The No. 1 overall seed Florida State Seminoles soccer team continues its NCAA College Cup run today, taking on unseeded (but ranked No. 4 in the coaches poll) Penn State in the Sweet 16.
FSU beat UW-Milwaukee 3-0 in its opening tournament game, starting off slow before shaking off the rust and showcasing the talent available on the Seminoles’ squad.
From our Prince Akeem Joeffer:
FSU was a bit rusty early with a couple of bad touches and a couple of errant passes. The Seminoles haven’t played an official game since the ACC championship on November 15th. The last game that I believe FSU actually played was an exhibition game against a men’s club team on April 11th. That is quite a break between games so there is no shock that there was a bit of rust early.
Early in the game it seemed that the Noles had reverted to just knocking the ball around and being content with possession for possession’s sake. That was more like what we saw last year from this team. As the game went on the Noles became more threatening.
The Nittany Lions (12-2-1, 9-1-1) are 2-0 so far in the NCAA Tournament this season, having beaten Alabama State 5-0 in its opening-round game and No. 16 Vanderbilt 2-0.
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Some game notes and team stats from FSU Sports Info:
- This will be the sixth meeting between the Seminoles and the Nittany Lions. Florida State is 3-2 all-time against Penn State and 1-1 against them in the NCAA Tournament. FSU lost to Penn State in the 2012 College Cup in overtime. Florida State defeated Penn State 1-0 in 2018 to advance to the College Cup on their way to their second National Title.
- Florida State has an unprecedented shot advantage over their opponents, as the Seminoles have out-shot their opponents 209- 48. Florida State has put 95 of those 209 shots on goal (.455) as their opponents have had 29 of their 48 shots on goal. All of this has lead to a 37-6 goal advantage for Florida State.
- Florida State heads into this round of 16 matchup with a 13-3-1 all-time record in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Garnet and Gold got here after a bye in the first round and a 3-0 win over Milwaukee in the round of 32. Florida State scored all three goals in the second half. Kristen McFarland both scored their first goals of the season and Jaelin Howell capped off the game with her fifth goal of the year.
- Jaelin Howell and Malia Berkely have been named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists as announced by the United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club on Tuesday afternoon. Howell has started in all 12 games for the Seminoles this season as their starting holding midfielder. She has helped anchor a backline that has recorded eight shutouts in 12 games and has only allowed six goals all season. Berkely started all 11 games in the fall for the Seminoles, helping them to their seventh ACC Tournament title. She anchored the defensive backline from her center-back position that held opponents to six goals in 11 games