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Sept. 23, 2009

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the non-conference portion of the schedule in the rearview mirror, No. 5 Florida State opens ACC play at home this week with a pair of top 10 opponents. The Seminoles welcome No. 9 Maryland (8-0-0) and No. 3 Boston College (8-0-0) to Tallahassee on Thursday and Sunday, respectively.

FSU (7-1-0) is coming off a big road victory over then No. 7 Florida thanks to a golden goal by sophomore defender Toni Pressley in the first overtime period to give the Seminoles a 1-0 win. With the Terps and Eagles coming to town this week, it marks the third straight week FSU will face a nationally ranked opponent. The Garnet and Gold have posted a 3-0-0 record against top 25 opponents defeating No. 10 Penn State (2-1), No. 24 UAB (8-0) and No. 7 Florida.

With a perfect 8-0-0 record, Maryland is off to its best start since 1996. That season the Terrapins started 13-0-0 in en route to a berth in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

The 8-0 start for the Eagles is the best since the 2003 team opened up at 8-0. BC will now open up ACC action on Thursday, September 24 in Coral Gables, Fla. at Miami (7:30 p.m.).

Florida State and Boston College enter the week as the only two schools in the nation to rank in the top 10 in both scoring offense and goals against average. Boston College and Maryland are two of nine remaining undefeated teams in Division I.

Gameday Central

  #5 Florida State (7-1-0) (0-0 ACC)
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  #9 Maryland (8-0-0) (0-0 ACC)
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  #3 Boston College (8-0-0) (0-0 ACC)
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Match Info:

   September 24th, 2009:  7:00 PM ET | Tallahassee, FL

  September 27th, 2009:  1:00 PM ET | Tallahassee, FL

Facility:    Seminole Soccer Complex | Driving Directions
Tickets:    Free Admission
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Live Stats:    Gametracker – Thursday | Gametracker – Sunday
TV:    Sun Sports – Florida State vs. Maryland
Live Video:    Watch Live – Florida State vs. Boston College

Thursday, September 24 – 7:00 p.m.
#5 Florida State (7-1-0) vs. #9 Maryland (8-0-0)

* In the 18th meeting between these two schools, Florida State welcomes nationally ranked and undefeated Maryland to the Seminole Soccer Complex in the first ACC game for both teams. FSU has dropped four straight league openers and are 4-10-0 all-time in opening ACC play. FSU is 3-7-0 when opening the conference slate at home.

* The Seminoles have won four straight and nine of the last 11 games against the Terps; FSU is unbeaten over the last seven games in the series and in their last eight regular season games against the Terps. Heading into Thursday’s match, FSU is riding a five-game, regular season home unbeaten against the Terps. The last win for Maryland in Tallahassee was 1999 (1-0).

* FSU has outscored Maryland by the slimmest of margins (27-25) in the series. During the Seminoles current seven-game unbeaten streak, FSU has outscored the Terps 11-3. FSU has posted six shutouts to Maryland’s four all-time. FSU is 6-1 in one-goal contests against the Terps.

Sunday, September 27 – 1:00 p.m.
#5 Florida State (7-1-0) vs. #3 Boston College (8-0-0)

* Florida State will face off against its third consecutive top 10 opponent when they host undefeated Boston College at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Sunday.

* FSU is unbeaten in seven previous meetings against the Eagles while posting four straight 1-0 victories including a win in the third round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Two of the seven contests have ended in a scoreless tie, while FSU has not allowed the Eagles to score in the series, a span covering 580 consecutive scoreless minutes.

* Both schools enter the week as the only two teams in the nation to rank in the top 10 in both scoring offense and goals against average. Offensively, the Seminoles rank 3rd (33 goals), while BC sits 4th (32 goals). Defensively, the Eagles rank 2nd allowing just one goal (0.125 GAA) through the first eight games. FSU is 9th giving up just three goals (0.366 GAA).

* FSU owns an all-time ACC record of 48-52-12 in 14 previous seasons.

* The Seminoles are 27-7-6 in league play under head coach Mark Krikorian as more than half of FSU’s all-time wins in the ACC have come with Krikorian at the helm.

* Under Krikorian, FSU is 15-3-2 against league opponents at home and 12-4-4 on the road.

* FSU has finished no lower than second place (including ties) in the ACC over the last four years.

For Complete Notes please see the above PDF

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