September 8, 2011 - by

Florida, Mercer Preview

Sept. 8, 2011







Game Notes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fifth-ranked Florida State (5-1-0), winners of four in a row, concludes the non-conference portion of its regular season schedule this weekend as the Seminoles head to Gainesville to face No. 8 Florida (4-1-0) on Friday and then returns home to face undefeated Mercer (4-0-0) on Sunday.

The intra-state rival between FSU and UF could not be any fiercer as the two schools have split the last six games. Since 2000, 10 of the 13 games played between these two schools have been decided by one goal with FSU winning six. The last two meetings have been decided in overtime with each school winning on their opponent’s home turf.

The Seminoles have captured three of the last four meetings in Gainesville. In 2009, FSU defeated UF 1-0 behind a golden goal by Toni Pressley in the 93rd minute.

Last year in Tallahassee, Florida State tied the game at one with just over a minute left to play in regulation when Kassey Kallman found the back of the net for her first collegiate goal to force overtime. But overtime would last just 15 seconds as Florida’s Mckenzie Barnes netted the golden goal to give UF a 2-1 victory.

The Seminoles will then return home on Sunday to face the Mercer Bears. Mercer visits Tallahassee after facing the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens on Friday. FSU has never lost to Mercer in four all-time meetings outscoring the Bears 13-4.

The two schools met last year in Macon when the Seminoles posted a 3-0 victory behind goals by Pressley, Tori Huster and Lindsey Rice.

FSU is 3-0 at home this year and has won seven in a row inside the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles are in the midst of a 13-game home unbeaten streak (12-0-1) – the third longest streak in school history.

Friday’s game at Florida will air live over the internet on Gatorzone.com at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s match will be shown live over the internet on Seminoles.com All-Access as Scott Kotick and Amanda DaCosta will bring you all the play-by-play action from Tallahassee beginning at 1:00 p.m. Gametracker will also be available for both matches, while fans can receive updates on the games via twitter @FSU_Soccer.

For complete game notes, see the PDF listed above.

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