Oct. 10, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 1 Florida State wraps up its regular season home schedule this week as the Seminoles welcome a pair of nationally ranked opponents to Tallahassee. FSU hosts No. 19 Virginia Tech on Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m. in a nationally televised broadcast and then No. 13 Virginia Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Florida State enters the week as the consensus No. 1 team in the nation for the fourth week in a row. FSU has been ranked No. 1 for a school-record seven weeks in 2012 and owns an all-time record of 15-1-0 while holding the top spot in the nation including a mark of 10-0-0 this year. With a perfect 12-0-0 record in 2012, the Seminoles are the last remaining undefeated team in the nation.
FSU is unbeaten all-time against Virginia Tech posting 10 wins and one tie in 11 meetings. The Seminoles have won four straight in the series since the two teams played to a scoreless tie in the 2008 ACC Quarterfinals. The Seminoles have outscored the Hokies 19-3 all-time in the series. This marks the second straight year that both teams are facing each other ranked in the top 25.
Florida State has never lost to Virginia Tech during the regular season (9-0-0) and is a perfect 8-0-0 since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004. The Seminoles are 4-0-0 against the Hokies in Tallahassee allowing just two goals in four all-time meetings on their home turf.
Last year in Blacksburg, the Seminoles put together a dominating performance en route to a 2-0 victory to clinch a spot in the ACC Tournament. FSU scored a goal in each half while the Seminoles held the Hokies to just three shots in the match including no shots on goal. Tiffany McCarty and Tori Huster each tallied a goal and an assist in the win, while Kelsey Wys got the shutout in net.
For Thursday night's contest, Florida State will be wearing gold shoelaces as part of the `Lace-Up 4 Pediatric Cancer' awareness campaign put on by the Go4theGoal Foundation (Go4theGoal.org). The game will also be televised live on Sun Sports, FS South, Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic and NESN.
Sunday's match against Virginia will mark the final home game of the regular season and Senior Day at the Seminole Soccer Complex. FSU will honor its seven-member senior class before the start of the match against the Cavaliers. This year's senior class includes: Tiana Brockway, Dria Hampton, Ines Jaurena, Tiffany McCarty, Jessica Price, Casey Short and Taylor Vancil.
FSU hosts Virginia for the 10th time in series history on Sunday afternoon in game broadcasted live on ESPN3.
Last year, the two schools met three times with FSU claiming two victories - ACC semifinals in Cary and NCAA Elite Eight in Tallahassee - the first two wins for the Noles in series history.
Seventeen of the 22 contests have been decided by one goal or less including 15 of the last 17 games. FSU dropped a one-goal contest a year ago in Charlottesville (4-3, ot) before returning the favor with a 2-1 victory in Cary at the ACC Tournament. The Noles ended UVa's season in the Elite Eight with a 3-0 victory behind goals from Ines Jaurena, Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Tiffany McCarty. FSU's victory in the Elite Eight snapped UVa's eight-game unbeaten streak inside the Seminole Soccer Complex. It also marked the first goals scored by FSU at home vs. UVa since 2002.
Defensively, the Seminoles continue to be the best in the country allowing just three goals through the first 12 matches. FSU ranks No. 1 in the nation in terms of GAA (0.250), shutout percentage (0.833) and save percentage (0.925). Since giving up a first half goal against Cal State Fullerton on September 7, the Seminoles have not allowed a goal in over 708 minutes - posting shutouts over Arkansas, No. 2 Duke, No. 14 Wake Forest, Jackson State, No. 9 North Carolina, NC State and Clemson. It marks the second longest consecutive shutout minutes streak in school history. The school record for consecutive shutout minutes stands at 799:29 set in 2003.
Live stats for both matches this week will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Soccer. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Soccer team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer.