August 30, 2018
No. 4 Soccer Hosts Pair Of Top 10 Teams

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Three of the Top 10 teams in the nation will be in Tallahassee this weekend as No. 4 Florida State (4-0-0) will host No. 7 USC (3-0-0) on Friday, August 31 and close out the weekend with No. 2 UCLA (2-0-0) on Sunday, September 2.

The Seminoles (2014), Trojans (2016) and Bruins (2013) have combined to win three of the last five NCAA National Championships, and have made a total of six trips to the College Cup over that span, including national title game appearances for Florida State in 2013 and UCLA in 2017.

“We are thrilled to have them both come here,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We worked very hard with the University of Florida to put these games together and we’ll both head out to Los Angeles to play them next year. What we know is that our fans are going to be treated to a very high level of soccer and there are going to be kids out here competing that will be future Olympians, World Cup players and a few that recently played in the U-20 World Cup from all of the teams that will be in Tallahassee this weekend.”

The Seminoles and Trojans are playing in their sixth game all-time in series history, and the third in Tallahassee. FSU holds a 3-2 record over USC, including a 1-1 mark at home.

Sunday’s game with UCLA will be the third time that the Noles and the Bruins have played against each other, but the first time in the regular season or at a non-neutral site. UCLA topped the Seminoles in the College Cup Semifinals in both 2005 (4-0) and 2013 (1-0).

Florida State is a combined 18-8-1 all-time against current Pac-12 teams, including unbeaten records against Arizona (1-0), Arizona State (2-0), Cal (3-0), Colorado (1-0), Oregon (2-0), Oregon State (3-0-1) and Washington State (2-0). The Noles have also played Stanford (1-3) and Utah (0-1).

Florida State set a record on August 26 with its fourth shutout in a row to start the 2018 season, surpassing the previous mark of three set in 2009, 2010 and 2016.

Florida State is 145-11-6 at home since 2005 when Mark Krikorian became head coach at Florida State. The Noles are 77-3-3 in their last 83 matches played at home, dating back to 2011. FSU has 25 wins over ranked opponents over that time.

Depth has been key to Florida State’s success this season as six of the 12 goals scored so far have been scored by players not in the starting lineup.

Each match this weekend will be streamed on ACC Network Extra, with links for the broadcast and live stats available on the soccer schedule page of Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all home regular season games for Florida State Soccer.

Throughout 2018-19, the Seminoles will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and there are many events and reunions planned for all women’s sports. Head to www.seminoles.com/50th/ for more information that will be updated throughout the year.

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