Sept. 20, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State steps out of league play this week to host its final non-conference match of the regular season on Friday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m., when the Seminoles welcome Jackson State to Tallahassee.
At 8-0-0, Florida State is off to its best start in school history eclipsing the previous record of seven straight wins to start the 2005 season which just happened to be the first year under head coach Mark Krikorian. FSU has posted five wins at home and three on the road, while yielding just three goals through the first eight matches good for a GAA of 0.38.
A win on Friday night against Jackson State would match the school record for the longest win streak at nine set in 2005. In fact 2005 holds two of the all-time longest win streaks in school history as the Seminoles put together wins streaks of nine and seven en route to a trip to the College Cup.
Secondly, a win over the Lady Tigers will mark the first time since 2006 that FSU went through its regular season non-conference schedule undefeated (8-0-0). Florida State enters the week one of just two teams that is still undefeated on the year joining fellow ACC foe Virginia Tech (9-0-0).
Friday’s match against Jackson State marks the last of four first time opponents the Seminoles will face in 2012. FSU is 3-0-0 against first time opponents this year as they defeated Minnesota, 3-2, on the road to open the season, posted a 4-0 victory at home over the College of Charleston and then recorded a 2-1 victory at home over Cal State Fullerton
The match against Jackson State also marks the first meeting against the Lady Tigers and just the second against a current member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Florida State is 1-0-0 all-time against SWAC schools with its lone match coming against Mississippi Valley State in the opening round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. FSU won that match 7-0 in the Auburn, Ala.
FSU is 54-28-4 all-time when facing a team for the first time and 21-3-1 under head coach Mark Krikorian.
In case you haven’t noticed, the Florida State defense has been really good through the first eight matches allowing just three goals including one in the last seven games. The Seminoles rank in the top 11 nationally in shutout percentage (t-3rd – 0.750), GAA (t-5th, 0.375) and save percentage (11th – 0.903).
After giving up two goals in the first six minutes and 32 seconds of the season opener at Minnesota, the Seminoles went over 364 minutes before allowing their next goal. The shutout streak came to an end against Cal State Fullerton when the Titans found the back of the net in the 12th minute.
During the streak, Florida State posted three straight shutouts for the first time since 2010 when the Seminoles put together a streak of three consecutive shutouts against Arkansas (1-0), Miami (2-0) and Wake Forest (1-0).
Since the Cal State Fullerton goal back on September 7, the Seminoles have not allowed a goal in over 348 minutes – posting shutouts over Arkansas, No. 2 Duke and No. 14 Wake Forest.
The school record for consecutive shutout minutes stands at 799:29 set in 2003, while the school record for consecutive shutouts is six set the year in 2003.
Admission to all home soccer matches at the Seminole Soccer Complex is free of charge. Friday’s match against Jackson State is also a Spear-It Rewards game where Spear-It Reward members can earn points for attending the match.
Live stats for both matches will be available via gametracker. Fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Soccer. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Soccer team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer.