Oct. 23, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A pair of top 5 opponents await No. 3 Florida State (13-0-3, 8-0-2 ACC) this week as the Seminoles head north to face No. 4 Virginia Tech (13-1-2, 8-1-1 ACC) on Thursday, October 24 at 7 pm and then undefeated and top-ranked Virginia (16-0-0, 10-0-0 ACC) on Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm.
FSU is 4-0-1 against ranked opponents in 2013, a mark that includes two wins and a tie against teams ranked in the top 10. Three of those matches have come on the road while the Noles have outscored their ranked foes 7-1 this year.
Florida State is unbeaten all-time against Virginia Tech posting 11 wins and one tie in 12 meetings. The Seminoles have won five straight since playing to a 0-0 tie in the 2008 ACC Quarterfinals. FSU has outscored the Hokies 20-3 all-time in the series while posting nine shutouts including four in a row.
FSU has never lost to Virginia Tech during the regular season (10-0-0) and is a perfect 9-0-0 since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004. The Seminoles are 4-0-0 against the Hokies in Blacksburg allowing just one goal over that span. Thursday night's meeting, which will air live on ESPN3, marks the third straight year that both teams are facing each other ranked in the top 25 and the first meeting with both teams ranked in the top 5.
Last year, the Seminoles got a goal from Hikaru Murakami, the first of her career, in the 27th minute en route to a 1-0 victory in Tallahassee. FSU outshot Virginia Tech 19-3 in the win.
FSU and UVa are the last remaining unbeaten teams in the nation. The Cavaliers are the best offensive team in the nation boasting an average of 9.75 points per game, 3.25 goals per game and 3.25 assists per game. Defensively, the Seminoles lead the ACC with 10 shutouts and a goals against average of 0.477, which ranks eighth nationally.
On Sunday, Florida State will make its 10th all-time trip to Klockner Stadium looking for its first-ever victory. The match will air live over the internet on UVa's All-Access network Cavaliers Live.
Last year, the two schools split their meetings as FSU defeated UVa 1-0 during the regular season on a penalty kick golden goal by Ines Jaurena in the first overtime. The Cavaliers then scored two goals in each half en route to a 4-2 victory in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.
Eighteen of the 24 contests have been decided by one goal or less including 16 of the last 19 games. FSU dropped a one-goal overtime contest in 2011 in Charlottesville (4-3) before returning the favor with a 2-1 victory in Cary at the ACC Tournament.
FSU's victory over UVa at the 2011 ACC Tournament was the first win for the Seminoles in 20 previous meetings (0-16-4). The Seminoles have won three of their last four over the Cavaliers outscoring the Hoos 8-5 during that span.
Live stats for Thursday's match will be available at Hokiesports.com, while Sunday's match will be available via gametracker. 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).