TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fifth-ranked Florida State (8-1-0, 1-0-0) returns home after a successful road trip to the Northeast to host a pair of ACC foes inside the Seminole Soccer Complex. FSU welcomes ACC newcomer Louisville (4-4-0, 1-0-0) to Tallahassee on Thursday, September 25 at 7 pm before playing host to third-ranked and undefeated Virginia (9-0-0, 1-0-0) on Sunday, September 28 at 4 pm.
Both games will broadcast nationally with Thursday’s match on ESPN3 and Sunday’s game to air on ESPNU. Thursday’s match will be a ‘Black Out’ as the first 500 fans to arrive at the ‘Plex will get a free Seminole t-shirt. Fans are encouraged to wear black and help ‘Black Out’ the Seminole Soccer Complex against the Cardinals. Thursday is also a Spear It Rewards game. On Sunday, be sure to arrive early as the Marching Chiefs will be on hand to play before the game and at halftime. Admission to every regular season home soccer match is FREE of charge.
FSU is 2-0-0 all-time against Louisville posting a 3-2 victory in Tallahassee back in 2001 and then a 2-0 victory in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament in Memphis, Tenn.
The Seminoles are playing the Cardinals for the first time as members of the ACC. FSU is 6-7-0 when facing a team for the first time as a conference opponent winning six in a row.
Florida State is 4-4-1 all-time in ACC home openers under head coach Mark Krikorian, but is 4-1-0 in its last five conference openers at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
FSU faces Virginia on Sunday in Tallahassee in a nationally televised game on ESPNU as it marks the 26th meeting between the two schools. Virginia has won two straight in the series, but all three of FSU’s wins in the series have come in the last five games.
Nineteen of the 25 contests have been decided by one goal or less including 17 of the last 20 games. Four of the last seven meetings have been decided in overtime (FSU: 1-2-1).
Sunday’s game also marks the sixth time in the last seven that both teams are ranked in the top 10. Both schools have come away with three wins during that span.
All three schools are coming off wins in their respective league openers last week. Florida State blanked Boston College, 2-0, in Newton behind goals by Cheyna Williams and Berglind Thorvaldsdottir. Virginia defeated Miami, 3-1, in Charlottesville, while Louisville opened its first season in the ACC with a 1-0 shutout victory at home over Syracuse.
Live stats for both matches can be found at Seminoles.com. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Soccer and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer) and on Instagram (NoleSoccer).