Oct. 7, 2006
Chestnut Hill, MA - The third-ranked FSU soccer team has shown how well it can respond to adversity. After suffering its first loss of the season at North Carolina, the Seminoles (9-1-1, 3-1-1) have gone on a four-game unbeaten streak. All four of the matches have been ACC games vaulting the Seminoles into third place in the conference standings. Florida State will try to continue the streak versus Boston College (8-4, 2-2) Sunday at noon in the team's first-ever trip to Chestnut Hill.
"I think we have responded well since we started conference play at 0-1," said All-American India Trotter. "We have played well and are continually trying to put ourselves in good position within the conference. That process continues Sunday against a very tough BC squad."
Florida State controls its own destiny to finish as high as second in the standings. If FSU is able to win its final four ACC matches, the team would guarantee itself a second place finish. That is easier said than done though with BC, Duke and Wake Forest still left on the road and Miami and Clemson at home.
"We have three great ACC teams remaining for us on the road and it starts with Boston College," said Kelly Rowland. "They will all be tough games but we know that. We are going to focus on each game as it comes. We know there are going to be some hard games. I think we will face the challenges."
"We are taking it day by day," said Trotter of the conference race. "We are approaching each game like it is the most important game because we know how small the margin between winning and losing is in this conference. We are trying to play well and put forth our best effort each day. Everything will take care of itself if we are able to do that."
Last season Florida State recorded one of its most impressive wins of the season versus Boston College. The eighth-ranked Eagles came into Tallahassee having allowed three goals in their first 11 matches of the season. FSU scored three goals in the game and also shutout BC. This season FSU has only scored three goals in a game once in the first 11 matches.
"I think we have created a lot of chances but our final pass could be better," said Rowland of the team's offense. "Tomorrow hopefully we will be able to start to link up. That will result in getting some goals on the board. That is our biggest focus offensively. We are playing very well in the back and that is a big key to getting results. We just need to start clicking on the offensive side of the ball as well."
This is the first time FSU will be playing at BC's Newton Campus Soccer Field. It will also be the first game of the season the Seminoles have played in cool weather, which is always a challenge for a team from Florida.
"Playing in the northeast is different than playing in Florida as far as the weather conditions," said Rowland. "We don't know what to expect at Boston College but I am sure it will be a great environment to play in. They will have a lot of support. At the end of the day though, it will be decided on the field. Whichever team plays to the best of its abilities will get the result."
The match between FSU and BC is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. start. Fans can follow all the action on Game Tracker. For information on Game Tracker or the FSU soccer team log on to the official website for Florida State athletics at Seminoles.com.