TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The wait is nearly over. After eight months since the conclusion of the 2015 season at the College Cup, the Florida State soccer team will begin its 2016 campaign at Texas A&M on Friday, August 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET.The Seminoles enter the season ranked No. 1 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, marking the second-straight year that FSU has topped the NSCAA preseason poll. The Aggies come in at No. 8 and it will be the third time in the last 350 days that FSU and TAMU have played each other, with a pair of Seminole victories in Tallahassee in 2015.
“I think it is a tale of two different groups,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “A year ago, we were a veteran group with a lot of seniors and a seasoned team while Texas A&M was loaded with young kids. This year, we’re loaded with young kids and they have the seasoned group.
“It is a little bit of a role reversal from last year. Last year was here, playing in front of our crowd and this year is going to be down there playing in front of their crowd on their field. They have a great environment and atmosphere that they’ve created and I think for our young group it will be a great test.”
Florida State leads the all-time series with Texas A&M, 5-1-0, dating back to 1999. The Aggies won that first game of the series, 2-1, in the only meeting between the two schools played in College Station.
The Noles are a combined 1-3 at Ellis Field, as Texas A&M hosted the 2005 and 2007 College Cups. FSU fell to UCLA (4-0) in 2005, defeated Notre Dame (3-2) in 2007 before losing to USC (2-0) in its first National Championship Game appearance.
Redshirt senior Kirsten Crowley and sophomore Megan Connolly highlight a group of 13 returners that are joined by 11 newcomers who look to help lead Florida State to a fourth consecutive ACC Championship and a sixth-straight berth in the College Cup.
Friday’s match will be broadcast live via the SEC Network+ digital streaming service. Tickets are available online at 12thman.com/tickets, or by calling 888-992-4443.
ACC Announces 2016 Fall ACC Network Extra Schedule
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its complete TV and streaming lineup for its fall sports on Thurday, including 331 contests that will be broadcast on the brand-new ACC Network Extra platform.
Florida State Soccer will have 11 regular season matches broadcast this season, with eight games on ACC Network Extra, two on SEC Network+ and one on CUSA.tv.
ACC Network Extra will also air both semifinal matches of the 2016 ACC Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on Friday, November 4, with Sunday’s championship game broadcast on ESPNU. Overall, every ACC Fall Olympic sport championship will be broadcast live on either a linear platform or ACC Network Extra.
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2016 Florida State Soccer TV/Streaming Schedule
August 19 – at Texas A&M – 8:30 p.m. ET – SEC Network+
August 25 – at Vanderbilt – 8:30 p.m. ET – SEC Network+
August 28 – at Middle Tennessee State – 3:00 p.m. ET – CUSA.tv
September 2 – Florida – 7:00 p.m. – ACC Network Extra
September 15 – Mercer – 7:00 p.m. – ACC Network Extra
September 18 – Miami – 1:00 p.m. – ACC Network Extra
October 1 – at Pitt – 7:00 p.m. – ACC Network Extra
October 15 – at NC State – 3:00 p.m. – ACC Network Extra
October 20 – Duke – 7:00 p.m. – ACC Network Extra
October 23 – Louisville – 1:00 p.m. – ACC Network Extra
October 27 – at North Carolina – ACC Network Extra