Aug 21, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The 2013 Florida State soccer season will get underway on Friday, August 23 when the Seminoles host Oregon State at 7:00 p.m. inside the Seminole Soccer Complex. Before Friday's season opener, Seminoles.com previews the 2013 season taking a look at each position, this year's schedule and things to watch for throughout the year.
The Seminoles return six starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's squad that advanced to their second straight College Cup and sixth semifinal appearance in the last 10 years, claimed the outright ACC regular season title for the first time in school history and finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation.
With six College Cup appearances since 2003, Florida State is one of only three programs in the nation to play in soccer's version of the `Final Four' six times in the last 10 years. Since 2000, the Seminoles have made 13 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, played in 11 `Sweet 16's' and advanced to the quarterfinal round eight years in a row - the longest active streak in the nation.
FSU returns three of its top four leading scorers from last year in Dagny Brynjarsdottir (27 points), Kristin Grubka (16 points) and Jamia Fields (14 points). Tiffany McCarty, who graduated with both a bachelor's and master's degree following the 2012 season, left Florida State as the Seminoles' all-time career leader in 14 different offensive categories.
The Seminoles welcome seven newcomers to Tallahassee in 2013. Six of the seven student-athletes arrive as freshmen including three who enrolled at FSU back in the spring of 2013 (Anna McClung, Cassie Miller and Ani Sarkisian). Megan Campbell is the lone international standout of the group hailing from Louth, Ireland. A transfer from the Institute of Technology Carlow, Campbell has two years of eligibility remaining.
Mark Krikorian embarks on his ninth year as head coach of the Florida State soccer program amassing a record of 146-39-14. Krikorian has led the Seminoles to five College Cup appearances (2005-07, 2011 and 2012) and a berth in their first national title game in 2007. He led Florida State to a share of the ACC regular season title in 2009 before winning it outright in 2012. Krikorian also guided the Seminoles to their first league championship in 2011.
Krikorian on the upcoming season:
Leadership & Experience
Kallman has been named team captain for the second year in a row. The Woodbury, Minn., native enters her senior season with 66 career starts and 22 points on eight goals and six assists. She has been a fixture in the Seminole backline since 2010 and has gained valuable international experience along the way as a member of both the U-20 and U-23 U.S. Women's National Teams.
Of the 12 letterwinners returning for the Seminoles in 2013, 11 have recorded at least one career start. Six have started at least 15 games including Wys (68), Kallman (66), Dagny Brynjarsdottir (37), Kristin Grubka (36), Jamia Fields (34) and Isabella Schmid (19).
Seven student-athletes were named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 2012 raising the total to 28 players honored since 2009 - the second most in the league during that span. Kallman capped off the year earning second team Academic All-America honors from Capital One/CoSIDA while claiming second team Scholar All-America accolades from the NSCAA. Seventeen Seminoles went on to earn ACC Academic Honor Roll accolades during the 2012-13 school year maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA as well as earning a 3.0 GPA each semester. Jessica Price, who graduated with her masters' degree following the fall 2012 semester, became the first Seminole to be named a six-time selection to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Krikorian on the leadership and overall experience of this year's team:
Wys returns for her final season at Florida State as the all-time career record holder in nine different categories including overall wins (51), shutouts (30) and starts (68). The Coral Springs, Fla., native is coming off a junior year that saw her post single-season career bests in wins (19), GAA (0.70) and fewest goals allowed (15). She led the ACC in shutouts (10) and save percentage (.830) while ranking nationally in GAA (31st) and minutes played (32nd). Wys went on to make school history following the 2012 campaign becoming the first goalkeeper in program history to earn All-America accolades as she was named a third team honoree by the NSCAA.
Miller was one of three incoming freshmen who arrived on campus in January of 2013 enrolling at Florida State for the spring semester. The Arizona native got a good feel for the college game during the Seminoles' spring exhibition schedule but also gained valuable experience with the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team as she was called into camp twice in 2013. Miller is a two-time NSCAA Youth All-American.
Krikorian on the goalkeepers:
The Seminole defense finished the 2012 season ranked in the top 40 nationally in shutout percentage (2nd - 0.708), GAA (12th - 0.619) and save percentage (36th - 0.839). Opponents had a hard time finding the back of the net against Florida State a year ago as the Garnet and Gold strung together a school record nine consecutive shutouts including eight straight in ACC play, while posting a consecutive minute shutout streak that lasted a school record 934:09.
Florida State also had a great deal of success in one-goal games in 2012 posting a record of 12-3 as 11 of those 15 matches resulted in a 1-0 decision with the Seminoles winning 10 of those matches. It marked the most 1-0 victories for the Seminoles in a single-season.
While the verdict is still out on who will replace Jaurena and Short on the ends, the Seminoles will look to the triangle of Wys, Grubka and Kallman to lead the defensive effort in 2013.
Krikorian on the defense:
Dagny Brynjarsdottir is coming off a breakout sophomore season in which she posted single-season career-highs in every offensive category including goals (9), assists (9), points (27), shots (40), game-winning goals (5) and game-winning assists (2). The Icelandic native also had a productive summer as a member of the Full National Team at the 2013 Euro Women's Championship as her game-winning goal against the Netherlands in pool play led Iceland into the quarterfinals of the championship for the first time ever.
Jamia Fields has caused havoc for opponents on the outside with her quickness and ability to create scoring chances especially during ACC play. In her first two years, Fields has registered 14 assists including six of the game-winning variety. She has already racked up eight career assists against league opponents which are tied for the fourth most against ACC foes in Florida State history.
Marta Bakowska-Mathews, Kahlia Hogg, Nora Kervroëdan, Hikaru Murakami, Carson Pickett and Isabella Schmid all played valuable minutes in the midfield for the Seminoles last year and were major contributors to FSU's run to a second straight College Cup appearance. Look for this group along with an infusion of newcomers to see continued action on the pitch for the Seminoles in 2013.
Krikorian on the midfield:
Florida State returns 53.2 percent (92 of the 173 points) of its total scoring from last year including three student-athletes who registered double-digit points. Dagny Brynjarsdottir is FSU's top returning scorer after tallying 27 points on nine goals and nine assists a season ago. Five Seminoles return after posting five or more assists last year including Brynjarsdottir, Jamia Fields (8), Kristin Grubka (6) and Carson Pickett (5).
Last year, the Seminoles finished the season with 173 points on 55 goals and 63 assists. It marked the fifth highest scoring campaign in the Mark Krikorian era and the sixth most points in program history. The four most productive offensive seasons have come under the watchful eye of Krikorian (2007 - 233 points; 2009 - 204 points; 2008 - 194 points; 2005 - 188 points). Since 2007, the Seminoles are averaging over 61 goals and 62 assists a season.
Nineteen different Seminoles contributed with at least one point in 2012, while 16 Seminoles scored at least one goal. Six players finished the season with double-digit points with three returning for the 2013 season.
Krikorian on the attack:
Anna McClung, Cassie Miller and Ani Sarkisian got an early start to their collegiate career arriving on campus in January enrolling at Florida State for the spring semester. The Seminole trio took part in off-season conditioning while collecting valuable minutes on the pitch during the spring season.
Campbell is the lone transfer in this year's crop of newcomers. A member of the Irish Full National Team, Campbell attended the Institute of Technology Carlow in Carlow, Ireland.
The remaining members of FSU's crop of newcomers including Nickolette Driesse (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills HS), Yulie Lopez (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central HS) and Marlo Sweatman (Herndon, Va./Flint Hill HS).
Krikorian on the newcomers:
Krikorian on the advantage of beginning school a semester early:
FSU will play 12 of its 19 regular season matches this fall inside the Seminole Soccer Complex, a venue that has proven to be a difficult place to play for opposing teams. Last year, the Seminoles finished with a perfect 14-0-0 record at home and are 86-8-3 all-time at home under Krikorian. Following a win over Notre Dame in the 2012 NCAA Quarterfinals, Florida State tied the school record for the longest home win streak at 18 - a streak that will be put on the line when the Noles open the 2013 campaign against Oregon State on August 23.
Florida State moves to a 13-game ACC schedule in 2013 with the additions of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the league. The Seminoles will play seven home matches and six on the road all leading up to the ACC Tournament first round matches which will be held on the campus of the higher seeded teams on Sunday, November 3.
Krikorian on the schedule:
Krikorian on the home crowd and environment inside the Seminole Soccer Complex: