Oct. 25, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 12 Florida State (11-6-0, 4-5-0 ACC) hits the road for its final regular season game Thursday night, October 27, as the Seminoles travel to Blacksburg to take on No. 25 Virginia Tech (12-5-1, 4-4-1 ACC) at 7:00 p.m.
FSU enters the contest in seventh place in the ACC standings with 12 points, one point behind sixth place Virginia Tech. A win or a tie against the Hokies Thursday night guarantees the Seminoles a spot in the upcoming league tournament, while a victory assures that Florida State will finish no lower than sixth place in the conference standings. The ACC Tournament begins Sunday, October 30 as the top four seeds will serve as host for the quarterfinal round.
Winners of two in a row in ACC play for the first time this year, Florida State heads to Blacksburg where they are 3-0-0 all-time against the Hokies. FSU won the first six games in the series before both schools played to a scoreless draw in the first round of the 2008 ACC Tournament – a game in which the Hokies advanced 4-2 in penalty kicks.
The Seminoles have never lost to Virginia Tech during the regular season (9-0) and are a perfect 7-0 since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004. The series has been closely contested as six of the 10 contests have been decided by one goal or less. FSU has scored two goals against Virginia Tech in each of the last three meetings.
FSU has outscored Virginia Tech 17-3 in the series and 6-1 on the Hokies home turf with the lone goal for Virginia Tech scored by Kelly Lynch in 2009.
The Seminoles are 7-8-1 in closing out the regular season but are unbeaten in their last six regular
season finales (5-0-1). FSU is 1-0 when facing Virginia Tech to wrap-up the regular season schedule. The two schools met to wrap-up the regular season schedule in 2009 as the Seminoles recorded a 2-1 victory in Blacksburg behind a pair of goals by Tiffany McCarty to claim a share of the ACC regular season title.
Last Day to Bid on Pink Jerseys
Wednesday, October 26 is the final day to bid on the pink jerseys that were worn by the Seminoles in their 1-0 victory over Boston College on October 16 in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Fans can click here to place a bid at a chance to win one of the 24 game worn jerseys that are being auctioned. All proceeds will benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center.
In the latest rankings, FSU moved up three spots to No. 12 in the Soccer America top 25, while jumping two spots to No. 17 in the NSCAA poll. The Soccer Times top 25 was not available at the time of release.
Thursday’s match will air live over the internet on Hokiesports.com All-Access, while live stats will also be available on Virginia Tech’s athletic website at www.hokiesports.com Fans can always receive updates on the games via twitter @FSU_Soccer.
For complete game notes, see the PDF listed above.