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FSU ties No. 1 Virginia on Senior Night

The Florida State soccer team finished regular season play with a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods against No. 1 Virginia. The Seminoles (14-1-2) will now be the second seed in the ACC Tournament, while the Cavaliers (15-1-2) took the top seed.

With the number two seed, FSU earned a bye in the first round of the ACC Tournament and will return to action next Friday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. The Seminoles will face the winner of the first-round game between Duke and Wake Forest.

FSU honored three seniors, Jaelin Howell, Gabby Carle and Gianna Mitchell, prior to the game in front of a record crowd. The crowd of 2,388 people at the Seminole Soccer Complex set a new regular-season average attendance record of 1,513 per game.

The match was competitive from the start as both teams were vying for the ACC regular-season title. The Seminoles edged the Cavaliers with 53 percent possession, which completed the streak of leading possession in all matches during the regular season.

Virginia opened the scoring in the 63rd minute with a shot from Diana Ordonez.

It only took four minutes for the Garnet and Gold to equalize through a stunning strike by Yujie Zhao. Clara Robbins earned her sixth assist of the season with a pass to Zhao at the top of the box who launched the ball into the top corner. This was Zhao’s fourth goal of the season.

Cristina Roque recorded a season-high four saves in the match to preserve the tie.

The Seminoles are back in action against the winner of Duke vs. Wake Forest on Friday, Nov. 5 at 8 pm in Cary, N.C., for the second round of the ACC Tournament.