Tallahassee, FL - After defeating NC State 4-1 on Sunday, No. 8 Florida State (11-3-0) will now host its final two ACC home matches of the 2010 season starting with a Thursday, October 21st match against No. 7 Virginia (10-3-1) at 7:00 p.m. The team will then finish up their ACC home schedule with a Sunday “Senior Day” match against Virginia Tech (8-6-1) on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 1:00 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
“Virginia is always a good team,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “They are a well coached team and have an awful lot of good players. At the end of the day if we are prepared, go out and execute our game plan and it’s a sound game plan we will give ourselves a chance to win. I know for a lot of people they talk about beating Virginia, but to be honest when I first got here what everyone talked about was all about beating Carolina and beating Florida. I just think it’s a matter of going out and executing. If we do so we will go out and get the result we deserve.”
While the Seminoles suffered a tough 1-0 loss to North Carolina last week, the team still is tied with the Tar Heels with a 5-1 conference best record. While the Virginia match has huge implications, the team knows that there is still a lot at stake in each individual match.
“When you go on the road in the ACC it’s always a big challenge, and to look at any one individual game and think that it will make or break your season is a little bit foolish,” said Krikiorian. “I guess the same can be said about this home weekend. We need to prepare for both games this weekend, even though the Virginia game is first and they will have our complete attention, we cannot discount the fact we have another game that we have to turn around and play on Sunday. If we are foolish on our approach on Thursday, we can have a negative consequence on Sunday. The goal of course is to protect your home field and win every time out, but sometimes you just want to take the points, and you also want make sure your opponent doesn’t take the points.”
Sunday will be bittersweet for the team, especially for the seniors who will potentially be playing the last home game of their Florida State careers. When asked about his three senior players, coach Krikorian just glowed about what each have meant to his program.
“Oh boy, I will tell you what; Has anyone at Florida State soccer had a better career than Amanda DaCosta? She has just been fantastic since the moment she walked on the campus and I also have to give credit to Rachel Lim. She has just done a great job developing herself as a player and becoming a very important piece to this team. Throw in the contributions of Janice Cayman this year and we are going to have three kids we are going to sorely miss going forward. I happy for them, they have had great careers and I think of all of us Florida State appreciate the energy, the hard work and the commitment they have put in to help build our team.”
The final two home games will both be televised by Sun Sports. Following the final two home matches, Florida State will wrap their ACC regular season play with road trips to No. 4 Maryland (12-1-1) on October 28th and then finish up ACC play with a trip to No. 6 Boston College (10-3-1) on Sunday, October 31st.