May 8, 2021 - by
Soccer Prepares for Elite 8 Match Against Duke

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CARY, N.C. – The top-seeded Florida State soccer team (13-0) heads to its 15th NCAA Quarterfinal in program history on Sunday at 1 pm when the Seminoles take on the Blue Devils of Duke (12-5-3). Florida State got here with a 3-0 win over Milwaukee in the second round and a 3-1 win over Penn State in the Round of 16.

Ninth-seeded Duke advanced to the quarterfinals after a 2-1 double-overtime win over Arizona State in the second round and a 1-0 win over Ole Miss on Wednesday. Duke scored just two and a half minutes into the game against Ole Miss but that is all they needed.

Florida State is spreading the ball around offensively as the five different Seminoles have combined to score FSU’s six goals in the NCAA Tournament. Gabby Carle is leading the Garnet and Gold this postseason with two goals, one in each game of the NCAA Tournament and an assist that she earned in FSU’s win over Penn State. Florida State is led in goal by Cristina Roque. She has started all 13 games for the Seminoles this season. She has only allowed seven goals all season while saving 75 percent of shots that have come her way. Roque has been a part of nine shutouts during her freshman campaign.

Duke is led offensively by Tess Boade. She has 15 points on the season, coming from six goals and three assists. Caitlin Cosme and Olivia Migli both have six goals of their own as well. In goal, Duke is led by Ruthie Jones. She has played in 19 games this season and has only allowed 14 goals with 48 saves.

Florida State and Duke met twice in the fall with Florida State winning both meetings. The Seminoles won 1-0 in the regular season on a last-second goal by Jaelin Howell. The two teams met again in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Florida State won that matchup 4-0.

The winner of Sunday’s match heads to the College Cup which begins on Thursday, May 13. The winner of Florida State and Duke plays the winner of Virginia and TCU. With a win, the Seminoles will be heading to their 11th College Cup in program history.

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