Oct. 1, 2005
Blacksburg, VA – Just like last week, the Florida State Seminoles opened a weekend set of ACC games with a loss to one of the top teams in the conference and the nation. Last week it was unanimous No. 1 North Carolina who knocked off FSU. The Seminoles responded on Sunday with a 3-1 win over NC State. After Thursday night’s 1-0 loss to Virginia, Florida State (8-2-0, 1-2-0) will need to bounce back quickly facing a Virginia Tech squad (5-5-1, 1-2-0) that is fresh off an impressive 5-0 win over Miami.
“I think it is really important that we bounce back Sunday after a loss in conference play Thursday,” said Teresa Rivera. “There are only a certain amount of ACC games and those are the most important. Right now we are sitting at 1-2. Our goal is to come home at .500 and give ourselves a chance to get above that mark as the season progresses.
“We have shown that we can bounce back when faced with some adversity. We did it last week versus NC State after the UNC game. I think it is very important that we all realize how tough Virginia Tech is and what kind of effort it will take to get a result.”
For the first time all season, FSU was shutout Thursday night. The Cavaliers defense stymied many of the Seminole attacks as they reached the 18 limiting FSU to just two first half shots. That was the fewest chances FSU has registered in the first 45 minutes of a game since a season opening win at USC. The Seminoles’ seven shots in the game were the fewest they have registered all season and over 11 fewer than their per game average.
“I don’t think we quite got into the right positions to get the ball Thursday night,” said Sel Kuralay. “We may need to show a little bit more in the midfield and put together more penetrating runs behind the opposition’s defense.”
“Thursday was a tough loss,” said Rivera. “We spent the night thinking about our performances as individuals and as a team. This morning we have started to move on and shift our focus to Virginia Tech. That’s the great thing. We don’t have to wait too long to get back out there and play again. We need to put Thursday night out of our minds because Sunday is going to be very tough and we all know that.”
This is the second straight season FSU has started conference play at 1-2. Last year the Seminoles finished strong going 4-1-1 in its last six ACC matches to finish third in the standings. Three of the Seminoles last seven conference games will come against ranked opponents. Duke, Wake Forest and Boston College are all ranked in the top 11 in one of the four major college polls.
“I think the competition in the ACC is tough but we expected that,” said Kuralay. “We need to come out every game ready to play and not make any excuses. I think we need to lift our performance Sunday if we want to get a result versus a very good Virginia Tech team. We need to come with our game faces on as (head coach) Mark (Krikorian) says. Hopefully we will see some improvement and have better team play.”
This is just the third time FSU and Virginia Tech have met. Florida State won the first two matches by identical 1-0 scores. Last season’s meeting in Tallahassee was the first ACC contest between the two schools. This will be the first time the teams have ever met in Blacksburg.
“I expect this to be a hard fought game,” said Teresa Rivera. “If we are able to posses, play our style and come out aggressive, it should be a good game. Hopefully if we play Florida State soccer that will put us in good position to get a result.”
The match is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start and live stats will be available via Game Tracker at the official athletic site for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.