TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With last year’s match cancelled due to Hurricane Hermine, Florida State and Florida will plan to get the 2017 edition of the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown underway on September 8 before the effects of Hurricane Irma reach Gainesville later this weekend.
In yet another top-15 matchup between the two schools, the No. 9 Gators (5-1-0) will host the No. 13 Seminoles (4-1-0) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night at James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track. The match will also be broadcast live on SEC Network+.
“It is a very healthy rivalry between the two schools and whenever we go out and play, both teams put on a very good show for everyone,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “We’re looking forward to it and know that it will be a good and competitive game. Both teams have the hope of playing in late November and early December, and I think that the fact that we are both good programs with high aspirations for the season will make the game even more interesting.”
The Seminoles are 10-13-0 in the all-time series with Florida, and have lost each of the last two matches in 2014 and 2015. FSU had won four of five from 2009-2013, including three wins on the road at James G. Pressly Stadium.
In their last 18 matches against SEC opponents, dating back to 2010, the Seminoles have posted a 15-3 record, including a 5-2 mark in road matches.
Sophomore forward Deyna Castellanos leads the Seminoles and the ACC in both goals (6) and points (12) this season. The Venezuela native recorded a hat trick on opening day against UNC Greensboro (Aug. 18) and had two goals versus Kentucky (Sept. 3). She now has 13 career goals in 18 games played.
Admission is free for Friday’s match at Florida, while live stats will be available on Seminoles.com through Sidearm Sports.
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