Sept. 21, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following a tough road swing through the Carolinas with losses against Wake Forest and Duke last week, 10th-ranked Florida State (7-3-0) will look to rebound and claim its first win in the ACC when the Seminoles travel to Clemson (5-3-0) on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Both schools are looking to put an end to their respective season-long losing streaks on Thursday with the Seminoles riding a two-game skid and the Tigers having lost their last three matches including back-to-back losses in double overtime.
FSU finds itself in unchartered territory to open the ACC season starting 0-2 in the league for the first time since 2000. That year the Seminoles finished league play at 2-4-1 and in seventh place, while earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
The Seminoles have suffered losses in back-to-back games just twice under head coach Mark Krikorian, but for the first time in the same season under his watch. The last time FSU lost two straight in the same year was in 2004 when the Noles fell to Virginia at home and Duke on the road.
Against the Tigers, the Seminoles have had the upper hand in the series as of late as FSU is unbeaten in its last 12 contests (10-0-2) outscoring Clemson 32-8 during the current streak.
The two schools have faced each other 16 times since 2000 including three times in the NCAA Tournament and twice in the ACC Tournament. They have faced each other twice in one season in three of the last seven years. The 21 total games versus Clemson are the second most meetings among league schools, trailing only North Carolina (27 games).
The Seminoles listed on the 2011 roster have never lost a game to Clemson, undefeated in their last three games (3-0-0); six players have accounted for 21 points including Tiffany McCarty and Jessica Price who have each scored two career goals, while McCarty has two career assists.
In the latest rankings, FSU dropped to No. 10 in both the NSCAA and Soccer America top 25 polls, while Soccer Times currently has the Seminoles ranked No. 12.
Thursday’s game at Clemson will be shown live on the intern at ClemsonTigers.com, while live stats will be available via Gametracker. Fans can always receive updates on the games via twitter @FSU_Soccer.
For complete game notes, see the PDF listed above.