoring at 2.73 points per game and second in goals per game, while freshman Sanna Talonen ranks in the top 20 in both categories.
THIS WEEK'S GAME INFORMATION
Thursday, October 25, 2007; ACC Select & Gametracker
#10 Florida State (10-3-2) at #18 Wake Forest (8-5-3), 7:00 pm
Series Record: Wake Forest leads 7-5-3; Demon Deacons lead 4-1-1 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
* Florida State travels to Winston-Salem on Thursday riding a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) against Wake Forest. FSU is 1-1-1 in the last three games played at Spry Stadium, while the Seminoles notched their first win in Winston-Salem last season with a 3-2 victory thanks to Libby Gianeskis' first collegiate goal in the 60th minute.
* Ten of the previous 15 contests in the series have been decided by one goal or less including six of the last seven - FSU posted a 4-1-2 mark during that span.
* For only the third time in series history, both teams faced off in the ACC Tournament a season ago. FSU has never lost to Wake Forest in postseason play (1-0-2).
* Wake Forest is 4-0-2 at home in 2007 and 1-0-2 in ACC play. The Demon Deacons have outscored the opposition 9-2 at home posting four shutouts.
Sunday, October 28, 2007; Live Stats at www.goduke.com
#10 Florida State (10-3-2) at #28 Duke (7-3-5), 12:00 pm
Series Record: Duke leads 7-4-2; Blue Devils lead 4-0-2 in Durham, N.C.
* Florida State makes the trek to Durham on Sunday in search of its first win inside Koskinen Stadium. The Seminoles registered ties in 1998 and 2002.
* FSU and Duke have split seven of the last eight games with each team winning on its home turf since 2000 - the lone except coming in 2002 as the schools tied 1-1.
* The two schools met for the first time outside the regular season schedule in the first round of the 2006 ACC Tournament, a game won by Florida State 2-0.
* Duke began the series in 1995 winning six straight before FSU registered its first win in 2000. Five times these two teams have played into overtime with all five games reaching the double overtime period. FSU is 2-1-2 when they take Duke to extra periods.
* The Blue Devils are 5-1-1 at home outscoring their opponents 18-6 - lone loss vs. UVa.
SEMINOLE QUICK HITS
* When the season started no one envisioned this kind of scoring from the Seminole offense. With three games remaining in the regular season, Florida State has tallied 149 points (53 goals, 43 assists) which stands as the fourth highest scoring season in school history.
* Florida State has scored a goal in 21 straight games dating back to last year's ACC Championship final against North Carolina in Cary, N.C. During that span, FSU is 14-5-2 while outscoring the opposition 67-19. The streak ties the school record for consecutive games with a goal scored 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.
* The Seminoles lead the ACC with 21 multiple-point performances in 2007. Four Seminole student-athletes have registered multiple-point performances including sophomore Annie Stalzer, junior Erika Sutton, freshman Sanna Talonen and junior Mami Yamaguchi.
* Florida State has compiled eight multi-goal games in 2007 which ties for the second most in one season in school history. Mami Yamaguchi and Sanna Talonen share the team lead with three. Erika Sutton and Becky Edwards have each recorded one. FSU had eight multi-goal games in 2003. The school record of nine was set in 2005. That season five different Seminoles registered multiple goals led by Selin Kuralay's three. Holly Peltzer and India Trotter each recorded two multi-goal games that season.
* Seminoles with points in consecutive games:
Mami Yamaguchi - 2
Talonen, Schmidt, DaCosta, Edwards, Lim, Sutton - 1
* Seminoles with consecutive minutes played:
Becky Edwards - 989:58
Libby Gianeskis - 854:58
Katrin Schmidt - 764:58
Erika Sutton - 688:51
Erin McNulty - 470:00
* Of the four goals scored by junior Mami Yamaguchi in ACC play this season, three have gone for game-winners. Yamaguchi has tallied the last two game-winning goals in wins over BC and Miami.
* 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.
* After getting off to a rough start dropping their first three one-goal games, two of which occurred in overtime, the Seminoles have turned things around winning their last two one-goal contests. The Seminoles pulled out their first one-goal victory with a 1-0 decision on the road against Virginia Tech and followed that with a 1-0 victory over No. 7 Boston College. Prior to the start of the season, FSU registered a mark of 15-2 in one-goal games under head coach Mark Krikorian. FSU is 65-29 all-time in one-goal games.
* Junior Mami Yamaguchi regained the team lead in game-winning goals as she registered her fourth of the season in FSU's 4-1 win over Miami. Freshman Sanna Talonen is second on the team with three, while Amanda DaCosta and Rachel Lim each have one.
* Heading into her junior year, Katrin Schmidt had six career assists in her first two seasons with the Seminoles. Schmidt has matched that total with six in 2007. Three of those six assists have come in league play (NC State, Maryland and Miami). The defender from Schleiden, Germany currently ranks second on the team in assists.
* Florida State will be without the services of junior captain Sarah Wagenfuhr for the rest of the season. The junior captain will undergo season ending surgery to repair an ACL tear in her right knee. Wagenfuhr suffered the injury during the first half of the NC State game.
UNBEATEN IN OCTOBER
Florida State has been close to perfection in the month of October posting a record of 4-0-1 so far this season. The month got off to a great start as the Seminoles earned a hard fought tie versus Virginia in Charlottesville, snapping a six-game losing streak to the Cavaliers on their home turf. Since the tie, Florida State matched a season-high with three consecutive shutout victories and concluded their regular season home schedule with a 4-1 win over Miami. October has proven to be a good month for Florida State since the arrival of head coach Mark Krikorian in 2005. Under Krikorian, the Seminoles are 18-1-3 in October with their lone loss coming at Duke in 2006. In his first season, FSU went a perfect 8-0-0 in October.
Katrin Schmidt, Libby Gianeskis, Becky Edwards and Erika Sutton have formed a solid backline for Florida State in 2007. The defensive unit got their first start together against North Carolina and it hasn't changed since. The quartet has done a great job defending the Seminole goal and with the help of freshman goalkeeper Erin McNulty, they kept the opposition off the scoreboard for more than 376 consecutive minutes before Miami's lone goal on Sunday, October 21. Over the last four games, all victories for FSU, the Seminoles have limited their opponents to just 3.5 shots on goal per game while yielding a total of 9.75 shots per contest.
WHAT A YEAR FOR MAMI
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). With just three games remaining in the regular season, she is on the verge of becoming the Seminoles' single-season record holder in points and goals scored. Yamaguchi currently sits with 41 points on 17 goals and seven assists - one point and one goal shy of trying the school record held by Cindy Schofield (42) and Leah Gallegos (18), respectively. On the career charts, Yamaguchi is fifth in career goals (25) and tied for fifth in career points (69) and career assists with 19. She also began the season registering a point in her first 10 games, while setting the school record by scoring at least one goal in seven consecutive games. Yamaguchi has registered a point in 13 of 15 games for the Seminoles in 2007. 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 34 of her 65 shots have been on goal (52.3%).
For the sixth consecutive week, junior Mami Yamaguchi ranks as the nation's leading scorer averaging 2.73 points per game. The forward from Tokyo, Japan has tallied 41 points on 17 goals and seven assists and is one point shy of tying the single-season school record. Yamaguchi is second nationally in goals per game while her 17 goals is tied with Texas A&M's Ashlee Pistorius for the most in the country. Freshman Sanna Talonen has also ranked among the nations best as she sits in the top 20 in both points and goals per game. Both student-athletes have guided a Seminole offense which had led the nation in scoring for five straight weeks before slipping to No. 2 this week.
2007 SEMINOLE SENIOR CLASS
What this year's senior class has achieved over the last four seasons has been quite amazing. The four Seminoles that make up this year's class include Libby Gianeskis, Holly Peltzer, Melissa Samokishyn and Kirsten van de Ven. The 2007 class has made two trips to the College Cup including back-to-back appearances in 2005 and 2006, played in the ACC Championship game in 2006 and compiled an NCAA Tournament record of 7-2-2 over the last three seasons. They rank as the winningest, four-year senior class in school history posting a career mark to date of 60-15-11, good for an overall winning percentage of .762. With a win over Miami last Sunday, this year's senior class became just the second, four-year class to register an above .500 league mark during the regular season in all four years.
Goalkeeper Erin McNulty set a pair of freshman single-season records following the Seminoles 1-0 victory over Boston College on Sunday, October 14. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada native holds the freshman record for wins (10) and shutouts (4.0) in a season. McNulty surpassed Ali Mims' win total of eight set in 2001, while eclipsing the shutout record of 3.0 set by Kerry York in 2001 as well. She currently holds the lowest goals against average by a freshman in Seminole history at 0.94. On the offensive side, Sanna Talonen is approaching FSU freshman records for points (31), goals (12) and game-winning goals (5) all set by Emma Breland in 2000. Talonen currently sits with 24 points, 10 goals and three game-winning goals this season.
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