October 30, 2019 - by
Soccer Hosts Duke In Top-10 Battle on Senior Day


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 5 Florida State soccer team (13-4-0, 7-2-0) wraps up ACC play on Thursday, October 31 at 8 pm against No. 9 Duke (8-1-7, 3-0-6). The match is senior night for FSU’s two seniors, Carolina Jeffers and Deyna Castellanos.

The Seminoles are led offensively by Deyna Castellanos, Yujie Zhao and freshman Jenna Nighswonger. Castellanos leads the team in both goals (9) and assists (8), Zhao is second on the team with five goals and four assists. Nighswonger is tied for second on the team with five goals and four assists of her own.

Florida State has guaranteed that they are hosting the ACC Tournament quarterfinals this Sunday, November 3 at 1 pm. The Garnet and Gold are currently in second place in the ACC with one game remaining. FSU had 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 2019 season. 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 33-14 in their last 13 matches.

Florida State leads the all-time series against Duke 13-10-6, with an 11-4-4 record against the Blue Devils under head coach Mark Krikorian. Florida State is 6-2-2 against Duke in their last 10 match-ups and 10 of their last 19 meetings were decided by one point or less. FSU is 9-3 against Duke at home, winning the last nine meetings.

The last time the two teams met was in the first round of the ACC Tournament in 2018. Florida State won 1-0 on a goal from Kristen McFarland assisted by Deyna Castellanos and Kristina Lynch.

Florida State will find out who they will play in the first round of the 2019 ACC Tournament after all ACC games are concluded on Thursday night. The Seminoles will host the first round on Sunday, November 3 at 1 pm at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Tickets for the ACC Quarterfinal go on sale Wednesday, October 30 at noon. The First 100 students with a valid Student ID will get in for free.

ACC Tournament Ticket Prices

Reserved – $20
General Admission Adult – $8
General Admission Senior (50+) – $5
General Admission Students (13 and older) – $5
General Admission Youth (3-12) – $3
Ages 2 & Under – Free

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  • Deyna Castellanos is currently in second at Florida State with 45 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.
  • Florida State is 117-55-21 all-time in October, 73-22-13 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).
  • Castellanos is now ranked third all-time at FSU with 109 points in her career.
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