Game recap: FSU soccer beats Clemson to advance to NCAA College Cup national championship

CARY, N.C. - The stakes seem to rise each time Florida State women's soccer faces Clemson during the 2023 season.

The No. 1 overall-seeded Seminoles (20-0-1) defeated the Tigers (18-3-4) 4-2 in Clemson, South Carolina to open ACC play on Sept. 15. FSU again beat Clemson 2-1 in the ACC Tournament Championship in Cary on Nov. 5.

The third matchup was the biggest, as the pair of No. 1 seeds faced off in the NCAA Women's College Cup semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday here at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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It will be the first of two semifinals - with No. 2 Stanford facing No. 1 BYU at 8:30 p.m. - to set up the national championship match at 6 p.m. Monday.

The Seminoles have won 13 straight since a 3-3 tie with UNC on Sept. 24, outscoring opponents 42-4 in that span. In the postseason, FSU has outscored its opponents 14-0 through four matches.

FSU is in its fourth consecutive College Cup and the 14th in school history. The Seminoles are seeking their fourth national championship. Clemson advanced to the College Cup for the first time in its history with a 2-1 win over second-seeded Penn State last week.

FSU-Clemson score updates

Florida State women's soccer advances to National Championship on Monday

The No. 1 overall-seeded Seminoles are heading back to the NCAA National Championship following a 2-0 victory over Clemson on Friday in Cary, N.C.

Kaitlyn Zipay scored a goal in the 38th minute to give FSU a 1-0 halftime lead and Jordynn Dudley added another goal in the 53rd minute for insurance.

Goalkeeper Cristina Roque recorded five saves on 11 shots from Clemson.

FSU is the first team to advance to the College Cup Finals without conceding a goal since Penn State in 2015.

The Seminoles play the winner of No. 1 BYU and No. 2 Stanford at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

FSU less than 10 minutes away from the championship

If the Seminoles hold on, they'd become the first team since 2015 Penn State to reach the College Cup Championship without conceding a goal, per FSU Sports Information.

Goalkeeper Cristina Roque has five saves so far.

FSU 2, Clemson 0, 84th minute

FSU closing in on return to championship

With under 20 minutes left in the match, the top-seeded Seminoles are closing in on returning to the Championship match scheduled for Monday.

Clemson has gotten more aggressive of late, trying to break the "most dangerous lead in soccer" with more shots on goal.

Makenna Morris had a clear lane on a shot but goalkeeper Cristina Roque pressured her enough to force an errant kick over the net and get a goal kick for FSU.

FSU 2, Clemson 0, 73rd minute

Jordynn Dudley pushes lead to 2-0 in the 53rd minute

Freshman Jordynn Dudley strikes again. With a good angle on a 1-on-1 opportunity, Dudley hit the ball with great force to score the second goal of the game for FSU.

The goal was unofficially listed as "unassisted" but was a great effort play by the team and especially Dudley to find the open shot.

Clemson came out aggressive in this one with eight shots in the first 29 minutes. The Tigers have not gotten a shot off in the past 25 minutes.

FSU 2, Clemson 0, 55th minute

Second half is underway in the FSU-Clemson women's College Cup

The second half of the FSU-Clemson semifinal in the Women's College Cup is underway with the Seminoles holding a 1-0 advance.

The winner of this match plays the winner of BYU-Stanford. That match is slated to kick off at about 8:30 p.m.

FSU leads Clemson 1-0 at halftime

Behind a 38th-minute goal from Kaitlyn Zipay, the Seminoles hold a 1-0 halftime lead over Clemson. Heather Gilchrist and Leah Pais picked up assists on the goal.

Clemson has actually out-shot FSU 8-5 and 4-3 on shots on goal. But the Seminoles have the only goal, as goalkeeper Cristina Roque recorded four first-half saves.

Kaitlyn Zipay gives FSU 1-0 lead in 38th minute

Junior Kaitlyn Zipay scored the first goal of the College Cup Semifinal. Taylor Huff will not get credit for the assist, but she set up the score with a strong corner kick in the 38th minute

Leah Pais hit a ball to Heather Gilchrist who floated a ball in a spot where only Zipay could get to it in the open field. Zipay deposited the ball past the Clemson goalkeeper for the first goal of the match with just under 7 minutes until halftime.

FSU 1, Clemson 0, 39th minute

Yellowcard on Hal Hersfelth in the 30th minute; FSU can't capitalize

Clemson's Hal Hersfelth picked up a yellow card on a hard foul on Onyi Echegeni in the 30th minute. The Seminoles got a free kick from a few feet above the box but kicked the ball out of bounds.

FSU picked a team yellow card in the 31st minute. What the call was on or for what was not specified.

Scoreless first half so far in Clemson-FSU women's soccer; Jordynn Dudley down in 25th minute

Neither team has had a great scoring opportunity early on. The Tigers have six shots, with three of them on goal. The Seminoles have two shots, one on goal.

FSU goalkeeper Cristina Roque already has three saves. Both teams have been called for three fouls and had one corner.

Forward Beata Olsson had FSU's best chance but missed a shot out wide in the 24th minute.

Freshman Jordynn Dudley went down with an injury in the 25th minute. She was down for a couple of minutes before walking off under her own power. She looks to be fine and on the side looking to check back in.

FSU 0, Clemson, 25th minute.

FSU-Clemson match underway

The FSU-Clemson match is underway. It's the third time these teams are facing off this season. The temperature was 59 degrees at kickoff.

FSU beat the Tigers 3-2 in the ACC opener and 2-1 in the ACC Tournament Championship.

It's the fourth straight year the Seminoles have been in the College Cup. The first ever for Clemson.

In the fourth minute, Clemson's Megan Bornkamp had a shot with a header but was off the mark.

Starting lineups for FSU-Clemson in Women's College Cup Semifinals

The Seminoles-Tigers are on the field and warming up ahead of the NCAA Tournament Women's College Cup Semifinals.

Here's a look at the starting lineups:


GK - Cristina Roque

M - Taylor Huff

M - Onyi Echegeni

M - Ran Iawi

D - Lauren Flynn

F - Beata Olsson

F - Jody Brown

F - Jordynn Dudley

F - Lellani Nesbeth

M - Amelia Van Zanten

D - Heather Gilchrist


D - Makenna Morris

D - Harper White

M - Emily Brough

M - Dani Davis

D - Mackenzie Duff

F - Renee Lyles

F - Tatum Short

M - Hal Hershefelt

F - Caroline Conti

M - Megan Bornkamp

How can I watch FSU in NCAA women's soccer tournament?

  • When: 6 p.m. Friday, December 1

  • Where: WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, North Carolina

  • TV: ESPNU (Channel 208 on DirecTV, Channel 141 on Dish)

  • Streaming: WatchESPN and the ESPN app (TV provider subscription needed), fuboTV (7-day free trial), YouTube TV (2-week free trial), Hulu + Live TV (7-day free trial)

The Florida State vs. Clemson match in the College Cup is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday, December 1 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

FSU-Clemson will air on ESPNU. Jenn Hildreth will be on the play-by-play with Lori Lindsey as analyst and Marion Crowder as sideline reporter.

Streaming options include fuboTV, which offers a free trial to potential subscribers.

FSU soccer schedule



Thursday, Aug. 17

at Texas A&M: W 2-1

Sunday, Aug. 20

at TCU: W 2-0

Sunday, Sept. 3

vs. USF: W 5-1

Thursday, Sept. 7

at North Florida: W 4-0

Sunday, Sept. 10

vs. Florida: W 1-0

Friday, Sept. 15

at Clemson*: W 4-2

Thursday, Sept. 21

at Syracuse*: W 3-2

Sunday, Sept. 24

at North Carolina*: T 3-3

Friday, Sept. 29

vs. Miami*: W 2-0

Thursday, Oct. 5

at Louisville*: W 2-0

Sunday, Oct. 8

at Boston College*: W 6-0

Thursday, Oct. 12

vs. Notre Dame*: W 4-1

Thursday, Oct. 19

vs. Pittsburgh*: W 3-2

Sunday, Oct. 22

at Duke*: W 4-0

Thursday, Oct. 26

vs. NC State*: W 5-0

Thursday, Nov. 2

vs. Pittsburgh^: W 2-0

Sunday, Nov. 5

vs. Clemson^: W 2-1

Friday, Nov. 10

vs. Morehead State+: W 5-0

Friday, Nov. 17

vs. Texas A&M+: W 1-0

Sunday, Nov. 19

vs. Texas+: W 5-0

Friday, Nov. 24

vs. Pittsburgh+: W 3-0

Friday, Dec. 1

vs. Clemson+

FSU soccer roster






Olivia Garcia




Cristina Roque




Taylor Huff




Maggie Taitano




Onyi Echegini




Ran Iwai




Lauren Flynn




Beata Olsson




Jody Brown




Jordynn Dudley




Leilanni Nesbeth




Peyton Nourse




Kaitlyn Zipay

Junior (R)



Sophia Nguyen




Mimi Van Zanten




Maria Alagoa




Heather Gilchrist




Olivia Lebdaoui




Claire Rain




Adelyn Todd




Leah Pais



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