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Florida State Takes Part In Pre-Championship Festivities
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Release: 12/08/2007
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Dec. 8, 2007

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College Station, Texas - The Florida State women's soccer team participated in their final practice of the season at the Aggie Soccer Stadium in preparation for the national championship game against Southern California on Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 pm EST. The game will air live on ESPN2.

The Seminoles also took part in a pre-championship press conference as well as an autograph session with area youth soccer players that participated in the YES Clinic sponsored by the NCAA on Saturday.

Florida State Updated Notes
As of December 8, 2007

NCAA Championship Final
No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 2 Southern California
Sunday, December 9, 2007 - 2:00 pm EST, ESPN2 (Live)

Florida State In The NCAA Championship Final...
* Both Florida State and Southern California will be making their first trip to the national championship game on Sunday. The Seminoles advanced to the finals in their fourth trip to the College Cup, while the Trojans reached the finals in their first appearance. Sunday's match will mark just the second time in NCAA history that both teams vying for the championship are appearing for the first time. The first this happened was in 1982 as North Carolina faced UCF in the inaugural NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. The Tar Heels defeated the Golden Knights 2-0.

* Florida State owns a record of 2-1-0 against Southern California all-time as the Seminoles have won two in a row in the series. This will mark the first meeting between FSU and USC in the NCAA Tournament. During regular season action, USC downed FSU 2-1 in the first-ever meeting back in 2003 at the Seminole Soccer Complex. But the Seminoles defeated the Trojans in back-to-back seasons in 2004 and 2005 outscoring USC 6-1. In fact, Mark Krikorian made his Seminole head coaching debut against Southern California in Los Angeles as the Seminoles upset the 18th-ranked team in the nation 4-0 in 2005. In that game, Mami Yamaguchi, Kirsten van de Ven and Katrin Schmidt all started for the Seminoles in the win. Holly Peltzer also saw action for Florida State in the shutout victory. Melissa Samokishyn, who has been sidelined all season with a leg injury, is the only Seminole on the current roster to register a point against the Trojans, assisting on a goal by Ceci Shell. The Garnet and Gold are 1-0-0 against the Women of Troy on the road.

* Florida State becomes the fourth ACC team to reach the national championship game in the history of the NCAA. That is the most of any other conference in the nation following the West Coast Conference (Portland and Santa Clara), Big East (Notre Dame and Connecticut) and the Pac-10 (UCLA and Southern California). The Seminoles join North Carolina (21 finals appearances), Duke (1 appearance) and NC State (1 appearance) to make it to the finals.

* The Seminoles own an all-time record of 9-2-1 against teams from the Pac-10 and a mark of 2-1-0 in the NCAA Tournament. In the tournament, Florida State is 2-0-0 against California (2005 & 2006) and 0-1-0 versus UCLA (2005). Sunday's contest against Southern California will mark the first Pac-10 opponent the Seminoles will face this season. FSU has posted two straight wins over Pac-10 teams defeating California and Arizona State in 2006. Against teams from the state of California, Florida State is 6-3-0 with wins coming against California (2), Southern Cal (2), Loyola Marymount (1) and San Diego State (1).

* Southern California is 3-6-1 overall against teams from the ACC. The Trojans have posted wins against Florida State, Duke and Maryland in their history. USC defeated the Terrapins 2-1 in overtime back on September 7 of this season.

Florida State In The NCAA Tournament (Team Records)...
(Updates to post-season media guide)
* Least corner kicks: 1 (3 times) vs. Clemson (2000), Ole Miss (2002), Notre Dame (2007)
* Most fouls committed: 16 (3 times) vs. California (2005), Clemson (2006), Notre Dame (2007)
* Most goals allowed, victory: 2 (3 times) vs. West Virginia (2003), Connecticut (2007), Notre Dame (2007)
* Quickest goal first half: 0:15 vs. Notre Dame (2007)

Florida State All-Time In The NCAA Tournament...
* All-time tournament record: 21-6-2 (8 appearances, .759)
* 2007 NCAA Tournament record: 5-0-0
* Goals For/Against: 60/28
* 2007 Goals For/Against: 17/4
* All-time record in College Station: 1-2-0
* Record when scoring first: 18-0-1
* Record when opponent scores first: 3-6-0
* Record in overtime games: 3-0-2
* Record in overtime pk's: 1-1
* Record when out shooting opponents: 17-3-0
* Record when out shot by opponents: 4-3-2
* Round of 16 appearances: 6
* Quarterfinal appearances: 4
* Semifinal appearances: 4
* Final appearances: 1
* Championships: 0
* Record at neutral site: 4-3-1
* Semifinal record: 1-3-0 (.250)
* Finals record: 0-0-0

Florida State In The NCAA Tournament (All-time Scoring Leaders)...
Top 5 - Points
India Trotter (8G, 1A) - 17
Sanna Talonen (8G, 1A) - 17
Mami Yamaguchi (4G, 8A) - 16
Kelly Rowland (5G, 3A) - 13
Katrin Schmidt (3G, 6A) - 12
Current Seminoles With Points
Holly Peltzer (2G, 1A) - 5
Kirsten van de Ven (2G, 1A) - 5
Marissa Kazbour (1G, 2A) - 4
Amanda DaCosta (1G, 1A) - 3
Becky Edwards (1G, 1A) - 3
Rachel Lim (1G, 1A) - 3
Annie Stalzer (1G) - 2
Victoria Damren (1A) - 1
Lauren Switzer (1A) - 1

Top 5 - Goals
India Trotter - 8
Sanna Talonen - 8
Kelly Rowland - 5
Mami Yamaguchi - 4
Camie Bybee - 4

Top 5 - Assists
Mami Yamaguchi - 8
Katrin Schmidt - 6
Jez Ratliff - 5
Four tied with 3

Florida State In The NCAA Tournament...
* The Seminoles have outscored the opposition 17-4 in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The 17 goals are the most scored in postseason history surpassing the previous record of 13 set last year.

* Florida State is now 21-6-2 in NCAA Tournament play all-time good for a .759 winning percentage, which is tied for the second-best winning percentage (Notre Dame, .759) among teams that have played 10 or more games. Only the North Carolina Tar Heels have a better winning percentage all-time (.926).

* Florida State posted five wins in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The previous best was four wins achieved twice in 2003 and 2006.

* Junior Mami Yamaguchi's goal fifteen seconds into the game was the quickest goal in Florida State school history, breaking the previous record held by freshman Sanna Talonen set earlier this season against North Florida (26 seconds). NOTE: Florida State's fastest goal in the NCAA Tournament came against Jacksonville in 2006 as Kelly Rowland scored with 3:09 on the clock.

* Mami Yamaguchi's goal in the first 15 seconds of the game constituted FSU's 15th goal of the season that has come within the first 10 minutes of the first and second halves this season. Ten of those 15 goals have come in the first 10 minutes of the start of the game.

* Florida State's second goal from Sanna Talonen marked the eighth time this season that Talonen and Mami Yamaguchi have connected for a score.

* The three goals scored against Notre Dame in the semifinals on Friday were the most goals ever scored by Florida State in the College Cup. The previous record of one was set last season in Cary, N.C. in FSU's match with the Fighting Irish. FSU was held without a goal in its first two trips to the College Cup in 2003 and 2005.

* With eight assists in this year's NCAA Tournament, Mami Yamaguchi became Florida State's all-time assist leader in the postseason. All eight assists have come in the 2007 tournament.

* Nine different Seminoles have registered a point in this year's NCAA Tournament, seven of which have scored a goal (Sanna Talonen, Mami Yamaguchi, Katrin Schmidt, Holly Peltzer, Kirsten van de Ven, Marissa Kazbour, Rachel Lim, Lauren Switzer and Amanda DaCosta) Bold denotes the seven that have scored a goal.

* The eight goals scored in the this year's NCAA Tournament by freshman Sanna Talonen are the most scored in a postseason tournament surpassing the previous record of five set by India Trotter in 2005. The eight goals by Talonen also tie FSU's all-time record for career goals in NCAA Tournament play (India Trotter: 8 goals - 2004-2007).

* With three goals and eight assists in five tournament games, junior Mami Yamaguchi stands as the only student-athlete in the nation to rank in the top 10 in all three major scoring categories (points, goals and assists per game).

* The young Noles have come through this postseason contributing to 27 of the 56 points scored through the first five tournament games. Sanna Talonen has eight goals and one assist, Marissa Kazbour sits with a goal and two assists, while Rachel Lim and Amanda DaCosta each have a goal and an assist. DaCosta and Talonen were responsible for six of the nine points tallied in FSU's 3-2 semifinal victory over Notre Dame.

* Junior's Mami Yamaguchi and Katrin Schmidt have combined for 14 assists in NCAA Tournament competition since 2005.

* Freshman goalkeeper Erin McNulty moved into second place all-time at Florida State with five career NCAA Tournament victories. She also moved into fourth place all-time with 10 saves. Her two shutouts tie the school record.

* Head coach Mark Krikorian's 300th career collegiate game proved memorable as the win over Notre Dame advanced Florida State into its first-ever national championship finals appearance. The win moved Krikorian's all-time collegiate record to 224-62-14, while he sits with a record of 56-13-8 at the helm of Florida State

* Florida State has scored three goals or more in all five postseason games in 2007.

* With a goal and an assist in Friday's semifinal victory over Notre Dame, freshman Sanna Talonen moved within four points and two goals of tying the NCAA Tournament record in both categories. Portland's Christine Sinclair set the record with 10 goals and 21 points during the 2002 tournament.

* The Seminoles improved their record in one-goal games in 2007 to 5-5 including victories in three of their last four one-goal games.

* Amanda DaCosta's assist on Mami Yamaguchi's goal 15 seconds into the first half against Southern California gave her nine on the season. DaCosta is one assist shy of tying the single-season freshman school record set by Julia Schnugg in 2003.

* Among Seminoles who have appeared in 15 or more games this season, sophomore Annie Stalzer has posted an impressive resume. In the 17 games that Stalzer has appeared, the Garnet and Gold has not lost posting a record of 15-0-2. Stalzer has appeared in five straight games and in six of the last seven.

* Prior to this season, Cindy Schofield held the individual season record for points in one season with 42 on 17 goals and eight assists in 2001. In 2007, both Mami Yamaguchi and Sanna Talonen have matched that number with 66 and 42 points, respectively.

Seminole Quick Hits...
* Florida State has tallied 233 points (81 goals, 71 assists) in 2007 which stands as the highest scoring season in school history. (Previous record 188 points: 65 goals, 58 assists).

* The Seminoles lead the ACC with 36 multiple-point performances in 2007. Seven Seminole student-athletes have registered more than one multiple-point performances including freshman Amanda DaCosta, junior Katrin Schmidt, sophomore Annie Stalzer, junior Erika Sutton, freshman Sanna Talonen and junior Mami Yamaguchi.

* Junior Mami Yamaguchi and freshman Sanna Talonen have had a hand in 77.8 percent of the 18 victories in 2007. The two forwards have combined to score 11 game-winning goals and six game-winning assists.

* Florida State has outshot the opposition 429-290 following 26 games this season. But what is most impressive is the accuracy of those shots. Of the 429 shots taken, 200 have been on goal, good for a .466 shots on goal percentage. Of those 200 shots on goal, 81 have found the back of the net (.405). In the semifinal contest against Notre Dame, the Seminoles attempt 7 shots, five shots on goal with three going for goals.

* Goalkeeper Erin McNulty holds the freshman record for wins (18) and shutouts (8) in a season. She currently holds the lowest goals against average by a freshman in Seminole history at 0.89. McNulty became just the second goalkeeper in Florida State history to record five or more career wins in the NCAA Tournament and just the first keeper to register five wins in one season.

* This year's Seminole senior class, which includes Libby Gianeskis, Holly Peltzer, Melissa Samokishyn and Kirsten van de Ven, becomes the first class to make three straight trips to the College Cup and the first to reach the national championship game. They have compiled an NCAA Tournament record of 12-2-2 over the last four seasons. They rank as the winningest, four-year senior class in school history posting a career mark to date of 68-17-12, good for an overall winning percentage of .763.

Miscellaneous Stats...
(Updates to post-season media guide)
Goal By Period
** First half: 44-7
** Second half: 36-15
** OT: 0-2
** 2OT: 1-0
** Total: 81-24

Goal Differential - W/L Record
** Even: 0-0-3
** 1-Goal: 5-5-0
** 2-Goal: 2-0-0
** 3-Goal: 5-0-0
** 4+ Goals: 6-0-0

Record when FSU...(in 2007)
** plays away from home: 6-4-3
** plays during the day: 8-2-1
** plays outside of Florida: 4-2-2
** scores 3+ goals: 13-0-1
** allows two goals: 3-3-0
** is in a one goal game: 5-5-0
** is leading at the half: 14-2-2
** scores first: 16-3-3
** take fewer shots: 1-5-2
** plays in December: 1-0-0
** plays a ranked opponent: 7-5-2

Press Conference Quotes
Head Coach Mark Krikorian
Opening Statement:
Well we're obviously thrilled to be continuing on and having a chance to play the national championship tomorrow. We had a chance to watch the UCLA/USC game yesterday, and both teams I thought were very good. We know that we will be competing against a very good team from USC tomorrow. We are very happy to be continuing to play and the goal that we have is still clear to get ourselves a win tomorrow.

On USC's defense:
"They look like they're good and tight, they're organized and compact. Their goalkeeper has had a big presence in the penalty box to accompany her good kicking game as well. So I think that they will be a challenge for us, but hopefully we'll be ready for the challenge."

On last night's play and what to fix for Sunday:
"We had a chance last night to watch the tape and things became clearer; you know we feel as though during the game probably the worst seats in the stadium are right where the coaches sit, everybody else got a better view of the game than us. I think that we forced the attack a little bit too much, we weren't patient enough, we didn't hold the ball under pressure and that's something that we can do pretty well. Credit to Notre Dame for putting us under pressure, but I think we have to be a little bit better in keeping the ball and recognizing when the pressure is on and how to break the pressure, which we've done all season and I fully expect us to be able to do it again tomorrow."

On USC's defensive style:
"I think that USC probably plays a little bit more like us in that regard, maybe not as high pressured all over the field, maybe dropping a little bit more and trying to get organized behind the ball and start the defense from there. So the tempo of the game might be a little slower tomorrow, a little bit more deliberate in the attack. But I've seen them play once now and we'll have a chance to look at some video when we get back to the hotel. But I fully expect as though they will be very organized and challenging for us to break up."

On having players with previous experience in big games:
"I think the experiences that all of the players have had whether its previous final fours or playing on the world stage certainly does contribute when the level gets a little higher. We're fortunate that we have a number of people who have played in front of big crowds, excited crowds, for meaningful games. I feel they're fully prepared to come out in the environment we're going to be in and be able to perform."

On the recent connections on the field between Sanna Talonen and Mami Yamaguchi:
"When we saw them in the course of the year, with the international players the adjustment time varies. And it's not necessarily about the player being a good player or anything along those lines, it's how long is it going to take to adjust to all of the differences, whether it's the food, classes, speaking and thinking in English, having to deal with an American coach who might be a little crazy, just different styles of play and meshing them together; playing a 4-4-2 when maybe she (Talonen) plays in a 4-5-1 in Finland and you know the adjustments. So I don't think there's any magical formula, I think it's again just their comfort level playing with each other, getting to know each other, recognizing each other's strengths and weaknesses. Quite honestly I think a lot of the credit also goes to AD (Amanda DaCosta), you know as time has gone by she's composed herself more and she's not playing like a freshman any longer. She's able to draw Mami and Sanna into the game and they just draw her into the game, and I think that's made us a much more dynamic attack."

On what he's told his players in preparation for Sunday:
"Have fun. Enjoy the moment. You never know if you'll get back to this stage again, and if you do then you're fortunate because there are an awful lot of teams at home who would love to be playing right now. I think if you get too worried about examining all of it and thinking about everything, it will negatively affect your performance. So for us we've had kind of the same approach from day one--come in, work hard, have good habits and do the right things. If we do all those things then hopefully they'll yield good benefits to us and I think we've done a lot of the right things and today was a nice relaxing jog and stretch and a little soccer horseshoes."

On the play of senior Libby Gianeskis Friday night:
"I think its spot on for us to be honest with you. We felt it last night, we talked about it last night, but then when we saw the tape again--she stepped forward and won us an awful lot of balls in the last ten minutes that kept possession in their half of the field. You know you want your players to be aggressive, but there's that fine line between being aggressive and committing fouls, and I thought she did a very good job of stepping in, winning the ball, and then connecting. Because winning the ball and then giving it back to them doesn't do you a whole lot of good. So we all felt her performance--particularly in the last ten minutes were absolutely fantastic."

On the play of freshman goalkeeper Erin McNulty:
"I thought she was quite good. As AD (Amanda DaCosta) said, we were up 2-1 and Hanks gets in behind and has a shot from within the box and she comes up huge for us as she sprung right back into the action. Her kicking game was outstanding last night; she handled everything that came her way."

On USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin:
"I think he's a good guy, he plays good soccer. He's done a heck of a job, if there's anyone in this country that's done a better job than him I'd like to see it. To go in there, take a team and put them together and get them in the final in his first season is a testament to him. He has done a tremendous job."

Freshman Amanda DaCosta:
On what stood out about FSU's performance Friday night:
"Probably the speed at which we had to play, because Notre Dame put a lot of pressure on us, like Coach said, and it affected the way we usually play. They're like a northern style, very direct and intense team and we had to adjust to that, because it's something different."

On her development throughout the season:
"I guess it was just adjusting to everyone around me, and learning how to play with Mami and Sanna and Vandy (Kirsten van de Ven) and everybody else, just connecting with them and getting more comfortable and knowing that it's okay for me to try something different once in a while."

On the play of goalkeeper Erin McNulty:
"She does the most random things. She pulls things out of nowhere, these crazy things. It's her character. I think she shows a lot of character, especially in those really tough games like yesterday, I mean it's easy to give up, but she had a breakaway when it was two to one and she came up with a foot save out of nowhere and got right back up ready to go again."

Senior Kirsten van de Ven:
On what has changed with the team since last year's College Cup appearance:
"Yeah I think that's been the biggest difference since last year, off the field we get a long and always respect each other."

Junior Mami Yamaguchi:
On playing in the Championship match Sunday:
"I'm just very excited to play tomorrow. I am very confident in my team, and if we play our soccer I know the result will come. I'm just excited to play with my team."

On her family trying to keep up with the game back in Japan:
"My mom said they would watch game tracker, at like 4 a.m. We don't get ESPN back home, so she said they would wake up and watch the game on game tracker."

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