**HURRICANE HERMINE UPDATE: As of 3:00 p.m. on September 1, the FSU vs. UF match will be played as scheduled. A final decision will be determined by 12:00 p.m. on September 2.**
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Finally returning home after opening the 2016 season with three road matches, No. 1 Florida State (3-0-0) looks to extend one streak and stop another on Friday night with a 7:00 p.m. matchup against No. 5 Florida (3-1-0) at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
It is the first time in the 21-year history of the rivalry that both schools will play each other while ranked in the top five of the NSCAA poll.
The Noles are unbeaten in their last 24 home matches, posting a 23-0-1 mark since September 8, 2014. The last team to defeat Florida State at home was the University of Florida on September 5, 2014, as they recorded a 2-1 victory. Overall, FSU is a combined 59-1-2 in its last 62 home matches, dating back to the 2011 season.
Florida has won each of the last two meetings between the two schools, also earning a 3-2 victory in Gainesville on August 30, 2015. FSU trails in the all-time series with UF, 10-13.
Freshman forward Deyna Castellanos leads the Noles with three goals, one in each of the first three games of her career. She is the only freshman to accomplish that feat, and the second to do it during their first year at FSU, joining Selin Kurulay in 2005. Tiffany McCarty (2009) and Erin Grimsley (1997) scored in each of the first three matches of their seasons, but no Seminole has found the back of the net in for consecutive games to start a season.
FSU is 3-0-0 for the fifth consecutive season and for the 13th time overall. The 2013 team holds the program record of starting the season on a 17-game unbeaten streak, posting a 14-0-3 record. It marks just the third time that the Noles have recorded the consecutive shutouts to open the season, joining the squads from 2009 and 2010.
Friday’s match will be broadcast on the newly-formed ACC Network Extra and can be streamed online and via the ESPN app. Live stats can be found on Seminoles.com.
Florida State will close out the weekend on Monday evening with a match at South Alabama, beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET. The game between the Noles and the Jaguars will be shown on JagNationTV.com, with livestats available on statbroadcast.com.
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