Regular season implications come to a head this week in the ACC, as four out of the top five teams in the conference all face each other. Along with No. 12 Louisville visiting Charlottesville to take on No. 1 Virginia, the ACC will feature a rematch of last year’s national championship when defending national champ No. 5 Florida State visits Chapel Hill to take on No. 3 North Carolina.
Both the Tar Heels and the Seminoles come into this match looking very balanced on offense. Neither team has one singular player in which the offense depends on. They both have at least three players in double-digits in points.
For FSU, their unequivocal leader, especially on the offensive end, is Deyna Castellanos. Although the Venezuelan forward does lead the team in goals (8) and assists (8), she isn’t the only one making noise up top for the Noles. Yujie Zhao and Jenna Nighswonger have also made significant contributions to FSU this season. Zhao has 14 points on the year, with 5 goals and 4 assists, as Nighswonger has clocked 13 points with 5 goals and 3 assists.
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As for the Tar Heels, their success is more evenly distributed up top. Led by Brianna Pinto (8 goals, 3 assists and 19 points) who is tenth in the ACC in total points, North Carolina also has a flock of players, outside of Pinto, who have clocked into the double-digits in the points category this season. Bridgette Andrzejewski has made a name for herself late in matches this season with 3 game-winning goals, 5 total goals and 5 assists on the year. Alessia Russo and Lotte Wubben-Moy are also in double-digits in points, as Russo has 13 because of her 6 goals and 1 assist on the season and Wubben-Moy has 10 with 3 goals and 4 assists.
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|TALE OF THE TAPE||
|No. 3||Ranking||No. 5|
43rd season at UNC, 40th season as women’s coach
860-75-41 all-time as UNC women’s coach
15th season at Florida State
270-63-30 all-time at Florida State
|Lost in final||2018 NCAA tournament||Won NCAA Championship|
|37||NCAA tournament appearances||19|
|Brianna Pinto, 7||Current top goal-scorer this season||Deyna Castellanos, 8|
|Lois Joel, 6||Current assists leader this season||Deyna Castellanos, 8|
|vs. Virginia Tech,
3 p.m. ET
Sunday, Oct. 27
|Next match||at Wake Forest,
1 p.m. ET
Sunday, Oct. 27
Although both teams are in the top-three in the ACC in offensive efficiency (North Carolina scoring an average of 2.6 goals per game and Florida State scoring an average of 2.47 goals per game), a weakness on FSU’s defensive end could help North Carolina get revenge versus the Seminoles.
Florida State is in the bottom half of the conference in goals allowed average so far this season, allowing just over a goal per game. Compared to North Carolina’s 0.33 goals allowed per game (second-best in the ACC), FSU’s rating could spell trouble for them this Thursday in Chapel Hill.
The Tar Heels’ defensive efficiency is a testament to one of their best players, and one of the best players in the country, Emily Fox. Fox, who was recently named the fourth-best player in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com, has been on of the most versatile players for North Carolina this year. Playing as a defensive-minded midfielder, Fox can use her incredible speed to push the ball up the flanks of the pitch or chase down attackers on the opposing team.
Before the season began, UNC’s legendary coach Anson Dorrance praised Fox on her experience and ability to get up and down the pitch quickly.
“One of the elite players on our roster who competed for a spot on the summer roster for U.S. Soccer in 2019. Her chief quality is remarkable speed. Emily Fox, Mary Elliott McCabe and Hallie Klanke will all be competing as the fastest player on the 2019 team,” Dorrance said.
Both Carolina and Florida State sit atop the standings in the ACC, with UNC having the slight edge — 19 points to FSU’s 18. This match is the biggest test left on the year for both teams, as the winner will likely go on to be crowned the ACC regular-season champion.
The road ahead is much easier for both the Noles and Tar Heels. Florida State will close out the regular season against Wake Forest and No. 9 Duke, as Carolina will face Virginia Tech and Miami.
North Carolina-Florida State women’s soccer: How to watch, follow live
North Carolina versus Florida State will be played in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 pm ET. The match can be watched live on ACC Network and streamed at espn.com/watch. You can also follow along on this page, as we will be live-blogging the match as it happens.
North Carolina-Florida State women’s soccer history
The Tar Heels lead the all-time series versus Florida State 28-12-3. Throughout the 1990s, North Carolina dominated college women’s soccer and FSU didn’t get a pass. From 1995 to 1999, UNC went 9-0 against the Seminoles outscoring them 62-2. Carolina’s dominance has faded as of late though, as Florida State leads the series 9-6-1 since 2010, and has claimed the last two matches, including 2018’s national championship match.
FSU will try to hand North Carolina’s first ACC loss of the year, as UNC’s only non-win came against No. 9 Duke in a 0-0 draw. The Noles one ACC loss was against No. 1 Virginia on Sunday, Oct. 13.
|Oct. 20, 1995||Chapel Hill, NC||UNC, 3-1|
|Nov. 2, 1995||College Park, MD||UNC, 9-0|
|Sept. 26, 1996||Tallahassee, FL||UNC, 9-0|
|Nov. 7, 1996||Clemson, SC||UNC, 7-1|
|Sept. 7, 1997||Chapel Hill, NC||UNC, 9-0|
|Nov. 6, 1997||Winston-Salem, NC||UNC, 5-0|
|Sept. 20, 1998||Tallahassee, FL||UNC, 7-0|
|Sept. 17, 1999||Winston-Salem, NC||UNC, 9-0|
|Nov. 4, 1999||Chapel Hill, NC||UNC, 4-0|
|Oct. 17, 2000||Tallahassee, FL||FSU, 3-2|
|Nov. 3, 2000||Durham, NC||UNC, 3-0|
|Oct. 12, 2001||Chapel Hill, NC||UNC, 4-1|
|Nov. 11, 2001||Winston-Salem, NC||UNC, 4-0|
|Oct. 15, 2002||Tallahassee, FL||UNC, 5-1|
|Oct. 31, 2003||Chapel Hill, NC||UNC, 1-0|
|Nov. 9, 2003||Cary, NC||UNC, 3-2|
|Oct. 22, 2004||Tallahassee, FL||UNC, 4-0|
|Sept. 22, 2005||Tallahassee, FL||UNC, 4-1|
|Nov. 25, 2005||Chapel Hill, NC||FSU, 1-1 (5-4)|
|Sept. 25, 2006||Chapel Hill, NC||UNC, 2-1|
|Nov. 5, 2006||Cary, NC||UNC, 2-1|
|Sept. 27, 2007||Tallahassee, FL||UNC, 2-1|
|Nov. 11, 2007||Lake Buena Vista, FL||UNC, 1-0|
|Oct. 30, 2008||Chapel Hill, NC||Tie, 2-2|
|Oct. 22, 2009||Tallahassee, FL||FSU, 3-2|
|Nov. 8, 2009||Cary, NC||UNC, 3-0|
|Oct. 14, 2010||Chapel Hill, NC||UNC, 1-0|
|Sept. 29, 2011||Tallahassee, FL||UNC, 2-0|
|Oct. 30, 2011||Chapel Hill, NC||FSU, 1-0|
|Sept. 27, 2012||Chapel Hill, NC||FSU, 1-0|
|Sept. 18, 2013||Tallahassee, FL||FSU, 1-0|
|Sept. 8, 2013||Cary, NC||FSU, 2-1|
|Oct. 23, 2014||Chapel Hill, NC||Tie, 1-1|
|Oct. 11, 2015||Tallahassee, FL||FSU, 1-0|
|Nov. 6, 2015||Cary, NC||FSU, 2-1|
|Oct. 27, 2016||Chapel Hill, NC||UNC, 1-0|
|Nov. 6, 2016||Charleston, SC||FSU, 0-0 (4-3)|
|Sept. 17, 2017||Tallahassee, FL||UNC, 1-0|
|Oct. 29, 2017||Cary, NC||UNC, 2-1|
|Sept. 14, 2018||Tallahassee, FL||UNC, 1-0|
|Nov. 4, 2018||Cary, NC||FSU, 3-2|
|Dec. 2, 2018||Cary, NC||FSU, 1-0|