Aug. 18, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 4/5 Florida State opens the 2011 season on the west coast for the second year in a row and the fourth time in school history. This year, the Seminoles face a pair of ranked opponents in No. 13/19 Oregon State and No. 11/7 Portland.
FSU is 10-5-1 all-time on opening day, including a mark of 3-4-0 when opening the season on the road. The Seminoles enter Friday night’s game in Corvallis having won three straight season openers outscoring the opposition 13-0 during that span. Under head coach Mark Krikorian, FSU owns a record of 5-1-0 on opening day, including a mark of 2-1-0 on the opposition’s home turf.
Friday’s match against Oregon State marks the second time these two teams have met to open a season. FSU and Oregon State played to a scoreless double overtime draw back in 2002 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles outshot the Beavers 23-10 in that game but both keepers combined for 17 saves including six by FSU’s Kerry York.
FSU has fared well against teams from the Pac-12 Conference boasting an all-time record of 12-4-1 against the league’s current members. The Seminoles are 5-1 on the road against the Pac-12 with their lone loss coming at Stanford last year in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals.
Florida State returns to the University of Portland for the first time since the two schools battled it out in a top 10 showdown back in 2007 at Merlo Field. The #4 Pilots came out victorious defeating the #6 Seminoles 2-1 in overtime.
Sunday’s contest marks the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools. Both teams have won on their home turf while the Pilots took a 3-1 neutral site contest in Winston-Salem back in 2001.
For complete game notes, see the PDF listed above.