By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian and the Seminole soccer team will begin their quest to reach a fourth College Cup when they open their 2011 season August 19 on the road at Oregon State. The Seminole head coach announced his team’s 2011 schedule today and it will be among the nations’ toughest as fourteen teams recorded 10 or more wins a season ago. Twelve of FSU’s opponents earned a bid to participate in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, while five of those teams played into the third round or further.
“We are very excited about the upcoming 2011 schedule,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “The season will begin with us playing against two very good teams in Oregon State and Portland. We will then return home for a few games which will prepare us well for the beginning of conference play. Of course we look forward to another challenging year in the ACC and feel our non-conference schedule will do a good job in getting us ready for that tough 10-game stretch. I think this season shapes up well for us to have a nice mix of exciting home and away games against very formidable opponents, many of which play in the NCAA Tournament on a yearly basis.”
Since Krikorian’s arrival in 2005 the soccer program has solidified its place among the nation’s best with trips to the College Cup in three of the last six years including six consecutive trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The quest for the school’s first national championship officially begins in Corvallis, Ore., on Friday, August 19 as the Seminoles will face Oregon State in the season opener. The Seminoles will remain in Oregon as they face national power Portland just two days later.
Florida State will then return to Tallahassee to face New Mexico in the home opener on August 26 at 7:00 p.m., which will mark the first of nine home matches played inside the Seminole Soccer Complex in 2011. Other non-conference opponents include home matches against North Florida, Marquette and Mercer with road matches at Florida and UAB.
The Seminoles open conference play on the road in Winston Salem, N.C. against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Thursday, September 14. Other road contests for the Garnet and Gold in league play include matches at Duke, Clemson, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Home matches feature North Carolina, NC State, Maryland, Boston College and Miami.
The Seminoles have posted a combined record of 108-28-13 under Krikorian’s direction and have finished no lower than second place in the ACC in each of the last six seasons. The Seminoles will look to contend once again for the ACC regular season championship after finishing atop the league standings for the first time in school history in 2009 and then followed that with a second place finish in 2010.
FSU once again closes out the regular season with 10 straight conference matches leading up to the ACC Tournament which in a new turn of events will see opening round matches take place at the home site of the top four seeded teams in conference. The winners will advance to the ACC Semifinals starting on November 4 at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
2011 Florida State Soccer Schedule
Friday, August 19 – at Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, August 21 – at Portland, 1:00 p.m. PT
Friday, August 26 – New Mexico, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 28 – North Florida, 2:00 p.m.
Friday, September 2 – Marquette 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 4 – at UAB , 1:00 p.m. CT
Friday, September 9 – at Florida, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 11 – Mercer, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 15 – at Wake Forest, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 18 – at Duke, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 22 – at Clemson, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 29 – North Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 2 – NC State, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8 – at Virginia, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 13 – Maryland, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 – Boston College, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 23 – Miami, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 27 – at Virginia Tech, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 30 – ACC Tournament First Round
Friday – Sunday, November 4-6, 2011 – ACC Tournament
(Cary, N.C. – WakeMed Soccer Park)
(Bold denotes home match)