TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Second-ranked Florida State (14-1-0, 7-0-0) is back on the road this weekend looking to maintain its spot atop the ACC standings but it won’t be an easy task with games against fifth-ranked North Carolina and NC State looming this week in the state of North Carolina.
The Seminoles, who are riding a 10-match win streak overall and eight straight wins in the ACC dating back to last year, open the week in Chapel Hill on Thursday, October 23 with a top-five showdown against the Tar Heels (10-2-1, 7-0-0) inside Fetzer Field at 7 pm. A win for either school would provide an inside track to the league’s regular season title with just three matches left before the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship in Greensboro, N.C., November 7 & 9.
Thursday night’s match marks the 16th time in the last 18 meetings that FSU and UNC have faced each other when ranked in the top 10. Florida State has been the higher ranked team six times including each of the last three games – all wins for the Seminoles. FSU is 3-1-0 against ranked foes in 2014 and 2-1-0 against schools ranked in the top 10.
Florida State has won four straight in the series and five of the last eight against the Tar Heels. The Noles have won two in a row in Chapel Hill and are 2-2-2 in their last six trips to Fetzer Field.
FSU has defeated UNC in each of the last two regular season match-ups, both by 1-0 scores, and in each of the last two meetings in the ACC Tournament – 2011: 1-0 double overtime victory in the first round in Chapel Hill and then a 2-1 triumph in overtime last year.
With a win on Thursday, Florida State would earn its seventh all-time victory over North Carolina. No school has ever defeated UNC seven times. FSU and Notre Dame each have six victories over the Tar Heels.
A win on Thursday would also mark FSU’s third straight victory on Fetzer Field – a feat only two other schools have ever performed – Notre Dame (2007, 08, 10) and Virginia (2011, 12, 13).
The series has been so closely contested as of late with 14 of the last 18 games – including 12 of the last 14 matches – decided by one goal or less. Seven of those last 14 matches have also been decided in overtime.
Thursday night’s showdown will air live on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network, on Sun Sports in Tallahassee and on ESPN3.
Florida State will then turn its attention to NC State (2-11-2, 0-7-0) and a meeting with the Wolfpack in Raleigh on Sunday, October 26 at 1 pm.
FSU has won 13 in a row in the series and is unbeaten in its last 15 games (13-0-2). The Seminoles have outscored the Wolfpack 36-9 during their 13-game win streak.
The Seminoles have not lost to the Wolfpack in Raleigh in seven previous matches going 6-0-1 during the streak. The last win for NC State on its home turf came in 1998.
FSU has scored two or more goals 13 times in the series, while limiting the Wolfpack to a goal or less 12 times. The Noles have scored two or more goals in nine of the last 10 meetings against NC State.
Sunday’s match will air live on ESPN3.
Live stats for both matches will be available at Seminoles.com. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Soccer and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer) and on Instagram (NoleSoccer).