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Release: 08/30/2006
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Aug. 30, 2006

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  • PAC-ING UP

    FSU has played 10 games all-time versus Pac-10 squads with three of those meetings coming in just 2005 alone. Florida State had not played a single game versus a Pac-10 team in its first five years of existence but in just the last six years that number has jumped to 10. FSU is 7-2-1 all-time versus Pac-10 teams. While the Seminoles lost the last game they played versus a Pac-10 squad, against UCLA in the 2005 College Cup, the team was on a four-game win streak versus those schools prior to that Bruin game. Surprisingly, FSU has fared better when playing a Pac-10 team at their home than anywhere else. The Seminoles are a stellar 3-0 all-time versus Pac-10 teams in their home stadium. The last win on the road for FSU versus a Pac-10 team was the 2005 season opener when FSU stunned #18 Southern Cal 4-0. The other two wins came on a road trip to Oregon when FSU defeated Oregon and Oregon State in 2001. Before 2005, all seven of FSU's games versus Pac-10 teams had been decided by one goal with the exception of the tie versus Oregon State. Last season, two of the three games FSU played versus Pac-10 teams were decided by four goals. Prior to 2005, head coach Mark Krikorian had only faced two teams from the west coast in his D-I coaching career and he was 0-2 in those games. He lost to Cal and Santa Clara during his five-years at Hartford. He improved on those numbers in his first year leading the Seminoles going 2-1 versus Pac-10 teams.

    ALL-TIME PAC-10 GAMES

    2000 A FSU 1 ORE 0

    2000 A FSU 2 OSU 1

    2001 H FSU 2 ORE 1

    2001 H FSU 0 OSU 0

    2003 H USC 2 FSU 1

    2004 H FSU 2 USC 1

    2004 H FSU 3 ASU 2

    2005 A FSU 4 USC 0

    2005 H FSU 2 Cal 1

    2005 N UCLA 4 FSU 0

    WE'RE NO. 1

    One day after defeating a No. 1 team in the nation for the first time in program history, the Seminole soccer team established an even bigger first. In this week's Soccer America poll the FSU soccer team has taken over the top spot and received the first No. 1 ranking in soccer in school history. Florida State jumped three spots in the poll after all three of the top teams in the preseason rankings suffered a loss. Florida State's previous all-time highest ranking was third and that came in four different polls. The highest ranking the team had ever received from Soccer America was No. 3 and that came in the September 6, 2004 poll. FSU also received its highest ranking ever from SoccerBuzz when the Internet magazine moved the Seminoles from fourth to second in their latest poll. Florida State is the only ACC team in the top five of the Soccer America poll but one of six conference opponents showing up in this week's rankings.

    A DEVIL OF A TIME

    This is just the second meeting all-time between Florida State and Arizona State and the first game FSU has ever played in the state of Arizona. The last time the two teams met was the 2004 season-opener for both squads in Tallahassee. After ASU scored a goal just 1:09 into the game, FSU stormed back and scored three straight goals. The Sun Devils added a goal with just over 10 minutes remaining but couldn't get any closer as FSU got the 3-2 win. The only current player to record a point versus Arizona State was Kelly Rowland. The senior assisted on FSU's third goal in that game. Five current Seminoles did play in that game though. Along with Rowland, India Trotter and Toby Ranck both started. Melissa Samokishyn and Libby Gianeskis came off the bench. The Seminoles will see some familiar faces though from that 2004 match. Five players from the 2004 game are still playing with the Sun Devils including starting goalkeeper Kim Bingham. The game couldn't have been more even statistically that afternoon. Both teams took eight shots, both teams took four corners and both keepers were forced to make two saves.

    HOUNDING US

    This is just the second meeting all-time between Florida State and Loyola (MD) as well. The two teams met back in 2001 with FSU downing the Greyhounds 2-0 in Tallahassee. Florida State not only has very little history with Loyola but the team has very little experience versus MAAC teams as well. The Seminoles have played just one MAAC team in program history and that was the game versus Loyola. This will be the first neutral site game FSU has played in the regular season since 2003 when the Seminoles defeated San Diego State 6-1 in Lawrence, KS. All-time FSU is 6-6-1 in regular season games played at neutral sites but the Seminoles have played just one regular season neutral site game in the last three seasons. If you include the ACC and NCAA Tournaments, Florida State is 13-17-5 in all games played in a neutral setting.

    REGULAR SEASON

    NEUTRAL SITE GAMES

    1995 W FSU 3 MEM 1

    1995 L MARQ 1 FSU 0

    1995 W FSU 4 Iowa St. 1

    1995 L AUB 1 FSU 0

    1996 T FSU 2 MISS 2

    1998 W FSU 3 SYR 2

    2000 L Ohio St. 2 FSU 1

    2000 W FSU 2 Ore. St. 1

    2001 L PORT 3 FSU 1

    2001 L SCU 4 FSU 1

    2002 W FSU 1 VT 0

    2002 L UNCC 4 FSU 3

    2004 W FSU 6 SDSU 1

    ROAD TRIPING

    Florida State takes to the road this weekend for the 2006 Heather Farr Kicks Against Breast Cancer Invitational. It will be the first game of the season on the road for FSU, which has not been the kindest of games in Seminole soccer history. Florida State is 4-7 all-time in its first away game of the season. Things did get a lot better in 2005 though when FSU opened the year on the road and upset No. 18 USC 4-0. That win started a five-game win streak in road contests, which tied the longest road win streak in school history. It was also the most consecutive wins to start a season in program history. Before that win in 2005, FSU had lost back-to-back road openers and had won just one of the last six first games away from home.

    SEPTEMBER REIGN

    While FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian wants his team to focus on playing their best soccer at the end of the season when the games matter most, a lot of FSU's future success could be determined by how they survive a brutal September schedule. Getting a win over defending National Champion Portland was a key win in the opening season run but as the calendar flips to September, things don't get any easier. Three of FSU's eight games this month will be played away from home, which is always a tough task no matter who you play. The eight opponents this month had a combined record of 103-55-10 last season, which is a .643 winning percentage. Of this group, only one team had a losing record, five had six losses or less and five others won at least 13 games. Four of these eight teams played in the NCAA Tournament, three won at least one postseason match and two made it to the NCAA quarterfinals. Six of FSU's September foes finished in the top three of their conference and four won their conference title.

    SEPT. FOES' REUME

    2005 Record: 103-55-10

    2005 Win Pct.: .643

    Teams below .500 in 2005: 1

    Teams with at least 13 wins: 5

    NCAA Tournament Appearances: 4

    Won an NCAA Tourney game: 3

    NCAA Quarterfinals: 2

    Top 3 Conference finish: 6

    Conference Champ: 4

    AT HER BEST VERSUS THE BEST

    On the heels of her game-winning goal versus Portland, Mami Yamaguchi received ACC Player of the Week honors, the first conference weekly honor of her collegiate career. Yamagauchi, a sophomore from Tokyo, scored the game-winning goal in Florida State's win over Portland. The goal completed FSU's comeback from a 1-0 defecit at halftime and ended defending National Champion Portland's 26-game unbeaten streak. Yamaguchi scored the winner in the 80th minute after she collected a long throw-in and fired a shot that was deflected. Yamaguchi collected her own rebound and beat Cori Alexander for the goal. It was just the second game-winner in her career. The last came in overtime versus Duke in 2005. While she may have just two game-winning goals, Yamaguchi has been a huge factor in FSU wins in her young career. In 25 career starts, Yamaguchi has recorded either a game-winning goal or assist in six games. That means the sophomore has had a hand in 29% of Florida State's victories since she stepped on the pitch last fall. The game-winning goals and assists have come in some huge contests as well. Her two game-winning goals came in OT versus the Blue Devils and obviously versus then-No. 1 Portland. Her game-winning assists have come against teams like Florida, Boston College and Clemson. The means five of Yamaguchi's six game-winners have come versus ranked opponents.

    OPENING WITH A BANG

    For the second season in a row, FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian has opened the nation's eyes in his season debut. Last season he took his unranked Seminoles on the road to face a consensus top 20 USC squad. All the Seminoles did was hand the Women of Troy a 4-0 loss. If you thought he couldn't top that, think again. With FSU's 2-1 win over defending National Champion Portland Sunday, Krikorian found a way to top the manner in which his Seminoles opened his inaugural campaign. The win improved Krikorian to an incredible 12-1 on opening day in his career, which is a .923 winning percentage. The win improved FSU to 4-1-1 in the first game of the season played in Tallahassee and 9-2-1 overall in home openers. Florida State is now 4-1 in season openers versus ranked teams since 2000.

    BREAK THAT STREAK

    Florida State's opening day win over Portland was a milestone win for the program. FSU has defeated a defending Nation Champion before (North Carolina in 2000) but this was the Seminoles' first ever win over a team ranked No. 1. It was obviously the highest ranked team FSU has ever defeated in a season-opener and it marks the school's first win over a West Coast Conference power as the Seminoles were 0-2 versus UP and Santa Clara coming in. The win was pretty special when you consider the resume Portland came in with. Not only were they the defending National Champions but the Pilots had a 26-match unbeaten streak dating back to the 2004 NCAA quarterfinals when they were defeated by Notre Dame who went on to win the National Championship. Not only did FSU beat Portland but they did it in a manner that is pretty rare. FSU became just the third team in the last 41 matches to score two goals against Portland. The Seminoles also had more shots versus the Pilots (25) than any team in at least the last five years and limited UP to the fewest shots (5) as a team since October 24, 2004.

    OFF AND TROTTING

    There couldn't have been a better sight then seeing pre-season All-American and Hermann Trophy nominee India Trotter getting a goal in the first game of the season. After recording just two shots and one shot on goal in the first two season openers of her career, Trotter has now scored in the first game in back-to-back seasons. Last year, Trotter started a breakout campaign by recording a goal and an assist in FSU's 4-0 win over USC. This season it was the equalizer versus Portland. In just two games, the first game of 2005 and 2006, she has just one less goal than she accumulated in the first 46 games of her career. Seeing Trotter get off to a good start in 2006 is so big because we saw what she did after a good start in 2005. She scored 13 goals and had nine assists for 35 points last year. Amazing numbers considering the midfielder came into 2005 with three goals, six assists and 12 career points. The way Trotter has turned her career around as a forward in Mark Krikorian's system is just remarkable. In 20 less games, Trotter has now scored almost five times as many goals and racked up almost three times as many points as a junior and senior. As a freshman and sophomore only one of every 23 shots resulted in a goal now she scores a goal for every five shots she takes. That isn't even the most amazing number. Trotter has increased her goals per game by 900% in the last two seasons.

    TROTTER 2003-04 V 2005-06TROTTER 2003-04 V 2005-06

    03-04 05-06

    GAMES 46 26

    POINTS 12 37

    POINTS/GM 0.26 1.42

    GOALS 3 14

    GOALS/GM 0.06 0.54

    ASSISTS 6 9

    ASSTS/GM 0.13 0.35

    SHOTS 69 63

    SHOTS/GM 1.50 2.42

    SHOTS:GLS 23:1 4.5:1

    SOG 19 31

    SOG/GM 0.41 1.19

    SOG:GOALS 6.3:1 2.2:1

    GWA 1 4

    HERE THEY GO AGAIN

    Last season Florida State made its mark as the underdog. The Seminoles came into the season unranked so it made it easy to win a few games as the underdog and FSU did just that. The Seminoles went 5-3-1 as the lower ranked team last season and they picked up right where they left off opening weekend. With the win over previously top-ranked Portland, Florida State improved to 6-3-1 as the lower ranked team under Mark Krikorian. In its last six games as an underdog FSU is a gaudy 4-1-1. The Seminoles also continued their stellar play versus top 10 squads since Krikorian took over. Since 2005, Florida State is now 4-4-1 against teams ranked in the top 10. Last season Florida State recorded seven wins over teams ranked in the top 25 of the NSCAA poll, which established a new single season record. The previous record for wins over NSCAA ranked teams in a season was five and set in 2000. Not only did last season's squad beat seven NSCAA ranked teams, FSU beat six of those ranked teams in the last 13 games of the year. Florida State not only set a school record for wins over top 25 teams but also over top 10 teams. The 2005 squad's three wins over top 10 NSCAA teams was a school record as well. The Seminoles had never won more than two games in a season versus top 10 teams and that happened just once.

    AS THE DOG (since 2005)AS THE DOG (since 2005)

    FSU vs. #18 USC W 4-0

    #16 FSU vs. #13 Florida W 4-2

    #12 FSU vs. #1 UNC L 4-1

    #14 FSU vs. #7 Virginia L 1-0

    #17 FSU vs. #10 BC W 3-0

    #9 FSU vs. #6 Duke W 2-1

    #11 FSU vs. #6 Cal W 2-1

    #11 FSU vs. #2 UNC T 1-1

    #7 FSU vs. #4 UCLA L 4-0

    #4 FSU vs. #1 Portland W 2-1

    VS TOP 10 (since 2005)VS TOP 10 (since 2005)

    #12 FSU vs. #1 UNC L 4-1

    #14 FSU vs. #7 Virginia L 1-0

    #17 FSU vs. #10 BC. W 3-0

    #9 FSU vs. #6 Duke W 2-1

    #6 FSU vs. #7 Virginia L 2-0

    # 11 FSU vs. #6 Cal W 2-1

    #11 FSU vs. #2 UNC T 1-1

    #7 FSU vs. #4 UCLA L 4-0

    #4 FSU vs. #1 Portland W 2-1

    SUNDAY'S STARS

    Mami Yamaguchi

    Sophomore Mami Yamagauchi scored the game-winning goal in Florida State's first-ever win over a team ranked No. 1 in the nation. The goal completed FSU's comeback from a 1-0 defecit at halftime and ended defending National Champion Portland's 26-game unbeaten streak. Yamaguchi scored the winner in the 80th minute after she collected a long throw-in and fired a shot that was deflected. Yamaguchi collected her own rebound and beat Cori Alexander for the goal. It was just the second game-winner in her career. The last came in overtime versus Duke in 2005.

    Kelly Rowland

    Rowland anchored a defense that smothered the top-ranked Portland Pilots all day Sunday as FSU knocked off the defending National Champions 2-1. Rowland and the FSU defense held UP to just five shots on goal. It was the fewest shots a team has allowed Portland since October 24, 2004. Tne only goal that Portland scored came on a long range shot from 25 yards away from goal. Other than that, FSU did not allow No. 1 Portland to put another shot on goal all day.

    Selin Kuralay/India Trotter

    FSU's pair of preseason Hermann Trophy candidates combined on one of the prettiest goals you'll see on a college soccer field. With FSU trailing 1-0 and just over 20 minutes remaining in the game, two of FSU's biggest starts shined the brightest. The play that equalized the game started with a free kick from about 40 yards out. Becky Edwards played a ball into the box where Kuralay possessed and flicked a back heel pass to Trotter who buried the goal first time. Kuralay barely even took a peak to see where Trotter was at before solving two Portland defenders with a little back heel that Trotter stuck in the back of the net.

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