Oct. 9, 2003
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BLUE NOTE CAFE
Florida State's only win came at home in 2001 defeating the Blue Devils 3-2 in overtime...that game also marked the first and only time in school history that FSU has come back from a two-goal deficit to post the win...the Seminoles have played a total of four overtime games against the Blue Devils; two overtime and two double overtime matches...the Tribe has played more overtime games against the Blue Devils than against any other team in school history...Florida State and Duke have tied twice, which is tied for the most ties between FSU and any other opponent in series history...in total, the Seminoles and Blue Devils have participated in six overtime periods in eight years...in last year's 1-1 tie, at the end of regulation both teams were dead locked for shots (11), shots on goals (5), corner kicks (6), and saves (4)... Friday night's game marks the first time all season Duke has traveled outside the state of North Carolina for a match. In fact, the Blue Devils only leave the state of North Carolina twice all season and the other trip is to neighboring South Carolina...even though FSU has only squeezed out one win, the Seminoles have been very competitive against Duke...since 1997, Duke has beat FSU by more than one goal only once, which came in a 3-1 loss in 1999...since the new millennium, FSU is 1-1-1 versus the Blue Devils...the Tribe lost by one goal in 2000, won by one goal after overtime in 2001 and tied 1-1 with Duke in 2003...after being shutout three out of four times before Coach Baker took over the program, the Seminoles have not only never been shutout but have scored five more goals versus Duke than they had from 1995 through 1998...Amber Tollefson leads Florida State in scoring against Duke...she has two goals and one assist in the series...she is the only current player with an assist against the Blue Devils...the other current players to score a goal are Jez Ratliff and Camie Bybee.
Florida State is 3-7 all time versus Clemson but the Seminoles have won the last two regular season meetings against the Tigers...the Seminoles won their first game at Clemson, SC by a score of 3-2 in 2001...last year, FSU upset No. 17 Clemson thanks to Leah Gallegos' first career hat trick scoring three goals in less than 30 minutes and striking the game-winner two and half minutes into overtime in front of over a thousand fans...in the last three games, including the NCAA tournament game in 2001, the Tribe has two more shots, eight more corner kicks and three more saves...in the regular season since 2000, Florida State has outscored Clemson 9-8, tied in assist with eight assist a piece and put up 18 corner kicks compared to the Tigers' 14...the Seminoles are 1-0 in overtime games versus the Tigers all-time...last year's match-up marked the first ever overtime game between the two squads...the 2002 game set the stage for the Seminoles best offensive performance against the Tigers...Florida State's four goals were the most goals scored by the FSU in a single game against Clemson all-time and the second-most goals the Tribe has ever scored in a regular season ACC game (5-1 NC State in 2002)...the 17 shots taken by FSU in last year's match-up marked the most shots for the Seminoles all-time since the series began back in 1995...the Seminoles' 13 total corner kicks in last year's game was the most corner kicks ever by FSU in the series...Clemson's game-high is also 13 corner kicks which came in the first ever game between the two teams in 1995...the Seminoles' first ever win and only shutout versus the Tigers came in 1996 with a 1-0 victory...there are five current Florida State players to have recorded points against Clemson... Gallegos has three goals, Bybee has a goal and two assists, Tollefson has two goals and Boyce and Ferreri each contributed an assist for a total of 16 points scored against the Tigers...the only other ACC team that current players have scored more points against is the Maryland Terrapins as five Seminoles combined for 18 total points coming into the 2003 season...very early in her career, Gallegos' three goals and six points against the Tigers are the most goals and points against a single team for the sophomore...the only other current player to have more than six points against a team on the 2003 schedule is Amber Tollefson's seven points versus the Terrapins on two goals and three assists.
FOR THE RECORD
No team in NCAA Division I Women's soccer has played a schedule as tough as Florida State this season. FSU opponents are 141-55-15 for a .704 winning percentage. No team's opponents have more wins, fewer losses or a better percentage than the Tribe. Only two teams have faced opponents with more than 130 victories, other than FSU no team has faced opponents with fewer than 61 combined losses and no team's opponents have a winning percentage above .680 except for FSU. Combine that with the fact that only two teams have played more games versus teams that are ranked or were once ranked and only four teams have faced more Top 12 teams, from top to bottom Florida State has faced the most difficult schedule in the land.
TEAM W L T PCT
Florida St 141 55 15 .704
Texas 140 61 20 .679
Kentucky 130 58 17 .676
N. Carolina 130 61 18 .665
Maryland 127 61 20 .659
FOUR ON THE FLOOR
The Tribe is in the middle of its most challenging stretch of games as far as competition level and traveling is concerned. Just three of FSU's last ten games have been played in Tallahassee and six were against teams that were either ranked or in the 2002 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles came out of that stretch with a 7-3-0 record. As difficult as that stretch was, the Seminoles are in for an even more daunting task. The Tribe is starting a 14-day stretch in which they will face four consecutive ACC teams with two of those games coming on the road. Florida State has only played four consecutive ACC games twice in team history (2000 and 2002). The Seminoles have faired rather well in those difficult stretches posting a 3-3-2 record in the eight games. If the Seminoles can come out of this four game stretch with a .500 record, they will most likely be looking at another finish in the top half of America's best soccer conference.
BACK FROM THE BRINK
It is hard to imagine that before 2000, FSU had come from behind to record a win just once versus an ACC opponent and never against a ranked team. In just the last three-plus seasons, the Tribe has staged comebacks four times versus conference opponents and six times against ranked teams. In fact, FSU's last four come from behind wins were against ranked opponents and three of the four have come against ACC foes. Although coach Baker and the Seminoles don't want to fall behind early to Duke and Clemson this week, they know they can comeback versus those schools if they need to. The last time the Blue Devils traveled to Tallahassee, FSU staged the one and only two-goal comeback in team history after fall behind 2-0. The Seminoles tied the game in regulation and went on to win it in OT 3-2. The Tribe has staged two comebacks versus Clemson, which is tied for the most comebacks by FSU versus any opponent. Two of the Tribe's last four comebacks have been against the Tigers with one coming in Tallahassee last year and the other in 2001 at Riggs Field.
With comeback victories come golden goals and the Tribe has had a couple of those versus Clemson and Duke. The last time FSU faced Clemson, Leah Gallegos completed a hat trick with a golden goal versus the Tigers 2:32 into overtime. The last time Duke came to Tallahassee, it was Cindy Schofield who took home the gold with a game-ender coming at the 101:58 mark. Four of Florida State's last five golden goals have come versus ACC competition and all of them have come at the Seminole Soccer Complex. With a golden goal versus Ole Miss earlier this season, if FSU needs a second it would mark the fourth time in school history that the Seminoles have scored two overtime winners in one year. In 1998, 2000 and 2001 FSU recorded two golden goals in each of those seasons.
With the graduation of FSU's all-time goal scorer and points leader Cindy Schofield last year, everyone in Tallahassee knew a heavy offensive burden was going to fall to super freshman Leah Gallegos. The Los Angeles, CA native had a brilliant rookie year as she garnered All-ACC Rookie Team honors. Gallegos appeared in the top five of every offensive category for an FSU freshman, just one of three Seminoles to ever accomplish that feat. When you break down her numbers though, she had nowhere near the impact last season that she is having in 2003. Gallegos scored seven goals last year and they came in five games. That is a goal in 22% of FSU's games. This year she has already surpassed her freshman goal total with eight but even more impressively she has recorded a goal in 50% of the Tribe's 12 games. She now has 15 career goals and is tied for fifth all-time in goals scored already. Of players who have more than one year at FSU, only Cindy Schofield averaged more points per game than Gallegos' 1.09. The sophomore currently leads the team with eight goals, 17 points, two game-winning goals, 52 shots and 29 shots on goal.
8 IN 12
Leah Gallegos' goal versus UCF was her eighth of the season and it came in the 12th game of the year. She is the fifth player to reach eight goals in 12 games in Florida State history. Cindy Schofield did it in 2001, Emma Breland did it in 2000, Maren Vik Edvardsen pulled it off in 1999 and Kelley Poole did it in 1996. The only FSU player to ever score more goals in 12 games was Kasey McCall in 1996. McCall scored all nine of her goals that year in the first 12 games. Gallegos is already number seven on the single season goals scored list with at least seven games remaining.
AMBER: THE A IS FOR ASSIST
Senior Amber Tollefson is going out in style by putting together one of her best seasons ever. She has already scored more goals than last season and is just one assist she of tying her career high set in 2002 and 2001. Her nine points are the second most she has ever recorded in a season. Tollefson recorded two assists versus Virginia giving her six career ACC assists, which is tied for first all-time at FSU. She is now also second all-time with 16 career points in conference games. She will have a good chance to add to that total with games versus Duke, Clemson and Wake Forest coming up. Tollefson has three goals and two assists in her career versus that group. The Boca Raton, FL native is also just four assists away from becoming the Tribe's career leader in that category. She is currently second with 19.
IT DOESN'T LOOK ANY EASIER
Coming into 2003, Florida State's schedule looked like a killer. With half of the matches versus 2002 NCAA Tournament teams, no opponent coming off a losing season and the group posting a collective winning percentage of .654, the slate was tough. More than halfway through the 2003 schedule, nothing has changed. FSU opponent's are currently 141-55-15 for a .704 winning percentage. Seven of FSU's 12 opponents have been ranked or are currently ranked and just one has a losing record this year (Jacksonville 4-6-0). In FSU's first 12 games, the Tribe has faced seven 2002 NCAA Tournament teams. Four of the Tribe's final six games will also come against teams ranked in the Top 25.
One of the most amazing stats during FSU's 6-1-0 run is the statistical balance between the first and second halves of games. The Seminoles have scored 25 goals in the seven games. Twelve goals were scored in the first half, 12 in the second half and one in OT. They have taken 63 first half shots and 62 second half shots. Even saves are almost identical with 16 in the first half and 17 in the second. On corners, FSU has launched 18 in the first half and 19 in the second. While it is hard to correlate even stats in both halves of a game to wins, the Tribe was 1-4 when their first half and second half stats didn't match-up quite so well.
WANTED IT BAD
Seniors Kristin Boyce and Amber Tollefson will graduate without ever beating Virginia in an ACC game but the two co-captains did everything in their power to get that first-ever victory versus UVa. The two combined to score a goal and record three assists in the last-minute loss to the Cavs. The senior's five combined points were the most Tollefson and Boyce had ever combined to score in a regular season game. In FSU's 2001 7-2 win over Maryland in the ACC Tournament, the duo recorded six points on two goals and two assists. Although they didn't get the win, Tollefson and Boyce will always have the memory of their 'tie' versus UVa that catapulted FSU into its first-ever ACC Championship Final.
Junior Katie Beal is having a fantastic season in the FSU back line. The former All-ACC Rookie Team member and high school Parade All-American is one of the best defenders to ever wear garnet and gold. What Beal has done in 2003 defensively is special but what she is doing offensively is amazing. With her free kick goal against UCF, Beal now has four on the season to go along with three assists. Her four goals are more than the entire Florida State defense scored in 2002 and her 11 points tie her with teammate Kristin Boyce for the most points ever recorded by an FSU defender in a single season. Beal came into the season with four career points, all on assists but now she is third on the squad in goals and fourth overall in points.
ALMOST GOT 'EM
The Seminoles were close to breaking through for their first-ever win over Virginia. The Cavs equalizer with 5:00 and game-winner with :27 were heat-breaking but FSU left Klockner Stadium proud of themselves after facing the best team they have seen all year. Florida State is the only team this season that has been able to score two goals versus Virginia and the only team to get double digit shots off (13) . While that is no consolation, Florida State did play the Cavs as tough as anybody this season.
Freshman Julia Schnugg may be just under 5'5" but she is contributing in a big way in 2003. The Alamo, CA native has already tied the freshman record for assists with seven and is now gunning for the single season record, which is 10 and was set by Maren Vik Edvardsen in 2001. While she has just one game-winning assist this season, she has won two games with an assist and a goal. Schnugg's seven assists is 12 games isn't just good it is one of the best marks in the nation. The speedy striker is 15th in the nation with an average of 0.64 assists per game. She is also second in the ACC in that category. She is also climbing the charts as far as freshman points go. She is just three away from moving into fifth place and is already stacking up against some of the best first year performances in Florida State history. Very few freshmen have ever displayed the balanced scoring (goals and assists) Schnugg is showing this year.
PLAYER GOALS ASSTS PTS
Emma Breland 12 7 31
Camie Bybee 10 7 27
Kasey McCall 9 6 24
Leah Gallegos 7 7 21
Mrn Vik Edvardsen 8 2 18
Jez Ratliff 5 6 16
Julia Schnugg 4 7 15
RATE A MATE
Soccer Information Systems puts together weekly ratings for women's soccer and posts them on the website of the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA). The ratings are similar to the RPI and take into account quality of competition, where games are played and obviously wins and losses. Florida State is 34th in the latest rankings. Whether you believe in the mathematical formula behind the ratings or not, the strength of schedule component speaks volumes about the teams FSU has faced this season. The SIS ratings ranked 297 teams and their schedules and the Seminoles scheduled had a rating of 1776. Only 12 of the 297 teams had a schedule with a rating above 1750. The Tribes' 1776 rating placed their schedule as the EIGHTH most difficult schedule in the country. That rating only includes games through October 6. With North Carolina (No. 1 in the ratings), Wake Forest (No. 14), Clemson (No. 17) and Duke (No. 19) still ahead, the Tribe's schedule could crack the top 5 before the season is over.
On top of the strength of FSU's schedule, the SIS rating's also illuminate just how tough the ACC is in women's soccer. While the explosion of the sport at the youth level has allowed conferences to make up ground, there is still little doubt the ACC is still the reigning champ when it comes to the quality from top to bottom. The ACC is the only conference in the country to have five teams in the top 20 seven teams amongst the top 35 in the SIS ratings. Only the Pac-10 comes close with six squads in the top 35. The BIG EAST, West Coast and Big 12 each have four schools among the group and the SEC and Big 10 have three.
SHUTTING OUT THE SUN
The Seminoles recorded their second shutout of the season versus UCF in Orlando. Both of FSU's 2003 blankings have now come on the road versus in-state rivals. Florida State has eight all-time shutouts against Florida schools. They have three versus Jacksonville, two versus UCF and Stetson and one versus USF. Oddly enough, four of those six shutouts have come on the road.
FOUR 0'S IN A ROW
While beating USF by three goals, Florida State set another program first for margin of victory against South Florida. The Tribe had never beaten the Bulls by more than one goal in the previous six meetings. While FSU's score changed, USF held true to form as they were shut out at home by Florida State for the fourth straight time. The Seminoles have never shutout a team at their own field more than two times in series history so four consecutive blankings is obviously a program benchmark. The Seminoles have recorded two shutouts at Stetson and at South Alabama but overall, road shutouts are rare. In 182 all-time games, FSU has recorded just 16 road shutouts and one quarter have come against the Bulls.
15 & 15 in 10
Californian's Leah Gallegos and Julia Schnugg are in the midst of a record-setting season up top for Florida State. With Gallegos' goal versus UCF and Schnugg's two assists at USF, the two forwards are leading the team with 17 and 15 points respectively. The two started the season with 15 points each in the first 10 games and became the first Seminole duo to ever recorded 15 points just 10 games into a season. Even more amazingly, in three of the eight previous seasons of FSU soccer, there has never been two 15 point players in a whole season. Most of their offensive production came during FSU's record-tying five-game winning streak. The Cali Connection recorded 24 of their 32 points in those five matches. They are not only scoring goals and racking up points but they are doing it together. The Cali Connection has combined to score five of the duos 11 goals.
THAT SINKING FEELING
Junior Joy McKenzie is starting to get very comfortable in the FSU goal and that is a good thing for the Tribe. The Houston, TX native had never started a game before this season and she has now started eight of the Tribe's 12 games and her play has been getting better and better every time out. After a 2-0 loss to Florida, McKenzie was 0-3 with a GAA of 2.15. Since then, her play and stats have been just phenomenal. Since September 14, McKenzie is 5-0 with a GAA of 0.72 and has registered her first collegiate shutout. In that span she also recorded the first ACC win of her career and has a save percentage of .840. Her play as of late has shrunk her GAA from a season-high of 2.15 to 1.20. The 1.20 GAA is currently the second-best single season GAA in school history.
KEEP 'EM COMING
When freshman Kelly Rowland was named to the Soccer America National Team of the Week October1, it marked the first national honor for the super freshman from Wallingford, PA. On top of being a first for the central defender, it marked many program firsts as well. The national team of the week award was the third straight for the Seminoles, which has never happened before and it was also the second time a defender received that honor this season, which is another first for the Seminoles. Julia Schnugg was named to SoccerBuzz's National Team of the Week the previous week marking the first time in school history two freshman have been named to national teams of the week in one season and they did it in back-to-back weeks.
TICK TOCK SHOT CLOCK
On their trip to Tampa to play USF, the Seminoles dominated the game in every facet including the 3-0 score. The Tribe set a program first by beating the Bulls by three goals but they just narrowly missed out on setting another record. Florida State held USF without a shot for 89:54 before the Bulls cranked an attempt about 10 feet over the crossbar with time winding down. Florida State had never held a team without a shot in program history and came within :06 of setting a new school record. The one shot allowed tied a mark set on three occasions.
COLETTE AN ASSIST
With the Tribe cruising to a victory at USF, Patrick Baker started to give some of his reserves some playing time and nobody was more productive with her time than walk-on Colette Swensen. The invited walk-on made the team with a great fitness level in the preseason and had appeared in two games leading up to Wednesday's win over the Bulls. She entered the games with about six minutes remaining and in with her first career point three minutes later. Her diagonal ball over the heads of two defenders was played perfectly to Alli Ferreri who also headed home her first goal of the year.
TIED TO BE FIT
The Seminoles' record-tying five game win streak is similar to its predecessor from 2000 in a few ways. Both streaks involved wins over two in-state rivals, in 2000 it was UCF and FIU and this year it was USF and Miami. Both streaks include a win at a neutral site. In 2000 the win came against Oregon State (in Eugene, OR) and this years win came against San Diego State (in Lawrence, KS). Neither streak involved a game where FSU allowed more than one goal and both included just one road win (Oregon in 2000 and USF in 2003). But the biggest coincidence is where the streak took both the teams for game number six. The 2000 and 2003 squads both had to go on the road to play an ACC game to extend the streak to a school record six games. In 2000, FSU traveled to Raleigh, NC and played the Wolfpack to a 0-0 tie and then went on to set the FSU record for the longest unbeaten streak at seven with a win over No.2 North Carolina. This year the streak ended in Charlottesville as Virginia put an end to the run with a goal scored with :27 left on the clock.
WONDER WHY WE WON FIVE IN A ROW?
If you are unsure as to how Florida State tied a school record with a five game winning streak, all you have to do is look to the stats. When you out score your opponents 20-4, hold a 101-43 edge in shots and have double the corners (29-14) and shots on goal (50-23) as the other team, the chances are pretty good you are going to win some games. Those numbers are an amazing when compared to the first five games of the year. The Seminoles scored more than three times as many goals and gave up 80% fewer goals during their five game win streak as they did in the first five games of the year. The team GAA dropped 56% and shots on goal increased to 10 per game during the streak.
Games 1-5 Games 6-10
FSU Goals 6 20
OPP Goals 20 4
FSU Pt 17 58
OPP Pts 27 10
FSU Shots 98 101
OPP Shots 50 43
FSU SOG 37 50
OPP SOG 22 23
FSU GAA 2.00 0.88
OPP GAA 1.20 4.38
FSU Fouls 62 68
OPP Fouls 88 65
A CAVALIER ATTITUDE
Since Patrick Baker took over the FSU program, the Seminoles have recorded their first-ever victory against three different ACC schools and have beat every team in the conference except for UVA. The Tribe advanced past the Cavs in a shootout at the 2001 ACC Championships but that game was officially a tie. The Tribe has been close to breaking through versus UVA losing the last seven conference meetings by just one goal each time including an overtime loss in 1998. In six of FSU's 10 losses to Virginia, the Cavs have either tied or won the game with less than 10:00 on the clock and on four occasions the goal came with under two minutes remaining in the match.
This season the Seminoles looked like they were ready to put an end to the Cav Curse with a 2-1 lead and the clock nearing the 86th minute. Virginia tied the game with 5:00 left and then won the match with :27 left. The curse not only got the Cavaliers the two goals they needed but also kept an FSU goal out. Jez Ratliff's shot with :12 left bounced off the inside of the UVA goal post, into the back of a defender and out of bounds. During the regular season in 2001, FSU held a 2-1 lead over the Cavs in Charlottesville before Virginia evened the match with just over 20:00 remaining. The Cavaliers then got the game-winner with less than two minutes left in regulation. In 2000, FSU and UVA were tied at 0-0 before the Cavaliers scored another 89th-minute goal to record a 1-0 win. The meeting between the two schools in 1999 was another tough one for the Tribe. Once again the game was scoreless going into the final 10:00 before UVA scored to win 1-0. The regular season meeting in 1998 might have been the most heartbreaking of all the losses FSU has suffered at the hands of the Cavs. The Garnet and Gold took a 3-2 lead in to the 89th-minute before UVA once again tied the match and won the game just six minutes in to OT. In 1997 Virginia used another 809th-minute goal to beat Florida State. With the game tied 1-1, UVA got the game-winner in the 85th-minute of the game.
YEAR TIME OF TYING GOAL TIME OF GWG
2003 85:00 89:33
2001 68:36 88:04
1998 89:00 97:00
FREAK OF THE STREAK
With the Seminoles win over USF, the Seminoles equaled the longest winning streak in program history. It was the second-ever five-game win streak in school history. The Tribe had two four-game win streaks last year but was unable to extend either streak to five. Both winning streaks came to an end versus ACC teams. One ended with a 1-1 tie at Duke and the other with a 2-1 loss to Virginia. This year's run also was ended by an ACC squad as UVA halted the Tribe from setting a program record six-game run. The five game winning streak came in 2000 and included wins over UCF, FIU, Oregon State, Oregon and Wake Forest. Overall, FSU was unbeaten for seven games during that streak with a tie versus Duke and a 3-2 win over North Carolina.
TWO STREAKS SET IN TAMPA
The Seminoles not only tied the school record five-game winning streak in Tampa versus USF but they also extended their streak versus the Bulls to a seven-game unbeaten streak and a five game winning streak. The Tribe has never lost to USF in seven meetings and is undefeated all-time (4-0-0) in Tampa. While those streaks are impressive, every game in the series had been close before 2003. The Seminoles had never beaten USF by more than one goal and in four of the six games the USF defense has limited FSU to just one goal. The Tribe's 3-0 win ended the run of close games and extended the Tribe's long winning and unbeaten streaks.
JUST WHEN WE NEEDED IT MOST
The Tribe couldn't have responded any better to a 1-4-0 start this year than they have in the last seven games. During its 6-1 run in the last seven contests, the Seminoles have defeated two top 25 teams, out scored their opponents 25-7 and won an overtime game as they have moved two games above .500 (7-5) for the first time in 2003. The run really shouldn't have surprised anyone. Since Baker took over the FSU program in 1999, the Tribe has consistently responded to adversity with long win streaks. In 1999, FSU started 0-2 and then reeled off four consecutive wins. In 2000, after a 5-4-0 start, the Garnet & Gold went 7-1-1 in its next nine matches. Same story in 2001 as the Tribe won seven of eight that year after starting out 2-2. Last season it was a 1-1-2 start that was followed by a streak that saw the team win six of seven games. Since 1999, FSU has gone 39-5-1 after reaching a season low as far as winning percentage is concerned.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT 2000
Amber Tollefson and Kristin Boyce are the only two current Seminoles who played on the 2000 team and they might want to give their younger teammates a history lesson. That team, the first NCAA Tournament team and Sweet 16 squad in school history, is remembered for wins over North Carolina, Texas A&M, Wake Forest and two victories over the Gators but few probably remember that the 2000 team started the year at 5-4-0 just like the 2003 squad. The 2000 team even fell to 5-5-0 before making its magical run to the NCAA Tournament. In 2000, the Seminoles played just three ranked teams in the first nine games; this year's squad has already played seven. That team started 0-2-0 in the ACC, this year's squad is 1-1-0.
EVEN AT HOME
With FSU's 2-1 win over then-No. 14 Maryland, the Tribe is now .500 (7-7-1) at home against ACC teams, which is a remarkable stat. Before Baker came to FSU, the Seminoles were 2-11-0 all time in conference games played in Tallahassee. Since his arrival, FSU's winning percentage in home ACC games has gone from .154 to .500 and if you remove 1999 (0-2-1), the winning percentage jumps to .583.
The win over then-No. 14 Maryland was big in so many ways for Florida State. It was the fourth in a row for FSU, it was the team's third straight over an ACC opponent in conference play (a first), it was the Tribe's fifth victory over an ACC team (a first), it was the Tribe's third straight conference opening win (a first) and it marked the first time ever the Seminoles have defeated top 25 teams in back-to-back games. Surprisingly, head coach Patrick Baker and the Tribe has defeated 10 ranked teams since 2000 but never in back-to-back games. It is just another record or first that has fallen since Baker took over the program.
Firsts In Win Over Maryland
First time FSU has ever defeated a team three straight times in ACC play.
First time the Tribe has won back-to-back games over Top 25 teams.
First time FSU has ever won three straight conference openers.
First time FSU has ever recorded five wins over an ACC opponent.
A FIRST WHEN FIRST
Besides the four other firsts the Seminoles recorded in their win over Maryland, FSU became the first team this season to beat the Terps when Maryland scored the first goal of the game. The Terrapins scored the first goal of the game five times before the FSU game and were 4-0-1 in those contests. Despite recording its fourth goal in the first five minutes of a game, Maryland was unable to hold on versus the upset-minded Tribe.
SHOOTING FROM THE HIP
The Florida State defense has done its best job since Patrick Baker took over of limiting shots and shots on goal this season. In the previous three seasons, FSU opponents averaged 77 shots on goal and 155 shots through the first 12 matches of the year. Those numbers have dropped considerably in 2003. Teams have taken just 62 shots on frame in 12 games this year and have combined for just 127 shots overall. That is compared to 101 shots on goal for the Tribe and 227 all together. The best example of the defense clamping down on opponent shots came against then-No. 14 Maryland. The Tribe limited Maryland to a season-low 11 shots and held reigning ACC Player of the Week Kimmy Francis without a shot for just the second time in eight games this season. Francis came into the game averaging almost 3.5 shots per game. Overall, FSU's defense limited the Terps five leading shooters to just five shots. That group came into Tallahassee averaging 15 shots per game. The Seminoles then almost held a team without a single shot for the first-time ever. Against USF, the Bulls took their lone shot of the game with :06 left on the clock.
SEMINOLE UPRISING IN THE ACC
There are so many stats that put into perspective just how far the Seminole soccer program has come under Patrick Baker. You could talk about the three straight NCAA Tournaments, the two Sweet 16's, the ACC Championships final appearance in 2001 or the success recruiting, which has brought the eight-best haul in the land since 2000. Nothing really captures what Baker has done in Tallahassee though like the complete turnaround in ACC play. From 1995 to 1999, the Seminoles posted a 3-30-2 record in regular season conference games, a winning percentage of .114. Since then, the Seminoles are 10-11-2 in just over three conference seasons. FSU has defeated every ACC squad in a conference game except for Virginia since 2000 as well. Against Clemson, Maryland and NC State, the Tribe is an amazing 7-2-1 and overall in that span, Florida State is at .500 or above against four of the seven ACC schools since 2000.
RANKING WITH THE NATION'S BEST
After the first five games of the 2003 season, Florida State was sitting at 1-4-0 and was averaging just a goal per game. In seven games since then so much has changed. On top of climbing two games over .500 during this 6-1-0 run, the Seminole offense has exploded. So much so that the team now ranks as one of the highest scoring squads in the nation. In seven games the Tribe has increased their season average for scoring from 1.00 to 2.57, a 157% increase. That average landed the Seminoles at No. 24 in the nation for scoring offense in the latest NCAA stats released 10/5/03. Julia Schnugg is also listed amongst the nation's leaders. Schnugg, a freshman forward, ranks 15th in the NCAA in assists with an average of 0.64 per game.
AS SCHNUGG AS A BUG IN A RUG
The third week of her college career was pretty special for freshman Julia Schnugg. Starting with her goal and assist versus SDSU and then her three goal, two assist performance at the Nike Seminole Classic, the Alamo, CA native was named to the SoccerBuzz National Team of the Week on top of the Nike Seminole Classic All-Tournament team, the Nike Seminole Classic Offensive MVP and the FSU Rookie of the Week. Not too bad.
PLAYING THE BEST PAYING OFF?
After playing a brutal schedule through 12 games, Florida State remained in the Top 25 this week at No. 22 in the Soccer America poll. It is the only poll that has the Tribe ranked among the nation's 25 best teams. Last season Florida didn't make the NCAA Tournament after finishing .500 but playing probably the most difficult regular season schedule in the nation. So is it worth playing difficult competition?
When it comes to preparing your team for ACC play, the Seminole soccer staff would probably say yes and the team's 2-1 win over then-No. 14 Maryland and last second loss to No. 4 Virginia on the road would be proof of that. But when it comes to national polls, that is a different story. Below is a list of every team that is ranked by the four major polls and the number of games they have played versus the top 12 and top 25. The team's record in those games is in parenthesis.
Only two teams ranked in a top 25 poll have played as many games versus Top 25 competition as FSU has in 2003. Only North Carolina and Texas have played a more difficult schedule when you take into account total games versus Top 25 teams and games versus the Top 12. The Tribe is also just one of 16 ranked teams that has at least two wins versus Top 25 competition. There are even 10 teams that are ranked or who were ranked that have no wins versus Top 25 teams and six squads that have played one or no games versus a ranked opponent.
TEAM TOP 12 TOP 25
FLORIDA ST (2-5-0) 3 4
North Carolina (8-0-0) 5 6
Texas A&M (5-1-0) 1 5
UCLA (2-1-1) 2 2
Florida (4-1-0 1 4
Virginia (4-1-0) 2 3
Pepperdine (2-2) 2 2
Washington (2-2-1) 3 2
West Virginia (2-2) 3 1
Portland (4-2-0) 1 5
Penn State (3-2-1) 1 5
Duke (3-2-0) 2 3
UConn (2-1-2) 4 1
Santa Clara (0-3-3) 3 3
Cal (1-1-1) 1 2
Wake Forest (2-2-1) 2 3
Colorado (1-1-0) 1 1
Ohio State (2-1-0) 2 1
Nebraska (0-2-0) 1 1
Utah (1-1-0) 2 0
Boston College (0-1-0) 1 0
Southern Cal (2-4-0) 2 4
Arizona State (0-1-0) 1 0
Auburn (0-2-0) 2 0
Purdue (1-1-0) 1 1
Princeton (0-0-1) 0 1
Stanford (0-3-1) 3 1
Oklahoma (1-2-0) 2 1
Maryland (1-4-0) 2 3
Denver (1-1-0) 1 1
Mississippi (1-2-0) 0 3
Texas (2-6-0) 4 4
Cal Poly (0-1-0) 0 1
BYU (2-1-0) 1 2
LMU (0-2-2) 1 3
Illinois (0-1-0) 0 1
Clemson (0-1-0) 0 1
GAMES VS. TOP 25
1) North Carolina 8
2) FLORIDA STATE 7
3) Portland 6
Penn State 6
Santa Clara 6
Southern Cal 6
NO END IN SIGHT
Florida State just completed a stretch pf playing seven opponents in nine games who are currently ranked or who were ranked at the time of the game. Few teams in the nation have played the schedule FSU has, which included games against No. 7 Florida, No. 9 Penn State, No. 23 Maryland, then-No. 19 Kansas, No. 18 USC and then-No. 23 Ole Miss. Things aren't going to get any easier though. FSU's next three games are all against top 25 teams in No. 15 Duke, No. 24 Clemson and No. 16 Wake Forest. That will make 10 top 25 opponents in 15 games with consensus No. 1 North Carolina still looming on the horizon.
Junior Camie Bybee is having a renaissance season in 2003. After bursting on to the scene in 2001 with 10 goals and five assists and an All-ACC rookie team award, the Oklahoma City, OK native was a little disappointed in her production as a sophomore. Her goals dropped to five and her points fell from 27 to 15. This year she is producing with big time numbers once again. The midfielder is leading the team in game-winning goals and she is second on the team in goals and third in assists and points. With her dominant start this season, she is continuing to etch her name in the FSU record books. Her game-winning goal against Maryland was the seventh of her career and moved her into second place all time in that category and into a tie for first place for game-winners in ACC matches. She is third all-time in career points and goals and is now second in FSU history in career shots on goal. Bybee has also moved into fifth place for career assists. With a year and a half still remaining in her career, Bybee seems destined to leave FSU as one of the most productive players in program history.
COMEBACK AND SEE US AGAIN
Florida State's come from behind victory over then-No. 14 Maryland was the 13th comeback win in program history and the fifth against a ranked team. Before Patrick Baker's arrival, FSU had just three come from behind wins in five years and none against ranked opponents. In the last three years alone, not only have Baker led squads staged 10 come from behind wins but also half have come against ranked opponents. In fact, the last four comeback wins for FSU have all been against top 25 teams (No. 7 Clemson, No. 21 Florida, No. 17 Clemson and No. 14 Maryland).
Julia Schnugg's golden goal against the Rebels was just the third in Florida State history versus a non-conference opponent. Five of the eight golden goals in Seminole soccer history have come against conference opponents so Schnugg's was rare. In fact before her game-winner, the last four OT goals all came in ACC matches. Schnugg isn't alone though when it comes to game-winners by freshmen. This is the fourth straight year a Seminole freshman has recorded a golden goal. In 2000 it was Kristin Boyce for a win over North Carolina. In 2001 Jez Ratliff got an OT goal versus NCSU and last year it was Leah Gallegos' memorable Clemson OT goal. All four of those players are from the west side of the Mississippi as well with Gallegos and Schnugg from California, Ratliff from Oklahoma and Boyce from Texas.
If you know anything about California, you know that the northern and southern parts of the state couldn't be any more different but that hasn't stopped Julia Schnugg (Alamo, CA just outside of San Francisco) and Leah Gallegos (Los Angeles, CA) from not only bonding off the field but also clicking up top in the Seminole offense. In fact, the two had eerily similar September 20 weekends during their respective freshman years. Last year, Gallegos scored three goals and had an assist in two games versus Clemson and South Florida. This year Schnugg had three goals and two assists in two games during the same weekend. Both players scored a golden goal versus a ranked team, Leah versus Clemson and Julia versus Ole Miss, which is especially creepy since the Tribe only has eight golden goals in program history. Gallegos went on to make SoccerBuzz's National Team of the Week, as did Schnugg.
WILL FRIDAY NIGHT STILL BE ALL RIGHT?
Since Patrick Baker took over the Seminole soccer program in 1999, FSU has lost just one home game on a Friday night (14-1-2) and is 5-1-0 versus ranked opponents on a Friday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles are also 18-2-3 since 1999 at home under the lights and FSU is 9-2-0 at night against ranked teams at home. In his four plus seasons at FSU, Baker has recorded wins under the lights in Tallahassee versus No. 6 UF (2000), No. 7 Texas A&M (2000), No. 20 Wake Forest (2000), No. 2 UNC (2000), No. 21 Maryland (2001), No. 17 Clemson (2002) and No. 21 Florida (2002). This season FSU improved that total with a big Friday night win over No. 14 Maryland (2003). The Tribe will need to continue that success with Duke and NC State the last two Friday night visitors this season.
Florida State has had a complete reversal of fortune against Maryland, Duke, Clemson and NC State over the past two-plus seasons. From 1995 to 2000 (six seasons), FSU recorded just three wins against this group in 25 meetings for a winning percentage of .107. Since then under head coach Patrick Baker, the Seminoles have tripled that ACC win total in 15 fewer games. Florida State has gone 9-1-1 in the last 10 meetings with those ACC schools posting an amazing winning percentage of .864. Looking at those numbers, is it any wonder how the Seminoles have gone from perennial cellar dwellers to competing for a top spot in the ACC since Baker arrived?
SCORING EARLY AND OFTEN
After scoring three first half goals in five games to start the season, the Florida State offense has really started to pour it on early and often as of late. The Seminoles started by scoring three first half goals versus San Diego State but that was nothing compared to the record-setting first half versus Miami. The Seminoles tallied a school record six first half goals versus the Canes and they came in a span of just 21:03, which is the most goals in the shortest span of time in FSU history. Florida State did score six goals in 26:02 versus Jacksonville in 1996 and six goals in 29:00 versus that same JU squad in 1995, but neither of those compare to what FSU did versus Miami.
Julia Schnugg's run at the FSU freshman assists record is not all that surprising. For one thing she is as talented a freshman as any FSU has ever landed and her pedigree might be the best ever for an FSU recruit but she is also just following tradition. For three straight years, an FSU freshman has tied the all-time freshman assist record with seven. Emma Breland set the mark in 2000. Camie Bybee tied the mark in 2001 and then Leah Gallegos equaled them both in 2002. Schnugg might break tradition though as she has already tied the record with at least seven games to go. Schnugg is the fourth consecutive freshman to move to the top of the list for assists.
SHOOT MORE, SCORE MORE?
The reason for Florida State's offensive success the last seven games has nothing to do with the quantity of shots. The Tribe has averaged 18 shots a game in their 6-1-0 run, which is almost the same amount they took in their first five games when they went 1-4-0. But the difference is the quality of the strikes. Florida State scored a goal on just 6% of their shots in the first five games but that number has jumped to 19% the last seven outings. One of the reasons for that are the shots FSU has taken the last seven games have been put on frame. Of the 129 shots FSU took in the last seven outings, 50% (64) have been on goal. That is compared to just 38% (37 of 98) in the first five games of the year. The idea that you have to put the ball on frame to score has never been truer than when you look at those numbers. By increasing the amount of shots put on goal by 12%, the Seminoles goal production has risen from just over 1 goal/game to 3.5 goals/game during the 6-1-0 streak.
FILLING THE BALLOT BOX
After downing then-No.21 Ole Miss on the way to the 2003 Nike Seminole Classic championship, the Tribe was well represented on the All-Tournament team. The head coaches placed six Seminoles on the all-tournament team including offensive MVP Julia Schnugg and defensive MVP Katie Beal. While Schnugg was the lone FSU forward on the team, both Camie Bybee and India Trotter were singled out in the midfield. Katie Beal and Kristin Boyce were both included as defenders and Joy McKenzie was the tournament's top keeper.
FREE KICKS COSTLY
Teams are starting to pay for recording a record number of fouls against the Tribe this year. The Seminoles have been fouled 175 times so far this year. Katie Beal is collecting for FSU as she has cashed in on four free kick goals in the last four games. The former Parade high school All-America came into the KU.Store Crimson & Blue Invitational September 12 with no goals and four assists in 45 games. In her last seven outings she has scored four goals, all on free kicks, and smashed her career total with 11 points. She is threatening senior Kristin Boyce's reign as the defenses' top point producer over the last three years.