CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 5 Florida State soccer team (12-3-0, 6-1-0) heads on the road this week to take on No. 3 North Carolina (13-1-1, 6-0-1) on Thursday, October 24 at 7 pm and Wake Forest (5-6-4, 0-4-3) on Sunday, October 27 at 1 pm. Both games are on the ACC Network. The game between FSU and UNC is a rematch of last season’s ACC and National Championship games.
The Seminoles are led offensively by Deyna Castellanos, Yujie Zhao and freshman Jenna Nighswonger. Castellanos leads the team in both goals (8) and assists (8), Zhao is second on the team with five goals and four assists. Nighswonger is tied for second on the team in with five goals.
Florida State is off to an impressive start in ACC play, winning their first five games in conference and six of the first seven. The 5-0 start was good for the third-best start in school history. FSU had only started 4-0 or better in ACC play three times prior to this season. The Garnet and Gold were also on their fourth-longest winning streak in program history. During the span of FSU’s nine-game win streak, they outscored their opponents 28-10 and recorded four shutouts. Florida State has now outscored its opponents 31-11 in their last 11 matches.
North Carolina is 28-10-4 all-time against Florida State but the Noles have had control in the series as of late. The Garnet and Gold are 8-4-2 against the Tar Heels in the last 14 matches dating back to 2011, including two wins over UNC a season ago. After losing 1-0 in the 2018 regular season FSU defeated North Carolina 3-2 in the ACC Championship game and 1-0 in the National Championship game.
Florida State’s 10 wins over Carolina are the most by any team in the country. Florida State has a combined 14 wins or draws against UNC, only five other teams in the country have five or more wins and draws against North Carolina.
Florida State also trails in the all-time series against Wake Forest, 11-12-5. The Noles started out 3-7-1 against the Demon Deacons but have turned it around and are 8-5-2 against Wake Forest since 2005 under head coach Mark Krikorian. Nine of the last 15 meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal or fewer, including two Seminole wins in penalty kicks.
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