Sept. 28, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Tenth-ranked Florida State (8-3-0, 1-2-0 ACC) returns home to the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex for a pair of key ACC games this week. The Seminoles welcome No. 9 North Carolina (6-2-0, 1-1-0) to Tallahassee on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. and then NC State (8-3-1, 0-2-1) on Sunday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m.
The Seminoles are coming off their first league win of the season last Thursday as they traveled to Clemson and defeated the Tigers 6-2 behind Tiffany McCarty’s first career hat trick.
UNC, who suffered a 1-0 double overtime loss to Virginia on Sunday, is on the road for the first in league play this year. The Wolfpack picked up a key point at Maryland as they recorded a scoreless draw in College Park.
Thursday’s match marks the 12th consecutive meeting that FSU and UNC have faced each other while ranked in the top 10. Ten of the last 13 games in the series including eight of the last nine have been decided by one goal or less, while five of the last nine have been decided in extra periods.
FSU’s two victories over UNC have come in double OT at home in 2000 and 2009 by identical scores of 3-2. Kristin Boyce scored the golden goal for the Noles in 2000 while Ella Stephan notched the game-winner in 2009.
Florida State is undefeated at home in 2011 and is riding a 14-game home unbeaten streak (13-0-1) dating back to last year into Thursday’s contest.
Against NC State, FSU has won 10 in a row in the series and is unbeaten in its last 12 games (10-0-2). The Seminoles have outscored the Wolfpack 31-9 during their 10-game win streak. NC State’s last win over the Seminoles came in 1998, a 2-1 victory in Raleigh. FSU is unbeaten at home against the Wolfpack in seven all-time meetings.
FSU has scored two or more goals 11 times in the series, while limiting the Wolfpack to a goal or less nine times. Last year, Janice Cayman and Casey Short each scored two goals in leading FSU to a 4-1 victory in Raleigh. Tiffany McCarty leads all active players with six career points against NC State with two goals and two assists.
In the latest rankings, FSU moved up a spot to No. 9 in the NSCAA top 25 and two spots to No. 10 in the Soccer Times poll. Soccer America kept the Noles at No. 10 for the second straight week.
Thursday’s game against North Carolina can be seen nationally over the internet on ESPN3.com, while Sunday’s match against NC State will air live on Seminoles.com All-Access. Gametracker will be available for both matches, while fans can always receive updates on the games via twitter @FSU_Soccer.
Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month and in an effort to raise awareness for the cause and to support young kids with cancer, both Florida State and North Carolina will be wearing neon yellow-green shoelaces for Thursday night’s game.
The laces are meant to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and spark fundraising for the Go4theGoal Foundation – www.go4thegoal.org.
Go4theGoal, in partnership with the Philadelphia Union, provides children battling cancer with a unique soccer experience at a major league soccer game. Go4theGoal has also teamed up with children’s hospitals across the nation to provide supportive services, entertainment, educational tools, granting special wishes and funding innovative research.
To learn more about scoring fantastic goals for kids with cancer, visit www.Go4theGoal.org to find out how we can help children with cancer achieve their goals.
For complete game notes, see the PDF listed above.