TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Wrapping up its seven-match homestand and a stretch of nine home games in the first 10 games of the season, No. 7 Florida State (7-1-1, 0-1-0 ACC) will host Virginia Tech (4-1-3, 0-0-0 ACC) on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m., before heading up to take on RV Boston College (8-0-0, 0-0-0 ACC) in a road ACC contest on Sunday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m.
“Virginia Tech has played eight games, lost only one and have played some pretty good teams,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “They have been really stingy in giving opportunities at their goal and have allowed just four goals this season. I would expect that they will come in and be a very organized group and make it difficult for us to create chances. But we’ll go back to doing what we do – try and get ahold of the ball, keep the ball, spread the field out and look to create some penetration in and around their penalty box to make some chances at their goal.”
The Seminoles are 16-0-2 all-time against Virginia Tech, including a 12-0-1 mark versus the Hokies in ACC play. Thursday’s match will be the seventh meeting of the two teams in Tallahassee, and the first since 2014, and the Noles hold a 6-0 advantage in those games, outscoring VT by a combined score of 11-3.
Florida State holds a 13-2-3 advantage in the all-time series with Boston College, and the Noles are just 3-2-1 on the road against the Eagles. BC won the most recent matchup in Newton, Mass., earning a 2-1 win on Oct. 6, 2016.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Brooke Bollinger is third in the nation with six shutouts and her 0.219 goals against average ranks sixth in the country as she has allowed just two goals in 821:12 of play on the year.
Florida State’s wins over RV Vanderbilt (8-1-0), No. 17 Wisconsin (7-1-1) and No. 8 UCLA (5-1-0) are the only losses this season for those respective teams, while the draw with No. 3 USC (7-0-1) is the only blemish on the Trojans’ record this season.
FSU is 148-12-7 at home since 2005 when Mark Krikorian became head coach at Florida State. The Noles are 80-4-4 in their last 88 matches played at home, dating back to 2011. FSU has 26 wins over ranked opponents over that time.
Both matches this weekend will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and links for both the stream and live stats will be available on the soccer schedule page on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all regular season home games at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Throughout 2018-19, the Seminoles will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and there are many events and reunions planned for all women’s sports. Head to www.seminoles.com/50th/ for more information that will be updated throughout the year.
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