Jan. 3, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - A return trip to the College Cup, an ACC championship and a new all-time leading scorer were just a few of the highlights for the Florida State women's soccer team in 2011.
The Seminoles closed out the season with an overall record of 18-7-1. The 18 wins tied for the third most in school history equaling the win output from the 2006 and 2007 seasons. With head coach Mark Krikorian at the helm, FSU has registered at least 16 wins in each of his first seven seasons in Tallahassee.
Florida State captured its first ACC Championship in 2011 downing Wake Forest, 3-1 in penalty kicks. As the sixth-seed, FSU became the lowest seeded team to win the league title and added to its series of firsts by handing North Carolina (quarterfinals) its first-ever loss in the ACC Tournament and then defeating Virginia (semifinals) for the first time in school history.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Wys was named Tournament MVP after stopping three Wake Forest penalty kicks and finishing the tournament with a 0.59 GAA and 10 saves allowing just two goals in 305 minutes of action. Five Seminoles were named to the All-Tournament team as Wys was joined by Toni Pressley, Janice Cayman, Tiffany McCarty and Jessica Price.
By virtue of winning its first ACC title, Florida State earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and was recognized as one of four No. 1 national seeds. The berth marked the Seminoles 12th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. After not reaching the postseason in its first five years, the Seminoles are just one of 11 schools out of 316 playing Division I soccer that have gone to 12 consecutive tournaments. Of those 11 schools, four hail from the ACC (Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest).
FSU outscored the opposition 10-1 through the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament defeating Samford, Portland, Louisville and Virginia as the Seminoles returned to the College Cup in 2011 for the fifth time in school history and for the first time since a string of three straight trips from 2005-2007.
With a win over Louisville in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, Florida State joined Portland and UCLA with eight quarterfinal appearances - the most of any other teams in the nation since 2001. The win also advanced FSU to the quarterfinal round for the seventh year in a row - the longest active streak in the nation. In the history of the NCAA Tournament, Florida State is just the 11th school with eight or more quarterfinal appearances all-time - North Carolina (26), Connecticut (18), Santa Clara (14), Portland (14), Notre Dame (14), Massachusetts (10), UCLA (10), Stanford (9), Florida State (8), Penn State (8), NC State (8).
After looking for its first win over Virginia since Florida State began women's soccer in 1995, the Seminoles picked up two wins in one season with the latter eliminating the Cavaliers from the NCAA Tournament.
The first win came in the ACC Tournament semifinals as FSU erased a one-goal deficit with two second half goals to down UVA 2-1. The win was Florida State's first in the series snapping Virginia's 20-game unbeaten streak. The two schools would square-off for a third time in 2011, this time in Tallahassee, in the NCAA Tournament with a berth to the College Cup on the line. The Seminoles blanked the Cavaliers, 3-0, for their first victory over UVA at home in school history.
The five College Cup appearances are tied for the eighth most in NCAA Tournament history (Colorado College and Stanford). Since 2003, FSU's five College Cup appearances are the most of any other school in the ACC and the third most nationally trailing only UCLA (7) and Notre Dame (6).
Following its run in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Florida State sits with an all-time postseason record of 34-11-2, good for a .745 winning percentage. The marks stand as the fourth-best winning percentage and eighth most wins in the history of the NCAA Tournament.
FSU finished the year playing 21 games against 16 schools that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Seven of those schools received a national seed, while the Seminoles played each one of the schools that earned a No. 1 national seed. FSU registered a 13-7-1 record against these schools posting five wins against schools receiving a national seed.
The 2011 Seminole squad finished the season with 172 points on 55 goals and 62 assists. Redshirt junior Tiffany McCarty returned to form after missing the entire 2010 season and led FSU in scoring with 42 points on 18 goals and six assists. Defensively, the Seminoles recorded 12 shutouts reaching double-digit shutouts for the seventh year in a row.
McCarty became Florida State's all-time career leader in points, goals and shots in 2011. The Laurel, Md., native moved passed Cindy Schofield for both points (102) and goals (40) and ahead of Mami Yamaguchi (218) as the all-time shots leader. With her senior year still to come in 2012, McCarty already holds the school records for points, goals, shots and multi-goal games in ACC games only.
Florida State closed out the year as one of just three schools nationally to have at least three student-athletes honored as All-Americans by the NSCAA joining Stanford (4) and Memphis (3). McCarty and Ines Jaurena were named to the second team and Tori Huster earned third team accolades. The three honorees led all schools in the ACC. McCarty also picked up first team MVP honors from Soccer America, while Dagny Brynjarsdottir was named a first team Freshman All-American.
Despite the loss of six seniors from the 2011 squad, the Seminoles will be primed for another run at the College Cup in 2012. With the likes of Tiffany McCarty, Jessica Price, Casey Short, Ines Jaurena and Tiana Brockway back for their senior season, Florida State will once again be a team to reckon with in 2012.