The Seminoles claimed their second regular season conference title in 2012.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State is slated to finish second in the Atlantic Coast Conference as voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches in the recently announced 2013 ACC Women’s Soccer Preseason poll.
The Seminoles, who claimed their second regular season conference title last year after finishing with an 8-2-0 record, tallied 171 points with one first place vote in this year’s preseason balloting.
This year’s vote marks the 11th time in the last 12 years that FSU has been predicted to finish in the top four of the ACC. Since 2000, Florida State has registered 11 top four finishes in the ACC and played in the conference championship game six times. The Seminoles shared the conference regular season title in 2009 before winning the title outright for the first time in school history in 2012.
“The goal at Florida State is to always put ourselves in a position to compete for national championships and to do our best over the course of the regular season,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “It is nice that the coaches in the ACC are recognizing the success that our program has had over the course of time.
“But I am sure this poll is based on the performance of how teams did last year. We have a whole new team this year. We graduated a lot of very talented players but at the same time we are very optimistic that it will be a good season and we will do our best to compete at a high level.”
Despite the loss of five starters from last year’s team that combined for 420 starts while accounting for 323 total career points (111 goals, 101 assists) since 2008, the Seminoles return a solid core of experienced players to go along with a highly touted batch of newcomers set to take the field in 2013.
The defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels were the coaches overwhelming pick to finish first in the ACC as UNC collected 13 of the 14 first place votes en route to tallying 194 total points.
Virginia (161 points) was picked to finish third followed by Duke (153), Notre Dame (143) and Wake Forest (140).
Rounding out the rest of the 2013 ACC Preseason poll is Maryland (110 points) in seventh, Boston College (102) in eighth, Virginia Tech (85) in ninth, Clemson and Miami (56) tied for 10th, Syracuse (45) in 12th, NC State (36) in 13th and Pittsburgh (18) in 14th.
Florida State opens the 2013 season at home against Oregon State on Friday, August 23. Admission to every home game inside the Seminole Soccer Complex is free of charge. Seminole fans are encouraged to follow the Florida State Soccer team on twitter at @FSU_Soccer and remember to like the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer.
2013 ACC Preseason Coaches Poll
1. North Carolina (194, 13 First Place Votes)
2. Florida State (171, 1 First Place Vote)
3. Virginia (161)
4. Duke (153)
5. Notre Dame (143)
6. Wake Forest (140)
7. Maryland (110)
8. Boston College (102)
9. Virginia Tech (85)
T10. Clemson (56)
T10. Miami (56)
12. Syracuse (45)
13. NC State (36)
14. Pittsburgh (18)