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Seminole Sunday Summary: FSU Soccer Goes 11-0 in Fall, Wins ACC Championship

Atlantic Coast Conference

For the first time since men’s basketball last season, Florida State has an ACC champion.

FSU soccer claimed the title last Sunday by topping North Carolina, 3-2. With the win, FSU completed its fall season in Cary, North Carolina with a perfect record of 11-0.

It took less than six minutes for FSU to find the net twice. Clara Robbins scored two early goals for the Seminoles. After assisting on both goals in the first half, Leilanni Nesbeth scored less than two minutes into the second half.

Down 3-0, North Carolina stormed back to make things interesting. After Rachel Jones scored in the 59th minute, Brianna Pinto scored for the Tar Heels with just over a minute remaining, but it was too, too late.

Kristen McFarland and Robbins each added assists in the victory. Top-seeded FSU finished with nine shots to eight for No. 2 seed North Carolina. Following the win, FSU ascended to No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll.

The ACC title for FSU is the seventh for the program. FSU reached the ACC Championship by topping Notre Dame and Duke. Robbins was named the ACC Tournament MVP.


Record: 2-6 (1-6 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (0-0)
Upcoming: vs. Virginia (Saturday)
Recognitions: Asante Samuel Jr., CB (Bednarik Award watch list)
Weekly Commitments: None
2021 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 22 nationally, fourth in ACC (16 total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU’s contest with Clemson was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test from a Tigers’ player. The Seminoles will have an extra week to prepare for Virginia.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 0-0
Ranking: No. 21 AP; No. 18 Amway Coaches
Upcoming: vs. Gardner-Webb (Friday)
Recognitions: Scottie Barnes, G (Naismith Award watch list)
Weekly Commitments: None
2021 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 2 nationally, first in ACC (four total commitments)*
Big Picture: After capturing a second ACC title last season, Florida State begins a new season on Friday against Gardner-Webb with a lot of new faces.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 0-0
Ranking: None
Upcoming: at Florida A&M (Wednesday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Despite another strong campaign last season, FSU women’s hoops will be unranked to open the 2020-21 season. Brooke Wyckoff will serve as interim head coach this season while Sue Semrau is away on family matters.


Record: 11-0 (8-0 ACC)
Ranking: No. 1 United Soccer Coaches
Past Week: (1-0), defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 3-2 (ACC Championship)
Recognitions: Clara Robbins, M (ACC Tournament MVP, ACC Tournament team, TopDrawerSoccer Player of the Week); Jaelin Howell, M (ACC Tournament team); Malia Berkely, D (ACC Tournament team); Jenna Nighswonger, M (ACC Tournament team); Cristina Roque, GK (ACC Tournament team)
Big Picture: FSU is the No. 1 team in the country for the first time this season. Unfortunately, the NCAA Tournament was postponed until the spring.

Swimming and Diving

Record: Men 2-0; Women 1-1
Ranking: Men No. 16 CSCAA, Women No. 25 CCSA
Past Week: The FSU men and women each finished second at the Georgia Invite.
Upcoming: vs. LSU (Jan. 8)
Recognitions: Jenny Halden (ACC Swimmer of the Week); Peter Varjasi (ACC Swimmer of the Week)
Big Picture: Florida State performed well in Athens in what will be its final meet of 2020. The Seminoles will have a month and a half off before returning to the pool.

*247Sports Composite rankings

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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