In a physical battle, the No. 5 Florida State soccer team fell to No. 3 North Carolina 2-0 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
“We lost to a team that was better than we were,” said coach Mark Krikorian. “I thought that they played harder and were more prepared. At the end of the day, they did the things that were necessary to win the game. Congratulations to Carolina, good win for them. We will go back and regroup and hopefully, we will get better.”
The first half was a dog fight as neither team could get on the board. The Seminole backline was tested as UNC (14-1-1, 7-0-1) got off five shots to the Noles two. It was the second-fewest shots FSU has taken in a first half this season.
In the 13th minute, UNC’s Pinto got off a shot that went over Caroline Jeffers’ head and hit the crossbar. Four minutes later FSU (12-4-0, 6-2) would get off their first shot of the half as Jenna Nighswonger crossed it to Yujie Zhao but the shot was wide.
In the 20th minute, Carolina would get off another good look, this one a header that would go off the post. In the 23rd minute, Jeffers would make her first and only save of the first half to keep it scoreless.
The second half was a stalemate until the 76th minute when Carolina would break the scoreless tie. It started with a Deyna Castellanos shot just nine seconds into the half. UNC would get off their first shot in the 48th minute and it would be the third one to hit the post.
The Noles would get a couple of good looks on passes by Nighswonger to Heather Payne and Zhao but neither could convert. In the 76th minute, Ru Mucherera would get her third goal of the season on an assist by Lotte Wubben-Moy. Seven minutes later, in the 83rd minute, North Carolina would put it out of reach with a goal by Brianna Pinto, her ninth of the season, to make it 2-0.
The Seminoles now head to Winston Salem, N.C. to take on Wake Forest on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the ACC Network.
FSU volleyball travels to GT, Clemson
Back on the road after a pair of sweeps at home last weekend, RV Florida State (12-5, 6-2 ACC) will travel north to face Georgia Tech (12-7, 5-3 ACC) and Clemson (9-10, 3-5 ACC) on Friday and Sunday. The Seminoles will take on the Yellow Jackets on Friday at 7 p.m., while the contest against the Tigers will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
“It was a great rebound on our part last weekend,” said FSU coach Chris Poole. “To get a sweep against physical teams like Boston College and Syracuse was nice to see after dropping a match at North Carolina. We need to carry that momentum this weekend into some tough road matches. Georgia Tech is really loaded and have a few Brazilian players that are as good as anyone in the conference, including a freshman that is 6-5 and has been training with the Brazilian National Team. Clemson started out slow in conference, but has won each of their last three ACC matches.
“Both places can be difficult to play, not only because of the competition on the court, but also the size of their gyms. Communication can be a challenge because of the sound bouncing off all the walls, and the low ceilings are something that are an advantage to the home teams. They are two of the most difficult places to play in the conference, and to play at both in the same weekend will require us to really focus on what we need to do and be intentional with all of our touches.”
Florida State is 22-30 all-time against Georgia Tech, but has had a lot of success recently as the Noles have won 11 of the last 12 matches against the Yellow Jackets, including six sweeps, dating back to 2010.
The Seminoles hold a 36-20 advantage in the all-time series against Clemson, including winning each of the last 12 matches since 2011.
Both matches this weekend will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
Softball to hold fall exhibitions
Alongside FSU Homecoming, Florida State softball will be hosting several events throughout the weekend of October 25-27 to honor its past, compete in the present, and also build toward its future. There will be games on Friday and Sunday, and former players will be in town all weekend long for several celebrations and events.
Numerous alumni are returning to honor the life of Dana Bailey Coya, who played for Florida State from 1995-99 and lost her battle with skin cancer in 2014. Last year, a group of her former teammates launched an effort to raise funds for a memorial locker in her honor, and the presentation of that donation will occur at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday before the game.
Prior to any of the on-field festivities, coach Lonni Alameda will begin the weekend as the Grand Marshal of the Florida State Homecoming Parade. The parade will travel west down College Avenue toward the Westcott Building, beginning on Friday at 2 p.m.
“Every year it is important to talk about your history and tradition, and how it is an honor to wear the jersey and represent Florida State,” said Alameda. “This weekend will be special with alumni weekend as we get to honor Dana, and her family and a lot of alumni that supported her will be able to share her story.”
It is the only home weekend of competition this fall, as the Seminoles will play games on Friday at 4:00 p.m. against Thomas University and on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. versus Rollins College. There will also be Garnet and Gold Scrimmages two hours prior to each game this weekend.
The most important thing for fans to know this weekend is that, due to construction of a new shade structure, none of the regular seats will be available and only the berm on the third base line will be open inside the facility. Fans can watch from the hill beyond left field and in the parking garage, but the rest is closed due to construction. The bathrooms will remain accessible for all fans.
2019 Fall Alumni Weekend Schedule
Friday, October 25
2 p.m. – Head Coach Lonni Alameda is Grand Marshal of Homecoming Parade
2 p.m. – Garnet and Gold Scrimmage
4 p.m. – Exhibition game vs. Thomas University
Sunday, October 27
11 a.m. – Garnet and Gold Scrimmage
12:30 p.m. – Alumni and Team Photo
12:40 p.m. – Special Presentation for Dana Bailey Coya
1 p.m. – Exhibition game vs. Rollins College