Sept. 13, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Third-ranked Florida State (7-1-0) takes its six-game winning streak to Tobacco Road for the ACC opening weekend as the Seminoles will face No. 13 Wake Forest (6-1-0) on Thursday, September 15 and No. 5 Duke (7-1-0) on Sunday.
The six straight victories is the longest such streak for the Garnet & Gold since running off six straight wins back in 2010 (9/12 – 10/7) when FSU defeated UCF, Arkansas, Miami, Wake Forest, Duke and Clemson.
Florida State is in search of its second victory all-time in Winston-Salem and first since a 3-2 victory back in 2006, while the Noles are looking for that first elusive win against the Blue Devils in Durham.
The Seminoles have won seven of the last 11 games against the Demon Deacons but the two schools have split the last six games including both games a season ago. FSU defeated WF 1-0 in overtime in Tallahassee, while the Deacs returned the favor with a 3-1 victory in the ACC Tournament first round. Twelve of the previous 21 contests have been decided by one goal or less in the series including eight of the last 13 with the Deacs hold a slight edge in the one-goal games all-time at 5-4-3. A combined 70 goals have been scored in the series – 35 by both schools; the winning team has scored two or more goals 15 times including six times by the Seminoles.
Florida State will conclude its North Carolina swing on Sunday in Durham as the Seminoles face Duke in search of their first victory inside Koskinen Stadium in eight previous meetings. FSU carries a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) against Duke and has not lost to the Blue Devils since falling 3-1 in Durham back in 2006. The Seminoles have outscored the Blue Devils 13-4 during their recent six-game unbeaten streak. The two schools have played to a pair of ties in the last two meetings in Durham – `07: 1-1; `09: 0-0, while seven matches in the series has gone into overtime with FSU posting a 2-1-4 record vs. Duke.
FSU owns an all-time ACC record of 62-56-14 and is 6-10-0 in league openers.
Thursday’s game at Wake Forest will be televised live on the Regional Sports Network. Fans are encouraged to check their local listings for the channel provider in their area. Gametracker will also be available for Thursday’s match. Sunday’s match against Duke can be seen live over the web on GoDuke.com, while live stats will also be available on the Blue Devils’ website. Fans can always receive updates on the games via twitter @FSU_Soccer.
For complete game notes, see the PDF listed above.
The game will air live on Fox Sports South at 8 p.m. – DirecTV channel 646, Dish Network channel 420; Sports South at 8 p.m. – DirecTV 649, Dish Network 437.
The game will air on taped delay in Florida on FS Florida at 11:00 pm.
If you are in Jacksonville, Fla., and have AT&T Uverse as your cable provider, the game will air on Fox Sports South channel 724 (1724 HD) and/or Sports South channel 729 (1729 HD).