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Florida State Faces Connecticut For Berth In College Cup Friday Night
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Release: 11/28/2007
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Nov. 28, 2007

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Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State will play its final home game of the season on Friday, November 30 at 7:00 pm as the Seminoles welcome Connecticut to town in a quarterfinal match-up of the 2007 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. At stake - a berth in the College Cup which will be held next week in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A&M.

FSU is playing its fourth straight tournament game at home in 2007 where the Seminoles have outscored the competition 11-0 through the first three rounds. Success inside the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex is nothing new to Florida State as the Garnet and Gold is 13-0-0 all-time. During this stretch, FSU has outscored the opposition 40-6.

The Seminoles are 19-6-2 in eight NCAA Tournament appearances, while Connecticut is one of two teams in the nation to qualify for all 26 women's soccer tournaments. The Huskies are 43-25-2. Florida State is playing in the quarterfinals for the third-straight year and are 2-0-1 in `Elite Eight' action. This is the 18th appearance for Connecticut in the quarterfinals and first since 2003 as the Huskies have posted a lifetime record of 7-10-0.

This is the third meeting between the Seminoles and Huskies with all three appearances coming in the NCAA Tournament. Connecticut leads the series 2-0-0 outscoring Florida State 3-0. In 2002, the Huskies eliminated FSU 1-0 in third round action in Storrs, Conn. A year later, the two teams met in Cary, N.C., in what was FSU's first College Cup appearance. After a scoreless first half, Connecticut scored a pair of second half goals to advance to the finals with a 2-0 victory.

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.

Friday's quarterfinal match also pits two of the top 10 winningest active coaches in Division I history in FSU's Mark Krikorian and Connecticut's Len Tsantiris. Krikorian is no stranger to Connecticut soccer as he faced Tsantiris and the Huskies on four previous occasions as the head coach at Hartford (1996-2000) including two meetings in the NCAA Tournament. Krikorian is 1-3-0 lifetime versus UConn, as three of the four previous games were decided by one goal.

Fans can catch the action beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 30 at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Radio will also be available for the contest for free located at www.seminoles.com.

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.

With 19 tournament victories, FSU sits in a tie for eighth all-time with Texas A&M for NCAA Tournament wins. The Seminoles rank fifth in the history of the NCAA in wins per trip (2.38) 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 (.741).

The Seminoles will serve as host for an NCAA Tournament game for the 14th time in school history. FSU is undefeated at home in the NCAA Tournament posting a career record of 13-0-0. 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 made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Two of those teams played in the first and second round in Tallahassee including LSU and Kennesaw State. LSU was the only school to register a first round victory defeating Samford 1-0 in double overtime. The Tigers finished the tournament 1-1-0. The other clubs joining the Tigers and Owls were Alabama A&M, Georgetown, Hawaii, Memphis, Monmouth and Sacramento State.

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 Atlantic Coast Conference once again showed why it's one of the best soccer conferences in the nation. The ACC led all conferences with eight teams selected to the NCAA Tournament in 2007. Heading into the quarterfinals, the ACC has two teams remaining in Florida State and Duke. The Big East leads all conferences with three teams left (Notre Dame, West Virginia, Connecticut), while the Pac-10 has two teams alive (UCLA, USC). The West Coast Conference has one team remaining (Portland).

With a 3-0 victory over Kennesaw State, Florida State remained unbeaten in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament posting a record of 7-0-1. 2004 marks the only year the Seminoles failed to advance as they tied Boston College 0-0 but were eliminated in a shootout. FSU is a combined 13-1-1 in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

In 24 all-time NCAA Tournament games, FSU has recorded 10 shutouts and has been shutout six times. The Seminoles have outscored the opposition 11-0 through the first three rounds of the tournament.

In each of the three seasons that Florida State has posted a win in the third round, the Seminoles have gone on to play in the College Cup. FSU victories in the Round of 16 included wins over West Virginia in Morgantown in 2003, FSU over California in Tallahassee in 2005 and FSU over Illinois in Tallahassee in 2006. The verdict is still out in 2007 as the Seminoles defeated Texas last week to reach the quarterfinals.

With two wins in the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament, Florida State has registered at least two or more wins in six of its eight postseason appearances. The Seminoles went 1-1-0 in 2001 and 0-0-1 in 2004.

With six assists in this year's NCAA Tournament, Mami Yamaguchi became Florida State's all-time assist leader in the postseason. The Tokyo, Japan native registered three assists against Kennesaw State in the first round, one against LSU and then two in a third round win over Texas.

No Seminole had ever recorded more than one first half assist in an NCAA Tournament game before FSU's Mami Yamaguchi registered three against Kennesaw State.

Yamaguchi's three assists tied the single-game record set by Erin Grimsley in 1996 versus Jacksonville.

Eight different Seminoles have registered a point in this year's NCAA Tournament, six of which have scored a goal.

FSU's Sanna Talonen scored three first half goals in a span of 27 minutes becoming the second Seminole to perform such a feat this season. Mami Yamaguchi did it versus Troy scoring three times in the first 17:33.

Talonen tied teammate Katrin Schmidt for the single game record for goals in an NCAA Tournament game with three. Schmidt established the record last year in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament versus Jacksonville.

Sanna Talonen's three goals against Kennesaw State and Kirsten van de Ven's two goals against LSU marked just the fourth and fifth time in postseason play that a Florida State student-athlete posted a multi-goal game.

The four goals scored in this year's NCAA Tournament by freshman Sanna Talonen are the second most scored in a postseason tournament in a single-season by a Seminole. India Trotter tallied five in five games in 2005.

With two goals and six assists in three tournament games, junior Mami Yamaguchi stands as the only student-athlete in the nation to rank in the top 10 in all three major scoring categories (points, goals and assists per game). Yamaguchi ranks third in points, fourth in goals and sixth in assists.

Freshman Marissa Kazbour collected points in three straight games for the first time this season posting a goal and two assists in three postseason victories. The Valrico, Fla. native notched her first career game-winning assist feeding Holly Peltzer for the first goal of the game against LSU.

Holly Peltzer registered her third goal and first game-winner of the season in FSU's 4-0 win over LSU. The goal was Peltzer's second career NCAA Tournament tally while it was just her second career goal scored at home. Eight of her 10 career goals have come on the road.

Florida State tied a season-high taking 30 shots against LSU. The Seminoles first reached the mark in their season opener against Francis Marion. FSU also broke the NCAA school record for second half shots with 14 against Texas.

The 12 corner kicks taken against LSU were the most taken in the NCAA Tournament in school history; the Seminoles committed a tournament low one foul in their 4-0 victory over the Tigers.

The Seminoles set the school record for shutouts in one season in NCAA Tournament play with three through the first three rounds. FSU has not allowed a goal in 321:39 - a span dating back to last season's College Cup semifinal against Notre Dame.

The Seminoles set an NCAA Tournament record for the quickest time between goals as Kirsten van de Ven and Mami Yamaguchi scored just 1:09 apart in the second half of the second round game against LSU.

The young Noles have come through this postseason contributing to 15 of the 35 points scored in the first three games. Sanna Talonen has four goals, Marissa Kazbour sits with a goal and two assists and Rachel Lim has a goal and an assist.

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