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NCAA QUARTERFINAL MEDIA GUIDE: FSU And Clemson Battle For A College Cup Trip Friday At 7:00
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Release: 11/21/2006
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Nov. 21, 2006

NCAA Quarterfinal Notes | Player Bios

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Florida State will host an NCAA Quarterfinal match for the first time in program history.
  • The Seminoles are now 9-0-0 all-time at home in the NCAA Tournament.
  • This is the third time in four years the Seminoles have played in an NCAA Quarterfinal. Only UCLA has played in more the last four seasons.
  • Florida State has never lost a quarterfinal match in the NCAA's going 1-0-1. FSU beat Florida (2003) and tied and advanced past North Carolina (2005).
  • This is the first time FSU has hosted every match up to the College Cup.
  • FSU has now recorded two shutouts in a single NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
  • In seven NCAA Tournament trips the Seminoles have recorded seven shutouts.
  • Florida State is now 15-5-2 in NCAA Tournament play for a .727 winning percentage. Sixth-best ever among teams with 10 or more games.
  • With a 1-0 shutout of Illinois, FSU has 14 shutouts on the season besting the single season record of 11 set in 2005.
  • Ali Mims is FSU's career NCAA Tournament leader in shutouts with four. She now has 45 wins and 20 shutouts in her career.
  • The Seminoles are 0-2 versus Clemson in NCAA Tournament play. Both losses came at Clemson in 2000 and 2001.
  • Florida State has never scored a goal versus Clemson in the NCAA Tournament.
  • In the last seven meetings with Clemson, FSU is 5-0-2. The last loss to the Tigers came in the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
  • In the last seven meetings between the Seminoles and Tigers, five of the games have either been ties or one-goal games.
  • The ACC is the only conference with more than one team in the NCAA Quarterfinals and they have three of the eight participants.
  • Florida State, North Carolina and Clemson have combined to play 13 games versus the remaining eight teams in the NCAA Tournament.
  • The six teams with the highest all-time NCAA Tournament winning percentage are all still playing in the final eight.
  • The quarterfinals features two match-ups of teams seeded No. 1 and No. 2 and two match-ups between a seeded team and an unseeded team.
  • Florida State will try to advance to the College Cup for the second straight season as a No. 2 seed.

 

TOURNEY TALK

This is the third time in seven trips to the NCAA Tournament that Florida State has advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and all those trips have come in the last four seasons. Florida State has never lost a quarterfinal match going 1-0-1 and has advanced to the College Cup after both of those games. In 2003 FSU went to Gainesville and beat the Gators 2-1. Last season FSU tied North Carolina in Chapel Hill and then knocked the Tar Heels out of the NCAA Tournament in a PK shootout. This is the first time FSU will have the opportunity to advance to the College Cup on its home field. Although the program has advanced to at least the third round five times now, none of the routes have ever been like this year. For the first FSU will play four straight NCAA Tournament games at home. In the first six NCAA invites FSU played just six of its 19 games at home. In just one tournament run this year FSU will almost equal that number with four home games. Friday's match versus Clemson will mark the first time FSU has ever played a game at the Seminole Soccer Complex later than November 17. The latest game ever played coming into 2005 was November 17, 2003 when FSU beat Auburn 2-1 to advance to face UConn in the round of 16. This is also the first time in school history FSU has hosted an NCAA Tournament game versus an ACC team. The Seminoles have played Clemson twice in South Carolina and North Carolina once in Chapel Hill. While playing an NCAA Quarterfinal match at home is new, there is an obvious trend for FSU when they reach the final eight. For the third time in three NCAA Quarterfinal appearances the Seminoles will face a team they have already played during the regular season. The previous two times FSU has played in the quarterfinals it has been the second time they have played their opponent and they have advanced both times. In 2003 FSU lost to Florida and then beat them in the NCAA's. In 2005 FSU lost to North Carolina and then tied them in the NCAA's. This year the Seminoles and Tigers tied during the regular season.

 

CLEMSON (11-7-5)

SERIES RECORD: Series tied 7-7-2

IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Clemson leads 2-0

WIN STREAK: FSU is 5-0-2 in the last seven

LAST MEETING: FSU 0 CLEM 0 (at FSU)

NCAA Berth: ACC At-Large

 

TIGER TALES

Clemson was the first ACC team FSU ever beat and that win came back in 1996. It was the lone bright spot in the series for FSU up until 2001. The Tigers led the all-time series 7-2 up until 2001 but FSU has gone 5-0-2 since then and are now tied with Clemson in the all-time series at 7-7-2. Florida State is on a seven-game unbeaten streak versus the Tigers last losing to Clemson in 2001 in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to 2005, this series was characterized by close matches. Before last year the last six meetings between the teams had either been decided by one goal or ended up in ties. In ACC games, FSU and Clemson had played five straight one-goal games dating back to 2000 and FSU was 4-1 in those matches. That all changed last season when the Tigers and Seminoles faced off in back-to-back games. The teams met to close out the season in South Carolina and then opened ACC Tournament play against one another. The Seminoles won those two games by a combined score of 7-0. FSU's 3-0 win in the regular season was the most lopsided win for the Seminoles in the series until a few days later when Florida State beat the Tigers 4-0 in Cary, NC at the ACC Tournament. The series reverted to form this season with a 0-0 double OT tie in Tallahassee.

 

Clemson is one of just two original ACC teams FSU has played in the NCAA Tournament and the Tigers have eliminated the Seminoles both times. In 2000 Clemson sent FSU home in a third round match and in 2001 the loss came in the second round of the NCAA's. Florida State has never scored a goal versus the Tigers in the NCAA Tournament. After losing 2-0 and 1-0 in the first two seasons FSU ever was invited to the NCAA Tournament, the teams have not met in NCAA's since 2001. When the teams meet Friday, it will be the third time they have played in the NCAA's equaling the most games versus a team for FSU who has also faced Auburn on three occasions. FSU has not fared well in the NCAA Tournament versus current members of the ACC. On top of the two losses to Clemson, FSU also tied Boston College and was eliminated by the Eagles in the 2004 tournament. FSU has never won an NCAA Tournament game versus an ACC team and had never advanced past an ACC school in the NCAA's until the quarterfinals last season versus North Carolina.

 

SINCE WE LAST MET

Florida State and Clemson faced off to conclude the regular season November 1 in Tallahassee in a 0-0 game. Since then the teams have taken different paths to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. Since the teams ended the regular season against one another FSU has gone 4-1-1 and played in the ACC Championship while Clemson has gone 1-1-3 winning once in the ACC Tournament and tying all three of their NCAA Tournament matches. The Tigers have been outscored 5-3 in those five games while FSU has beaten its six opponents by a combined score of 13-3. The only common opponent the teams faced was North Carolina. The Tar Heels beat Clemson 3-0 in the ACC Tournament Semi-Finals and FSU lost to the Heels 2-1 in OT in the ACC Championship.

 

SINCE FSU & CLEMSON PLAYED

               FSU     CLEM

Record    4-1-1    1-1-3

Goals       13         3

GA          3          3

SO          4          2

PK Wins  1          3

 

WE ARE ELITE

Florida State may not be a grizzled veteran when it comes to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals but the Seminoles have adapted pretty well. Both times FSU has played in the quarterfinals they have advanced to the College Cup. In 2003 it was a 2-1 win over Florida and in 2005 a 1-1 tie with North Carolina before a shootout win. Entering the 2000 season the Seminoles had not been to a single NCAA Tournament. Seven years later the squad will play in its third NCAA Quarterfinal. Only one school (UCLA) has been to more quarterfinals over the last four seasons than FSU and overall just five other schools have played in three of the last four quarterfinal rounds. Three of those six schools have won a National Championship. This group of only six schools represents some of the most successful programs in the history of women's college soccer including North Carolina, Portland, UCLA and Notre Dame among others. FSU and UNC are the only ACC schools on the list and both have made three appearances in the last four seasons. The ACC is the only conference with two schools on that list. Regionally speaking, FSU is the only southern team to make into this elite group.

 

Quarterfinal's Since 2003

UCLA              4

Florida State   3

UNC               3

Santa Clara      3

Penn State        3

Notre Dame     3

 

SCHEDULING CONFLICT

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 the first three rounds of play, the Seminoles schedule looks even tougher. Florida State has played four games versus the seven teams still remaining in the NCAA Tournament. Only North Carolina has played more (6) and no other team has played more than three. Only four of the remaining NCAA Tournament teams have played three or more games versus the eight schools still standing and three of those schools are from the ACC. When you compare that to the rest of the country those number are pretty amazing. For example, Notre Dame, a No. 1 seed and the No. 1 team in the nation, did not play a single game in 2006 versus any of the quarterfinal squads. In fact two of the No. 1 seeds (Notre Dame and UCLA) combined to play just two games versus the remaining field. In contrast, the three ACC teams still alive combined to play 13 games versus quarterfinal participants. 

 

Games Versus NCAA Teams

Team                1st Rnd.    2nd Rnd.   3rd Rnd.   QF

North Carolina  15            12            9             6

Florida State   12           10           7             4

Clemson           10            9             6             3

Texas A&M     10            8             7             3

Penn State        10            6             6             2

Portland            5             3             3             2

UCLA              7             6             3             2

Notre Dame      10            7             0             0

 

NOTHING NEW

One of the reasons for Florida State's success in the NCAA Tournament has been playing in the ACC. The conference continually proves itself to be the best in the nation and with seven of 11 teams making the NCAA Tournament and three still playing in the final eight nobody can make an argument against the ACC once again in 2006. Although one of the three ACC teams still alive will be knocked out when FSU and Clemson meet, the ACC is guaranteed a team in the final four for the 24th time in 25 years. The best case scenario will see two ACC schools advancing and the conference will make up half of the final four teams for the sixth time in ACC history. Teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference have excelled in NCAA Tournament play because of the level of competition. The ACC season is basically like playing in the NCAA Tournament. For example, when FSU takes on Clemson Friday, it will be the Seminoles 11th straight game versus a 2006 NCAA Tournament team. No other team has played even seven straight versus NCAA Tournament teams heading into the NCAA quarterfinals. Of the eight teams still remaining only three teams have played six in a row and every other team has played five or less. The three ACC schools have the three longest streaks. Not only has FSU played 11 straight versus NCAA Tournament teams they have dominated that competition. In the previous 10 games versus NCAA Tournament teams leading up to the quarterfinals FSU posted a 6-2-2 record.

 

Consecutive games versus

NCAA Tournament Teams

Florida State     11

Clemson           6

UNC                6

Penn State        6

Portland           5

Texas A&M     5

UCLA              4

Notre Dame     4

 

REPRESENTING

ESPN soccer writer Graham Hayes dubbed the 2006 NCAA Tournament's third round the ACC Invitational and that statement holds true for the quarterfinals as well. The ACC sent three of its seven NCAA Tournament teams through to the quarterfinals, making it the only conference with more than one team still playing this week. Florida State, North Carolina and Clemson are all still alive as the ACC represents 38% of the eight teams still playing soccer this week. No other conference sent even two teams through. What's even more impressive is the way the ACC's teams have performed in the 2006 tournament. In the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament the ACC posted a record of 8-1-5 with the only loss coming in a match-up of ACC teams between Virginia and Wake Forest. No other conference in the entire NCAA Tournament recorded a victory versus an ACC team until the round of 16. This past weekend Texas A&M defeated Virginia 2-1 and Penn State beat Boston College 1-0. Compare that to the Big East which was tied with the ACC placing seven teams in the NCAA Tournament. Of the seven teams only Notre Dame is still alive. The Big 12 had fared very well also as three of the four teams the conference sent to the NCAA Tournament all advanced to the round of 16 but Texas A&M is the only school still alive.

 

16 By Conference

ACC                3

Big 12               1

Big 10               1

Pac-10              1

Big East            1

WCC                1

 

MR. NOVEMBER

Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian has proven he can win anywhere and at any time but if you have to choose one time of the year to really excel it would be in November. Obviously because that is conference and NCAA Tournament time and if you are playing well in November your team is playing for a title. With Florida State's win over Illinois Sunday Krikorian raised his record at FSU to 8-2-2 in November for a .750 winning percentage. Before he came to FSU the Seminoles were 13-15-4 in November for a .496 winning percentage. Krikorian knows how to win at the most crucial time of the year and that pre-dates Florida State. In his 12-year coaching career Krikorian is now 27-10-2 in the month of November for a .718 winning percentage. That kind of record in the most crucial month of the season goes a long way to explain Krikorian's two National Championships, three NCAA semi-final appearances, one quarterfinal appearance and one other round of 16 appearance. In just two seasons at FSU he is more than proving his success at Franklin Pierce and Hartford translates inside the toughest conference in America. Krikorian is the first FSU coach to lead his team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals and the first to lead FSU to three or more wins in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. If Krikorian is able to coach FSU past Clemson this Friday he will try to do something neither he nor FSU has ever done and that is win a game in December.

 

Krikorian in November

Franklin Pierce              7-3-0

Hartford                       12-5-0

Florida State                  8-2-2

 

WHY SHOULD IT BE ANY DIFFERENT

The Florida State offense stole the headlines opening weekend of the 2006 NCAA Tournament but versus Illinois the Seminoles continued to do what they have done best all season and that is shut people down. FSU blanked Illinois for the team's 14th shutout of the season as the team held the Fighting Illini to just one shot on goal. The Seminole's have played stellar defense all season long and the team's record number of shutouts and 0.60 GAA are proof of that. So far in the NCAA Tournament the Seminoles have allowed just one goal and recorded two shutouts in the same NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. In the team's last nine NCAA Tournament games dating back to 2004 FSU has recorded four shutouts so the squad's excellent defensive play in the NCAA's is really nothing new. No team in the quarterfinals has allowed fewer goals as Florida State is one of six teams that have allowed just one goal in the first three games. Only North Carolina and UCLA have given up more than one goal in the NCAA Tournament. What is so impressive about FSU though is the job they are doing on both sides of the pitch. Of the six teams that have allowed just one goal, the Seminoles are third behind Notre Dame and Texas A&M for goal differential in the 2006 NCAA Tournament at nine. Overall, only three teams have a better goal differential than FSU as UNC is +15 and Notre Dame and Texas A&M are +10.

 

Doing It At Both Ends

TM                GA    GF     DIFF    SO

UNC             2       17      +15       2

Notre Dame   1       11      +10       1

Texas A&M  1       11      +10       2

FSU              1       10     +9        2

UCLA           4       12      +8        0

Portland         1       7       +6        2

Penn State     1       6       +5        2

Clemson        1       1       0          2

 

WAKE-UP CALL

When FSU surrendered three goals to the Blue Devils it was a low point of the season for the defense especially since all of them came in the second half. One was a late goal with Kelly Rowland playing in the net but still it was and still is the most goals allowed by the FSU defense all season. Since that game against the Blue Devils FSU has responded. In the eight games since the Duke loss FSU is 5-1-2 and has allowed just three goals in 768 minutes for a 0.35 GAA. The Seminoles have outscored teams 16-3 in that eight game span and what is so impressive about this run is the teams FSU has played. Of those eight games two came in the regular season versus NCAA Tournament teams, three came in the ACC Tournament and three others came in the NCAA Tournament. The only teams that have scored on FSU in the last eight matches are North Carolina who scored twice and Cal who got on the board after the Bears were down 3-0. During these last eight matches FSU has recorded six shutouts and scored the game's first goal six times. The only times FSU has failed to score the first goal of the game in the last eight matches came in 0-0 ties with Clemson and Wake Forest.

 

SHOES ON THE OTHER FOOT

The last two games for FSU in the NCAA Tournament have been rematches from the 2005 postseason. Florida State has now ended Cal and Illinois' seasons for the second straight year. Nobody knows their pain like the Seminoles. In Florida State's first four NCAA Tournament trips the Seminoles were eliminated by the same team in back-to-back-years twice. In 2002 and 2003 it was Connecticut who sent FSU home. Those seasons UConn eliminated FSU in the third round (2002) and the College Cup (2003). The other team that sent FSU packing in back-to-back seasons was this week's opponent Clemson. In both 2000 and 2001 the Tigers eliminated Florida State. This will be just the third time in seven NCAA Tournament trips that FSU will have a chance to avenge a loss that ended the team's National Championship hopes. The previous two obviously didn't go so well versus UConn and Clemson in 2001 and 2003 as the Seminoles were shutout in both of those games.

 

ROWL CALL

Kelly Rowland is leaving a legacy at Florida State that is going to be hard for any other player to touch. Her 87 consecutive starts and 93 total career starts should hold up for some time. With Sarah Wagenfuhr missing starts due to commitments with the US U-20 National Team and Katrin Schmidt missing a start in 2005 on senior night it could be a long time before anyone challenges Rowland's start records. As a defender she holds FSU records for goals (14), assists (17) and points (45). The only defender at FSU has who has shown the ability to attack like Rowland is Katrin Schmidt but the left back is three goals and five assists short of where Rowland was through the first two seasons of her career. One area that no player will ever threaten when it comes to Rowland is her unselfishness. After three seasons establishing herself as one of the best center backs in America, Rowland has played forward and midfielder this season. She moved from a position where she had excelled for three years to a spot of need and as usual she has done nothing but play spectacularly. Since the Florida Atlantic game Rowland has played three games up top before settling in to her role as a defensive midfielder. In these 19 games she has scored four goals and assisted on two others. In this stretch she is tied with Selin Kuralay for the most game-winning goals (3) and first goals of a game (3). She is one of just five players with double digit points in these 19 games.

 

Not surprisingly she has been at her best when the Seminoles have needed her the most. In the 2006 NCAA Tournament she is second on the team in goals and points and she has two of FSU's three game-winners. Coming into 2006 Rowland had never scored an NCAA Tournament game-winning goal but in three games as a senior she has already secured wins over Jacksonville and Illinois with goals. With her productive start to this year's NCAA Tournament Rowland has moved up the career lists at Florida State. She is now second all-time in NCAA Tournament points (11), goals (4) and game-winning goals (2). Rowland is just the fourth Seminole to ever record multiple game-winning goals in an NCAA Tournament.

 

GWG In An NCAA Tournament

India Trotter         3       2005

Kelly Rowland     2       2006

Leah Gallegos      2       2003

Cindy Schofield    2       2002

 

THEY'RE SPECIAL

If there was ever any question to how special seniors India Trotter and Kelly Rowland are there are really just two categories you need to look at. What these two players have done when it comes to career starts and NCAA Tournament play is a testament to how much they have done for this program. Trotter and Rowland are first and second all-time at FSU for career starts with a combined 185. The only other Seminole to ever start 90 games was Amber Tollefson. No other FSU player has ever even started more than 83 games besides that trio. No two players in the same class have ever started more games than Trotter and Rowland who bested the record of 169 combined starts set by Tollefson and Kristin Boyce from 2000-2003. The other are where these two have been dominant is in the NCAA Tournament. Trotter and Rowland have already played in two College Cups and with a win Friday they will finish their careers in a third. The postseason success FSU has experienced the last four years has a lot to do with these two players. Trotter and Rowland are either first or second in career NCAA Tournament goals, points and game-winning goals. The pair has 26 career NCAA Tournament points, 11 goals and six game-winning goals. What they have combined to do on the biggest stage has never been done by any FSU players. No two Seminoles, regardless of the years they played, have ever combined for more than 20 points, 10 goals or five game-winners.

 

                                                            REGULAR SEASON         NCAA TOURNEY

PLAYERS             YRS     STARTS    PTS         GLS  ASSTS       GLS     PTS         GWG

Rowland/Trotter      03-06    185             116          40      36               11         26            6

 

DID YOU EXPECT SOMEONE ELSE?

The 2006 NCAA Tournament is down to eight and there are very few surprises in the quarterfinals. All six of the teams with the best winning percentages in NCAA Tournament history are still playing. North Carolina, Portland, Notre Dame, UCLA, Penn State and Florida State all have NCAA Tournament winning percentages above .725 and they are all still playing. Of the eight teams remaining six are seeded and one of the two unseeded teams is defending National Champion Portland. The other unseeded team is Clemson who FSU will face Friday. The teams in the 2006 quarterfinals have been perennial powers in the women's game. This group has combined to make 18 trips to the College Cup this decade. The only team not to advance to the semi-finals at least once since 2000 is Clemson and they are just one win away from joining that group. North Carolina, Portland, Notre Dame and UCLA have all played in the championship game and all of those teams except for UCLA have captured a title this decade.

 

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

When Florida State played Florida in Gainesville in the quarterfinals of the 2003 NCAA Tournament the team really had no idea what to expect. It was just the third time FSU had played in an NCAA Tournament and the Seminoles handled being just one game away from the College Cup pretty well defeating the Gators in Gainesville. Three years later it is a completely different story. The Seminoles will enter Friday's game with Clemson with seven players who have started a NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal match and two others, Kelly Rowland and India Trotter, who have started two in their careers. Eight of FSU's 11 starters Friday will have experience starting in last year's quarterfinal match versus North Carolina. The only players who may possibly start who did not play in last year's NCAA Tournament game are Becky Edwards, Onnie Trusty, Kirsten van de Ven, Toby Ranck or Iraia Iturregi. Only two of those players are freshmen and Toby Ranck has played in a College Cup in 2003.  

 

TURNING IT ON

One of the biggest question marks surrounding the Seminoles entering the 2006 NCAA Tournament centered on the team's offense. FSU scored just 28 regular season goals, the second-lowest total in the history of the program. If the 2006 NCAA Tournament is any indication, those troubles are a thing of the past. With 10 goals in the first three games, FSU has scored more goals so far than the team did in all five matches on its run to the College Cup last year. The nine goals FSU scored in two games opening weekend were more than the team had scored in the previous eight games combined coming into postseason play. It all started with a school postseason record six goals versus Jacksonville and then continued to roll with three more versus Cal, all of which were scored in the first 27 minutes of that match. The Seminoles offensive outburst is a positive sign. The last time FSU scored nine or more goals in any NCAA Tournament was in 2003 and that team ended up playing in the College Cup. Something can be said for scoring early building confidence. Versus Jacksonville FSU scored the quickest NCAA Tournament goal in school history and then followed with five more over the course of the match. Versus Cal, Florida State tallied three goals in the first 27 minutes of that match and cruised to another win. Overall, in three NCAA Tournament games the Seminoles have scored eight first half goals of which six have come before the clock reached 30:00.

 

COUNT ON THEM

When it came time to move into the NCAA Tournament the Seminoles turned to their most reliable offensive players and they delivered. Florida State's top two scorers over the last two seasons both stepped up their games opening weekend and even more specifically versus Cal. India Trotter and Selin Kuralay accounted for two goals, two assists, a game-winning goal and two game winning assists. While Katrin Schmidt stole the show Friday night versus Jacksonville, Trotter and Kuralay were the heavy hitters on Sunday. Kuralay put FSU on top just 6:52 into the match with a jaw-dropping strike and then she sealed FSU's win when her picture perfect assist which led to Trotter's eventual game-winning goal. Kelly Rowland, the most experienced starter on the team, has played a huge role as well. The defender-turned-midfielder scored that first goal versus JU three minutes in then assisted on the second goal of the match. She followed that up by scoring the lone goal versus Illinois. Those five points are more than the three Rowland totaled in five NCAA Tournament games in 2005 and the two game-winners were the first of her career in the postseason.

 

HOME COOKING

Since Mark Krikorian took over the Seminole soccer program in 2005, Florida State has made Tallahassee a very difficult place to play. Not only are the Seminoles unbeaten in their last 19 home games, FSU is 19-1-2 all time at the Seminole Soccer Complex under Krikorian. In those 22 matches, Florida State has outscored its opponents 56-13. The statistical edge FSU has playing at home is remarkable. FSU has scored four times as many goals as its opponents over the last two years in Tallahassee but where the team has really hurt opponents is in the second half. Over the last two seasons Florida State has a 33-4 edge in second half scoring. That isn't the only area where FSU has been dominant though. The Seminoles have out shot opponents 504-160, taken 143 corners to just 44 for opponents and put 205 shots on goal compared to just 62. Over this two year stretch the defense has been just as remarkable led by Ali Mims in net. Since 2005, Mims has posted a 0.62 GAA in home matches and FSU has shutout 12 of those 24 opponents.

 

As remarkable as those numbers are over a two-year stretch, they are even more amazing this season. Florida State is 10-0-2 this year at home and the reasons for that success are numerous. First, FSU has scored six times as many goals that their opponents at home this year. The Seminoles have outscored teams 24-4 at the Seminole Soccer Complex in 2006. FSU takes more than three shots for every one shot an opponent takes (295-88) and has three times as many corner kicks. The Seminoles' defense is another huge reason for the success. FSU has a home GAA of just 0.34 this season and seven shutouts. Those are phenomenal numbers considering Portland, Florida, Virginia, Illinois, Cal and Clemson are among the teams that played in Tallahassee this season. In 2006, of the four goals FSU has allowed three have been unassisted as the backline is just not allowing opponents to break them down, which is just another sign of how good the defense is at home.

 

FSU AT HOME (05-06)

            FSU     OPP

Record 19-1-2   1-19-2

Goals    56         13

Shots    504       160

SOG     205       62

CK       143       44

SO       12         2

GAA    0.58      2.48

 

WE SCORE, WE WIN

If you are a believer in signs, here is one to look for Friday. Florida State has never lost an NCAA Tournament game in which they have scored a goal. All five of FSU's NCAA Tournament losses have been shutouts for their opponents. FSU's five shutout losses in the NCAA Tournament have come versus Clemson (2), UConn (2) and UCLA. The Tigers blanked FSU in 2000 and 2001. The Huskies recorded clean sheets against the Seminoles in 2002 and 2003. In 2005 it was UCLA in the College Cup. In 2004 BC kept FSU off the board in a 0-0 tie in which the Eagles advanced on PK's. While scoring seems obvious in correlation to winning, it isn't as closely related as one may think. All-time, FSU is just 25-36-7 in games where the team has scored one goal for a .419 winning percentage so that fact FSU has never lost when scoring a goal in the NCAA Tournament is a big improvement. The stat is a little misleading though. In FSU's 15 NCAA Tournament wins, 13 of the victories have come when FSU has scored two or more goals. The only times Florida State scored just one goal in a postseason game was in a 1-0 win over Auburn in 2001 and a 1-1 tie with North Carolina last year.

 

 

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