TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first time in three years, the Seminoles and Gators will be able to play their annual match in the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown on its originally scheduled date, after Hurricanes Hermine and Irma impacted the contests in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
No. 3 Florida State (5-0-1) will host Florida (2-3-1) for the first time in Tallahassee since 2014 on Friday, September 7, with kickoff coming at 7:00 p.m. The Noles will wrap up the weekend with a match against South Alabama (2-3-0) on Sunday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m.
“The weather has been a challenge in the last two years, but we are thrilled to host Florida this year,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. They are a good team and we are excited to come out and face them on Friday. I think that it is a very healthy rivalry, at least from my perspective. We have great respect for the program that they have developed and the quality that they have. We look forward to Friday night.”
Overall, Florida State is 11-13-0 all-time in the series with Florida, and have won four of the last six matchups. In their last 20 matches against SEC opponents, dating back to 2010, the Seminoles have posted a 17-3 record, including a 10-1 mark in home matches.
Florida State and South Alabama are meeting for the 11th time on Sunday with the Seminoles holding a 9-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Seminoles are 7-0 at home against the Jaguars and have outscored USA 32-3 in those matches.
Florida State has outshot its opponents in all six games on the year, with a combined tally of 95-23, and has been the first team to record a shot in five of the six matches. The average time of the first shot by FSU opponents in 2018 is 31:48, including Vanderbilt and Troy that didn’t record a shot in the first half.
The Seminoles have had a lot of success this season offensively as FSU has scored 16 goals through the first six games of the season and those 16 goals have been scored by 12 different players so far this season. The 12 different goal scorers already ranks in a tie for 11th in program history and exceeds the 11 goal scorers from the entire 2017 season.
The match against Florida on Friday will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, while live stats for both games will be available through Statbroadcast. Admission is free for all home regular season games at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Throughout 2018-19, the Seminoles will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and there are many events and reunions planned for all women’s sports. Head to www.seminoles.com/50th/ for more information that will be updated throughout the year.
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