TALLAHASSEE — No. 5 and defending national champion Florida State scored two second-half goals Friday to defeat Florida 2-1.

Buoyed by the home crowd of 3,154 fans at the Seminole Soccer Complex — the fourth largest crowd in program history — FSU (3-2) leveled the score in the 57th minute and took the lead in the 71st minute for the win over the Gators (2-3).

The win is FSU's third straight over the Gators and levels the all-time series at 13 wins each after UF won the first five games from 1995 through 1999.

The Seminoles dominated throughout much of the game, outshooting UF 6-2 in the first half and 14-7 for the game, but conceded first for the third straight time Friday.

The Gators took the lead in the 53rd minute on a strike in the box by Tess Sapone.

The Seminoles tied it up four minutes later on a defensive mishap by UF which gave FSU forward Kristen McFarland an open net for her to bury her first goal of the season.

FSU took the lead for good in the 71st minute as midfielder Jaelin Howell capped off an impressive run with a perfect cross that found sophomore Yujie Zhao, who buried her first goal of the season.

Volleyball: No. 7 UF (2-1) continues its non-conference schedule with a Top-10 matchup at No. 8 Minnesota (1-2). First serve is slated for 8 p.m. on the Big Ten Network+. 

Both the Gators and the Golden Gophers dropped their most recent matchups — Florida fell 3-0 to No. 1 Stanford, while Minnesota dropped a 3-0 contest to No. 3 Texas on Wednesday.

The last time these two squads met was in the 2006 NCAA Regional Semifinal, where Minnesota won 3-1 (23-30, 30-25, 21-30, 26-30).

He's back: Longtime University Athletic Association administrator Chip Howard has rejoined the Florida athletic department as Executive Associate Athletic Director, Athletic Director Scott Stricklin announced Friday.