FSU Defeats In-State Rival UF Friday Night in Front of Record Crowd

By Franchise Sports 

Photos by: Duane Robin

Tallahassee, FLA – The Florida State (3-0-0) soccer team defeated in-state rival Florida (1-2-1), 1-0, in front of the Seminoles’ second-largest crowd ever of 2,243 Friday night at the Florida State Soccer Complex.

The Seminoles got their only goal of the night off of a header off of  a long throw-in from Jessica Price to sophomore Kristin Grubka, who was able to hit the ball to the far post to score her first goal of the season, in the 10th minute.

“It’s always interesting when Jessica throws it in because it’s such a long throw-in,” said Grubka. “I’m always trying to get around the defenders that are on me. I flipped it, hoping it was going to the back post, and luckily I turned around, and the back post player hadn’t kicked it out.”

The Seminoles were greeted with thousands of cheering fans from all over, Friday night for their first home game of the season. The Seminoles have been on the road for their first four games of the season (second games was canceled).

Photo by: Duane Robin

“I don’t know if you could top the atmosphere here tonight; I was so thrilled that the crowd came out and supported our team against a very, very good Florida team,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “That was some high level soccer on display tonight. We felt good that we were able to score the goal, get the result and have the shutout as well.”

The win for FSU was their first win at home for the season, but also was the first at home victory against the gators since a 1-0 win in 2006.

Florida State outshot Florida, 14-12, while maintaining the edge in corners at 7-4.

The Seminoles will be back on the field on Sun, Sept.2 against the College of Charleston at 1:00 p.m.

The Gators finished a three-match road-stretch facing No. 14 North Carolina, No. 2 Duke and finishing with FSU tonight. The Gators will return home to play host to Florida International on Sunday, Sept. 2.

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