Aug. 9, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Five seems to be a popular number around the Florida State athletics department these days. The Seminole soccer team will open the 2011 season ranked No. 5 according to the preseason top 25 poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Tuesday, August 9. The announcement comes exactly five days after the Seminole football team earned its highest preseason ranking since 2002, coming in at No. 5 by the USA Today Coaches Poll.
“It’s great,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “It shows the level of respect that we have earned over the course of time as being a top program. But it is the end of the season rankings that mean a lot more. We know that with the quality of the schedule that we have we are going to be tested from the beginning to the very end of the season.”
The ranking by the Seminole soccer team marks the fifth straight year FSU has earned a spot in the top 10 of the NSCAA’s preseason poll. At No. 5, it is the highest preseason ranking for the Garnet and Gold since opening the 2008 campaign at No. 4.
“I feel that we have established a level of consistency,” added Krikorian. “The quality of the soccer is very good. We have very good players and I would like to think that we play an attractive style of soccer, so it’s nice to be thought of so highly by the coaches who vote on this poll.”
Florida State will face nine teams that are ranked in the preseason top 25 poll including seven that rank in the top 12. The Seminoles will be tested in the first week of the season when they travel out west to face No. 19 Oregon State and No. 7 Portland on August 19 and 21, respectively.
“Putting our players in that very tough opening weekend against two very good teams in Oregon State and Portland will be a great challenge for us,” said Krikorian. “That is what it is about at Florida State; we want to play against the best teams. We are looking forward to those games but also the remainder of the schedule. When you look at our schedule, we know that every day we will have to bring the `A’ game if we want a positive result.”
The Atlantic Coast Conference was well represented in the preseason poll with a nation-best six schools ranked in the top 25. FSU was the third highest ranked team in the conference behind North Carolina (No. 3) and Boston College (No. 4). Maryland came in at No. 6 followed by Virginia at No. 10 and Wake Forest at No. 18.
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