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Seminole Sunday Summary: FSU Soccer Falls to Santa Clara on PKs in National Championship, Women’s Tennis Falls in Elite Eight

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Florida State soccer fell one win shy of finishing the season as undefeated national champions.

The top-seeded Seminoles led late on Monday in the National Championship, but couldn’t hold it. FSU eventually fell to Santa Clara on penalty kicks, 4-1.

FSU broke a scoreless tie in the 63rd minute when Jenna Nighswonger sneaked one off the left post and into the net. An errant pass in the 84th minute allowed Santa Clara’s Kelsey Turnbow to knot the game.

After two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods, the contest went to penalty kicks. It was the third straight match that went to penalty kicks for FSU.

Unlike in the first two where FSU didn’t miss, Clara Robbins and Emily Madril each hit the post. The Broncos didn’t miss. After three straight makes, Izzy D’Aquila clinched the match and title for Santa Clara.

With the loss, FSU finishes 13-1-2. It is the second title for Santa Clara.

FSU women’s tennis fell to Texas in the Elite Eight on Wednesday. (Florida State athletics)

FSU soccer wasn’t the only program that saw its season end in disappointment. After reaching the Elite Eight for just the second time in school history, No. 7 seed Florida State women’s tennis’ dream died there on Wednesday with a 4-0 loss to second-seeded Texas.

The Seminoles took it to three sets in three of the six singles matches and were on the verge of doing so in a fourth, but to no avail. After winning the doubles point, Texas picked up a pair of straight-set victories.

Peyton Stearns beat FSU’s Giulia Pairone and Anna Turati topped Emmanuelle Salas to give the Longhorns a commanding 3-0 lead. Fernanda Labrana clinched the match for Texas with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 win over Florida State’s Andrea Garcia.

With the loss at the UTSA campus in Orlando, FSU finished the season with a record of 19-6. Texas went on to beat NC State and Pepperdine to win the national championship.

Football

Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 10 nationally, first in ACC (9 total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU learned it will open its 2021 season in prime time this week.

Men’s Basketball

Weekly Commitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: N/A (0 total commitments)*
Big Picture: After a stellar 2021 class, FSU is still awaiting its first commitment for 2022.

Baseball

Record: 29-21 (20-16 ACC)
Ranking: No. 12 Baseball America; No. 16 D1Baseball; No. 16 NCBWA; No. 30 Collegiate Baseball; No. 5 seed ACC Tournament.
Past Week: (2-2), beat Clemson on Sunday, 9-6; lost at NC State on Thursday, 6-4; lost at NC State on Friday, 6-4; beat NC State on Saturday, 15-11
Upcoming: ACC Tournament (TBD)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU avoided the sweep on Saturday, but its streak of five straight weekend series victories came to an end. The Seminoles will be the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament.

Track and Field

Ranking: Men No. 6 USTFCCCA, No. 1 South; Women No. 10 USTFCCCA, No. 2 South
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: NCAA East Preliminaries (Thursday-Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: 39 FSU track and field athletes were invited to the NCAA East Preliminaries.

Women’s Tennis

Record: 19-6
Ranking: No. 7 ITA; No. 7 NCAA Tournament
Past Week: (1-1), beat Texas A&M in Sweet 16 on Sunday, 4-2; lost to Texas in Elite Eight on Wednesday, 4-0
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After never getting there before, FSU finished another stellar season with a second Elite Eight appearance in four years.

Men’s Golf

Ranking: No. 2 Golfweek Coaches Poll; No. 2 Golfweek/Sargarin; No. 2 Golfstat; No. 1 Tallahassee Regional
Past Week: Won Tallahassee Regional
Upcoming: NCAA Championships (Friday-June 2)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU absolutely dominated the Tallahassee Regional. The Seminoles will hope to keep that momentum going as the NCAA Championships get underway this week.

Softball

Record: 41-10-1
Ranking: No. 7 NCFA Coaches; No. 10 Softball America; No. 8 D1Softball; No. 10 national seed
Past Week: (2-0), beat Kennesaw State on Friday in Tallahassee Regional, 6-2; beat UCF on Saturday in Tallahassee Regional, 3-0
Upcoming: vs. UCF (Sunday, Tallahassee Regional)
Recognitions: Kathryn Sandercock, P (NFCA Southeast Region first team)
Big Picture: After consecutive wins, FSU will have two chances for one victory to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Women’s Golf

Ranking: No. 10 Golfweek/Sargarin; No. 9 Golfstat; No. 9 WGCA Coaches Poll
Past Week: Began NCAA Championships
Upcoming: NCAA Championships (Sunday-Wednesday)
Recognitions: Amy Bond (Division I Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year watch list); Beatrice Wallin (WGCA Player of the Year watch list)
Big Picture: After a strong showing on Saturday, FSU is in fourth place at the NCAA Championships. The Seminoles are in great position to make it to match play.

Soccer

Record: 13-1-2
Ranking: No. 1 United Coaches Poll; No. 1 seed NCAA Tournament
Past Week: (0-1), lost to Santa Clara on penalty kicks in National Championship on Monday, 1-1 (4-1)
Recognitions: Jaelin Howell, M (Honda Award finalist); Malia Berkely (United Soccer Coaches Scholar Player of the Year); Mark Krikorian and staff (United Soccer Coaches National Staff of the Year)
Big Picture: An excellent season ended in heartbreak for FSU on Monday night. The Seminoles will settle for an ACC crown and a national runner-up.

*247Sports Composite rankings

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

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