Tallahassee, FL - #12 Florida State (6-2) is off to a great start this season with five shutout victories over Washington State, Gonzaga, Stetson, Mercer and Arkansas, but the Seminoles season will now begin to get much more difficult this weekend as they travel to Coral Gables to open ACC play against the Miami Hurricanes (6-2-1).
“I think we have a great opportunity on Sunday traveling down to Miami to play against a very good team,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We know it will be a tough place to play against a tough opponent and we are looking forward to it.”
“The first ACC game is always exciting, whether it’s played here or elsewhere” added senior captain Amanda DaCosta. “Miami is a good opponent and I think it will be a good game for us.”
Miami is currently riding on a four-game winning streak, but the Seminoles have a winning streak of their own having won ten straight games against the Hurricanes dating back to 2000. The all-time record against Miami is 10-2, as Miami won the first two games of the series in 1998 and 1999, but have yet to win another game since. While the Seminoles have had tremendous success against their rival, the team firmly believes that what has happened in the past will have no bearing on what happens this season.
“I don’t think so,” said Head Coach Mark Krikorian. “I think what has gone on in previous years isn’t relevant, whether we have won or lost to them in the past. It’s a different team, it’s a different year and it’s a different set of players and we will just go out put our kids on the field, they will put their kids on the field and we will compete.”
While the Hurricanes may have a little extra motivation to beat the Seminoles this year because of the long winning streak, the players are staying focused and believe that it will likely not be an issue.
“Coaches always kind of bring that stuff up” said DaCosta. “I hear it more from you guys than anyone else, so it’s kind of like with us and Virginia, we haven’t beaten them in years, and so whenever they come around we try to get a little more pumped, so it could definitely be the same over there. I think it’s fair to say though, that motivation will be pretty equal. We are going to go in there as prepared as we can be.”
“They are pretty good,” added Krikorian. “They have a lot of players that are coming back. They have two or three seniors that have had great careers. (Brittney) Steinbruch up front, (Brittney) McDonald in the back in particular have had great careers, and they are seniors this year so I am sure they are as excited about getting into ACC play as we are and we are looking forward to the competition.”
While the Seminoles have had great success against Miami, they are only 5-10 in ACC openers, and so they understand the importance of starting off on the right foot. Despite the lackluster record in ACC openers, the players are staying focused and have a positive outlook on their match with the Hurricanes.
“I think it’s always exciting to start ACC play,” said junior Tori Huster. “It’s always really fun because when I was being recruited here I knew the ACC was one of the best, arguably one of the best conference in the country for women’s soccer. Because of that we are always prepared for whatever game we get because we know it’s pretty competitive in the conference no matter who you are playing.”
The Seminoles will return home to play a week from today, Thursday, September 30th against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-3-1) at the Seminole Soccer Complex scheduled for 7:00pm kickoff.