Sept. 25, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 3 Florida State (8-0-2, 3-0-1 ACC) will wrap-up its three-game home stand on Thursday, September 26 when the Seminoles host ACC and intra-state rival Miami (6-3-0, 1-3-0 ACC) inside the Seminole Soccer Complex at 7:00 p.m. FSU then hits the road to face Clemson (5-2-2, 2-1-0 ACC) on Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 p.m.
The Hurricanes are the last school from the Sunshine State the Seminoles are scheduled to face during the 2013 regular season as FSU has already posted wins over UF and UCF. A win over Miami would give Florida State a clean sweep of the Sunshine State for the second time in the last three years.
Florida State's run of 12 straight wins over Miami came to an end last year as the Hurricanes defeated the Noles 1-0 in Coral Gables in a game that was played in unfavorable weather conditions courtesy of Hurricane Sandy in the tropics. UM's Ashley Flinn broke the scoreless tie with a goal in the 89th minute to lead the Canes to the victory.
FSU has outscored Miami 37-10 over the last 13 matches, while the shutout suffered by the Noles was just the second in the series and first since a 3-0 loss in 1999. Florida State is 2-1 all-time in one-goal games against Miami and has four shutouts (2004, 06, 08, 10) in the series.
The Seminoles then hit the road to face an up-start Clemson squad that has already equaled its win total in the ACC from the last five combined seasons with two victories in its first three league games in 2013. The Noles and Tigers will square-off on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in a game to air on ESPN3.
Dominated early by Clemson, the Tigers began the series winners of six of the first seven games. The Seminoles have held the upper hand as of late winning seven straight over Clemson while unbeaten in its last 14 contests (12-0-2) outscoring the Tigers 45-10 during the current streak.
The two schools have faced each other 18 times since 2000 including three times in the NCAA Tournament and twice in the ACC Tournament. They have faced each other twice in one season in three of the last nine years. The 23 total games versus Clemson are the second most meetings among league schools, trailing only North Carolina (31 games).
Last year, FSU exploded for a season-high seven goals in a win at home over Clemson. The seven goals were the most in a game since an 8-0 victory over UAB in 2009. It also marked the second year in a row FSU scored six or more goals against the Tigers. Clemson was held to just one shot in last year's game.
Florida State, who currently sits atop the ACC standings with 10 points, enters the week with the No. 1 rated RPI as released by the NCAA office this past Monday.
The Seminoles are one of 10 unbeaten teams remaining in Division I, while the Noles will look to extend their school record home unbeaten streak which currently sits at 25 games (24-0-1).
Thursday's match against the Hurricanes is a student loyalty game as FSU students, who present their student ID at the gate, will receive points for attending the match. Admission to every regular season home match inside the Seminole Soccer Complex is free of charge.
Live stats will be available via gametracker on Thursday and at www.ClemsonTigers.com on Sunday. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Soccer and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer) and on Instagram (NoleSoccer).