Oct. 12, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 11 Florida State (9-5-0, 2-4-0 ACC) returns to the Seminole Soccer Complex for three straight home games including two in a row against top-10 opponents as the Garnet & Gold host No. 10 Maryland (8-3-2, 2-2-2) and No. 4 Boston College (9-1-2, 4-1-0) on Thursday and Sunday, respectively.
The Seminoles have won seven of their last nine games against the Terrapins and will carry a six-game (5-0-1) home unbeaten streak into Thursday’s game against the Terps. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
Last year, Maryland erased a one-goal deficit in College Park defeating Florida State 2-1. It was the first victory for the Terps over the Seminoles since a 4-2 victory in the 2002 ACC Tournament.
FSU has outscored Maryland by the slimmest of margins (30-28) in the series, while the Noles are 7-2 in one-goal contests against the Terps.
Sunday’s match (1:00 p.m.) against Boston College marks the seventh top-10 opponent FSU will face this year. The Eagles opened the season with an 11-game unbeaten streak (9-0-2) and have allowed just four goals all season long.
FSU has never lost to BC and is unbeaten in nine previous meetings posting a 7-0-2 all-time record. The Seminoles are a perfect 4-0-0 inside the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex. Goals have been hard to come by for the Eagles in the series as they have only scored two in nine games with both goals coming in a 3-2 FSU victory in Tallahassee in 2009.
Last year, the Seminoles escaped Chestnut Hill with a 1-0 victory on a goal by Toni Pressley in the 54th minute.
This Week’s Promotions
Thursday – BLACK OUT THE TERPS – Free black out t-shirts will distributed to the first 500 students with a valid FSU ID courtesy of Student Housing Solutions. Fans are encouraged to help Black Out the Plex on Thursday night as the Seminoles will be wearing their all black uniforms.
Sunday – Annual Paint it Pink Game – T-shirts will be available on site with a $10 donation. There will also be an on-site silent auction. Game worn jerseys will be auctioned off online at Seminoles.com from Monday, October 17- Wednesday, October 26. All proceeds will benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center.
In the latest rankings, FSU dropped in all three national polls following last week’s overtime loss at Virginia but remain in the top 20 in each of the three polls. The Seminoles sit at No. 11 in the Soccer America top 25 poll, while ranking No. 17 and No. 18 in the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls, respectively.
Both matches on Thursday and Sunday will air live over the internet on Seminoles.com All-Access, while live stats will also 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.