TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State soccer program enters its 22nd season in 2016 and released its regular season schedule on Tuesday which includes nine home games at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles begin the 2016 season with a 24-game home unbeaten streak, tied for the second longest in program history.
Looking to build on its third consecutive ACC Championship and fifth straight trip to the College Cup in 2015, the Noles will face strong competition in the 2016 regular season as eight teams participated in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, including Florida (SEC), South Alabama (Sun Belt) and UConn (AAC) who were champions of their conference.
FSU finished the 2015 season ranked No. 3 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and will play against seven teams that were ranked in the final NSCAA poll in 2015, including five top-10 teams – No. 2 Duke, No. 5 Virginia, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 10 UConn.
“Once again, I think that we’ve put together a very challenging schedule that will stay within our philosophy of playing the best teams that are out there,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “When you combine the non-conference part of the schedule and opening up at Texas A&M and then going into the ACC schedule, I think that, once again, we’ll prepare ourselves very well for every level of competition.”
The Seminoles start the season on the road at Texas A&M on August 19 and then make a trip to the state of Tennessee for games at Vanderbilt (August 25) and Middle Tennessee State (August 28).
FSU will play its home opener on September 2 against Florida at 7:00 p.m., before heading to South Alabama for a Labor Day match on September 5.
A three-game non-conference homestand will begin on September 8 with UConn, followed by Troy (September 11) and Mercer (September 15).
The Noles will open ACC play at home on September 18 against Miami and will also welcome Wake Forest (September 22) and Virginia (September 25) to the Seminole Soccer Complex.
There will be a four-game ACC road trip to begin the month of October for Florida State, starting with Pitt on October 1. The Noles head to the Northeast and will face Boston College on October 6 and Syracuse on October 9, before closing out with a match at NC State on October 15.
FSU will have a 2015 College Cup rematch against Duke in Tallahassee on October 20 and will host Louisville on October 23. The Noles will close out the regular season at Fetzer Field with a match against North Carolina on October 27.
Admission is free to all home regular season games at the Seminole Soccer Complex and the announcement of any televised games will come closer to the beginning of the season.
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