TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 6 Florida State soccer team (9-2-0, 3-0-0) is home for one match this weekend as they take on Pitt (3-5-3, 0-1-2) on Saturday, October 5 at 1 pm. The match will be broadcast live on the ACC Network.
Saturday’s match is the Seminoles annual Paint-it Pink match in which they support breast cancer awareness.
“The Paint-it Pink match has a lot of different meanings for us,” said Caroline Jeffers. “Especially for the team to have a previous player to be diagnosed with breast cancer. We are playing for her. For me, my grandmother was actually diagnosed with breast cancer 17 years ago and beat it but it just recently came back. I have a personal story to tell this Saturday as well. We are playing for a lot of people, the survivors and the people who did not survive. This game means a lot for us.”
“The Paint-it Pink game has always been important to us,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “It probably means, even more, this year with Toni Pressley, one of our great alums, being diagnosed with breast cancer just recently. I think all of us here feel even more connected now and we want to do whatever we can to support such a great cause.”
This year’s match touches home a little more than usual for the whole team as former Seminole soccer player Toni Pressley was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. Pressley was a first-team Soccer America All-American in 2010 and a third-team National Soccer Coaches Association All-American in 2011. She finished her FSU career with 11 goals and 11 assists while playing in 96 games.
“Toni was a great player here and it means a lot for us to pay her back because she paved the way for us,” said Jeffers. “It means a lot that we get to represent her on Saturday.”
“Toni is a special one and always has been for us and will continue to be,” said Krikorian. “It is a small gesture on our part to support her and what she has gone through and let her know that we are certainly thinking about here at Florida State.”
The Seminoles will have Pressley’s number 23 on the sleeve of their pink jerseys Saturday afternoon.
The Seminoles are coming off a 2-0 road week against No. 9 Clemson and Syracuse. Deyna Castellanos continued to impress as she was in on every goal of the weekend with two goals and one assist. She now has seven goals and eight assists to lead the team in both categories.
As a team the Garnet and Gold rank in the top-40 in 10 different categories. Florida State is ninth in scoring offense, ninth in total goals and tenth in total points.
The Seminoles and Panthers are familiar foes as the two teams have met up each of the last six seasons. Florida State is a perfect 6-0 all-time against Pitt, while only allowing one goal in those six games. The last time the two teams met was a season ago when FSU took down Pittsburgh 4-0 in Pittsburgh. Florida State recorded goals from Castellanos, McFarland, Patten and Kuikka, while Castellanos also recorded two assists.
Pitt is led offensively by Amanda West with seven goals and seven assists on the season. In goal, Amaia Pena leads the Panthers with eight starts, while allowing 12 goals to go with her 16 saves.
Tickets for all regular-season games at the Seminole Soccer Complex are free. To follow along with the live stats or the broadcast, go to the soccer schedule page on Seminoles.com for the links.
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