September 25, 2019 - by
Soccer Heads to Clemson and Syracuse For Their First Road ACC Tests


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 6 Florida State soccer team (7-2-0) heads on the road for a pair of ACC road tests this weekend as they take on No. 9 Clemson (7-0-1) on Thursday, September 26th at 7:30 pm and Syracuse (2-4-2) on Sunday, September, 29th at 1 pm.

The Seminoles are led offensively by Deyna Castellanos and freshman Jenna Nighswonger. The two have both scored five goals, while Castellanos leads the team in assists with seven and currently ranks fourth in the country in assists.

The Garnet and Gold have been on a scoring tear the last few games, outscoring their opponents 21-7 during their five-game winning streak. This includes five or more goals in three games, including the last two.

Florida State and Clemson have matched up 28 times in the series, with the Noles holding a 16-8-4 lead. The Seminoles are 11-1-4 against the Tigers under head coach Mark Krikorian and 6-5-2 against them in Clemson. The Seminoles lost to the Tigers 1-0 at home a season ago. Clemson scored the game’s only goal in the 21st minutes off of a header inside the six-yard box.

Clemson enters the match-up with a 7-0-1 record. Their one tie coming in a 1-1 match against Oregon. Clemson is led by Mariana Speckmaier and Rene Guion on the offensive end. Pekmaler has five goals and no assists, while Guion has no goals and eight assists. Sandy Maclver leads the Tigers in goal with five starts and three shutouts.

“Over the last few years, Eddie Radwanski (Clemson head coach) and his staff have done as good of a job as any staff in the country in creating a winning environment and a winning culture in their group,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We know that they are a really good opponent and that it is going to be a difficult game. There will be a little contrast in playing styles between the two teams but we are every bit prepared and we have the ultimate respect for them.”

Florida State and Syracuse have matched up four times in the series, with the Noles holding a 3-0-1 lead. The Seminoles tied the Orange 1-1 at home in 2016. Syracuse scored first in the first minute of the game. FSU was without their two leading goal scorers (Castellanos and McFarland) but scored in the 24th minute. That was all as the game was tied 1-1.

Syracuse enters the match-up with a 2-4-2 record. They are led offensively by Taylor Bennet with two goals.

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  • Deyna Castellanos is currently in third at Florida State with 41 career goals.
  • With three assists against Boston College in the ACC Opener, Castellanos tied a school record. She currently ranks fourth in the country with seven assists.
  • Caroline Jeffers is in a tie for ninth at Florida State with eight career shutouts
  • Florida State is 128-56-11 all-time in the month of September, 84-20-8 under head coach Mark Krikorian.
  • The Seminoles have had three student-athletes record multi-goal games this season. There have been four games with an athlete to score multiple goals (Jenna Nighswonger vs. Colorado; Jaelin Howell vs. Samford; Yujie Zhao vs. Villanova, Nighswonger vs. Boston College).
  • With five goals in two straight games (Villanova and Boston College), it is the first time since 2009 that the Seminoles have scored five or more goals in consecutive games.
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