TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The tenth ranked Seminole Soccer team (9-2-0) will host their annual “Paint it Pink” game against the Clemson Tigers this Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. The Seminoles are currently riding a five game winning streak and reside in first place in the ACC with a perfect 3-0-0 record. While the game is important to the race for the best record in the ACC, this game in particular holds extra significance.
“October is national breast cancer awareness month and we have done the Paint it Pink game every year since I have been here,” said senior captain Amanda DaCosta. “It’s just something that is really good to do for the people on the team who have family members or friends who have gone through that or just to support the cause in general.”
The cause certainly has an extra meaning for the team.
“I think all of us at one time or another have been affected by cancer and more specifically breast cancer,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “I think I speak for our entire team, our staff and our players in rallying around this and having a sense that if we can contribute something to research or finding a cure then I think it’s the least we can do. All of us here at Florida State with the soccer team and with the administrative group in the athletic department recognize the importance of this cause and hope that a cure can be found soon.”
“I think especially for us women, it’s a good cause to support because it is so common in our lives and just means a lot,” said DaCosta. “We always get a lot of support; we raffle off our jerseys and bring in a lot of money for the cause which always feels good for us to give back to the community.”
The support from the fans adds an extra meaning to the players.
“Yeah it does add to the atmosphere,” said DaCosta. “I think it always does when you do something a little bit different. Then fans will have pink on, we will have pink on, and it’s just something a little different. I think it makes it a little more exciting because you are playing for something special.”
Added junior Tori Huster, “There are bigger and more important things in the world and we are just really excited to go out there and support some of the women that have that stress in their life.”
While the team looks to extend their season’s best five game winning-streak and keep their grip on the first place spot in the ACC, the team knows that for them to be successful they will need to take care of themselves first and foremost.
“To be honest we haven’t started preparing for this game yet.” continued DaCosta. “Right now we are just kind of focused on getting our bodies back to where they need to be. We have had a tough couple of games so I think we are worried about that right now, but I am sure once we start it will be all about Clemson and just how about getting those three points.”
The team also knows that the more they grow together the more success they will likely have.
“I think it’s good that we are not peaking yet,” said junior Tori Huster. “I think it’s better that we will peak later, but I think we are starting to click so hopefully we continue to do that.”
As always, T-Shirts will be available on-site to purchase with a small donation that will benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center. Fans who arrive early can get a free Fox 49 Pink Shaker. During the match there will be a silent auction and fans can bid on some great Florida State prizes. Immediately following the match fans can bid online at Seminoles.com to win the official game worn pink jerseys that the Seminoles wore during the match! Support your Noles and the Tallahassee community this Thursday night as we Paint It Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.