TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After 774 days, two scheduled games and two separate hurricanes, it appears that No. 16 Florida State (9-3) and No. 10 Florida (11-2) will finally be able to play each other in a soccer match.
The September 2, 2016 match in Tallahassee was canceled after Hurricane Hermine made landfall earlier in the day near St. Marks, Fla., and caused damage throughout Leon County. The threat of Hurricane Irma forced a reschedule of the September 8, 2017 match in Gainesville, as Florida governor Rick Scott canceled all public schools in the state to aid in hurricane evacuation efforts.
The Noles and Gators will renew their rivalry on Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 p.m. at James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track. The match will also be broadcast live on SEC Network+.
“Certainly, all of us here in Tallahassee are excited to travel to Gainesville tomorrow to get the game in,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We know that they are a very good opponent and it will help us in our continued development. So it is going to be a good opponent and a good game, and I’m sure it will be a great crowd and a hostile crowd. Hopefully, we have some Garnet and Gold there as well.”
The Seminoles are 10-13-0 in the all-time series with Florida, and have lost each of the last two matches in 2014 and 2015. FSU had won four of five from 2009-2013, including three wins on the road at James G. Pressly Stadium.
In their last 18 matches against SEC opponents, dating back to 2010, the Seminoles have posted a 15-3 record, including a 5-2 mark in road matches.
Florida State will continue its road trip on Sunday, October 15 with a match at Wake Forest at 1:00 p.m. The Seminoles are 10-11-5 all-time against the Demon Deacons, but are unbeaten (2-0-2) in the last four matchups, dating back to 2011. That streak includes FSU’s first ever ACC tournament championship, as the teams finished with a 1-1 draw and then the Noles triumphed 3-1 in penalty kicks.
The Seminoles have struggled on the road at Wake Forest, holding just a 1-7-2 record at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., with the lone victory coming in 2006 by a score of 3-2. Sunday’s match at Wake Forest will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.
Admission is free for Friday’s match at Florida, while tickets are available for $5 for Sunday’s game at Wake Forest. Live stats for both matches will be available on the FSU soccer schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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