TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Winners of seven in a row, second-ranked Florida State (11-1-0, 4-0-0) returns home this week for a pair of ACC matches. The Seminoles will host Syracuse (5-5-3, 2-2-0) on Thursday, October 9 at 7 pm in their annual ‘Paint It Pink’ game before welcoming No. 9 Virginia Tech (11-2-0, 2-2-0) to town on Sunday, October 12 at 1 pm.
Florida State is off to 4-0-0 start in the ACC for just the third in school history. The Seminoles won their first four games in 2010 and were victorious in their first seven games to start the 2012 campaign. FSU has outscored the opposition 12-0 through their first four league matches this year.
Thursday’s match is FSU’s annual ‘Paint It Pink’ game in an effort to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. The jerseys worn for Thursday’s contest will be auctioned off online at Seminoles.com for two weeks. Since the inception of the ‘Paint It Pink’ campaign, the Florida State University Women’s athletics teams have raised over $58,000. All proceeds from this year’s campaign will go to the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. FSU owns a record of 6-0-0 all-time when wearing the pink jerseys outscoring opponents 24-4.
Donations will be accepted at the match at the marketing table located by the entrance gate off Spirit Way. Make a donation of at least $10 and receive a ‘Paint It Pink’ t-shirt.
Thursday will also mark the third time Florida State and Syracuse have met. FSU won each of the two previous meetings while this is the first time they have faced off in Tallahassee. Last year, the Seminoles needed an overtime goal by Dagny Brynjarsdottir in the 95th minute to defeat the Orange, 1-0, in Syracuse.
Much like Iceland native Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, who leads FSU with 19 points (9G, 1A), Syracuse’s top scorer is also from outside the U.S. as Stephanie Skilton (Auckland, New Zealand) has 8G, 1A to lead the Orange.
On Sunday, Florida State faces its fourth ranked opponent of the season when No. 9 Virginia Tech makes the trek to Tallahassee. FSU has never lost to Virginia Tech in 15 all-time meetings and enters Sunday’s match winners of eight in a row over the Hokies.
Florida State recorded three one-goal victories over Virginia Tech in 2013 – 2-1 regular season win in Blacksburg, Va.; 1-0 shutout in the ACC Championship game in Cary, N.C. and a 3-2 victory in the national semifinals at the College Cup in Cary.
Sunday’s match will be the second time this season that FSU has faced a team that played in the 2013 College Cup. FSU is 11-28-0 all-time against opponents who made an appearance in the College Cup a year prior. The Noles have won five straight such games.
Florida State is 2-1-0 against ranked opponents this year including a 1-1-0 mark against teams ranked in the top 10.
Thursday’s match against Syracuse 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).