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ACC TOURNAMENT MEDIA GUIDE: No. 6 FSU Finishes Second And Opens ACC Tournament Versus Duke
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Release: 10/30/2006
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Oct. 30, 2006

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DUKE (9-7-2, 5-4-1)

SERIES RECORD: Duke leads 7-3-2

IN ACC TOURNAMENT: Never met

SERIES TREND:  2-2-1 in the last five

LAST MEETING: Duke 3 FSU 1 (at Duke)

 

BE DEVILED

After Duke jumped out to a commanding 5-0-1 lead in the series, FSU wrestled control away lately going 3-2-1 in the next six meetings. This has been a strange series as of late with the games either being one-sided or going to overtime, especially the last six games in the series. In the last six matches three have been at least two goal wins for one of the teams and the other three have all gone to OT. Overall, Duke and Florida State have played 12 times in the series and five of those 12 games have gone to OT where FSU is 2-1-2 versus the Devils. Duke is one of just two original ACC teams the Seminoles have never faced in the ACC Tournament along with NC State. Florida State has played 17 games in the conference tournament and none have come against the Blue Devils. The two teams have never met in a neutral site game but the history between the two when the match is played in North Carolina has been very one-sided. Florida State has never won in North Carolina versus Duke posting a 0-4-2 record all-time. The last time FSU played Duke in North Carolina was a 3-1 FSU loss earlier this season in Durham, which was FSU's most lopsided loss of the season. The Blue Devils are one of just three teams (UCLA and North Carolina) that have ever scored three or more goals on a Mark Krikorian coached FSU team. One other trend in this series has been shutouts. In 12 all-time meetings there have been six shutouts recorded in the series, one of which was a 0-0 tie in 1998. In two of the last four meeting either Duke or FSU has failed to score a goal.

 

VIRGINIA (10-6-2, 5-4-1)

SERIES RECORD: UVA leads 13-0-2

IN ACC TOURNAMENT: UVA leads 2-0-1

WIN STREAK:  UVA is 5-0-1 in the last six

LAST MEETING: FSU 0 UVA 0 (at FSU)

 

CAVALIER ATTITUDE

Since 2000, the Seminoles have recorded their first-ever victory against six different ACC schools and have beaten every team in the conference except for Virginia. Florida State is the only school of the first eight conference members that has recorded a win over North Carolina but never defeated Virginia. Wake Forest, NC State, Duke and Clemson, along with FSU, all have wins over the Tar Heels but Florida State is the only team from that group that hasn't also recorded a program victory over the Cavaliers. FSU advanced past the Cavs in a shootout at the 2001 ACC Championships but that game was officially a tie. FSU has been close to breaking through versus UVA losing the last eight conference meetings by just one goal each time including an overtime loss in 1998 in addition to the tie earlier this season. The last time Virginia beat FSU by more than one goal in a regular season game was in 1996. The Cavs have beaten FSU 2-0 in the ACC Tournament twice, once in 1998 and then again last season in the semi-finals.

 

In six of FSU's 13 losses to Virginia, the Cavs have either tied or won the game with less than 10:00 on the clock and on four occasions the goal came with under two minutes remaining in the match. In 2003 the Seminoles looked like they were ready to put an end to the Cav Curse in Charlottesville with a 2-1 lead and the clock nearing the 86th-minute. Virginia tied the game with exactly 5:00 left and then won the match with :27 remaining. The curse not only got the Cavaliers the two goals they needed but also kept an FSU goal out. Jez Ratliff's shot with :12 left bounced off the inside of the UVA goal post, into the back of a defender and out of bounds. During the regular season in 2001, FSU held a 2-1 lead over the Cavs in Charlottesville before Virginia evened the match with just over 20:00 remaining. The Cavaliers then got the game-winner with less than two minutes left in regulation. In 2000, FSU and UVA were tied at 0-0 before the Cavaliers scored another 89th-minute goal to record a 1-0 win. The meeting between the two schools in 1999 was another tough one for FSU. Once again the game was scoreless going into the final 10:00 before UVA scored to win 1-0. The regular season meeting in 1998 might have been the most heartbreaking of all the losses FSU has suffered at the hands of the Cavs. The Garnet and Gold took a 3-2 lead in to the 89th-minute before UVA once again tied the match and won the game just six minutes in to OT. In 1997 Virginia used another 89th-minute goal to beat Florida State.

YEAR              TIME OF TYING GOAL        TIME OF GWG           FINAL

2003                 85:00                                        89:33                            UVA 3-2

2001                 68:36                                        88:04                            UVA 3-2

2000                                                                 88:37                            UVA 1-0

1999                                                                 81:20                            UVA 1-0

1998                 89:00                                        97:00                            UVA 4-3 OT

1997                                                                 84:38                            UVA 2-1

 

WAKE FOREST (13-5, 6-4)

SERIES RECORD: Wake Forest leads 7-5-2

AT THE ACC TOURNAMENT: FSU leads 1-0-1

WIN STREAK: FSU has won four in a row

LAST MEETING: FSU 3 WF 2 (at Wake)

 

A-WAKE-ENING

After a 3-2 win over the Demon Deacons earlier this season in Winston-Salem, Florida State has not lost to Wake Forest since 2002. That season the Demon Deacons beat FSU in Tallahassee 3-2 in double OT. That was one of just four losses in 12 years for FSU in an OT game. Despite the lopsided series record, the last seven games between the teams have gone back and forth. Since Wake jumped out to a 5-0 lead, FSU has gone 5-2-2 in the last nine meetings with the Deacs. Five of the last six meetings have all been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. In fact, nine of the 14 games in the series have been ties or one-goal matches. The last time either team won a match by more than one goal was last season when FSU recorded their most lopsided win in the series 4-1 in Tallahassee. The 4-1 Florida State win was the most lopsided victory for either team since the inaugural season of FSU soccer when Wake beat FSU by the same score. The Seminoles win over Wake Forest earlier this year marked the first time the Seminoles ever won a game in Spry Stadium, previously posting a 0-6 record. The Seminoles have had their most ACC Tournament success versus Wake Forest. Florida State may be just 1-0-1 against the Demon Deacons in the tournament but they are the only team FSU has eliminated every time they have played. The only other team FSU has never lost to in an ACC Tournament is Clemson but the Tigers did eliminate FSU in 2004 in a shootout.

 

BOSTON COLLEGE (11-5-2, 5-3-2)

SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 1-0-2

AT THE ACC TOURNAMENT: Never met

WIN STREAK: Teams tied last meeting

LAST MEETING: FSU 0 WF 0 (at BC)

 

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

The series between Boston College and Florida State has been pretty tight since the teams first met in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. That match preceded the Eagles entrance into the ACC and was the first of two matches the teams have played that ended in 0-0 double OT tie. The only variation in the series was the first ever ACC meeting between the teams in 2005 in Tallahassee, which FSU won 3-0. The Seminoles scored early and often against a BC defense that was rated third in the nation. The Eagles came into Tallahassee having allowed three goals in 11 previous games. The Seminoles doubled that total in 90 minutes. Other than that match, neither team has scored on the other in 220 minutes of action. FSU has less history with BC than any other ACC team. The Seminoles played Miami regularly before they joined the conference and even faced Virginia Tech four times compared to just three games with Boston College. FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian has more experience versus the Eagles than the FSU soccer program as a whole. Krikorian has faced BC four times now and holds a 3-0-1 record in those meetings. Two of those games came when he was the head coach at the University of Hartford. He won both games at Hartford by one goal. In 2000 his Hawks won 2-1 and in 1999 they got a 1-0 overtime win.

 

CLEMSON (10-6-2, 5-3-2)

SERIES RECORD: Series tied 7-2-2

AT THE ACC TOURNAMENT: FSU leads 1-0-1

WIN STREAK: FSU is 5-0-2 in the last seven

LAST MEETING: FSU 0 CLEM 0 (at FSU)

 

TIGER TALES

Clemson was the first ACC team FSU ever beat and that win came back in 1996. It was the lone bright spot in the series for FSU up until 2001. The Tigers led the all-time series 7-2 up until 2001 but FSU has gone 5-0-2 since then and are now tied with Clemson in the all-time series at 7-7-2. Florida State is on a six-game unbeaten streak in regular season games versus the Tigers last losing to Clemson in 2000. The Seminoles had a five-game win streak before last week's tie which was the second-longest streak ever by FSU versus an ACC opponent in regular season games. The record is six games versus NC State, which FSU extended earlier this season with a 2-0 win in Raleigh. Prior to 2005, this series was characterized by close matches. Before last year the last six meetings between the teams had either been decided by one goal or ended up in ties. In ACC games, FSU and Clemson had played five straight one-goal games dating back to 2000 and FSU was 4-1 in those matches. That all changed last season when the Tigers and Seminoles faced off in back-to-back games. The teams met to close out the season in South Carolina and then opened ACC Tournament play against one another. The Seminoles won those two games by a combined score of 7-0. FSU's 3-0 win in the regular season was the most lopsided win for the Seminoles in the series until a few days later when Florida State beat the Tigers 4-0 in Cary, NC at the ACC Tournament. The series reverted to form this season with a 0-0 double OT tie in Tallahassee. Clemson is one of just two original. ACC teams FSU has never lost in the ACC Tournament but the Tigers have eliminated the Seminoles. In 2004 Clemson sent FSU home in a quarterfinal match via PK's.

 

NORTH CAROLINA (18-1, 10-0)

SERIES RECORD: UNC leads 18-1-1

AT THE ACC TOURNAMENT: UNC leads 7-0

WIN STREAK: UNC has won 9 of the last 10

LAST MEETING: UNC 2 FSU 1 (at UNC)

 

ONE HEEL OF A TEAM

North Carolina has dominated this series. Even the Seminoles biggest "win" in the 20 meetings between the teams wasn't really a win. While FSU may have advanced past the Heels and into the College Cup last year, the game was actually a 1-1 tie that was heavily one-sided in Carolina's favor. The only time FSU has ever defeated the Heels came in a game played in Tallahassee on a Tuesday night in 2000. Since defeating the Heels FSU is just 0-9-1 and has been outscored 35-7. In five of those nine games Carolina has won by three goals or more. FSU has improved on those numbers as of late though. Four of the last six meetings have been one-goal affairs or a tie. Earlier this season the teams opened ACC play versus one another in Chapel Hill and played another one-goal game with UNC winning 2-1. It was the first time the teams ever met where Florida State came into the match as the higher ranked side.

 

Since 1995, the year FSU began its soccer program, no team in the country has faced North Carolina as many times as the Seminoles. Only one other school has played as many games against UNC in that span and that is Wake Forest who also has played 19 games versus the Heels in the last 12 seasons. The main reason for that are the seven meetings between the teams in the ACC Tournament. The first four were meetings between 1 and 8 seeds, with FSU being the eight in all four of those matches. Of the last three ACC Tournament meetings between the teams, two have come in the championship game and one has been in the semifinals. Last season you had the first-ever meeting in the NCAA Tournament.

 

NC STATE (9-8-2, 3-7)

SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 7-3-2

AT THE ACC TOURNAMENT: Never met

WIN STREAK: FSU has won 6 in a row

LAST MEETING: FSU 2 NCST 0 (at NCST)

 

PACK MENTALITY

NC State is one of only two original ACC schools that FSU has a lifetime winning record against. The Seminoles hold a 7-3-2 edge against NC State after this season's 2-0 win in Raleigh. With the Seminoles win at Method Road this season, the Wolfpack are just the second team FSU has been able to play even on an away pitch. In regular season games over the last seven years, FSU has posted a 5-0-2 record against NC State, which is Florida State's best record versus any other original ACC school over that span. Despite the lopsided record, with the exception of three games, every one of the last eight meetings has either ended in a tie, gone to overtime or been a one-goal game. The most lopsided FSU win came in 2002 when Florida State exploded for five goals that day and downed NC State 5-1. It was the most goals ever scored by either team in the series. The only other times FSU has ever won by more than one goals have both come under Mark Krikorian in 2005 (3-1) and 2006 (2-0). NC State is one of just two original ACC teams the Seminoles have never faced in the ACC Tournament along with Duke. Florida State has played 17 games in the conference tournament and none have come against the Wolfpack. The two teams have never met in a neutral site game either.

 

GOOD STARTS

In its first five trips to the ACC Tournament Florida State not only didn't win a game the team never advanced at the conference tournament. The Seminoles were 0-5 and outscored 27-1. Since 2000 it has been a completely different story. In the last six ACC Tournament openers FSU is 3-1-2 and has advanced into the semifinals in four of those six tournaments. The Seminoles have also flipped those numbers when it comes to goal scoring outscoring their opponents 18-10 in the last six ACC Tournament openers. The turnaround has been pretty remarkable. Since the 2000 ACC Tournament only North Carolina and Duke have advanced to the semifinals more times than FSU. A case can be made though that no team outside of North Carolina has been a better ACC Tournament team than FSU this decade. While Duke has advanced to one more semifinal than FSU, the Seminoles have been to more ACC Championship games than the Blue Devils and are tied for the most championship game appearances with Virginia behind North Carolina.

 

ACC Tournament Success (since 2000)

Team    Semis   1st Round Record    Win %        Finals

UNC    6          6-0-0                      1.000          6

Duke    5          4-1-1                      .750            1

FSU     4          3-1-2                      .667           2

UVA    3          3-2-1                      .583            2

CLEM  3          2-2-2                      .500            1

WFU    1          0-4-2                      .167            0

 

IN GOOD COMPANY

The renaissance at Florida State when it comes to its women's soccer program has been one of the sports great success stories this decade. That isn't just because the Seminoles have been to more College Cups in the last three seasons than any other school with the exception of UCLA. Only six teams have a better all-time NCAA Tournament winning percentage than FSU and only two teams have been to the Elite Eight more times in the last three seasons than the Seminoles as well. Florida State's success isn't just limited to the NCAA Tournament. The team's rise has been mirrored inside the ACC as well. With a top three finish once again in 2006, FSU and UNC only teams with three consecutive top three finishes in the league. The Seminoles have the third-longest streak of being .500 or above in conference play behind North Carolina and Virginia and the FSU is also third behind those two teams for ACC wins and ACC winning percentage since 2000. The Seminoles and Cavs are tied for second behind UNC for the fewest losses in ACC play since 2000 as well.

 

ACC Records (since 2000)

UNC    50-5-2      .895

UVA    35-19-3    .640

FSU     31-19-7   .605

Clem    30-22-5    .570

Duke    28-26-3    .518

WFU    24-29-4    .456

 

IT STARTS IN THE BACK

Last season it was Mark Krikorian's offense that was setting the record book on fire. This year it is his defense. This season has been a phenomenal year for the Seminole backline that features no seniors, a true freshman and two sophomores. With the team's shutout of Clemson in the regular season finale, FSU recorded its record 10th regular season shutout of the year. This is just the second time in school history that FSU has recorded double digit clean sheets and the only time that has happened before moving into postseason play. This is the second straight season FSU has set a new regular season shutout record under Krikorian's guidance. The Seminoles have shutout 56% of their opponents this season and allowed three goals in a game just once all year. Florida State isn't just shutting out opponents they are doing a great job of holding down opponent's scoring in games when they don't get a shutout as well. Florida State also set a new school record this season by allowing just 12 goals during the regular season beating the record set last year by one goal. In the last two regular seasons, FSU has allowed fewer goals in two years combined than six other Seminole squads allowed in one season alone. In 15 of FSU's 18 games, teams have scored one goal or less meaning 83% of the time in 2006 Florida State is holding opponents to one or no goals.

 

The Seminoles' defensive success is just as evident when it comes to conference play. Florida State obliterated the record for shutouts in conference play this season recording six in 10 games beating the record of four set in 2003. With three clean sheets last season in ACC play, Krikorian's Seminoles have nine shutouts in the last two conference seasons. In the 10 previous seasons before Krikorian's arrival the Seminoles totaled 13 ACC shutouts. In FSU's first 71 ACC games the Seminoles recorded a shutout 18% of the time but under Krikorian the Seminoles have recorded clean sheets in 45% of its matches. The eight goals the Seminoles allowed in ACC play this season are the second-fewest in school history. The only other time Florida State allowed fewer goals was in 2003 when the Seminoles allowed only five goals but that came in three fewer games.

 

Regular Season Defense

Year     SO       GA

2006     10         12

2005     9          13

2004     8          19

1996     8          28

2003     7          18

1999     6          35        

2000     6          23

 

NOT THE ONLY MEASURE

The success Florida State is having defensively is not only measured by shutouts and goals allowed. Those are obviously the key factors in judging a team's defensive success but there is another category that precedes both of those statistics and that is shots. If you want to make sure a team is unable to score the easiest thing a team can do is limit their opponent's shots and this year's Seminoles are doing a remarkable job of that. In 18 games, FSU has allowed just 168 opponent shots, which is an average of just over nine per game. Before Mark Krikorian's arrival at FSU, the Seminoles had never allowed an average of less than 10 shots per game but the team is on target to do that for the second season in a row. Last year the Seminoles set a new record for the fewest shots allowed per game when they limited teams to just nine. While that number is up just slightly this season it is still in record territory at 9.33. FSU is behind the record pace of the 2005 team that allowed just 139 in 18 regular season matches.

 

SHOTTING THEM DOWN

YEAR  GMS    SHT     SHT/GM    GLS

2006     18         168       9.33            12

2005     25         225       9.00            22

2004     20         219       10.95          21

2003     26         294       11.30          28

2002     23         277       12.04          37

2001     24         324       13.50          40

2000     24         345       14.37          31

1999     20         264       13.20          39

1998     21         226       10.76          43

1997     20         259       12.95          48

1996     19         201       10.57          35

1995     19         451       23.73          61

 

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

While the Seminole defense is doing a great job of limiting an opponent's shots, the offense isn't quite keeping up its end of the bargain. Last season was one of the most remarkable offensive campaigns in FSU soccer's 12 years and the disparity in the numbers flesh that out. While the 2006 Seminoles have taken more shots (345-328) that is the only offensive category where they have matched their record-breaking predecessors. In the same amount of games FSU has scored 25 fewer goals, put 17 fewer shots on frame and taken 34 fewer corners. Comparing the 2006 Seminoles to last year's group is unfair but comparing this season's team to those in the past is enlightening. For only the second time in the history of the program Florida State failed to reach 30 goals in the regular season. The only other time that happened was in 2004 when the Seminoles lost their top scorer Leah Gallegos. It is not a good precedent since that is the only Seminole team to ever be eliminated in their first game of an NCAA Tournament.

 

Regular Season Goals

2005     53

1996     51

2001     47

2003     43

2002     40

2000     38

1999     36

1998     35

1995     32

1997     30

2006    28

2004     27

 

FIT TO BE TIED

When it comes to his 12 seasons as a college coach, you can't blame FSU's Mark Krikorian if he is a little unsure what to make of all the ties his team has been involved in this season. Last year his team played 23 games before playing to its first draw. In the first 248 games of his college career, Krikorian was involved in just seven ties, this year his teams have three in 18 games. In Krikorian's previous 248 games less than 3% have ended in a draw. This season almost 17% of the games he coached ended up level. In six years at Franklin Pierce Krikorian's teams tied just three times and in five years at Hartford he was involved in just three ties too. In just one regular season Krikorian has as many ties as he had in his career at Franklin Pierce and the same goes for his Hartford career. Three ties in a season isn't as uncommon for FSU as it may be for Krikorian but it is still a high number. FSU has already equaled a season record for the most ties set in 1998, 2002 and 2004. In three of those four record seasons all three of the team's ties came in regular season play. The only exception was 2004 when FSU tied in the first round of the ACC and NCAA Tournaments and was knocked out in both those games via penalty kicks.

 

EVEN BETTER IN 2006?

While Selin Kuralay's offensive numbers may be down compared to her breakout 2005 season, a case can be made she has had an even bigger impact in 2006. Last year Kuralay finished the regular season with 14 goals, seven assists and 35 points. This season those numbers are 10 goals and one assist for 21 points. This is a case where sheer stats don't tell the whole story. Kuralay has six game-winning goals this season which is more than the five she had in the regular season last year. Not only does she have more game-winners they have been more important. In 2005 her goals won 31% of FSU's games this year that number jumps to 46%. The Australian junior's goals have accounted for almost half the Seminole wins. Another key to Kuralay's importance in 2006 has been the percentage of FSU's total goals which she has accounted for. Last season she accounted for 26% of FSU's regular season goals this year that number is up to almost 36%. This season Kuralay is the only Seminole to record a multi-goal game but she has done one other thing that no other Seminole has done that is even more important. In 2006, Kuralay is the only Seminole to score the game's first goal on more than one occasion. Last year she did that four times and FSU was 4-0 in those games. This year she has done that six times and FSU is 9-1 all-time in the regular season games when Kuralay scores the game's first goal.

 

SPECIAL SEASONS

While the Seminoles may not have matched the school-record 16 regular season wins the 2005 team had, this team put together another special regular season. For the second consecutive year FSU lost just two regular season games and the 2006 team is assured of tying or setting the record for the fewest losses ever by a Seminole team. Before Mark Krikorian came to Florida State the Seminoles had never made it through a regular season with fewer than five losses. Now in back-to-back regular seasons FSU has combined to drop just four matches. When you lose so few games that also means you are winning a lot of games as well. Before Krikorian's arrival FSU had won 13 regular season games just once but in his first two campaigns in Tallahassee Krikorian's teams have won 13 and 16 regular season matches. While the 13 wins the 2006 team recorded may just be tied for the second-best mark ever, it really doesn't speak to the differences in the two seasons. In 2001 when FSU also won 13 regular season games the team played 19 that year and posted a .684 winning percentage. This year the Seminoles played one less game and posted a winning percentage over 120 points higher at .806. After never posting a regular season winning above .700 before his arrival, both Krikorian's teams have won 80% of their regular season games.

 

Regular Season Records

2005     16-2-0   .889

2006     13-2-3   .806

2004     12-5-1   .694

2001     13-6-0   .684

2000     12-6-1   .658

1996     12-6-1   .658

2002     11-5-3   .658

2003     11-6-1   .639

1999     9-9-1    .500

1997     8-11-0   .421

1998     6-11-3   .375

1995     4-13-1   .250

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