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FSU Soccer Will Open 2006 Season Versus Defending National Champions

June 7, 2006

Tallahassee, FL – Last season in his first year at the helm of the Seminole soccer program, Mark Krikorian took FSU to its second College Cup in the last three years. The Seminoles were 90 minutes away from facing Portland for the National Championship. For those who wondered how FSU would fare against the top team in America, they’ll get the opportunity to see in just a few months. Florida State soccer announced its 2006 schedule and the season will open with a bang as FSU will host defending National Champion Portland August 27. The Pilots are one of five top 15 teams on the Seminoles’ 2006 slate.

“We certainly have a challenging schedule,” said Krikorian. “We open up against a great opponent in the University of Portland. The rest of our non-conference schedule is pretty challenging as well. Then when we get into the ACC schedule, well we aren’t going to have too many days off.”

Florida State will face five teams ranked in the top 15 of the final Soccer Buzz poll and one other in the top 25. The Seminoles will host No. 1 Portland, No. 8 Virginia and No. 25 Florida. FSU will travel to No. 4 North Carolina, No. 12 BC and No. 15 Duke. Nine of FSU’s opponents played in the NCAA Tournament and almost half played in the round of 16.

“The schedule reflects the direction the program is going,” said Krikorian. “We want to play the best in the country. Adding Portland to our schedule for the coming year is a step in that direction.”

Three of FSU’s first four home games will feature teams that made the 2005 NCAA Tournament. After defending National Champion Portland, FSU will face arch-rival and NCAA Tournament team Florida, then UCF followed by NCAA Tournament Quarterfinalist Virginia. But before FSU gets to the Gators, they will take a trip out west for one of the highlights of the season as far as out-of-conference road trips go. The Seminoles will make travel to Tempe, AZ to face Arizona State and Loyola (MD). This will be Florida State’s first trip to Arizona but not the first meeting with the Sun Devils. FSU and ASU opened the 2004 season versus one another in 2004.

“That should be a good trip,” said Krikorian. “Arizona State is a good team. Loyola (MD) is a good team. They both have had their share of time in the NCAA Tournament. It will be a nice trip and a good team-building opportunity for our group. I am sure they will be two very competitive games.”

FSU will not have much time to prepare for an ACC slate that features six opponents that made the NCAA Tournament, half of which advanced to at least the round of 16. After just five non-conference games, FSU will travel to Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels in a re-match of the 2005 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal that sent FSU to the College Cup. Once the Seminoles begin ACC play September 21, 10 of their final 12 matches will be played within the toughest soccer conference in America outside of home games versus Stetson and Jacksonville.

“I think we saw last year that there are no softies in the ACC,” said Krikorian. “Every weekend is going to present two challenging games. It will be an opportunity to measure ourselves every time we take the field. It is a rigorous schedule but it will do a good job of preparing us for the NCAA Tournament. I am looking forward to it.”

2006 FSU Soccer Schedule

DATE DAY OPPONENT LOCATION TIME 8/27 SUN Portland Tallahassee, FL 1:00 p.m. 9/1 FRI Arizona State Tempe, AZ 9:00 p.m. 9/3 SUN Loyola (MD) Tempe, AZ 1:00 p.m. 9/8 FRI Florida Tallahassee, FL 7:00 p.m. 9/13 WED UCF Tallahassee, FL 7:00 p.m. 9/17 SUN FAU Boca Raton, FL 12:00 p.m. 9/21 THUR North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 7:00 p.m. 9/24 SUN NC State Raleigh, NC 1:00 p.m. 9/28 THUR Virginia Tallahassee, FL 7:00 p.m. 10/1 SUN Virginia Tech Tallahassee, FL 1:00 p.m. 10/5 THUR Maryland College Park, MD 7:00 p.m. 10/8 SUN Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1:00 p.m. 10/11 WED Stetson Tallahassee, FL 4:00 p.m. 10/15 SUN Miami Tallahassee, FL 1:00 p.m. 10/19 THUR Wake Forest Winston-Salem, NC 7:00 p.m. 10/22 SUN Duke Durham, NC 1:00 p.m. 10/24 TUES Jacksonville Tallahassee, FL 7:00 p.m. 10/27 FRI Clemson Tallahassee, FL 7:00 p.m. 11/1-11/5 ACC Championships Cary, NC TBA 11/10-11/26 NCAA Tournament Campus Sites TBA 12/1-12/3 College Cup Cary, NC TBA

US National Team News: All-American India Trotter is back in Los Angeles. The senior is spending the summer in Residency Training Camp with the full U.S. Women’s National Team. Trotter is one of six players that joined camp after the college semester came to an end. Training will run through June 21. Trotter is expected to be a part of the National Team that will face Sweden July 15 in Blaine, MN, July 23 versus an opponent to be named and July 30 versus Canada in Cary, NC.

Freshman Sarah Wagenfuhr is spending her summer with the US U-20 National Team. The defender was a member of the team that just won the Ricardo Teixeria Cup in Teresopolis, Brazil. Wagenfuhr played in all three matches in Brazil, starting two and playing the full 90 minutes. The Colorado native is preparing to participate in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship to be held in Russia from August 17-September 3. Wagenfuhr’s travels with the U-20 US National Team will take her to Germany next.

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