FSU heads West to face pair of top-5 opponents

The Florida State soccer team (2-0-0) heads on the road for the first time this season to take on No. 4 UCLA (2-0-0) on Thursday and No. 5 USC (2-0-0) on Sunday.

The Seminoles (2014 and 2018), Trojans (2016) and Bruins (2013) have combined to win four of the last six NCAA National Championships, and have made a total of seven trips to the College Cup over that span, including national title game appearances for Florida State in 2013 and UCLA in 2017.

The Seminoles begin the weekend at UCLA on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. (ET) in a match that will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. The meeting between the Noles and the Bruins will be the fourth in the series as UCLA holds a slight 2-1 advantage. The first two meetings were in the College Cup Semifinals. FSU picked up a 4-1 win in 2018 as Anna Patten, Kirsten Pavlisko, Kristen McFarland and Yujie Zhao scored goals.

FSU wraps up the weekend against USC on Sunday at 5 p.m. (televised by Pac-12 Network). The Seminoles and Trojans faced off twice a season ago resulting in two ties.

The first meeting was 0-0 draw in Tallahassee, and the second meeting was a 1-1 tie in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in Tallahassee. Florida State came away with a 5-4 win in penalty kicks after FSU goalie Caroline Jeffers denied USC’s fifth attempt and Yujie Zhao followed that up with a goal for Florida State, securing them a spot in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

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