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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: FSU And Cal Meet Sunday At 1:00 p.m. In NCAA Tournament Action
Courtesy: Seminoles.com
Release: 11/11/2006
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Nov. 11, 2006

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WHAT A START

Florida State couldn't have asked for a better start to the 2006 NCAA Tournament than what the team got Friday night versus Jacksonville. The Seminoles recorded the second-most lopsided result of the opening round's 31 games, one match delayed due to weather still has to be played, defeating Atlantic Sun Champion Jacksonville 6-0. Florida State broke or tied 15 team and individual records for postseason play in the match. FSU set new records for most goals, most first half goals, most shots, most first half shots, most second half shots, largest margin of victory, quickest goal, most points in a game by a player, most goals in a game by a player and most shots in a game by a player. The Seminoles also tied records for least goals allowed, least goals allowed in a first half, least goals allowed in a second half and fewest corner kicks allowed. The most one-sided game FSU ever played in an NCAA Tournament before Friday night was a 2003 5-0 win at home versus Dartmouth in the opening round. The Seminoles obviously bested that by a goal Friday but one record that was set wasn't even close to the previous high. The most shots ever taken by FSU in a postseason game came in the first NCAA Tournament game ever played by Florida State. In 2000 the Seminoles took 20 shots against Jacksonville in the first round. The Seminoles smashed that record versus the Dolphins this year taking 36 shots. Florida State also set a new school postseason attendance record with 1076 fans. It was the third time in seven home matches in the NCAA Tournament that the Seminoles have drawn over 1,000 fans.

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT ATTENDANCE

11/10/06           vs. JU               1076

11/16/03           vs. Auburn        1006

11/14/03           vs. Dartmouth   1003

11/15/02           vs. Ole Miss      972

11/8/00             vs. JU               867

 

SHE'S A DEFENDER?

People who are around the FSU soccer team day in and day out rave about Katrin Schmidt. The sophomore defender from Germany had her coming out party Friday night and now a lot more people know what we all knew already. Schmidt recorded the first hat trick in FSU postseason history and set new individual records for goals and points in a NCAA Tournament game as she scored FSU's second, third and fourth goals versus JU Friday. With her three goals versus the Dolphins, Schmidt had as many goals as the entire team in any single game during the 2006 season prior to Friday night. Schmidt had a breakout game in a little bit of a different role. All season long she was the defender who was a huge part of sparking the Seminole attack but Friday she was finishing attack after attack. Schmidt's performance was so amazing considering she had just one point in five NCAA Tournament games last season and just two shots. With her assist in 2005 and three goals Friday Schmidt is already fifth all-time at FSU for career goals and points in NCAA Tournament play. The hat trick was just the 10th in the history of Florida State and the first ever recorded by a defender. The last hat trick was recorded by former Seminole and fellow German Viola Odebrecht at Virginia Tech last season. Coming into the 2005 season Schmidt had one career goal and five total points this year she has five goals and 12 points. She is now fourth on the team in points and third on the team in goals scored.

 

LOOKS EVEN BETTER NOW

The Seminole soccer team came into the NCAA Tournament having played the third-most games versus NCAA Tournament teams in the nation. FSU played 12 games versus nine teams that were invited to the postseason. After round one, the Seminoles schedule looks even tougher. Every team FSU played during the regular season advanced to the second round of the NCAA's with the exception of Jacksonville who Florida State eliminated themselves. That means FSU has now played 11 of its 22 games versus teams in the last 32 still alive. When you compare that to the rest of the country those number are pretty amazing. North Carolina led the NCAA with 15 games versus NCAA Tournament teams and that number is still an impressive13 versus second round teams. Santa Clara played 14 matches versus the field but they are already out of the NCAA's. No. 1 seed Notre Dame played 11 games versus the field but just six versus second round opponents pending the outcome of the Marquette game postponed until Saturday. Of the teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament, only North Carolina, Florida State and Duke have played double digit games versus teams that advanced to the second round of the NCAA's. The Blue Devils may see that number jump to 11 if Marquette advances at home in a game rescheduled for Saturday.

 

Games Versus NCAA Teams

Team                1st Rnd. Team    2nd Rnd. Team

North Carolina   15                    12

Florida State      12                    10

Duke                12                    10

Wake Forest      11                    9

Clemson           10                    9

Notre Dame      11                    6

Florida              12                    5

Tennessee         11                    3

 

WE ARE THE ACC

As good a day as it was for the Seminoles on Friday, it was an even better day for the conference office in Greensboro. The ACC was tied with the Big East with seven teams invited to the NCAA Tournament and in the first round of the NCAA's the ACC saw all seven of its teams move on to the second round. The Big East advanced four teams Friday with Marquette still to play after its game was delayed due to weather. The ACC went 5-0-2 in the first round with both Duke and Clemson advancing in penalty kicks. Florida State and North Carolina recorded two of the three most lopsided results of the day with 6-0 and 7-0 wins respectively. The only other team to win by as many goals was Notre Dame who won 7-1. ACC teams out scored their opponents 23-1 Friday. The only goal allowed was to Vanderbilt in Clemson's 1-1 tie. The ACC was not the only conference perfect in the first round. The Big 12 saw all four of its participants advance as did the Pac-10. The SEC was the conference with the second-most teams in the tournament behind the ACC and Big East yet only two of the five teams that played advanced.

 

DAY TWO

The second round of the NCAA Tournament has been a pretty good round for the Seminole soccer team. Florida State is 4-1 all-time in the second game of the NCAA Tournament. FSU has won three straight second round games. The last time FSU played in the round of 32 and failed to advance was in 2001 when the Seminoles lost 1-0 to Clemson in South Carolina. Since then FSU has defeated Auburn twice and Illinois once in second round action. All four of FSU's second round wins have come by the exact score of 2-1. FSU has won both of their second round games played in Tallahassee and the other two wins came in Gainesville. With two victories at UF and two at home, FSU has never lost a second round game in the state of Florida.

 

SHUTOUTS STILL COMING

It was great for Seminole soccer fans see the offense really break out of its shell for the first time all season. Florida State had not scored more than three goals in any of its previous 21 games coming into the NCAA Tournament yet the team doubled that number versus Jacksonville. While the offense may have been a bit uncharacteristic Friday, the defense did what it has been doing all season long. For the 13th time this season Florida State shutout an opponent as the team continues to shatter the single season shutout record of 11 set in 2005. The Seminoles have not allowed an opponent to score in 59% of their games this season. FSU extended its shutout streak versus Jacksonville to 437:57 seconds in recording the sixth NCAA Tournament shutout in school history. In 20 all-time NCAA Tournament games FSU has now recorded shutouts in 30% of those matches. With the clean sheet the team's GAA has shrunk to 0.61, which is 0.25 less than the all-time school record. Before FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian came to Tallahassee, FSU had never recorded a season GAA below 1.00 now the team looks like it will do that in back-to-back season breaking the record set in 2005 when the squad posted a GAA of 0.86. Heading into the game with Cal Florida State has allowed just 14 goals a stunning number when you consider the all-time record is 21 set by the 2004 team that played two fewer matches.

 

SWEET 15

In the first six seasons of Florida State soccer the program had never recorded more than 14 wins in a season but that has all changed over the last six years. With FSU's win over JU Friday, Florida State has now reached 15 wins for the third time in the last six years. In two seasons under Mark Krikorian Florida State soccer has 35 wins. That is something that has never happened in program history. For the first time ever FSU has not only won 15 games in back-to-back seasons but the team has eclipsed 33 wins in a two-year span. The previous record for wins in back-to-back seasons was 32 set in 2004 and 2005. No other coach though has ever recorded more than 30 wins in two years. Patrick Baker's Seminoles got to 30 victories when you combined the 2002 and 2003 seasons. That was the previous best two-year run before Krikorian's arrival.

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