TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 2 Florida State soccer team (4-0) heads on the road for their final two road games of the season as they take on Pitt (8-2) on Thursday, October 15 at 6 pm on the ACC Network and No. 11 Virginia (4-1-1) on Sunday, October 18 at 3:30 pm on ESPN 2.
SERIES HISTORY VS. PITTSBURGH
Thursday’s meeting between the Seminoles and the Panthers will be the eighth meeting between the two programs. Florida State is 7-0-0 all-time against Pitt. Florida State is 3-0-0 in games played in Pittsburgh. Florida State is also 7-0-0 against Pitt under head coach Mark Krikorian.
In their last meeting a season ago Florida State won 1-0 in Tallahassee. Florida State scored the game’s only goal in the second minute. The Seminoles scored on a PK from Abbey Newton after Kristina Lynch was fouled in the box just 1:35 into the game. FSU outshot Pitt 19-2.
Florida State has outscored Pitt 22-1 with six shutout wins in their seven meetings.
SERIES HISTORY VS. VIRGINIA
Sunday’s meeting between the Seminoles and the Cavaliers will be the 35th meeting between the two programs. Florida State is 8-21-6 all-time against Virginia. Florida State is 1-9-1 in games played in Charlottesville. The Seminoles are 8-10-5 against Virginia under head coach Mark Krikorian.
Florida State has outscored Virginia since Krikorian took over in 2005 (24-23). In the 23 meetings, 17 of them have been decided by one point or has been a tie. FSU has shutout UVA eight times in this time period. The two teams have met seven times in the ACC Tournament and twice in the NCAA Tournament since 2005. Since earning their first win over UVA in the 2011 ACC Tournament FSU is 7-5-1 against Virginia, including earning the 2014 and 2015 ACC Championships with wins over UVA and the 2014 National Championship.
Last season the two programs met twice, both resulting in UVA wins. Virginia won the regular-season meeting 1-0 in double overtime as the Cavaliers scored the game’s only goal in the 104th minute. The two programs met again in the ACC Championship semifinals in a game that resulted in a 2-1 UVA win in overtime. Virginia scored first in the 67th minute but the Seminoles tied it up the 81st minute on a Kristen McFarland goal that was assisted by Jaelin Howell and Deyna Castellanos. In the 97th minute, Virginia would score to move on to the ACC Championship.
Thursday’s game against Pitt is broadcasted on the ACC Network, Sunday’s game against Virginia will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
NATION’S BEST OFFENSE
Florida State is the country leader in points per game and scoring offense. The Seminoles are averaging 9.25 points per game and 3.5 goals per game. The 3.5 goals per game are almost a full goal more than the next school (Pitt with 2.6 goals per game).
With 14 goals in the first four ACC games, Florida State broke their previous record of 12 goals scored in the team’s first four conference games. Those 14 goals have been scored by eight different players, with both Brown, Nesbeth and Madril all scoring two goals each and Zhao scoring three.
Seven of FSU’s 14 goals were scored from players coming off of the bench.
NATIONS BEST DEFENSE
Through four games, the Seminoles have only allowed seven shots, with three of those on goal. This marks the second time in program history that the Seminoles have recorded four straight shutouts to start ACC play and the third time they have recorded four straight shutouts to start the season.
Florida State is one of two schools to have a 0.00 GAA and the only school to have not allowed a goal with more than one game played.
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