June 10, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s soccer program has ranked among the nation’s best over the last four seasons with trips to the College Cup in three of the last four years and a run to the program’s first appearance in the national championship game in 2007.
Since the arrival of head coach Mark Krikorian in 2005, the Seminoles have posted a combined record of 73-17-11 and have finished no lower than second place in the ACC in each of the last four seasons. Heading into the 2009 season, the expectations once again remain high as Krikorian and the Seminoles have their sights set on a berth in the College Cup in College Station, Texas.
The quest for the school’s first national championship begins on Friday, August 21 inside the Seminole Soccer Complex as Florida State opens the 2009 campaign against the Jacksonville Dolphins. It is the first of 10 home games on this year’s docket which include five matches against ACC opponents.
Eleven teams on this year’s schedule recorded 10 or more wins a season ago. Eleven schools earned a bid to participate in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, while five of those teams played into the third round. Eight of the first 11 matches will be played in Tallahassee, while six of the eight scheduled road opponents in 2009 made a postseason appearance a season ago.
“We are really excited to be playing such a competitive schedule,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “The ACC in itself gives you a lot of competition, but when you throw in the non-conference schedule that we have put together, I feel our student-athletes will be challenged early on and then prepared as the season progresses. We are going to have a lot of young players playing a lot of minutes in the upcoming season. Through the non-conference schedule, we hope they will be battle tested and use that experience to help them prepare for the ACC schedule and beyond.”
The Seminoles will open the season with a pair of home contests against Jacksonville and South Alabama before heading to Stetson for their first road game of the year. The following weekend, Florida State welcomes back former assistant coach Erica Walsh to Tallahassee as the Seminoles host 2008 Big Ten champs Penn State on September 4. Two days later, the Seminoles will focus their attention on a Washington State team that finished 11-5-5 out of the Pac-10 last year.
“We always feel good when we are playing at home,” added Krikorian. “We know that we will have a great supportive crowd (in Tallahassee), so we are looking forward to playing some very good competition on our home turf. Playing games in front of our crowd will serve us well and give our young players a friendly environment to compete in before they venture off into more hostile places.”
Other non-conference opponents include UCF and Florida both on the road and a home contest against UAB.
FSU will once again close out the season with 10 straight ACC matches leading up to the ACC Tournament beginning November 4 in Cary, N.C. at the SAS Soccer Complex. The Seminoles open conference play at home against Maryland on Thursday, September 24. FSU will also host Boston College, Miami and NC State. Defending National Champion North Carolina comes to town on Thursday, October 22 for a 7:00 p.m. showdown at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Road contests for the Garnet and Gold in league play include matches at Wake Forest, Duke, Clemson and Virginia and the regular season finale at Virginia Tech on Sunday, November 1.
2009 Florida State Soccer Schedule
Friday, August 21 – Jacksonville, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 28 – South Alabama, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 30 – at Stetson, 2:00 p.m.
Friday, September 4 – Penn State, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 6 – Washington State, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 10 – at UCF, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 13 – UAB, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 18 – at Florida, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 24 – Maryland, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 27 – Boston College, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 4 – Miami, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 8 – at Wake Forest, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 11 – at Duke, TBA
Thursday, October 15 – at Clemson, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 22 – North Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 25 – NC State, TBA
Friday, October 30 – at Virginia, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 1 – at Virginia Tech, 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Sunday, November 5-9, 2008 – ACC Tournament
(Cary, N.C. – SAS Soccer Complex)
**All Match Times are EST** (Bold denotes home match)