Sept. 9, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
No. 8 Florida State (4-1-0) plays their second home game of the 2010 season against instate rival No. 6 Florida Gators (5-0-0) Friday, September 10th in a BLACKOUT at the Seminole Soccer Complex at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles will follow that match by facing another instate rival the Central Florida Golden Knights (3-1-0) on Sunday, September 12th at 1:00 p.m. With ACC play just around the corner, the Seminoles are looking to prove themselves as a top ten team before going into conference action.
“I think we’re all just very excited,” said senior captain Amanda DaCosta. “We had a decent weekend, but it wasn’t the exact results that we wanted against Auburn and Mercer. We’re ready to get back on the field, come together and play in front of our home crowd on our field with a good pair of games.”
When asked if the Florida game carried extra importance, DaCosta added this: “It’s always exciting to play the Gators. They have a great team and it’s always a battle because the emotion runs so high, which makes it more exciting. But at the end of the day it’s still just a game – another game in the season.”
Florida leads the all-time series 10-7. Florida State lost has won seven of the last 12 games since 2000, outscoring the Gators 17-16 during that period. Florida State is 22-16-1 all-time against schools from the Southeastern Conference. Florida State has won three out of the last five matchups against Florida and has faced the Gators twice in postseason play, going 2-0 against Florida in the NCAA Tournament.
Sunday’s game marks the 12th matchup all-time between Florida State and Central Florida. Florida State leads the all-time series 7-3-1 since the series officially began in 1998. Florida State has won seven of the last 12 games with one tie. Overall Florida State is 11-3-1 all-time against schools from Conference USA and has outscored Central Florida 29-10 in the all-time series. Florida State is 4-1 all-time at home against the Knights and has gone 3-1-1 in the last five matchups.
With Central Florida upsetting Florida State last year, there is a little bit of extra excitement for the Seminoles to redeem themselves against the Knights.
“UCF is an in-state rival and they’ve battled us every year since I’ve been here,” said DaCosta. “All four years it’s been a good game, a solid game, we’ve come out on top, we’ve tied them, and we’ve lost to them – so it’s been a roller coaster. I’m excited to see how our team responds.”
With the game being a black out, the players say they feed off the extra energy provided,
“Normally I would say no if I had never experienced it, but having played in one (blackout) for UNC last year I could totally sense the different aura about the team and our fans,” said DaCosta. “It was everything, just being out on that field it does make it a little more electrifying and you definitely feed off of that energy a little bit more.”
The first 1,000 fans will receive a free blackout t-shirt and the first 250 students will get free pizza all courtesy of Hungry Howie’s at Friday’s game against Florida. Against UCF, and like every Sunday, it’s Popcorn Sunday where fans can get a free small popcorn with any purchase from Seminole Concessions.