No. 1 Florida State will try to capture its fourth national championship tonight, facing off against the Stanford Cardinal in the title match of the 2023 College Cup.
FSU advanced to the final with a 2-0 win over the Clemson Tigers last Friday.
From Prince Akeem Joeffer:
Clemson is a really good team. They are organized, experienced and smart. The problem is that the Tigers just don’t have the athleticism to match up with Florida State. Brown is too fast for the Tiger back line. Dudley is too powerful (and fast). Huff is too athletic. Olsson is too quick. I could go on but you get the idea. When that athleticism is matched with the skill that the Noles possess it is a very tall order to stop the Seminoles for 90 minutes.
In the second half FSU looked like the team that was behind pushing for the equalizing goal and Clemson looked like the team that was up a goal and trying to hang on to the lead. FSU is so dominant in the second half. It’s unreal.
The attackers on this team get so much ink and it is deserved. However, the backline is playing basically as well as the attackers up top right now. This is a complete team and they are showing their quality at the most important time of the year.
There is one more game to be played but the way this Florida State team is playing it will take something special to deny them that fourth star.
FSU and Stanford have already made history as the first two undefeated teams to ever face off for a national title — the Seminoles are trying to pull off their first-ever unbeaten championship season and become the first undefeated team to win a title since 2011.
Florida State is 2-3 vs. Stanford all-time, with the last matchup a 2-0 win by the Seminoles in 2018 in the College Cup semifinals en route to a second national championship.
The championship game, set to be broadcast on ESPNU, will get underway tonight at 6 p.m. from WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
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Monday, December 4
Game notes, via FSU Sports Info
• FSU is making their 7th National Championship Game appearance, and their third appearance in the last four years.
• FSU has qualified for the last four College Cups and 10 out of the last 13 College Cups. No other team has qualified for more than seven College Cups during that timespan.
• FSU is the first team since 2015 to reach the National Championship Game without conceding a goal.
• Florida State is coming off their fourth consecutive ACC Championship.
• This is the 24th consecutive season that FSU has made the NCAA Tournament.
• This is the sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament that FSU has been a No. 1 seed.
• Florida State won their sixth ACC Regular Season Championship finishing conference play with a 9-0-1 record.
• This was the first time FSU has won back-to-back ACC Regular Season Championships in school history.
• FSU finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in school history.
• Head Coach Brian Pensky is in his second season as the Seminoles’ head coach.
• FSU returns eight starters from last year’s team including their top two scorers in Onyi Echegini and Jody Brown.
• The Seminoles have scored a goal in 33 consecutive games.
• The Seminoles have won the ACC Tournament Championship in nine out of the last 11 seasons.
• Pensky became the first head coach to win the ACC in their first season as head coach and becomes just the sixth ever coach to win an ACC Title. No other coach has won an ACC and SEC Title.
• Florida State is on an incredible streak since September 3, 2010, the Seminoles have not lost a game they have lead at halftime. The Seminoles are 283-11-10 all-time when leading at the half and 217-3-7 when leading at the half since 2005. FSU is 157-0-3 when leading at the half since 2010.
The Stage is Set: For the first time in NCAA women’s soccer history, two undefeated teams will play for the National Title. FSU is making their seventh appearance in the National Championship game and their third appearance in the last four seasons. These two teams have not met since the College Cup in 2018 where FSU prevailed 2-0 in the semifinal where they ultimately won their second National Championship. FSU is looking to become the first undefeated National Champion since 2011.
What’s at Stake: FSU has a chance to win their fourth National Championship on Monday night, all coming since 2014. FSU would move into second all-time behind North Carolina. A win would also secure the most National Championships ever won by an FSU program and would be FSU’s 19th total National Championship.
Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: Something will have to give on Monday night as Florida State brings the top scoring offense in the country to face the top defense in the country in Stanford. FSU is averaging 3.18 goals per game while Stanford is giving up just 0.42 goals per game. Stanford has recorded 14 shutouts this season while FSU has scored a goal in their last 33 games.
14 College Cups: FSU reached the NCAA Women’s College Cup for the 14th time in school history. The 14 semifinal appearances are the second most in NCAA history, trailing only North Carolina (30).
A Home Away from Home: Florida State has made itself at home in Cary, N.C., over recent memory. FSU holds an 12-1-1 record in its last 14 games in Cary and holds a 21-7-5 record in Cary since 2010.
Dominance in the NCAA Tournament: The Seminoles have been nothing short but dominant so far in the NCAA Tournament. FSU has not allowed a goal in four games and is outscoring their opponents 16-0. FSU is the first team since Penn State in 2015 to reach the National Championship game without conceding a goal.
Scoring Explosion: FSU has put together one of the best offensive seasons in school history this season. FSU has already scored 70 goals this season which is tied for the second most in school history. FSU is on pace to break the school record for goals per game, points per game and assists per game. FSU currently leads the country in goals per game, points per game and assists per game. FSU also scored 36 goals in ACC play which is the second-most goals ever scored in ACC history during conference play.
Historic Defensive Numbers: After struggling in the first three games of ACC play where FSU gave up seven goals in three games, FSU has locked down opponent after opponent in the last 14 games. FSU has allowed just four goals in their last 14 matches and have shut out eight out of their last nine opponents. FSU is the first team since 2017 to shut out their first four opponents in the NCAA Tournament.
Nothing Gets Past Roque: Cristina Roque has solidified herself as one of the top goalies in FSU history, and she continues to get better when the lights are at their brightest. With four shutouts so far in the NCAA Tournament, Roque is FSU’s record holder for career shutouts in the NCAA Tournament with 16. Roque is tied for the most career wins in school history in the NCAA Tournament with 16 wins. Roque currently has a 0.59 goals against average this season which is the seventh best mark in school history.
ACC Champs: For the fourth consecutive season, Florida State won an ACC Championship. FSU defeated Pitt (2-0) and Clemson (2-1) to claim the program’s 10th ACC Championship. FSU claimed both the ACC Regular Season Championship and the ACC Tournament Championship for just the fourth time in program history.
A Historic Run: Florida State has been a perennial power for most of this century, but FSU was able to accomplish something they never have in school history this regular season. FSU completed its first ever undefeated regular season in school history with a 14-0-1 record. FSU did complete the 2020 regular season with an 8-0 record with a conference-only schedule. FSU has won 14 consecutive games which is tied for the longest winning streak in school history and is unbeaten in their last 22 games which is the second longest streak in school history.