FSU soccer improves to 6-1 in ACC

The No. 6 Florida State soccer team (12-3-0, 6-1-0 ACC) took care of business against in-state rival Miami (4-7-2, 1-5-1) at home on Friday night.

The Seminoles earned their seventh shutout of the season with the 3-0 win in the rain.

“I thought that, overall, our composure and patience with the ball was quite good,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “A lot of good build-up play, good attacking play. Maybe with a little bit better finishing, the game would have come easier to us.”

Florida State was led by a host of players on offense as the Noles got goals from three different players on three different assisters.

Yujie Zhao got things started for the Noles with her fifth goal of the season coming in the 10th minute. Her goal came off of a rebound on a Kristen McFarland shot.

The Seminoles kept taking shots as they got shots from Deyna Castellanos and Jenna Nighswonger in the 14th and 15thminute. Florida State finished the half with seven shots to Miami’s one taking their sixth lead into the half this season.

The Garnet and Gold are now 8-0 when scoring first this season and 6-0 when leading at halftime.

Florida State came out firing in the second half getting off seven shots in the first 20 minutes after having seven in all of the first half. The Seminoles 15th shot of the game then hit the back of the net. The goal came off of a Malia Berkely corner kick that was headed into the six-yard box by Jaelin Howell and then put away by Heather Payne. It was Payne’s second goal of the season and first since the first game of the year.

Five minutes later FSU extended their lead to 3-0 with Kristina Lynch’s second goal of the season coming off of an Abbey Newton assist.

The Seminoles held Miami to just three shots, making it the seventh time this season that the Noles have held their opponent at five or fewer shots or fewer. This game was also the Noles fourth win by more than one goal this season and first ACC game decided by more than one goal.

“From a defending point of view, we really limited the opportunities at our goal and that’s certainly always the goal,” Krikorian said.

FSU heads on the road next week to take on North Carolina on Thursday and Wake Forest on Oct. 27. Both games will be broadcast on the ACC Network.

Jody Judd claimed the title at UAB. (photo courtesy FSU athletics)

Judd wins at UAB Blazer Classic

Just a week after turning in an impressive effort on their home course, the Florida State women’s cross country team took their performance to a new level on the road Friday at the UAB Blazer Classic.

Competing over 6,000 meters for the first time this season against a field of 24 scoring teams – including 16 NCAA Division I schools – the Seminoles ran away with the team title. Jody Judd was the individual champion, pulling away over the second half of the race to win in 20:36.17 for a 13-second victory.

Judd was one of four Noles in the top six, chased across the finish line by freshman Yasmine Abbes (fourth, 20:56.40), sophomore Erin Phelps (fifth, 20:58.86) and freshman Ava Peeples (sixth, 21:04.37). Redshirt sophomore Kayla Easterly (16th, 21:25.14) rounded out the scoring Noles, whose 32-point team total was 62 points better than runner-up Southern Miss (94 points).

The Noles sent 27 runners to the starting line and came away with more than 20 personal-best times over 6,000 meters; some of whom were racing the distance for the very first time.”

“It felt like they were taking it as a championship race,” said FSU operations assistant Alex Midget, who accompanied the team to the meet for the second consecutive year. “Everyone was all-in and focused. They gave it their all and treated it like it was their ACC Championship.

“For us to go from fourth last year to first this year was amazing.”

Judd, a junior, narrowly missed her personal-best (20:20), but the next 15 Noles across the finish line didn’t. Abbes and Peeples were competing in their first 6k races, while Phelps was 1:45 faster than her previous best, which she set on the same course with a 36th-place finish a year ago.

Among the other major breakthroughs on the hilly trek were Ginelle DeMone (32nd, 22:42.41), Sarah Myers (34th, 21:43.04), Kate Bernicke (22:09.43) and Mariah Zupan (23:01.23).

FSU volleyball sweeps BC

In a tight conference battle that went to a tiebreaker in two of the three sets, RV Florida State (11-5, 5-2 ACC) recorded a sweep over Boston College (14-6, 5-2 ACC) on Friday night by the score of 26-24, 25-20, 31-29. It is the 17th consecutive victory for the Seminoles over the Eagles, dating back to 2008, and FSU has only dropped five sets to BC over that span.

The Seminoles set a season high Friday night with a .390 hitting percentage, led by senior Payton Caffrey, who recorded 16 kills to just two errors on the night. Middle blockers Emma Clothier (.556) and Taryn Knuth (.545) each hit over .500 and only committed one attacking error apiece, while outside hitters Morgan Chacon and Jasmyn Martin finished with 11 and eight kills, respectively.

“Certainly glad to get the victory tonight,” said FSU coach Chris Poole. “We primarily spent most of the week getting everyone healthy from illness and injury, so I wasn’t completely sure how we would come out and if we were going to be in our normal rhythm. But I thought the girls continued to play hard, even though our passing wasn’t where it needed to be. That caused us to struggle a bit, but offensively, we did a great job. Boston College is a very good team that runs a very fast offense, equivalent of a basketball fast break. So it puts a lot of stress on your team, but I thought we did really well overall.”


  1. David Shafer Reply

    Appreciate the full rundown of FSU sports, but what about the swim team who competed last night too????

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