October 5, 2022

Soccer Heads On The Road For a Pair of Top-20 Matches

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 3 Florida State soccer team (8-0-2) heads on the road this week for a pair of top-20 tests. The Noles take on No. 2 Virginia (10-1-1) on Thursday, October 6 at 8 PM on the ACC Network, before heading to No. 17 Notre Dame to take on the Irish (9-2) on Sunday, October 9 at 12 PM on ESPNU.

Florida State is coming off their seventh straight victory on Saturday with a 1-0 win at the University of Miami. The game’s only goal was scored by Heather Payne in the 48th minute on a penalty kick.

SERIES HISTORY VS. VIRGINIA

Thursday’s meeting will be the 39th all-time meeting between Florida State and Virginia in soccer. Virginia leads the all-time series 21-10-8 but the Seminoles are 10-10-7 against Virginia since 2005.

Florida State has outscored Virginia since 2005 (30-27). In the 27 meetings, 21 of them have been decided by one point or ended in a tie. FSU has shut out UVA 10 times in this period.

The two teams have met eight times in the ACC Tournament and three times in the NCAA Tournament since 2005. Since earning their first win over Virginia in the 2011 ACC Tournament FSU is 10-5-3 against UVA, including earning the 2014, 2015 and 2021 ACC Championships. With a win over Virginia in 2014 the Seminoles also earned their first National Championship.

The last time the two teams met was in the 2021 ACC Championship game in which the Seminoles won 1-0. FSU scored in the 10th minute on a Clara Robbins goal from 30 yards out.

SERIES HISTORY VS. NOTRE DAME

Sunday’s meeting between the Seminoles and the Irish will be the 13th meeting between the two programs. Florida State leads the all-time series 8-4 with three consecutive wins.

FSU is 7-1 against Notre Dame since 2012 and has outscored the Irish 21-6 in the time with five shutouts, including shutouts in each of the last three meetings.

The last time the two teams met was in the 2020 ACC Tournament. FSU would go on to win 2-0 with goals from Jaelin Howell and Clara Robbins

SPREADING THE WEALTH

Florida State has scored 34 goals this season and they have been scored by 13 different student-athletes. 13 different goal scorers rank for the ninth most in a season in program history.

DOMINANT IN THE LAST SEVEN GAMES

FSU has dominated the last seven games, outscoring its opponents 30-2. FSU has a shots advantage of 134-33 and a shots on goal advantage of 72-17. FSU has outscored its ACC opponents 15-2 in its first four ACC games.

UNBEATEN TO START THE SEASON

Florida State is unbeaten through the first 10 games of the season for the fifth time in program history. The Noles are also unbeaten through the last 19 games dating back to last season. This is the second longest streak in school history.

THE NATION’S NO. 1 OFFENSE

The Seminoles lead the Nation in offense with 3.40 goals per game and are second with 9.90 points per game.  Jenna Nighswonger is the team leader in points with 15. They come from four goals and a team-high seven assists. Onyi Echegini leads FSU in goals with six. She recorded her first career hat trick in a 6-0 win over Boston College.

ROQUE IS DOMINANT IN GOAL

In just over two seasons as Florida State’s starting goalkeeper, Cristina Roque is a combined 31-0-8 and has started in two National Championship games.

In her career she has a 0.52 goals against average, 71 saves, a .772 save percentage and 22 shutouts.

Roque is the NCAA’s active leader in Goals Against Average.            

DOMINATING POSSESSION ONCE AGAIN

After possessing the ball for an average of 65.8 percent of every game last season the Noles are back at it again in 2022. FSU has averaged possessing the ball 65.8 percent of the time in 2022.

ROAD SWEET ROAD

The Seminoles are also impressive away from the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex, posting a true road record of 50-16-10 (.724) since 2013, as well as a neutral site mark of 24-5-3 (.797).

FSU has lost just 16 times in its last 76 road games – including 14 one-goal matches with nine against ranked teams.

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