TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After improving its overall first round record in the NCAA Championship to 17-0-1 last weekend with a 5-0 win over Ole Miss, No. 4 seed Florida State (12-6-1) will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., this weekend to play Arizona (11-4-4) in a second round matchup on Friday, November 17 hosted by No. 1 overall seed Stanford.
The Noles and the Wildcats will play at 7:30 p.m. ET at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, in what will be the first match of the day, followed by Stanford and Auburn. The winners of the two matches on Friday will meet on Sunday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m. ET for a spot in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
“We know that we have a tough draw, that is for sure, but we are looking forward to it,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “Arizona is a good team and Stanford is a beautiful place with great facilities and we are looking forward to getting out there.
“Arizona is very well coached and their kids are extremely hard working. They are a talented group and it starts with a very good goalkeeper and goes right through to their attacking players. We’ll have to be mindful of set pieces and long throw-ins, and we’ll need to get some pretty good clears and hopefully keep the ball some as well.”
Friday’s match will be the first time that Florida State and Arizona have faced each other in women’s soccer. Overall, the Seminoles are a combined 17-7-1 against teams currently in the Pac-12, going 4-2-0 in their last six matches.
After two goals last week against Ole Miss, sophomore Deyna Castellanos moved into a tie for fifth place in FSU single season history with 17 goals. There are three others with 18 goals in a season, which all trail Mami Yamaguchi’s school record of 24 goals scored in 2007.
In just her second season, Castellanos sits just outside the top 10 in FSU career goal scoring history, as her 24 goals are right behind the 25 goals scored by Jessica Price in 2008-12.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Cassie Miller currently sits in a tie for fourth place in NCAA history with 47 shutouts and her .571 career goals against average sits 22nd all-time in NCAA history, and is currently the lowest of any goalkeeper with over 8,000 minutes played.
A livestream of Friday’s match will be broadcast on Stanford’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/StanfordAthletics), while live stats will be available through NCAA.com. Tickets are available now at GoStanford.com – reserved seats are $15, and general admission seats are $10 for adults and $8 for students, youth and seniors. Call 1-800-STANFORD for more information.
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