TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Closing out the regular season, No. 8 Florida State (12-2-2, 6-1-2 ACC) hits the road for a conference game against No. 16 North Carolina (10-3-3, 5-2-2 ACC) on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. on Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Seminoles are 8-24-3 in the all-time series against North Carolina. Florida State is unbeaten in the last seven matches of the series (6-0-1), dating back to 2011. FSU’s eight wins all-time against UNC is the highest total of any school in the country.
“We’ve had some very competitive games during that time and they’re very talented, we’re very talented and recently we’ve found a way to get the result,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “It is a fantastic tradition that those folks have and we’re looking forward to getting up there and competing with them. We have had some injuries and call-ups and all of these different type of situations throughout the season, but now the group is back together and we can prepare ourselves for the last phase of the season and postseason play.”
Florida State is currently tied for second in the conference standings and depending on the finish of Thursday’s regular season finale against North Carolina and others around the ACC, the Seminoles can finish anywhere from first to sixth in the ACC standings and could play their ACC Quarterfinal match on Sunday at any of six schools – FSU, Duke, Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia and Notre Dame.
FSU has finished no lower than second place (including ties) in the ACC 10 times (2005-10, 2012-15) over the last 11 years, claiming three regular season titles (2009, 2012 and 2014).
The Noles rank second in the nation with a 0.305 goals against average and are tied with Northwestern as the only schools in the country that have given up only five goals this season. FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller ranks in the top 10 nationally in goals against average (0.31 – third), shutouts (10 – fifth) and save percentage (0.894 – eighth).
The Seminoles have been ranked in the Top 25 of the NSCAA poll for 157 straight weeks and in the Top 10 for 69 consecutive polls. FSU snapped a streak of 51 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 earlier this season – Dec. 4, 2012 to Oct. 4, 2016.
Thursday’s match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra with live stats available on Seminoles.com. Tickets for Thursday’s match can be purchased at goheels.com.
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