Oct. 31, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - No. 15 Florida State (10-4-3, 5-2-2) closes out the regular season schedule on Thursday, November 1 as the Seminoles travel to Clemson, S.C. to square-off against No. 28 Clemson (8-3-5, 1-2-5). This marks the third straight year the Seminoles will wrap-up the regular season with the Tigers. Florida State currently sits in third place in the ACC standings with 17 points, while Clemson is tied with Virginia Tech for the eighth and final spot for the ACC Tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to be held November 7, 9 and 11.
The Seminoles have had the upper hand as of late in the series against Clemson as FSU is unbeaten in its last eight contests (6-0-2) outscoring the Tigers 18-7 during the current streak. The two schools have faced each other 12 times since 2000 including three times in the NCAA Tournament and twice in the ACC Tournament. They have faced each other twice in each of the last three years. Last year, Florida State went 1-0-1 against Clemson as the two teams played to a scoreless draw in the regular season in game one. In game two, Becky Edwards helped FSU erase a one-goal deficit in the NCAA Quarterfinals as she tallied the game-winner in the 63rd minute in FSU's 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Tigers as Florida State advanced to its third College Cup in school history. The goal was Edwards' first collegiate goal.
Florida State is second in the nation in scoring averaging 3.29 goals per game and has scored in all 17 games this season and in a school record 23 consecutive games dating back to last year. Junior Mami Yamaguchi ranks nationally in three offensive categories including points per game (2nd) and goals per game (3rd). Freshman teammate Sanna Talonen also sits in the top 30 in both categories.
THIS WEEK'S GAME INFORMATION
Thursday, November 1, 2007; Gametracker
#15 Florida State (10-4-3) at #25 Clemson (8-3-5, 1-2-5), 7:00 pm
Series Record: Florida State leads 8-7-2; Clemson leads 5-3-0 in Clemson, S.C.
SERIES KEY NOTES:
* Florida State closes out its regular season schedule Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 pm as the Seminoles travel to Clemson, S.C. This marks the third straight year that the Seminoles will conclude their regular season schedule against the Tigers.
* Dominated early by Clemson, the Tigers began the series winners of six of the first seven games. The Seminoles have had the upper hand as of late as FSU is unbeaten in its last eight contests (6-0-2) outscoring the Tigers 18-7 during the current streak.
* FSU travels to Clemson winners of three straight regular season games at Riggs Field. The last loss for the Seminoles in Clemson came in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, a 1-0 Tiger victory.
* The two schools have faced each other 12 times since 2000 including three times in the NCAA Tournament and twice in the ACC Tournament. They have faced each other twice in each of the last three years. The 18 games versus Clemson are the second most meetings among league schools, trailing only North Carolina (22 games).
* The Seminoles listed on the 2007 roster have never lost a game to Clemson, unbeaten in their last six games (4-0-2).
* Last year, Florida State went 1-0-1 against Clemson as the two teams played to a scoreless draw in the regular season while FSU erased a one-goal deficit in the NCAA Quarterfinals to post a 2-1 victory to advance to the College Cup for the second year in a row.
* In the two games last season, Florida State outshot Clemson 57-20, while maintaining the edge in corner kicks at 16-2. Both games were aggressive as a total of 84 fouls were called between the two teams including 48 in the 0-0 tie.
* After beginning the season winners of eight of its first nine games, Clemson has gone 0-2-5 over its last seven contests. The Tigers have played in five straight overtime contests and seven overall in 2007. Clemson is 1-1-5 in OT games this year. FSU has played in five overtime games this year posting a record of 0-2-3.
* The Tigers have done a great job of defending their home turf in 2007 posting a record of 7-1-1, 1-1-1 in ACC play. Five players on the Tiger roster have registered double-digit points including three student-athletes who lead the team with 13 points.
SEMINOLE QUICK HITS
* When the season started no one envisioned this kind of scoring from a Seminole offense that lost three of their top four leading scorers from last season. With only one game remaining in the regular season, Florida State has tallied 157 points (56 goals, 45 assists) which stands as the fourth highest scoring season in school history.
* Florida State has scored a goal in 23 straight games dating back to last year's ACC Championship final against North Carolina in Cary, N.C. The current streak eclipses the previous school of 21 consecutive games set during the 2002 season. During this span, FSU is 14-6-3 while outscoring the opposition 70-23.
* 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.
* With an assist against Duke on Sunday, junior Mami Yamaguchi tied the single-season record for points in a season with 42 (17 goals and 8 assists). The school record was originally set by Cindy Schofield who tallied 42 points in 2001.
* The Seminoles lead the ACC with 22 multiple-point performances in 2007. Five Seminole student-athletes have registered multiple-point performances including freshman Amanda DaCosta, 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:
Amanda DaCosta - 3
Mami Yamaguchi - 1
* Seminoles with consecutive minutes played:
Becky Edwards - 1189:58
Libby Gianeskis - 1054:58
Katrin Schmidt - 964:58
Erika Sutton - 888:51
Erin McNulty - 670:00
Kirsten van de Ven - 380:00
* 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 two of their last three 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 65-30 all-time in one-goal games and 2-4 in 2007.
* 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 is tied with freshman Amanda DaCosta for the team lead in assists with six.
* 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.
AGAINST THE TIGERS
For the third straight year, Florida State will close out its regular season schedule against the Clemson Tigers. Seminoles on the current roster are unbeaten in six previous games versus Clemson dating back to 2004 (4-0-2). Becky Edwards tallied the game-winner in the 63rd minute in FSU's 2-1 come-from-behind victory in 2006 advancing Florida State to its third College Cup. The goal was Edwards' first collegiate goal. Holly Peltzer leads all returning players with two goals against the Tigers both coming in FSU's 4-0 win in the first round of the 2005 ACC Tournament. In that game, Mami Yamaguchi assisted on the game-winner scored by Viola Odebrecht in the 38th minute.
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS
1995 - Clemson 6, Florida State 0 (at Clemson, S.C.)
1996 - Florida State 1, Clemson 0 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
1997 - Clemson 2, Florida State 1 (at Clemson, S.C.)
1998 - Clemson 2, Florida State 0 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
1999 - Clemson 4, Florida State 0 (at Clemson, S.C.)
2000 - Clemson 3, Florida State 2 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2000 - Clemson 2, Florida State 0 (NCAA at Clemson, S.C.)
2001 - Florida State 3, Clemson 2 (at Clemson, S.C.)
2001 - Clemson 1, Florida State 0 (NCAA at Clemson, S.C.)
2002 - Florida State 4, Clemson 3 ot (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2003 - Florida State 1, Clemson 0 (at Clemson, S.C.)
2004 - Florida State 2, Clemson 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2004 - Clemson 2, Florida State 2 2ot (ACC at Cary, N.C.)
2005 - Florida State 3, Clemson 0 (at Clemson, S.C.)
2005 - Florida State 4, Clemson 0 (ACC at Cary, N.C.)
2006 - Florida State 0, Clemson 0 2ot (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2006 - Florida State 2, Clemson 1 (NCAA at Tallahassee, Fla.)
A.D. CLOSING STRONG
Freshman Amanda DaCosta has been a solid force for the Seminoles the entire season starting all 17 games at the midfield position in 2007. Her play down the stretch as been truly remarkable as she has scored in three straight games posting six points on two goals and two assists. She also had a huge hand in FSU's 1-0 victory over Boston College as she drew a penalty kick, scored by Mami Yamaguchi, in the final 10 minutes of play. In league play, DaCosta has tallied three goals and two assists, while 8 of her 12 shots have been on goal. She currently ranks second among Seminole freshman in goals and points and first in assists with six.
WRAPPING UP THE REGULAR SEASON
For the third straight season, Florida State will close out the regular season against the Clemson Tigers. The Seminoles are unbeaten in their last two meetings downing the Tigers 3-0 in Clemson in 2005, while playing to a scoreless draw at home in 2006. Overall, FSU has posted a record of 2-3-0 on the road in regular season finales.
Thriving in one-goal games has been a way of life for Florida State soccer in its history. Prior to the 2007 season, the Seminoles had won 70.8% of their games decided by one-goal, while an even more impressive record of 15-2 under head coach Mark Krikorian since his arrival in 2005. This season, all four of FSU's losses have been by one-goal. Two of those losses came in overtime (at Portland and North Carolina), while the other two came in the waning minutes of the second half (Florida - 84th minute; Wake Forest - 90th minute). Three of the four losses have come on the road. Including this season, the Seminoles are 65-30 all-time in one-goal games and 17-6 under Krikorian. The Seminoles have posted a record of 2-4 in one-goal games in 2007.
EARLY GOAL CATCHES THE LEAD
The Seminoles have applied pressure early and often on their opponents in 2007 as the Garnet and Gold have registered goals in the first 10 minutes of the first and second halves a combined 11 times. Nine of those 11 goals were scored in the first half. Freshman Sanna Talonen set the record for the quickest goal scored in school history finding the back of the net just 26 seconds into the start of the match against North Florida. Sarah Wagenfuhr was equally impressive scoring 18 seconds into the start of the second half in FSU's win over Francis Marion, only eight seconds off the school record set by Selin Kuralay, who registered a goal 10 seconds into the start of the second half against Duke in 2005. Florida State is 5-2-0 in games which they record an early goal.
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). In 2007, she leads the team with 42 points on 17 goals and eight assists. With an assist in a 1-1 tie against Duke, Yamaguchi tied the school record for points in a season joining Cindy Schofield (2001) atop the record books with 42 points. The Tokyo, Japan native is also one goal shy of tying the single-season mark, a record currently held by Leah Gallegos who notched 18 goals in 2003. On the career charts, Yamaguchi is tied for third in career points (70), tied for fourth in career assists (20) and fifth in career goals with 25. 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 14 of 17 games for the Seminoles in 2007. She 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 35 of her 69 shots have been on goal (50.7%).
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