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No. 10 FSU Opens 2018 Against Vanderbilt And Troy

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The long offseason is nearly over as No. 10 Florida State will start the 2018 season at home this weekend with a pair of matches, taking on RV Vanderbilt on Thursday, August 16 and Troy on Sunday, August 19.

“We are excited to start a new season and know that the Tallahassee community has been very supportive of us over the years,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “Obviously, our grounds crew has done a great job and the field is in absolute perfect shape. The players are ready to face some outside competition and we know that with both Vanderbilt and Troy, we have two good teams that will come in here.”

Florida State 14 letterwinners from the 2017 squad and welcome in six newcomers and three players that rhirted a year ago.

The Seminoles are 1-0-0 all-time against the Commodores, winning the only previous game in the matchup 3-0, on the road in Nashville, Tenn. in 2016. Florida State is 8-1 in its last nine matches against schools in the Southeastern Conference and will also face Florida later this year on September 7.

The Noles and Trojans will face each other for the third time in the series on Sunday, with Florida State holding a 3-0-0 advantage, earning a 8-0 win in 2007, a 1-0 victory in 2016 and a 4-1 win in 2017.

The home-and-home series between Florida State and Troy was originally supposed to be played in Tallahassee in 2017 and in Troy in 2018, however due to Hurricane Irma, the initial game on September 12 was canceled as Florida State evacuated to Oxford, Miss. On the way back, FSU drove through Troy and was able to play the Trojans on September 13. Due to this, the two schools decided to play in Tallahassee in 2018.

The Seminoles are 15-2-1 against current Sun Belt members, with losses to South Alabama (2016) and Georgia Southern (1995) and a draw with Georgia State in 1998.

Admission is free for all home games at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Live stats will be available on Seminoles.com.

Throughout 2018-19, the Seminoles will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and there are many events and reunions planned for all women’s sports. Head to www.seminoles.com/50th/ for more information that will be updated throughout the year.

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