Oct. 3, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The top ranked and undefeated Florida State women’s soccer team returns home after a successful trip to the Carolinas which featured wins over No. 9 North Carolina and NC State, to face Clemson, Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the annual Paint It Pink contest inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Since the inception of the Paint It Pink campaign, the Florida State University Women’s athletics teams have raised over $30,000. All proceeds from this year’s campaign will go to the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
The game worn jerseys from Thursday’s match will be auctioned off online at Seminoles.com for two weeks beginning on Friday, October 5, while fans who donate $10 at the gate will be given a pink FSU t-shirt. The Seminoles have played well in the pink jerseys owning an all-time record of 4-0-0.
Dominated early by Clemson, the Tigers began the series winners of six of the first seven games. The Seminoles have held the upper hand as of late winning six straight over Clemson while unbeaten in its last 13 contests (11-0-2) outscoring the Tigers 38-10 during the current streak.
The two schools have faced each other 17 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 eight years. The 22 total games versus Clemson are the second most meetings among league schools, trailing only North Carolina (30 games).
The Seminoles listed on the 2012 roster have never lost a game to Clemson, undefeated in their last four games (4-0-0). Tiffany McCarty leads all Noles with 12 career points against Clemson on five goals and two assists as she tallied her first career hat trick at Clemson last year. Jessica Price as three career goals, while Jamia Fields and Kristin Grubka each picked up two assists in last year’s 6-2 victory.
Florida State enters the week as the consensus No. 1 team in the nation for the third week in a row. FSU has been ranked No. 1 for six weeks in 2012 and owns an all-time record of 14-1-0 when holding the top spot in the nation. FSU also sits No. 5 in the latest RPI as released by the NCAA on October 1.
The Seminoles enter Thursday night’s game against Clemson with the No. 1 ranked defense in the nation. FSU holds the top spot in goals against average (0.273), shutout percentage (0.818) and save percentage (0.923). The Noles have recorded six straight shutouts to tie a school record, while allowing just three goals in 11 matches this year including one goal in the last 10 games.
At 11-0-0, FSU is the last remaining undefeated team in the nation.
FSU has claimed four ACC Player of the Week accolades in 2012 by three different athletes. Kelsey Wys was named twice in weeks 2 and 5, Kristin Grubka earned the honor in week 3 while Dagny Brynjarsdottir was the latest winner claiming the award in week 7.
Live stats for Thursday’s match will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Soccer. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Soccer team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer.