CARY, N.C. – The second-ranked Florida State soccer team (9-0) continues play in the 2020 ACC Tournament on Friday, November 13 at 5:30 pm against fourth-seed and No. 6 Duke (7-3-2). The match is broadcasted on the ACC Network.
Florida State entered the 2020 ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed after finishing the regular season without a loss or a tie for the first time in program history. This marked the fourth time that the Seminoles have entered the ACC Tournament as the top seed.
The Seminoles are 24-17-9 all-time in the ACC Tournament and are 12-8-4 in the first round. Heading into Friday’s semifinal round, the Seminoles are 9-4-2 in ACC Tournament semifinals matches. FSU is 13-8-5 when the ACC Tournament is in Cary, N.C. and 16-12-5 all-time in Cary.
Friday’s meeting between the Seminoles and the Blue Devils will be the 32nd meeting between the two programs. Florida State is 15-10-6 all-time against Duke. Florida State is 2-1 against Duke in games played in Cary, N.C. The Seminoles are 13-4-4 against Duke under head coach Mark Krikorian.
Florida State has out-scored Duke 41-35 with 13 shutouts in the first 31 games of the series. Since Krikorian took over the Seminoles in 2005, Florida State has out-scored the Blue Devils 27-16 with 11 of their 13 wins coming by way of a shutout.
The two teams met during the last week of the regular season in Tallahassee. Florida State shutout the Blue Devils 1-0 on a last-second goal by Jaelin Howell. The goal came off of a Yujie Zhao corner kick that bounced around inside the box before connecting with Howell’s foot then the net. The Seminoles out-shot Duke 19-4 and Cristina Roque came away with a career-high three saves for the Noles.
The winner of the Florida State and Duke semifinal takes on the winner of North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday, November 15 at 12 pm. The match will be live on ESPNU.
The 2020 ACC Tournament is closed to the public and only those on the team’s pass list will be allowed entry. All quarterfinal and semifinals matches will be on the ACC Network with the ACC Championship on ESPNU at Noon on Sunday, November 15.
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