TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A rematch of the semifinals of the 2015 Women’s College Cup, No. 9 Florida State (10-2-2, 4-1-2 ACC) will host No. 4 Duke (11-2-2. 6-0-1 ACC) in a matchup of two top-10 teams in the country, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex.“Duke has an awful lot of kids back from last year’s team,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “They have a number of players that are really good players and have had some injuries hit them recently, too.
But they are a very talented roster, as they were last year, and they combine a nice technical quality with fantastic athletic quality and there is a reason they have won as many games as they have. They are a well-coached team and it is going to be a great game.”
Thursday’s match is FSU Soccer’s Paint It Pink game where the Noles will be raising money and awareness for breast cancer. A $10 donation at the game will get fans a T-shirt and all proceeds go to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare’s Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center. Game jerseys will be also be auctioned off on Seminoles.com following the game.
Former Seminole Mami Yamaguchi will also be honored prior to Thursday’s game as she will become the first FSU soccer player to have her jersey retired. Recipient of the 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, given to the top player in collegiate soccer, Yamaguchi led the country in points (66) and finished second in goals (24) and assists (18). She concluded the season as the only student-athlete in the nation to rank in the top 10 in three major offensive categories including points per game, goals per game and assists per game.
The 2016 Seminoles rank second in the nation with a 0.349 goals against average and are tied with Northwestern as the only schools in the country that have given up only five goals this season.
The Noles are 11-9-5 all-time against Duke, most recently meeting in the 2015 NCAA National Semifinal, where the Blue Devils earned a 2-0 victory.
Florida State is 64-1-3 in its last 68 home matches, dating back to 2011. The only loss during that span was to Florida on September 5, 2014 (2-1). The Noles are currently on a 30-match unbeaten streak at the Seminole Soccer Complex, holding a record of 29-0-1 and outscoring their opponents, 93-6.
The Seminoles will wrap up their home regular season schedule with a match against Louisville on Sunday at 1 p.m. Prior to the match, redshirt senior defender Kirsten Crowley and graduate student goalkeeper Amanda Kopale will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.
The matches against Duke and Louisville will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra and live stats will be available on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all home regular season games at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
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