Credit: Florida State Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a week off following a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Boston College, No. 3 Florida State (10-0-3, 5-0-2 ACC) returns to the pitch to face two of the ACC’s newcomers in Syracuse (5-7-1, 1-5-1 ACC) and Pittsburgh (4-8-1, 0-7-0 ACC) in week 8.
The Seminoles visit Syracuse on Thursday, October 10 for their first-ever visit to the state of New York. The two schools have met just once before with that meeting coming during a regular season tournament in Athens, Ga., in 1998. FSU erased a 2-1 deficit scoring twice over the final 19 minutes to defeat the Orange, 3-2. Thursday’s match is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be streamed live over the internet on SUathletics.com.
Florida State will then return home to face Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the first meeting between the two schools. FSU has fared well when facing a team for the first time posting an all-time record of 57-28-5 and 3-7-0 when facing a team for the first time as a league opponent. The Noles are 24-3-2 against first time opponents all-time under head coach Mark Krikorian, while Pitt marks the third and final first time opponent FSU will face during the regular season this year.
Panthers’ assistant coach Ileana Moschos served as an assistant of the Florida State soccer coaching staff back in 2006. Moschos is in her second season as an assistant at Pitt.
Florida State currently sits second in the ACC standings with 17 points trailing No. 1 ranked and undefeated Virginia by a point. The Seminoles are one of four remaining unbeaten teams in the nation.
The Seminole Soccer Complex has once again provided quite the home field advantage for the Florida State soccer program as the Garnet & Gold is unbeaten in nine games (8-0-1) this year. In fact, the Seminoles are riding a 27-game (26-0-1) home unbeaten streak into Sunday’s match against Pitt – a streak that currently stands as the longest active streak in the nation and tied for the 11th longest streak without a loss at home in NCAA history.
Live stats for 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).