FSU soccer prepares for ACC road trip

The No. 6 Florida State soccer team (7-2-0) heads on the road for a pair of ACC road tests this weekend as they take on No. 9 Clemson (7-0-1) on Thursday at 7:30 pm and Syracuse (2-4-2) on Sunday at 1 pm.

The Seminoles are led offensively by Deyna Castellanos and freshman Jenna Nighswonger, who have each scored five goals. Castellanos leads the team in assists with seven and ranks fourth in the country in assists.

FSU has been on a scoring tear the last few games, outscoring their opponents 21-7 during a five-game winning streak. This includes five or more goals in three games, including the last two. 

Florida State and Clemson have matched up 28 times in the series, with the Noles holding a 16-8-4 lead. The Seminoles are 11-1-4 against the Tigers under head coach Mark Krikorian and 6-5-2 against them in Clemson. The Seminoles lost to the Tigers 1-0 at home a season ago. Clemson scored the game’s only goal in the 21st minute off of a header inside the 6-yard box.

Clemson enters the matchup with a 7-0-1 record. Their one tie coming in a 1-1 match against Oregon. Clemson is led by Mariana Pekmaler (five goals and no assists) and Rene Guion (eight assists). Sandy Maclver leads the Tigers in goal with five starts and three shutouts.

“Over the last few years, Eddie Radwanski (Clemson head coach) and his staff have done as good of a job as any staff in the country in creating a winning environment and a winning culture in their group,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “We know that they are a really good opponent and that it is going to be a difficult game. There will be a little contrast in playing styles between the two teams but we are every bit prepared and we have the ultimate respect for them.”

Florida State and Syracuse have matched up four times in the series, with the Noles holding a 3-0-1 lead.

Both of FSU’s games will air on ACC Network Extra.

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