No. 1 FSU prepares for rivalry showdown with Florida

The No. 1 Florida State soccer team (4-0) hosts Florida (0-3-1) on Thursday at 7 p.m. The game against Florida will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

FSU has made a statement in the early part of the season, knocking off Texas A&M and Alabama and look to go 3-0 against the SEC this season when they face the Gators. Thursday’s meeting between the Seminoles and the Gators will be the 27th meeting between the two programs. Since the first match-up in 1995, the teams are tied 13-13 in the series.

The last time the two teams met was in 2019 at home in Tallahassee in front of 3,154 fans as Florida State won 2-1.

Sophomore forward Beata Olsson is playing in her first season at Florida State after transferring from Florida. At Florida, she led the team with seven goals during the 2019 spring season. Olsson has two goals for FSU.

Three of four members on Florida State’s starting backline have played every minute of the season so far. Lauren Flynn, Kirsten Pavlisko, Gabby Carle and Emily Madril have helped lead the Seminoles to a perfect 4-0 start, allowing only one goal against Colorado. Pavlisko and Carle have also scored one goal each while playing defense.

Florida has tied Texas (in double overtime) but lost to UCF, South Florida and Miami. The Gators have suffered shutout losses at home to UCF and Miami in overtime.