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Seminole Saturday Summary: FSU Soccer Wins Opener, Football to Get White Jersey Numbers in 2020

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Florida State soccer’s streak of victories ran to 10 overall and to 12 in season openers on Thursday night.

The reigning national champions took down TCU at home at Seminole Soccer Complex, 2-0, to open the 2019 season. The No. 1 Seminoles dominated the contest, finishing with 21 total shots to just three for the Horned Frogs.

Deyna Castellanos, a senior forward, finished the night with a goal and an assist. Freshman Heather Payne also found the net for her first career goal.

Caroline Jeffers, the FSU goalkeeper, recorded one save while pitching her fourth straight shutout, dating back to last season. Emily Alvarado finished with four saves for the Horned Frogs.

Florida State football’s season opener with Boise State is a week away, but the Seminoles already have a focus on 2020 — sort of.

Earlier this week, FSU announced that it would be bringing white jersey numbers back to the home uniforms in 2020. The Seminoles wore white numbers on jerseys up until 2014 when Nike redesigned the uniforms.

Since then, garnet jerseys have had gold jersey numbers. Head coach Willie Taggart also announced that FSU will wear the traditional garnet tops with gold pants and gold helmets for home games this season. The Seminoles will wear white jerseys and white pants on the road.


Record: 0-0
Ranking: None
Upcoming: vs. Boise State (Saturday, in Jacksonville)
Recognitions: Marvin Wilson, DT (AP Preseason All-American second team); Ricky Aguayo, K (Senior Bowl watch list); Keith Gavin, WR (Senior Bowl watch list); Levonta Taylor, DB (Senior Bowl watch list); Logan Tyler, P (Senior Bowl watch list)
Weekly Commitments: None
2020 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 9 nationally, second in ACC (21 total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU will begin the season unranked in both polls for the first time since 2008 after finishing 5-7 in 2018. The Seminoles will have a big test early as they face Boise State in a contest that could shape the 2019 season.

Men’s Basketball

Weekly Commitments: None
2020 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 34 nationally, seventh in ACC (1 total commitment)*


Record: 1-0
Ranking: No. 1 United Soccer Coaches
Upcoming: vs. Wisconsin (Sunday); at UCLA (Friday)
Recognitions: Yujie Zhao, M (TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Best XI first team); Deyna Castellanos (TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Best XI second team); Malia Berkely, D (TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Best XI second team); Jaelin Howell, M (TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Best XI third team); Jenna Nighswonger (TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Freshman Best XI)
Big Picture: The reigning national champions picked up where they left off on Thursday night, blanking TCU, 2-0. The Seminoles have won 10 straight games dating back to last season. The next three matches will come against ranked opponents.

Weekly Review

TCU 0, (1) FSU 2
Thursday, Aug. 22

Senior forward Deyna Castellanos recorded a goal and an assist and Heather Payne scored her first career goal as Florida State started 1-0 for a 12th straight season. The Seminoles dominated with 21 shots to just three for TCU. Of the three shots for the Horned Frogs, only one was on goal. Goalkeeper Caroline Jeffers recorded her fourth straight shutout dating back to last season.


Record: 0-0
Ranking: None
Upcoming: vs. Wisconsin (Friday, in Chapel Hill); vs. Minnesota (Saturday, in Chapel Hill)
Recognitions: N/A
Big Picture: FSU volleyball begins its 2019 campaign this week against two very difficult opponents. The Seminoles will attempt to navigate through a difficult non-conference before opening ACC play in late-September.

Cross Country

Ranking: N/A
Upcoming: Covered Bridge Open (Friday, in Boone, NC)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will look to return to the NCAA Championships after each reached that point last season.

Other News

FSU men’s golf junior John Pak was named to the 2019 United States Walker Cup team.

FSU soccer is selling reserved seating for home games in 2019.

FSU wide receiver Tamorrion Terry and defensive tackle Marvin Wilson returned to practice this past week.

FSU hoops will play exhibitions with Barry University on Oct. 22 and Columbus State on Nov. 1.

The ACC Network launched on Thursday night.

*247Sports Composite rankings

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