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Sunday Seminole Summary: FSU Soccer Tops BYU for Third National Championship

Larry Novey/Florida State athletics

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 on Monday night, 4-3. Goalkeeper Cristina Roque came up with two huge saves in the penalty kick session 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.

FSU closed the season with four straight shutouts and blanked five of its six NCAA Tournament opponents.

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.

Football

Record: 5-7
Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 12 nationally, second in ACC (16 total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU will make a final push as Early Signing Day approaches.

Soccer

Record: 22-1-2
Ranking: No. 1 United Soccer Coaches; No. 1 NCAA Tournament
Past Week: (1-0), beat BYU on penalty kicks for the national championship on Monday night, 0-0 (4-3)
Recognitions: Jaelin Howell, M (MAC Hermann Trophy finalist)
Big Picture: For the third time in eight years, Florida State soccer is the national champion.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 5-3
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: vs. South Carolina (No Room for Racism Classic, Sunday), vs. Lipscomb (Wednesday), vs. UCF (Orange Bowl Classic, Saturday)
Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 21 nationally, seventh in ACC (6 total commitments)*
Big Picture: After a rough start to ACC play, FSU has had a week off.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 6-2
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: (1-0), beat Charleston Southern on Sunday, 83-32
Upcoming: at Florida (Sunday); vs. Houston (Youth Basketball Night, Thursday)
Big Picture: After a rough stretch, FSU has won consecutive games. It’ll visit Florida on Sunday.

Track and Field

Ranking: Men No. 7 USTFCCCA, No. 2 South USTFCCA; Women No. 11 South USTFCCA
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: Clemson Invite (Jan. 14-15)
Recognitions: Alonie Sutton (ACC Women’s Co-Performer of the Week)
Big Picture: FSU will have more than a month off before returning to the track.

*Rankings according to 247Sports Composite

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

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