As you might know Florida State has been making vital information each on and off the pitch these days. I wished to offer a number of fast updates. In no explicit order, let’s get began.
First, let’s check out Florida State’s profile going into the NCAA event utilizing Massey’s rankings:
You will have heard that Florida State was capable of safe the general high seed within the upcoming NCAA event. The Seminoles have been capable of earn that high seed as a consequence of the truth that they gained the ACC event and UCLA stumbled shedding at USC (2-0) whereas Alabama slipped up shedding within the SEC event to South Carolina (1-0).
Each coach that I’ve ever spoken with has burdened the significance of getting a #1 seed to safe house video games till the Faculty Cup. Nevertheless, no coach that I’ve ever spoken with has been involved with which #1 seed they get. All of them purpose that the entire #2 and #3 seeds are all good groups so at that time matchups matter greater than who the committee occurs to assume is ranked greater on the S-Curve. I usually agree with this line of pondering. Nevertheless, this yr would be the exception.
FSU is within the best area whereas Notre Dame is within the hardest. By best and hardest I imply best or hardest competitors to succeed in the Faculty Cup. I’ve Alabama being within the second hardest area whereas UCLA’s area is the third hardest. Florida State wouldn’t have been positioned in a comparatively simpler quadrant with out having secured the general #1 seed.
It’s by no means simple to get to the Faculty Cup and it definitely gained’t be simple for FSU this yr. Nevertheless, wanting over the bracket, there is no such thing as a query in my thoughts that the Florida State’s quarter is the simplest. The #2 seed is St. Louis. I haven’t seen them play but so I’m going out on a little bit of a limb right here. Nevertheless, here’s what I wrote in a response to a query from Tomahawk Nation member Maddy Rat:
St. Louis is an efficient group however they’re laborious to judge due to schedule.
They performed precisely 3 video games in opposition to groups in Massey’s high 50 – #9 Arkansas (1-0 W), #6 Notre Dame (2-0 L) and #48 Nebraska (5-1 W). The final of these video games was in opposition to Nebraska and it was on Sept. 4th. FSU performed 12 video games in opposition to the highest 50 and 5 video games in opposition to the highest 10.
They’ve 8 video games on their schedule in opposition to sub 200 groups. FSU performed precisely zero video games in opposition to sub 200 groups. The worst group FSU performed all yr in accordance with present rankings was #126 Florida (5-0 W).
It’s laborious to think about that such a group would be capable of come to Tally and beat FSU however it’s soccer. Stranger issues have occurred.
I stand by that analysis. The opposite #2 seeds are North Carolina, Duke and Penn State. The committee mainly simply caught to the RPI to find out seeding. St. Louis would appear to be a much less harmful group than both of these three groups (though FSU waxed Duke 5-1) so securing the general #1 seed appears to have benefited FSU this yr greater than it usually would in different years.
Florida State will quickly announce its 2023 recruiting class. That’s not a misprint. This would be the first time since I’ve been overlaying this program that FSU will formally announce the recruiting class. Former coach Mark Krikorian was famously secretive about such issues (and lots of extra) however Brian Pensky is outwardly favoring promotion over secrecy so the category will likely be formally introduced. The category will function the next gamers (all rankings from Prep Soccer): #72 Jordynn Dudley (F, Milton, GA), #26 Peyton Nourse (M, Centennial, CO), #18 Maggie Taitano (M/D, Carlsbad, CA), #23 Amelia Van Zanten (D, Buffalo Grove, IL). Prime Drawer Soccer ranks the category fourth nationally. For the category to ranked within the high 5 with solely 4 gamers in it actually highlights how extremely regarded these gamers are nationally. As well as, Jordynn Dudley can also be a severe hooper. It wouldn’t be a shock to see her play each sports activities at FSU.
The 2023 class was recruited initially by Krikorian however they’ve all visited Florida State since Pensky was named the coach they usually have all reaffirmed their commitments to FSU. Pensky has not but added to the category by way of the highschool ranks however Florida State will likely be very energetic within the switch portal. Pensky would really like the roster to finally attain 27 gamers (Krikorian most popular 24 gamers) so Florida State must be fairly energetic within the portal to succeed in that quantity.
There have been questions concerning the standing of Olivia Garcia as a result of she didn’t play within the ACC event. She is just not injured. The workers determined to alter techniques for the event. Clara Robbins was basically moved to be a second holding midfielder subsequent to LeiLanni Nesbeth. Each Robbins and Nesbeth by no means left the sector enjoying all 200 minutes within the two video games. Due to this fact, there have been fewer minutes than standard accessible within the midfield. The coaches used Maria Alagoa, Emma Bissell and Kaitlyn Zipay off the bench within the midfield and on the wing so there weren’t as many minutes left for Garcia. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to count on to see Garcia within the NCAA event.
As all the time, the feedback are yours.