TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ending the regular season on the road for the second consecutive year, No. 23 Florida State (11-5-0, 5-4-0 ACC) will travel up to the state of South Carolina this week to play a match at Clemson (9-5-2, 3-4-2 ACC) on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.
The match between the Noles and the Tigers will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, with live stats available on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for Thursday night’s match at Riggs Field.
Thursday’s match will have the complete FSU roster available, as both Natalia Kuikka and Emma Koivisto return after missing two games due to competing in a World Cup qualifying match for Finland, along with Deyna Castellanos, who missed Sunday’s game against Pitt as she attended the 2017 FIFA Best Awards in London, England.
“It is an interesting dynamic that you don’t see very often in college sport, but soccer is the world game and representing your country is such a vital part of the game of soccer,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “When we recruit these kids, we know that they have obligations with their national team and we sign up and sign on for it. I’m thrilled to have them all back and I’m thrilled to start our final preparations for Clemson and the next phase of the season.”
The Seminoles are 16-7-3 all-time against Clemson, but are unbeaten in the last 17 matches against the Tigers (14-0-3), dating back to 2001. Florida State is 5-0-1 in the last six matches at Riggs Field.
Castellanos leads the Seminoles and the ACC in both goals (14) and points (30) this season, and the sophomore ranks sixth and ninth in those categories, respectively, in the nation. She was recently honored at the 2017 FIFA Best Awards, as one of three finalists for the Best Women’s Player Award, as well as the Puskas Award. She became the first current NCAA student-athlete to finish in the top three of either category.
The Seminoles will begin the postseason this weekend and will play in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship on Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. Location and opponent will be announced after all conference games are finished on Thursday night. Florida State is currently sixth in the ACC standings and could finish anywhere from No. 3 to No. 7. The top four teams in the final standings will host the quarterfinal matches on Sunday.
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