WEEKLY RELEASE: Third-Ranked Seminoles Look For First Ever Win Over Virginia
Sept. 27, 2006
VIRGINIA (7-2-1, 2-0)
SERIES RECORD: Virginia leads 13-0-1
IN TALLAHSEE: Virginia leads 5-0-0
WIN STREAK: UVA has won five in a row.
LAST MEETING: UVA 2 FSU 0 (2005 ACC Tournament)
Since 2000, the Seminoles have recorded their first-ever victory against three 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. The Tribe 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. 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
VIRGINIA TECH (4-4-1, 0-2)
SERIES RECORD: FSU leads 3-0
IN TALLAHASSEE: FSU leads 1-0
WIN STREAK: FSU has won 3 in a row
LAST MEETING: FSU 3 VT 0 (2005)
Florida State and Virginia Tech have met on three occasions. The first was at a tournament at the University of Miami. The last two meetings have been as ACC opponents on each other's campus. No matter where the games have been played, the result has been the same.FSU has won all three games in the series and have yet to allow Virginia Tech to even score a goal in any of the games. The Hokies are one of just two opponents Florida State has played at least three times and not allowed a goal to in the history of the series. The other team is Stetson, who the Seminoles will face later this year. FSU had been perfect in two previous meetings with FAU before the Owls scored their first ever goal in the series earlier this season. After two 1-0 wins in the first two series meetings, FSU won last season's match 3-0 scoring more goals in the one game than they did in the previous two matches combined. Last season Viola Odebrecht scored all three goals and they all came in the second half of that game. There have only been two other occasions when FSU defeated an ACC opponent in the first meeting in Tallahassee. The Seminoles got wins versus Clemson and NC State on each team's first visit to FSU. Florida State didn't follow up either victory with another win when those teams came back to the state capitol of Florida for their second go-round. FSU will look to beat an ACC team twice in a row on its first two visits to Tallahassee when the Hokies visit Sunday and the Seminoles will also look to go 3-0 all-time versus an ACC squad for the first time in school history as well.
DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN
Astute observers of Seminole soccer probably are seeing a pattern develop between the way the 2005 and 2006 seasons began. Despite one less game before the Seminoles opened ACC play, there are a lot of similarities between the two seasons. Both the 2005 and 2006 teams got off to record starts winning seven and six straight games respectively. Both squads opened ACC play with a North Carolina team that ended those season opening win streaks. Both teams bounced back to get wins over NC State in their next conference match. Then both teams faced Virginia and Virginia Tech the next week. The 2006 Florida State team hopes that is where history stops repeating itself.Last season the Seminoles lost to Virginia for the 11th straight time in the regular season. That loss sent FSU to 1-2 in the ACC and it was the last conference loss FSU would suffer as the Seminoles went on to become just the second ACC school ever to win seven straight games in conference.
India Trotter's growth into one of the best soccer players in the nation was evident with her All-American honors last year and her inclusion on the preseason Hermann Trophy list this year. What Trotter did last season was amazing when you look at the increase in her career numbers.Trotter had a 300% increase in points her junior year from what she had as a freshman and sophomore combined and more than a 400% increase in goals scored. Those numbers became even sicker when you looked at them on a per game basis and you are talking about increases that reached over 850%. The one area that Trotter still looked to make a bigger impact was in conference games. While the junior increased her goal production in ACC play scoring three times compared to just one goal in the previous two seasons, it was just a small percentage of the 13 goals she scored throughout the season. That could all change this year. In just two ACC games, Trotter already has two goals and is just one goal shy of equaling her entire total from last season in conference games with eight more matches to play. Last season Trotter got off to the exact same type of start scoring in games versus North Carolina and NC State but she only netted one more goal the rest of the year in ACC play.
IT ISN'T A WIN BUT...
India Trotter has done everything in her power to help Florida State break a streak that has seen North Carolina go nine straight games without a loss versus FSU. The junior tied the game with Carolina in the most recent match and FSU stayed even with the Tar Heels until there was about six minutes remaining in the match. The Seminoles were unable to hold on as Heather O'Reilly scored a late game-winner. While it won't make Trotter feel any better, her goal versus the Heels was a pretty special one.Trotter's goal versus UNC marked the third straight game in which the senior has scored a goal versus the Tar Heels. That is pretty amazing when you consider no Seminole has ever scored in any two games in their careers versus North Carolina yet Trotter has now done it in three straight. The All-American scored in the regular season game in Tallahassee versus UNC last year. She scored in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in Chapel Hill last season. Now she has scored in Chapel Hill during the regular season as well. Trotter is the first FSU player to ever score three career goals against North Carolina. Only one other player has scored multiple goals versus the Tar Heels and that is Trotter's teammate Kelly Rowland. The fellow senior scored twice in one game versus UNC in the 2003 ACC Tournament championship game. That gives Trotter and Rowland five of the 12 goals FSU has scored all-time versus North Carolina.
0 TO 50
Selin Kuralay's career at FSU has already legendary despite the fact she has played just 32 games. What she has done in just over a season is pretty amazing.When Kuralay scored versus UCF it was the 50th point of her career and no Seminole has ever recorded 50 points earlier in their career than Kuralay. The Australian needed just 27 games to get to 50 points. The next fastest Seminole to reach that plateau was Leah Gallegos who needed 40 games to reach 50 career points. Kuralay and Gallegos are the only Seminoles in FSU soccer history to get to 50 points in fewer than 50 games. Kuralay is breaking other records in her ascent to 50 points. Her goal versus NC State was the 10th game-winner of her career. Kuralay is already just one game-winning goal shy of tying for first all-time in that category. She has climbed to second place on the career game-winning goals list in almost half as many games as it took Gallegos (60) to reach 11 game-winners and almost two-thirds fewer games than it took Schofield (89). Kuralay is averaging a game-winner once for every three games she has played compared to Gallegos who got one per five games and Schofield who got one every eight games. Even more amazing than the frequency in which Kuralay scores game-winners is the rate she is collecting them. Of Kuralay's 20 career goals, 50% have been game-winners. Compare that to the two players with the most GWG in team history. Schofield had 40 goals and 28% were game-winners while Gallegos had 28 career goals of which 36% were game-winners.
Quickest To 50
Selin Kuralay 27 games
Leah Gallegos 40 games
Camie Bybee 54 games
Cindy Schofield 58 games
Maren Vik Edvardsen 58 games
Jez Ratliff 73 games
India Trotter 78 games
Player GWG %of Goals GWG/game
Selin Kuralay 10 50% .33
Leah Gallegos 11 36% .18
Cindy Schofield 11 28% .12
TOP OF THE CHARTS
Selin Kuralay is raising the bar when it comes to offensive prowess. The Australian National team player has been more dominant over her 32-game career than any player to ever play at FSU.No player has ever had a better start to their career as Kuralay reached 50 points in just 30 games, easily the fastest ever at Florida State. While she may be off to the fastest start ever she is also in the midst of the most productive stretch of games ever as well. No player in Seminole soccer history has ever accumulated more points over a 30 game stretch at any point of their career than Kuralay has in her first 30 games. At their most productive, Cindy Schofield and Leah Gallegos never reached 50 points in any 30 game stretch in their careers. Both did get close however. Schofield once recorded 50 points in a 33-game run and Gallegos got 49 points in a 33 game stretch. Kuralay's fast start has seen her ascend up the charts as far as career records go. In just 32 games Kuralay is now approaching the top five in career points, goals, and shots and is second already for game-winners.
DON'T FORGET HER EITHER
With the way Selin Kuralay is burning up the record books it is easy to forget about her partner up top who is doing her own damage to the Florida State records.With her goal versus NC State, India Trotter notched the 20th goal and 56th point of her career. Trotter is one of just seven Seminole players to ever record 20 career goals and she is now sixth all-time in career points. Most of that damage has been done in the last two seasons where Trotter has amassed 44 points in her last 33 games. While that is a few points short of the 52 points Kuralay has racked up during the same stretch, it is an amazing number none the less and even more spectacular when you consider she has done it at the same time as Kuralay. Since the start of the 2005 season, Kuralay and Trotter have combined for 96 points in 33 games. To put that in context, that is just seven fewer points than the entire 1997 squad recorded in a 20-game season. No two players in Florida State history have ever even come close to being that productive simultaneously. The only players that are even close are Cindy Schofield and Leah Gallegos. Those two played together just one season. In 2002 that pair combined for 57 points in 23 games. The Schofield/Gallegos combination averaged just under 2.5 points per game compared to almost 3.0 points per game for Kuralay/Trotter.
THAT'S ANOTHER ONE
The legend of Ali Mims continues to grow as the sixth-year senior blazes her way to the top of almost every statistical category at Florida State. With her victory versus NC State, the keeper continues to distance herself from every other Seminole when it comes to victories.Mims' win total is now at 35, which is nine more victories than any other FSU goalie had in her career. She is currently in second place for minutes played and will own that record in about four more games as well. The two biggest statistical categories for a keeper are GAA and shutouts and it is no coincidence you'll find Mims' name atop those charts as well. Mims currently has a 1.03 career GAA which is the best ever by an FSU keeper. She is .03 ahead of Joy McKenzie and .39 ahead of Melissa Juhl who is third on the list. Mims' case as the best keeper to ever wear Garnet & Gold was bolstered this past weekend as well. With her shutout of NC State, Mims moved into a three-way tie for the most career shutouts by an FSU keeper at 13. Mims joined Melissa Juhl and Joy McKenzie atop that prestigious list. With nearly all the FSU career records under her belt already, Mims is setting herself up for another record-breaking single season as well. Last year she established records for shutouts, wins and GAA. With seven victories, four shutouts and a 0.62 GAA, Mims is already on pace to break all three of those single season records...again.
THE RIGHT TO HELP
The 2006 Florida State newcomers are making their presence felt so far in 2006. Maike Seuren saw her first action of the season versus NC State and Onnie Trusty is slowly coming back from an injury and has appeared in two of the last three games as well. Victoria Damren saw action in her second match of the season versus NC State and Annie Stalzer continues to be one of the first options off the bench for the Seminoles. The two players making the biggest impact though are freshman Becky Edwards and junior Iraia Iturregi. Edwards has started every game in 2006 as the Seminoles right back and Iturregi has started seven straight as the wide midfielder on the right side as well.The Seminoles rebuilt right wing has produced as Edwards and Iturregi are tied for the team lead with two assists a piece. The two newcomers are two of just three players that have multiple assists on the season joining senior Kelly Rowland. Rowland's two assists this season have increased her career total to 17. Rowland is now three assists away from becoming just the fifth player ever at FSU to record 20 in her career.