Noles, Gators Clash Friday Night
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Second-ranked Florida State (4-0-0) returns to Tallahassee for a three-game home stand that begins Friday, September 5 at 7 pm against intra-state rival and eighth-ranked Florida (3-1-0) in the Share A Little Sunshine Showdown.
Both schools are coming off a weekend road trip to the Midwest which saw the Seminoles post a pair of victories over Oklahoma State (2-1, 2ot) and Oklahoma (1-0), while the Gators went 1-1 falling to the Sooners (1-2) but beating the Cowgirls (4-0).
Florida State is off to a 4-0-0 start for the third year in a row as the Seminoles have outscored their opponents 8-2 this time around.
The Seminoles enter Friday night’s game having won four of their last five matches against the Gators and 10 of the last 16 in the series including three in a row - FSU’s longest win streak against UF.
Last year, No. 3 FSU registered three first half goals en route to a 3-0 victory over No. 8 Florida in Gainesville. Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored two goals in a span of two minutes and nine seconds in the first half for her first career multi-goal game, while Michaela Hahn tallied her first career multi-point game with a goal and an assist as the Seminoles defeated the Gators for the third year in a row.
The win for Florida State marked its second straight shutout victory over Florida and its third shutout in the last five meetings. It also marked FSU’s first three-game winning streak in the series, while the three-goal margin for the Seminoles was their largest in 21 all-time meetings against the Gators.
FSU has held the Gators without a goal for the last 202:37, including a 1-0 shutout at home in 2012 and a 3-0 shutout in Gainesville in 2013.
The series has been closely contested as seven of the last eight matches have been decided by one goal including a streak of seven straight games from 2006-2012.
Florida State is the last team in the series to successfully defend its home turf dating back to 2007 when the Noles beat the Gators 1-0 in Tallahassee on a goal by Kristin Grubka in the 10th minute in 2012.
The Seminoles then welcome St. John’s (3-1-0) to town on September 8 for a rare Monday evening match-up inside the Seminole Soccer Complex. Monday’s match marks the first meeting between the Seminoles and the Red Storm as St. John’s is the only new school Florida State will face during the 2014 regular season.
St. John’s is also just the second team from the state of New York to ever play Florida State, joining ACC-member Syracuse.
The last time that Florida State played on a Monday was back in 2008 in its season-opener against UCF. Originally scheduled for Aug. 24, Tropical Storm Fay came through Tallahassee, forcing the game to be played three days later. FSU defeated the Knights, 5-0.
FSU is 59-28-5 when facing a team for the first time and 26-3-2 under head coach Mark Krikorian.
Both games this week will air live on ESPN3. Live stats can be found at Seminoles.com. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Soccer and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer) and on Instagram (NoleSoccer).