TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 6 Florida State soccer team (2-2-0) is back at home after a long road trip to California to host Florida (2-2) on Friday, September 6 and Samford (1-1-2) on Sunday, September 8.
“It is going to be great having Florida come into town,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “In all sports the Florida, Florida State rivalry is a great rivalry. It is great for the folks here in Florida and it is great for both programs. We both hold great respect for each other. We are looking forward to getting back on the field and competing again after a long week of travel.”
The Seminoles are coming off two losses to top-5 teams in California and look to get back on track against rival Florida on Friday. The Seminoles currently trail in the series 12-13 but have taken the last two from the Gators, including a 1-0 victory in Tallahassee last season.
“Florida has some really good athletes out front,” said Kirkorian. “The middle of their team is strong as always and their backline is solid as can be. They have had some turnover through graduation on their team. It is a new team for them in some ways but a talented team. That is another group that as the season goes on will continue to grow and get better and better. We are looking forward to playing against a very good team.”
The last time the two teams met was in front of the third-largest home crowd in FSU soccer history (3,370). Kristen McFarland scored the game’s only goal in the 88th minutes on an assist from Deyna Castellanos.
“We have a few games every year or every other year that are pretty special in terms of the environment and Florida would be at the top of that list,” said Krikorian. It will be a packed house and the parking garage will be full. The bleachers will be packed and we are looking forward to it. It is a great rivalry against great opposition and it is usually a great game of soccer to watch.”
Florida State is 43-22-4 (.652) all-time against current members of the SEC.
Florida enters the game on back to back losses just like Florida State as they too lost to USC and UCLA in California.
Florida State wraps up the weekend against Samford. The Garnet and Gold are 3-0 all-time against the Bulldogs with the first two wins coming as NCAA Tournament wins in Tallahassee. The last times the two met was in 2017 when FSU defeated Samford 4-2 in Birmingham, Ala. All four goals were scored by different Seminole Players.
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.
All other seating is general admission and free of charge.
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