Sept. 24, 2008
TALLAHASEE, Fla. – With the non-conference portion of the schedule in the books, eighth-ranked Florida State (6-1-1) will now focus its attention on the mighty ACC for the remainder of the season. The Seminoles begin league play this week with a pair of home games against #13 Virginia (6-1-1) on Thursday night at 7:00 pm and then Virginia Tech on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Florida State is in search of it’s first-ever victory over the Cavaliers, while looking to remain undefeated against the Hokies.
Florida State Seminole Soccer Information
Thursday, September 25, 7:00 pm EST
#13 Virginia (6-1-1) at #8 Florida State (6-1-1)
Series Record: UVa leads 13-0-3; Cavaliers lead 5-0-1 in Tallahassee, Fla.
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* In the 17th meeting between the two schools, Florida State hosts Virginia in the ACC opener for both teams. The Seminoles are in search of their first-ever victory over the Cavaliers, while the last two meetings have resulted in ties.
* Twelve of the 16 contests have been decided by one goal or less including 10 of the last 11 games. FSU has not scored at home against UVa since Cindy Schofield found the back of the net in the 53rd minute in 2002, a game won by Virginia 2-1.
* Virginia has outscored FSU 11-5 in six previous games in Tallahassee. Excluding the first game played at FSU (1996: 3-1), the last five games have all been decided by one goal.
* The Seminoles have dropped three straight league openers and are 4-9-0 all-time in opening ACC play. FSU is 3-6-0 when opening the conference slate at home.
Sunday, September 28, 1:00 pm EST
Virginia Tech (5-3-0) at #8 Florida State (6-1-1)
Series Record: FSU leads 5-0-0; Seminoles lead 2-0-0 in Tallahassee, Fla.
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TV: Sun Sports
* Florida State welcomes Virginia Tech to Tallahassee for just the third time in the series as the Seminoles are 2-0-0 against the Hokies at home. This marks the second of four TV games for FSU in 2008; the Seminoles are 0-1-0 in front of a national audience this year.
* FSU has won all five games in the series outscoring the Hokies 8-1, while the Seminoles are a perfect 4-0-0 against VT since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004; four of the five contests have been decided by one goal including both home contests in 2004 and 2006.
* These two teams have never faced each other more than once in the 13 previous seasons of Seminole soccer. There are two other ACC teams FSU has not faced more than once in a season and those include Miami and NC State.
KICKING OFF ACC PLAY
Thursday night’s match against Virginia marks the first ACC game of the season for both schools. The Seminoles have dropped three straight league openers and are 4-9-0 all-time in opening ACC play. FSU is 3-6-0 when beginning the conference slate at home, while the Seminoles are 4-7-2 all-time in the first home league game of the season. Florida State has opened its ACC schedule against Virginia on two prior occasions with both games coming in Tallahassee (1996: UVA d. FSU, 3-1; 1998: UVA d. FSU, 4-3 ot). The Seminoles have faced Clemson and North Carolina four times each to open ACC play, the most of any other school in the conference.
EDWARDS HEADS TO U-20 TRAINING CAMP
Junior defender Becky Edwards will be out for this Thursday’s game against Virginia as she heads to Sunrise, Fla. to take part in the first of two training camps for the U.S. U-20 National Team. Head coach Tony DiCicco has 21 players in camp this week as the team prepares for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup later this year. The U.S. will compete in Group B of the Under-20 World Cup in Chile alongside France, Argentina and China. The team will open the tournament against France on November 19. Edwards will be back in uniform for Florida State on Sunday when the Seminoles take on Virginia Tech. Erin McNulty, who started in goal for all 27 games in 2007, took a red-shirt this year to compete with the U-20 Canadian National Team in this year’s U-20 World Cup.
AND THE GOALS KEEP POURING IN
The Florida State offense had a record breaking season in 2007 setting school records for points (233), goals (81) and assists (71). The Seminoles finished the season averaging 3.00 goals per game, good for the second highest scoring offense in the nation. If the offensive production in the first eight games of 2008 are any indication of what’s in store for the rest of the season then the record books will be making adjustments yet again. The Seminoles have tallied 83 points on 27 goals and 29 assists through the first eight games and rank fifth in the nation in scoring offense averaging 3.38 goals per contest. The 27 goals are the third most scored through the first eight games in school history.
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