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Florida State Takes On Kennesaw State In NCAA First Round Action Friday
Courtesy: Seminoles.com
Release: 11/15/2007
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Nov. 15, 2007

Game Tracker | NCAA Tournament Release in PDF Format

Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State returns to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive season. Not too bad for a program that has been in existence for only 13 seasons. After not reaching the postseason in its first five years, the Seminoles are now just one of 14 schools out of 308 playing Division I soccer that have gone to eight consecutive tournaments. Of those 14 schools, five are from the ACC (Clemson, FSU, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest). Ten of those 14 schools earned a national seed in 2007 including all four top seeds in North Carolina, Stanford, Penn State and UCLA.

For the third straight season Florida State received a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. This year the Seminoles earned a No. 3 seed, while the last two years saw FSU land a No. 2 seed in the tournament. The only other time the Seminoles received a national seed was in 2003. That year the team was seeded 11th. The three previous occasions FSU received a national seed, the team advanced to the College Cup.

The Seminoles, who earned an at-large berth out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, will square-off against Kennesaw State on Friday, November 16 at 4:30 pm. The Owls received an automatic bid to the tournament for the first time as a Division I member after claiming the Atlantic Sun Conference championship.

FSU is undefeated at home in the NCAA Tournament posting an all-time record of 10-0-0. FSU has outscored the opposition 29-6 on their home turf during postseason play.

Three of the top 10 leading scorers in the nation will take to the field on Friday in the first round match-up between FSU and KSU. Mami Yamaguchi ranks third at 2.48 points per game, while Owl teammates Caitlin Dingle (1.95) and Annie Phillips (1.90) sit eighth and tenth, respectively.

LSU and Samford will play in the second game scheduled to start at 7:00 pm at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Tigers earned an at-large bid out of the Southeastern Conference, while the Bulldogs earned an at-large bid out of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Fans can purchase tournament passes for the first and second rounds in advance (one ticket for each day) by logging on to www.seminoles.com, over the phone (850) 644-1830 or by going to the main ticket office located in University Center Side C, Suite 1300. Prices are: $10 for adults & $6 for youth (3-18), seniors (50+), and students of participating schools.

Single day tickets will be available for sale at the soccer complex beginning one hour before game time on Friday. Prices are: $7 adults & $5 for youth, seniors and students. Sunday single day tickets will be available online following the conclusion of Friday's games and on Sunday at the soccer complex beginning one hour before the game.

Also, the first 100 FSU students with an ID will get in free, compliments of the University.

2007 NCAA First & Second Round Schedule
Friday, November 16, 2007
Game 1: 4:30 pm - Florida State vs. Kennesaw State - Gametracker
Game 2: 7:00 pm - LSU vs. Samford - Gametracker
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Game 3: 1:00 pm - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner - Gametracker

NOTING THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Florida State returns to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive season. Not too bad for a program that has been in existence for only 13 seasons. After not reaching the postseason in its first five years, the Seminoles are now just one of 14 schools out of 308 playing Division I soccer that have gone to eight consecutive tournaments. Of those 14 schools, five are from the ACC (Clemson, FSU, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest). Ten of those 14 schools earned a national seed in 2007 including all four top seeds in North Carolina, Stanford, Penn State and UCLA.

FSU ranks in the top 10 for all-time NCAA Tournament wins (16) and the Seminoles rank fifth in the history of the NCAA in wins per trip (2.29) to the NCAA Tournament. The only schools that have won more games per trip to the NCAA's are North Carolina, Notre Dame, UCLA and Portland. Of the teams that have played 10 or more all-time games, FSU has the fifth-highest winning percentage of any team in NCAA Tournament history (.708).

The Seminoles will serve as host for an NCAA Tournament game for the 11th time in school history. FSU is undefeated at home in the NCAA Tournament posting a career record of 10-0-0. The Seminoles have played at home in six of their eight postseason appearances.

The first NCAA Tournament game ever played by the Seminoles and ever played in Tallahassee came against Jacksonville in 2000. FSU went on to beat the Dolphins 4-1.

Eight teams in this year's field of 64 are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Two of those teams are headed to Tallahassee in LSU and Kennesaw State. The other clubs joining the Tigers and Owls are Alabama A&M, Georgetown, Hawaii, Memphis, Monmouth and Sacramento State.

Florida State has never faced Kennesaw State or Samford in school history. The Seminoles have faced LSU on three prior occasions posting a record of 1-1-1. The Tigers won the last meeting between the two teams in Tallahassee downing the Seminoles 2-1. The only other game played on FSU's home turf was in 1997 as the Seminoles blanked LSU 3-0.

FSU is one of just two schools to play in three of the last four College Cups. The other is UCLA who has participated in four straight. UCLA and North Carolina have both been to five Cups this decade, while Portland is second with four appearances.

For the third straight season Florida State received a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. This year the Seminoles earned a No. 3 seed, while the last two years saw FSU land a No. 2 seed in the tournament. The only other time the Seminoles received a national seed was in 2003. That year the team was seeded 11th. The three previous occasions FSU received a national seed, the team advanced to the College Cup.

The Seminoles have played teams from both the SEC and the Atlantic-Sun Conferences and have never lost posting an all-time record of 8-0-0. FSU has played an SEC foe in the NCAA Tournament six times (6-0-0), while Kennesaw State becomes the first A-Sun team other than Jacksonville to play the Seminoles in the postseason. The Garnet and Gold have never faced an opponent out of the Ohio Valley Conference in the NCAA Tournament.

Florida State has never lost an opening round NCAA Tournament match and only failed to advance once. In 2004 the Seminoles tied Boston College 0-0 and were eliminated in a shootout.

In 24 all-time NCAA Tournament games, Florida State has recorded seven shutouts and has been shutout six times.

Of the 26 student-athletes listed on the 2007 Seminole roster, 16 have prior experience playing in a combined 84 games in the NCAA Tournament. Together those 16 players have tallied 24 points on nine goals and six assists. Three of the four goalkeepers saw action last season including Kate Milstead who started the final three games of the postseason for Penn State. Senior Libby Gianeskis leads all Seminoles as she has started in all 11 games over the last three seasons. Katrin Schmidt is the leading goal scorer with three.

For complete notes please see the link above or the attached PDF.

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