TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fifth-ranked Florida State (6-1-0) hits the road this week for a pair of games in the Northeast as the Seminoles face Connecticut (6-1-1) on Thursday, September 18 at 7 pm to put the finishing touches on their non-conference schedule. FSU will then open ACC play on Sunday, September 21 at 1 pm against Boston College (7-1-0).
Florida State is 2-2-0 all-time against UConn as Thursday’s match marks just the second time the Noles have traveled to Storrs and their first trip since falling to the Huskies in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
Thursday is also just the second regular season matchup between the two schools, as the first three meetings came during the NCAA Tournament. Florida State defeated UConn, 3-0, in the most recent meeting in 2008 at Penn State.
Florida State will then open ACC play against Boston College Sunday afternoon in Newton. The Noles are 7-11-1 all-time in league openers including a record of 2-4-1 when opening on the road.
The Noles have won three of their last five league openers and are coming off a scoreless draw at Wake Forest to open the ACC last year. FSU is facing Boston College to open league play for the first time since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005. The Seminoles have opened ACC play on the road four times in the last five years and eight times overall.
FSU owns an all-time ACC record of 85-64-16 entering its 20th season in 2014. The Seminoles are 64-19-10 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 39-5-3 against league opponents at home and 25-14-7 on the road.
Florida State has finished no lower than second place (including ties) in the ACC eight times (2005-10, 2012-13) over the last nine years claiming two regular season titles (2009 & 2012). The Seminoles went on to the win the ACC Championship in 2011 and again in 2013.
The Seminoles hold an 11-1-2 lead over the Eagles in 14 all-time meetings with a 7-1-1 mark in ACC regular season contests. The home team has won seven of the last eight matches in the series, with FSU taking a 1-0 road victory in Newton, Mass., in 2010.
The two schools have met twice in each of the last two seasons with FSU winning three out of four, scoring four goals in all three wins.
Thursday night’s match at UConn will air live on NSCAATV.com. Live stats for both matches can be found at Seminoles.com. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Soccer and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer) and on Instagram (NoleSoccer).