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FSU soccer prepares for Duke, will honor seniors on Sunday

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For all the questions about if they would play, how many games they would play and who they would play, the Florida State soccer team has played quite well. They have scored 22 goals and have a 6-0 mark going into the final two regular-season games.

FSU’s seniors haven’t had the season of their dreams and won’t get to play the usual non-conference slate of games this fall. But they have a chance to cap off a perfect 8-0 regular season when they play Duke on Thursday and Clemson on Sunday. And the program will honor three seniors — Malia Berkely, Gabby Carle and Kristen McFarland — following Sunday’s final home game.

“All three of them have had just fantastic careers here, helped us to the 2018 national championship,” FSU coach Mark Krikorian said. “And continue to be outstanding student-athletes doing a great job in the classroom. I think that when you talk about student-athlete, and they throw the that phrase around quite often, we have three that are exceptional. Their maturity and growth and development, on and off the soccer field, has been significant.

“We’re all hoping they’ll be back here in the spring, if there is a spring national championship, I know Gabby will be here in the spring. Malia and McFarland both had planned on graduating here in December and then going on to whatever professional soccer career is in front of them. Depending upon if there was in fact a national championship, all that will be reconsidered.”

Krikorian is curious, like all players and coaches, as to what will unfold with a proposed, NCAA-sanctioned spring soccer season. Will non-conference games be played before a full (or partial) NCAA Tournament? It’s possible we will see much more of the Seminoles, and it’s possible that after the ACC Tournament on Nov. 10-15 that the team looks different in the spring.

For the time, FSU has a chance to build on what has been a successful season. The No. 2 Seminoles take on No. 5 Duke (5-2-2) on Thursday at 4 p.m. and No. 3 Clemson (5-2) on Sunday at 3 p.m.

FSU has scored 22 goals through six games, the most for any six-game start in program history. Those 22 goals have been scored by nine different players.

Thursday’s game will air on Fox Sports Sun and Fox Sports South (a full list of affiliates can be found here). Sunday’s game will also be televised on regional sports networks.