There has never quite been a season like this, even in college soccer. Florida State opened nearly a month later than normal. And after securing wins on a Thursday and Sunday at home, the Seminoles would have 11 days off.
Mark Krikorian looked to find a balance between rest and being ready to compete.
“We wanted to simulate a game on the weekend. We put together the best situation we could to simulate a game on Saturday,” Krikorian said. “The players got after it pretty good for 90 minutes.”
No. 5 FSU (2-0) has the luxury of a deep roster of veterans, so a scrimmage was the ideal option for Krikorian. In a typical year, the Seminoles would never have simulate a game midseason.
But this year is very unusual. And now, after a break, the Seminoles hit the road for the first time to face Virginia Tech on Thursday (8 p.m. on ACC Network) and Wake Forest on Sunday (1 p.m. live stream on ACC Network Extra).
The Hokies (0-4) have also had an unusual schedule, losing twice to rival Virginia (ranked No. 11) and dropping a match at No. 1 UNC (1-0) as well as at No. 3 Clemson (3-0). Virginia Tech hasen’t scored a goal since the opener at Virginia on Sept. 12, but the quality of competition has made them tested and up for a challenge against FSU.
“We know that we’re going to have two very good opponents on the weekend,” Krikorian said.
FSU is 18-0-2 all-time vs. Virginia Tech. The Seminoles are 11-5-4 vs. Wake since Krikorian arrived at FSU.
Krikorian said he didn’t have any more clarity on the prospects for a spring season, which has been proposed by the NCAA and should feature a postseason tournament. For now, of course, the focus for FSU is on the condensed 10-game ACC schedule.