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Fun Fact Friday: FSU Soccer Hasn’t Lost Three Straight Matches Since 2003

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Reigning national champion Florida State soccer will try to get off the schneid on Friday night as it plays host to rival Florida.

After an improbable run to a second national championship in five years last season, the Seminoles struggled last week out west. FSU dropped a pair of 1-goal matches to top 5 teams, falling to UCLA 2-1 last Thursday and then USC 3-2 on Sunday.

The Seminoles have won the last two over rival Florida and five of the last seven, but are in danger of doing something they haven’t in more than a decade and a half. That’s losing three straight matches.

The last time that happened to FSU was early in the 2003 season as it lost its first three matches. FSU lost home matches to USC and Penn State by 2-1 scores before falling at Florida, 2-0.

The Seminoles would circle the wagons and reach the College Cup that season, where they were ultimately defeated by Connecticut. The last win for Florida in Tallahassee came in 2014 by a 2-1 score. FSU would go on to claim its first national championship that season.

Florida is also 2-2 with losses to USC and UCLA. Junior Deanne Rose leads the Gators with three goals and seven total points.

Deyna Castellanos leads the Seminoles with two goals and two assists. Freshmen Jenna Nighswonger and Heather Payne each have a goal and an assist this season.

FSU and Florida will square off at 7 p.m. EST. The contest airs on ACC Network Extra.

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