TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The offseason comes to an end this week as the No. 1 ranked Florida State soccer team is back on the pitch to begin their 2019 season. The Seminoles open up 2019 with a pair of non-conference home matches against RV TCU and No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday, August 22 and Sunday, August 25.
“I am excited as always,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We go through the grind of the preseason look forward and anticipating the opening. I think we are at that stage now and I am excited for it. I know we have a good team and we have a great schedule. I am looking forward to starting out here on Thursday night against TCU.”
Coming off a national championship in 2018 the Seminoles return 14 players from a season ago and welcome to Tallahassee eight newcomers.
Thursday’s matchup with the Horned Frogs will be the first meeting between FSU and TCU in soccer. The Garnet and Gold come into the match with a 7-1-1 record against teams that are currently in the Big 12. TCU is led by former Florida State assistant coach Eric Bell.
“TCU’s coach was here with me for a lot of years,” said Krikorian. “Around here he is a legend in my mind that is for sure. He did a great gob and a lot of the success we are having today is due to a lot of the hard work he put in back in the day. When Eric gets back here in town we look forward to welcoming him back and of course his team. He has done just a fine job at TCU.”
Florida State will cap off their opening weekend with the second match of a home and home series with Wisconsin. The Seminoles took it to the Badgers a season ago winning 3-0 in Madison.
Florida State is 21-12-1 against current Big 10 member schools, which includes a win over Penn State in the quarterfinals of last season’s NCAA Tournament.
The Seminoles are 18-5-1 all-time on opening day, including a 12-1-1 record when opening the season at home. Florida State is 13-1-0 to start the season under head coach Mark Krikorian
Thursday’s game against TCU is broadcasted on the ACC Network Extra and Sunday’s game will be the first live event broadcasted on the ACC Network.
“It is great to be the first live event on the ACC Network,” said Kirkorian. “Certainty we have good timing but beyond that, there were probably a lot of different options that they had and they chose us. It is flattering for sure and hopefully, we can represent Florida State and the ACC the way we should.”
Admission is free for all home games at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Live stats will be available on Seminoles.com.
Reserved Covered Seating Available
Starting this season, the Florida State soccer team will be selling reserved seats for $150 a seat. These 150 ticketed seats will have chair backs and be located at the first three rows on either side of the press box and the top row in front of the press box. The two sections next to the press box will have shade provided by tents.
Tickets can be purchased online HERE or on the phone by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 850-644-1830.
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