Noles Win Over Gators Friday Night

Fifth-ranked Florida State traveled to Gainesville for an in-state rivalry game Friday night.

The Noles defeated the ninth-ranked Gators 3-2 in a back-and-forth contest.

The noels have captured four of the last five meeting in Gainesville, while 11 of the last 14 games since 2000 have been decided by one goal including the last six, according to seminole.com.

“That was a great soccer game,” head coach Mark Krikorian told reporters.  “Two very good teams, a true battle of two top-10 teams.  Florida was everything we expected them to be.  They have great players, are well coaches and they gave us everything we could handle tonight.”

McCarty tied a career-high with two goals on Friday night as both came in the second half including the game-winner in the 72nd minute.  The deciding goal came less than five minutes after the Gators had tied the game at two.

“I was really pumped up for the game,” said McCarty. “Florida is always a rivalry game.  Being here and hearing all their fans really pumped us up.  We were all just excited to go out and get this win.”

The Seminoles wasted very little time cracking the scoreboard on Friday night as Brynjarsdottir found the back of the net in the fourth minute of play for her first collegiate goal.

Florida State returns to the pitch on Sunday, September 11 as the Seminoles host Mercer at 1:00 p.m. in their final non-conference regular season game.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the Seminoles will pay tribute to the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 during a pre-game ceremony.

It is also Youth Day at the Soccer Complex and the Seminoles will offer a free soccer clinic following the conclusion of Sunday’s match.

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