Sept. 11, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State (3-2-0) will play the second of three straight home games on Saturday as the Seminoles welcome Auburn (2-1-1) to the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex for a 7:00 pm start. The game against the Seminoles and Tigers will be featured live on ACC Select. The Seminoles are unbeaten at home in their last 22 games posting a record of 20-0-2 during that span. Mami Yamaguchi is off to a hot start leading the team in scoring through the first five games of the season with 20 points on eight goals and four assists. Freshman Amanda DaCosta is tied with Yamaguchi for the team lead in assists with four.
THIS WEEK'S GAME INFORMATION
Wednesday, September 12, 2007; Web cast - ACC Select
Series Record: First Meeting
Troy (2-2-0) at #12 Florida State (2-2-0), 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 15, 2007; Web cast - ACC Select
Series Record: Florida State leads 5-1-0; Seminoles lead 3-0-0 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Auburn (2-1-1) at #12 Florida State (2-2-0), 7:00 pm
TROY AT FLORIDA STATE KEY NOTES:
* This marks the first meeting between Florida State and Troy as both teams enter the contest at 2-2-0 on the young season. Troy fell to Auburn 1-0 last time out.
* In just four games this season, the Trojans have already matched their season win total from a year ago. Last year, Troy finished with a record of 2-15-1, 1-10-0 in the Sun Belt Conference which tied for 10th place.
* Florida State has faced three previous schools that are current members of the Sun Belt Conference including Florida Atlantic, Florida International and South Alabama. The Seminoles are undefeated against the conference posting a record of 12-0-0.
AUBURN AT FLORIDA STATE KEY NOTES:
* After the Tigers took the first meeting between the two teams beginning in 1995, Florida State has won five straight including two in a row at home. FSU is 3-0-0 all-time in games played against the Tigers in Tallahassee. Four of the six contests in the series have been decided by one goal with the Seminoles winning three of those four games.
* Saturday's contest marks the first meeting between the two schools since 2003 and the first regular season meeting since 1999 when FSU traveled to Auburn for the only time in the series downing the Tigers 4-0.
* The last three meetings have come during the postseason with FSU having the upper hand each time. The Seminoles knocked out Auburn in the First Round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament in Clemson, S.C., and then in the Second Round in 2002 and 2003.
* FSU is 17-14-2 lifetime against teams from the SEC posting a .500 or better winning percentage against Auburn, Georgia (.500), LSU (.500), Tennessee (.500) and Ole Miss (.833).
HOME UNBEATEN STREAK
Following a 2-2-0 start with three of the first four games of the 2007 season coming on the road, Florida State returns to the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex as five of the next six games will be played in Tallahassee including a string of three straight beginning Wednesday evening against Troy. The Seminoles are carrying a school-record 21-game unbeaten streak (19-0-2) into their match-up against the Trojans, a school they are facing for the first time in history. During this streak, Florida State has not allowed more than one goal to any opponent outscoring the opposition 58-10 while posting 10 shutouts. North Carolina was the last school to beat FSU at home downing the Seminoles 4-1 on September 22, 2005. The streak began the very next game as FSU defeated NC State 3-1 on September 25, 2005. The Seminoles closed out the `05 season winning their last seven home games, while posting a record of 11-0-2 at home in 2006. It marked just the second time in school history a Florida State team did not suffer a loss at home; the first coming in 2001 when FSU went 8-0-0. Under head coach Mark Krikorian, the Seminoles are 21-1-2 when playing in front of their home crowd.
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Florida State and Troy will square-off for the first time on Wednesday, September 12. The match marks the third first-time opponent the Seminoles have faced in consecutive weeks, while the Trojans are the third and final first-time opponent the Seminoles will face during the regular season. Last week, FSU downed first-time opponents Francis Marion 10-0 in the Seminoles home opener and Cal State Northridge 6-1 in Portland on Labor Day. Florida State has fared well when facing a team for the first-time posting an all-time record of 39-27-3.
AGAINST THE TIGERS
Florida State is riding a five-game winning streak including a perfect 3-0 record at home against Auburn. The Seminoles and Tigers haven't met in a regular season match since 1999 when FSU defeated the Tigers 4-0 in Auburn. The last three games have come in the NCAA Tournament with Florida State winning all three by one-goal. This marks the first time in his head coaching career that Mark Krikorian will face the Auburn Tigers.
1995 - Auburn 1, Florida State 0 (at Athens, Ga.)
1998 - Florida State 6, Auburn 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
1999 - Florida State 4, Auburn 0 (at Auburn, Ala.)
2001* - Florida State 1, Auburn 0 (at Clemson, S.C.)
2002* - Florida State 2, Auburn 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
2003* - Florida State 2, Auburn 1 (at Tallahassee, Fla.)
* denotes NCAA Tournament Game
HOT START 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). After the first four games of the season, she is just two points shy of matching last year's season total. Yamaguchi is leading the team with 14 points in 2007 with five goals and four assists. She has started the season registering a point in all four games. The Tokyo, Japan native 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. Her shots on goal percentage have been lights out so far this season as 10 of her 18 shots have been on goal (55.6%).
Florida State established a school record in 2007 welcoming 12 new players including nine freshmen and three transfers, eclipsing the previous record of 11 set back in 1999. The big question entering the season was what kind of role the newcomers would play. That question has been quickly answered in the first two weeks of the season. Freshman Sanna Talonen and junior transfer Erika Sutton are tied for second on the team in points (7) and goals scored (3). Freshman Amanda DaCosta is second on the team in assists with three and fourth in points with five. Goalkeeper Erin McNulty has started all four matches and has made 16 saves including a career-high seven against Florida last weekend. Four freshmen were in the starting lineup for each of the first four games including Talonen, DaCosta, McNulty and Rachel Brown. Brown has started in the midfield for the Seminoles registering five shots, two on goal. Rachel Lim tallied her first collegiate goal against Francis Marion, while Marissa Kazbour and Margo McAuley each contributed with an assist against the Patriots.
GOALS A PLENTY
Florida State have scored 18 goals through the first four games of the season an average of 4.5 goals per game, good for the second highest scoring offense in the nation. That goal production through the first four games in the highest total to start a season in the 13-year history of the program. The previous best was 17 goals established during the Seminoles inaugural season of 1995.
With a lot of scoring going on through the first four games of the season, there have many been a few Seminole student-athletes that have either matched or established new game career-highs.
* With an assist in back-to-back games against Cal State Northridge and Francis Marion, Becky Edwards tied a career-high for assists in a game. All 10 of her career assists have come on separate occasions.
* Katrin Schmidt registered her first multi-assist game of her career when she tallied two assists against Francis Marion in FSU's 10-0 victory.
* Sophomore Annie Stalzer tied a pair of career-highs while setting another in FSU's win over FMU. Stalzer scored the final goal against the Patriots tying her career-high for points (2) and goals (1) in a game. She set a new career-high with three shots.
* Sarah Wagenfuhr also had a great day against Francis Marion setting a new career-high for points (4) and assists (2). The junior captain scored a goal and tallied two assists. The goal was only her second career goal and first since scoring against Wake Forest on October 25, 2005.
* Mami Yamaguchi has had a great start to the 2007 season. In just four games, she set career-highs for points (7) and goals (3), while tying her career-high for assists with two.
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