TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Staying at home for the second weekend in a row, No. 3 Florida State (5-1-0) welcomes Mercer (2-4-1) and Miami (5-3-0) for matches at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Thursday, September 15 and Sunday, September 18, respectively. The Seminoles have not lost a match at home since September 5, 2014, recording an unbeaten streak of 26 games with a record of 25-0-1. It is the second-longest unbeaten streak in school history.
“It is awful nice to be playing in Tallahassee again,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We just want to continue to improve. We’re looking to try and get better every time that we come out and play and I hope that our group is both physically and mentally prepared to go out and play against Mercer.”
The Noles and the Bears have played five previous games against each other, with FSU earning the win each time, most recently, a 4-0 victory in Tallahassee in 2011.
Florida State holds a 14-3 advantage in the all-time series with Miami, including a 10-1 mark in ACC play. The Noles have won 14 of the last 15 meetings in the matchup, only dropping a 1-0 result in 2012 during that span.
The Seminoles are led by a crew of young players, as the top five scorers on the team – Deyna Castellanos, Megan Connolly, Macayla Edwards, Kaycie Tillman and Kristen McFarland – are all underclassmen. In all, 18 of the 24 players on the 2016 roster are either freshmen or sophomores, matching a program record set in 2007. The mark of 75% underclassmen is the most of any team outside of the inaugural team in 1995 that had 85 percent freshmen and sophomores (17 of 20).
Thursday’s match against Mercer at the Seminole Soccer Complex will begin at 7:00 p.m., while Sunday’s ACC-opening game with Miami will start at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra and live stats will be available on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all home regular season FSU Soccer matches.
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