The No. 1 Florida State soccer team (14-0) is on the road to take on No. 7 North Carolina (10-2-2) on Thursday at 8 p.m. and No. 6 Duke (10-2-1) on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Both games are on the ACC Network.
“We all knew when the schedule came out that this stretch was going to be a really challenging one for us,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “We know what the challenge is. We know it’s not going to be easy. At the end of the day while we’re hoping that we go up there and will play well and be successful we know what lies ahead is pretty important. We’ll go measure ourselves against those two teams, come back against Virginia and see what goes on after that.”
Thursday’s meeting between the Seminoles and the Tar Heels will be the 45th meeting between the two programs. FSU is 9-5-2 against the Tar Heels in their last 16 meetings, dating to 2011. The Seminoles have won three of the last four meetings: two wins coming in 2019, including 3-2 in the ACC Championship game and 1-0 in the National Championships game. FSU once again defeated UNC in the ACC Championship game 3-2 in 2020.
FSU VS. THE ACC
The Seminoles have an all-time ACC record of 140-78-25.
Florida State is 118-32-19 in league play under Krikorian as more than three-quarters of FSU’s all-time wins in the ACC have come with Krikorian at the helm. Under Krikorian, FSU is 70-10-6 against league opponents at home and 48-22-13 on the road.
FSU has finished no lower than second place (including ties) in the ACC 12 times (2005-10, 2012-15, 2019-20) over the last 16 years, claiming five regular-season titles (2009, 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2020).
Florida State heads into the game against North Carolina having won 11 straight road games, good for the longest road winning streak in program history. The Seminoles have also won a program-record 17 straight ACC games. FSU has won 24 straight regular-season games dating back to 2019. And their 14 game winning streak is the longest in the country.
ROAD SWEET ROAD
The Seminoles are also impressive away from the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex, posting a true road record of 45-15-8 since 2013, as well as a neutral site mark of 20-5-3.
FSU has lost just 15 times in its last 63 road games – including 12 one-goal matches with eight against ranked teams.
The Seminoles have won nine straight road games dating back to October 27, 2019 when FSU defeated Wake Forest 2-1.
Florida State has recorded four shutouts and defeated two ranks teams during this streak
Through the first 14 games of the season, the Seminoles have controlled the ball as they have had possession for 71% of the season. This has resulted in a 49-7 goal advantage and a 266-40 shot advantage.
SHARING THE WEALTH
Through 14 games this season a program-record 17 different Seminoles have recorded a goal and 17 Noles have recorded at least one point. Florida State’s 17 different goals scorers are more than 122 Division 1 teams have goals scored.