TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – No. 1 Florida State returns to the road for the final three games of the regular season as the Seminoles look to maintain their lead atop the standings in the Atlantic Coast Conference. FSU (14-0-0, 7-0-0 ACC) will travel north to face No. 24 Boston College on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m., followed with an afternoon tilt against No. 7 Maryland on Sunday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Coming off a pair of 1-0 victories over No. 19 Virginia Tech and No. 13 Virginia, Florida State enters the week as the consensus No. 1 team in the nation for the fifth week in a row. FSU has been ranked No. 1 for a school-record eight weeks in 2012 and owns an all-time record of 17-1-0 while holding the top spot in the nation including a mark of 12-0-0 this year.
With a perfect 14-0-0 record in 2012, the Seminoles are the last remaining undefeated team in the nation. What’s even more impressive is the play of the Seminole defense this year. Florida State has allowed just three goals in 14 matches and leads the nation in goals against average (0.213), shutout percentage (0.857) and save percentage (0.933).
After giving up two goals in the first six minutes and 32 seconds of the season opener at Minnesota, the Seminoles have allowed just one goal over the last 1258 minutes and 30 seconds. FSU has posted a school record nine consecutive shutouts and is currently riding a consecutive shutout streak of over 893 minutes.
The first test on this three-game road trip will come against No. 24 Boston College (9-5-2, 3-4-0 ACC) Thursday night in Newton, Mass.
The Eagles are 4-1-1 at home in 2012 with their lone home loss coming at the hands of Maryland (3-2) in overtime. Thursday’s meeting marks the eighth straight time that FSU and BC has been ranked in the top 25.
FSU is unbeaten in 10 previous meetings against the Eagles while the Seminoles are 2-0-1 on BC’s home turf. The Noles have given up just two goals in 10 games to the Eagles with both those goals coming in one match – a 3-2 FSU victory in Tallahassee in 2009.
The Seminoles have outscored the Eagles 12-2 in the series. Six of those contests have been 1-0 decisions in favor of the Seminoles including last year’s win in Tallahassee as Dagny Brynjarsdottir found the back of the net in the 84th minute to break a scoreless tie as FSU defeated No. 4 Boston College 1-0. Tiffany McCarty and Katie Riley assisted on the goal – Brynjarsdottir’s first career GWG.
Florida State then heads to Maryland (11-3-2, 6-1-1 ACC) on Sunday looking to snap a two-game losing streak in the series. The Seminoles had won 10 of 12 in the series before the Terps posted back-to-back wins over FSU for the first time since 1999-2000.
The Seminoles have fared well in College Park with four wins and a tie in eight trips. A majority of that success for FSU has come recently with wins in three of the last five outings at Maryland.
Last year in Tallahassee, Maryland scored on all three of its shots in defeating the Seminoles 3-0. All three goals by Maryland came in the first half including two in the first nine minutes. FSU outshot Maryland 21-3 for the match, but the Terps made all three of their shots count.
Maryland has outscored Florida State by the slimmest of margins in the series 31-30. The Noles have posted six shutouts to the Terps’ five all-time. FSU is 7-2 in one-goal games vs. Maryland.
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