TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 2 Florida State soccer team (6-0) finishes the regular season this week with games against No. 5 Duke (5-2-2) on Thursday, October 29 at 4 pm and No. 3 Clemson (5-2) on Sunday, November 1 at 3 pm. Sunday’s games against Clemson will be senior day for our three seniors – Malia Berkely, Gabby Carle and Kristen McFarland.
SERIES HISTORY VS. DUKE
Thursday’s meeting between the Seminoles and the Blue Devils will be the 31st meeting between the two programs. Florida State is 14-10-6 all-time against Duke. Florida State is 10-3 in games played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are 12-4-4 against Duke under head coach Mark Krikorian.
Florida State has out-scored Duke 40-35 with 12 shutouts in the first 30 games of the series. Since Krikorian took over the Seminoles in 2005, Florida State has out-scored the Blue Devils 28-16 with 10 of their 12 wins coming by way of a shutout.
Last season the two teams met in Tallahassee on Halloween night and senior night for Florida State seniors Deyna Castellanos and Caroline Jeffers. The Seminoles would go on to win 1-0 on a Deyna Castellanos rocket from 30 yards out in the 79th minute.
SERIES HISTORY VS. CLEMSON
Sunday’s meeting between the Seminoles and the Tigers will be the 31st meeting between the two programs. Florida State is 18-8-4 all-time against Clemson. Florida State is 9-3-1 in games played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are 13-1-2 against Clemson under head coach Mark Krikorian.
Florida State has out-scored Clemson 63-38 with 10 shutouts in the first 30 games of the series. Since Krikorian took over the Seminoles in 2005, Florida State has out-scored the Tigers 47-10 with 8 of their 13 wins coming by way of a shutout.
Last season the two teams met twice, resulting in two 2-1 FSU wins. The Seminoles defeated the Tigers in Clemson with a goal from Yujie Zhao in the 11th minute, assisted by Malia Berkely and Deyna Castellanos. Castellanos then scored the second goal in the 17th minutes off of assists from Yujie Zhao and Abbey Newton.
Florida State then defeated Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Tallahassee. Florida State scored its first goal in the 18th minutes from Deyna Castellanos. After Clemson tied the game in the 64th minute Jaelin Howell scored the game-winner in the 78th minute on assists from Castellanos and Berkely.
Both games will be broadcasted on RSN. Click here to see how you can watch.
Florida State will be allowing a limited number of fans into the Seminole Soccer Complex for the 2020 season with a max capacity of 400 people.
All seating will be general admission throughout the entire stadium with enough spacing for appropriate social distancing amongst groups of fans. Gates will open one hour prior to the game and masks are required for all fans in attendance.
The first 150 fans to the facility will be admitted free of charge on the day of the game. The first 100 students with a valid student ID will be admitted free of charge as well. The remaining 150 tickets will be held for home and visiting team guests.
Concessions will be available for purchase. No outside food and beverages will be permitted in the facility.
The clear bag policy remains in place for all home games. There will also be no tailgating in the Spirit Way parking garage or surrounding lots.
NATION’S BEST OFFENSE
With 22 goals through the first six games of the season, the Florida State offense has been unstoppable.
Florida State broke their previous record of 16 goals scored in the team’s first six conference games. The 22 goals would be good for the fifth-most goals scored in ACC play in program history
Those 22 goals have been scored by nine different players, with Brown, Lynch, Robbins and Madril scoring two goals each and Zhao and Nighswonger both have three goals each and Nesbeth leads the team in goals scored with four.
Nine of FSU’s 22 goals have been scored from players coming off of the bench.
Florida State leads the country in points per game with 9.5 and scoring offense with 3.67 goals/game.
HOT START IN ACC PLAY
Florida State has started ACC play 6-0 for just the fourth time in program history. This also marks the sixth time that Florida State has started ACC play unbeaten through the first five games.
SHARING THE WEALTH
Through six games this season, the Seminoles have had nine different players score a goal and 13 players record at least one point. This is the 25th time that the Seminoles have had at least nine different goal scorers in a season.
Florida State has an unprecedented shot advantage over their opponents, as the Seminoles have out-shot their opponents 113-16 through six games. Florida State has put 53 of those 113 shots on goal (.469) as their opponents have had 11 of their 16 shots on goal. This has led to a 22-4 goal advantage for Florida State.
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