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The Daily Nole — Dec. 7, 2021: FSU Soccer Tops BYU on Penalty Kicks to Win National Championship

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It took penalty kicks, but for the third time in eight years, Florida State soccer is the national champion.

After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, top-seeded FSU outlasted BYU on penalty kicks, 4-3. Cristina Roque came up with two huge saves for the Seminoles. Yujie Zhao won it for FSU by knocking through the winning kick in the penalty kick session.

BYU looked to have scored early in the contest, but an offside call nullified the goal. Roque finished with four saves for the night. BYU held a 9-7 edge in shots while corner kicks were decidedly in the Seminoles’ favor.

The victory was a welcomed change of fortunes for FSU. Last season, it fell to Santa Clara for the national championship on penalty kicks. The Seminoles finish the season with a record of 22-1-2. This FSU squad joins the 2014 and 2018 clubs as Florida State teams to take home college soccer’s ultimate prize.

Between the Lines

FSU soccer’s national championship victory was the lone scheduled athletic contest for Monday.

On the Agenda

There are no FSU athletic events scheduled for Tuesday.

News and Notes

FSU football linebacker Jaleel McRae has entered the transfer portal.

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

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