By Official Florida FC
This isn’t the first time Jody Brown has scored a pivotal goal to help her team cap off a perfect regular season.
Sunday afternoon, the Florida State freshman scored a brace to help the second-ranked Seminoles beat No. 3 Clemson 2-0 at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The win helped Florida State (8-0) cap off a perfect regular season for the first time in program history and claim a share of the ACC regular season title for the first time since 2014.
Brown, a Jamaican international who helped Montverde Academy win a Florida High School Athletic Association state championship in 2019, scored both goals late in the second half.
“She is pretty quick,” Florida State soccer coach Mark Krikorian on Brown. “There are a lot of different elements to her game. Certainly, her quickness, her explosion and her speed are all part of it. She is much more than simply an athlete. Her quality to the ball and her ability to escape pressure and finish are pretty good too. We have a big talent in Jody Brown and she showed that today.”
Krikorian has led the Seminoles to four ACC regular season titles (2009, 2012, 2014, 2020). In two of the previous three instances, Florida State played in the national championship game.
The COVID-19 pandemic means the Seminoles will not have a chance to play for a national championship. The NCAA eliminated championships for its fall sports because of the pandemic.
Nevertheless, Florida State is three wins away from a perfect regular season. The last Division I women’s soccer program to finish the season unbeaten and untied was the University of North Carolina in 1993.
Then, and now, Anson Dorrance was the Tar Heels coach. Dorrance led North Carolina to a 9-0 record this fall.
Florida State and North Carolina are on a collision course to meet in the ACC Tournament final. First, both schools must beat a pair of ranked opponents in next week’s ACC Tournament.
The Seminoles (8-0) will be the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament because of its better in-conference goal difference than North Carolina (9-0). Florida State outscored opponents 25-4 this season. North Carolina outscored its eight ACC opponents 19-3.
Florida State will play Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal on Nov. 10.
“Going through the ACC without losing a point in the season is a great accomplishment,” Krikorian said. “Our kids played really well through the course of the season and to end with Duke and Clemson back-to-back it certainly speaks to the quality we have as well.”