TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Second-ranked Florida State (15-1-1, 8-0-1) closes out its regular season schedule at home on Friday, October 31 at 7 pm in a ‘Spook-tacular’ Halloween showdown against the Duke Blue Devils (8-8-1, 4-4-1).
It will also be Senior Night at the Soccer Complex as Florida State will honor its six-member class before the start of the match. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the Seminoles will pay tribute to Marta, Dagny, Jamia, Kristin, Morgan and Hikaru.
FSU’s 2014 senior class (L to R): Kristin Grubka, Hikaru Murakami, Jamia Fields, Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Morgan Kennedy & Marta Bakowska-Mathews.
Also be sure to come to the Seminole Soccer Complex dressed up and ready to Trick-or-Treat. Fans can participate in a pre-game scavenger hunt, candy will be handed out and the Marching Chiefs will perform.
Florida State has won three in a row over Duke and seven straight against the Blue Devils inside the Seminole Soccer Complex. Duke’s last win in Tallahassee came in 1999. FSU has outscored Duke 19-6 during the seven-game home winning streak with two of those matches decided in overtime.
FSU is 7-1-2 over its last 10 matches against Duke with the Blue Devils lone victory during that span coming in 2011 – a 2-1 win in Durham. Seven times these two teams have played into overtime with five of those games reaching double OT. FSU is 2-1-4 when they take Duke to extra periods.
Florida State is 3-2-0 all-time when playing on Halloween including a 1-1-0 mark at home. Friday’s game marks the second year in a row that FSU has concluded the regular season at home on Halloween.
Last year on Halloween, the Seminoles posted a 2-1 double overtime, come-from-behind victory over Notre Dame thanks to a pair of goals by Marta Bakowska-Mathews including the golden goal in the 105th minute on a diving header.
A win on Friday night will give Florida State at least a share of the ACC regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship in Greensboro, N.C., November 7 & 9. The regular season title would be FSU’s third in five years.
Fans can catch all of Friday night’s action on ESPN3. Live stats for the match will be available 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).