Sept. 11, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the non-conference portion of the schedule in the books, No. 4 Florida State (5-0-1) will now turn its attention to defending its ACC regular season title as the Seminoles hit the road to open league play this weekend facing No. 7 Wake Forest (5-0-0) and No. 15 Duke (3-2-1).
FSU owns an all-time ACC record of 75-63-14 entering its 19th season in 2013. The Seminoles are 54-18-8 in league play under head coach Mark Krikorian as more than half of FSU’s all-time wins in the ACC has come with Krikorian at the helm. Under Krikorian, FSU is 22-13-5 on the road. Florida State has finished no lower than second place (including ties) in the ACC seven times (2005-10, 2012) over the last eight years claiming two regular season titles (2009 & 2012).
In ACC openers, the Seminoles are 7-11-0 all-time including a record of 2-4-0 when opening on the road.
FSU has won three of their last four league openers (2009: d. MD, 2-1; 2010: d. Miami, 2-0; 2011: lost WF, 2-0; 2012: d. Duke 1-0) and is facing Wake Forest to open league play for the third time in 19 years with all three matches coming in Winston-Salem. The Deacs defeated the Seminoles in 1997 (2-1) and again in 2011 (2-0).
Florida State opens ACC play at Wake Forest Thursday night in search of its second victory all-time in Winston-Salem and first since a 3-2 victory back in 2006. The Seminoles have won eight of the last 15 games in the series with three of those matches ending in ties. The two schools are 2-2-1 in the last five meetings. Fourteen of the previous 24 contests have been decided by one goal or less including 10 of the last 16. The series has been so tight that it’s even in one-goal games all-time at 5-5-4.
A combined 75 goals have been scored in the series – 38 by Wake Forest and 37 by FSU. The winning team has scored two or more goals 16 times including six times by the Seminoles. Last year, Tiana Brockway provided the goal scoring heroics for FSU in a 1-0 victory as the Noles outshot the Deacs 11-9 in the match en route to their fifth straight win at home in the series.
Florida State then closes out its first extended road trip of the season on Sunday in Durham as the Noles will face Duke in search of their first-ever victory inside Koskinen Stadium in nine previous meetings. FSU is 5-1-2 over its last eight matches against Duke with the Blue Devils lone victory during that span coming in 2011 – a 2-1 win over the Seminoles in Durham.
Duke started the series in 1995 winning six in a row before FSU registered its first win in 2000. Seven times these two teams have played into overtime with five of those games reaching double overtime. FSU is 2-1-4 when they take Duke to extra periods.
Last year, the two schools met in Tallahassee to open ACC play in a #1 (FSU) vs. #2 (Duke) showdown. The difference was a goal by Jamia Fields in the 24th minute of a 1-0 FSU victory. It marked the first #1 vs. #2 game played inside the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Thursday’s match against Wake Forest will be streamed live on Wake Forest All-Access (paid subscription), while Sunday’s match against Duke will be streamed live on the Blue Devil Network (paid subscription).
Live stats will be available for both matches. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Soccer and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer).