Nov. 12, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The quest for a national championship begins this Friday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m., when Florida State (16-4-1) takes on Southeastern Louisiana (13-4-2) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Florida State earned an at-large berth out of the Atlantic Coast Conference and will make its 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Not too bad for a program that has been in existence for only 15 seasons. After not reaching the postseason in its first five years, the Seminoles are now just one of 11 current Division I schools that are on a run of 10 consecutive NCAA Tournaments appearances. Of those 11 schools, four are from the ACC (Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest).
For the fifth straight season, Florida State received a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. In 2009, the Seminoles were one of four No. 1 seeds marking the first time in school history the Noles have received a top national seed. FSU joins Stanford, North Carolina and UCLA as the other No. 1 seeds in this year's tournament.
Florida State has been a No. 2 seed three times including 2005, 2006 and 2008, while entering the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed in 2007. The only other time the Seminoles received a national seed was in 2003. That year the team was seeded 11th. On four of the previous five occasions that FSU has received a national seed, the team has advanced to the College Cup.
When the NCAA Tournament opens on Friday, the Seminoles will serve as host to a postseason game for the 16th time in school history. FSU is undefeated at home all-time in the NCAA Tournament posting a career record of 15-0-0, while outscoring the opposition 44-8 on their home turf. The Seminoles have played at home in eight of their 10 postseason appearances.
Florida State and Southeastern Louisiana will square-off for the first time on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The match marks the second first-time opponent the Seminoles have faced this season (FSU d. Washington State, 4-1 on September 6). Florida State has fared well when facing a team for the first-time posting an all-time record of 45-27-3.
Southeastern Louisiana received an automatic bid to the tournament for the first time in school history after claiming the Southland Conference Championship with a 2-0 victory over Texas State. The Lions are one of nine schools in this year's field of 64 that are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The other eight schools include Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Boise State, Central Michigan, Davidson, IUPUI, Murray State, North Carolina-Wilmington and St. John's (New York).
Friday's opening round match in Tallahassee will feature two of the highest scoring teams in the nation this year. Both SE Louisiana and Florida State enter the game ranked fourth and sixth in scoring offense, respectively. The Lions have tallied 55 goals in 19 games (2.89 g/g), while the Seminoles have 58 goals in 21 games (2.76 g/g).
Of the 22 student-athletes listed on the 2009 Seminole roster, 13 have prior experience playing in a combined 82 games in the NCAA Tournament. Together those 13 players have tallied 33 points on 10 goals and 13 assists. Erin McNulty played all six games in FSU's run to the national championship game in 2007. Junior Marissa Kazbour is the top returning scorer with six points on two goals and two assists.
Tournament passes will go on sale beginning Tuesday, November 10 and can be purchased over the phone at 888-FSU-NOLE, in person at the Seminole Ticket Office located in side C of the University Center and online at seminoles.com. Single-game tickets as well as tournament passes can be purchased at the Seminole Soccer Complex beginning at 3:30 p.m., on Friday, November 13.
$10 - Adults
$6 - Youth, 18 & under, senior 50+ and students from participating schools
Free - Children 2 & under
Note: The first 100 students, with a valid student ID, will be admitted free of charge to Friday's first round games in Tallahassee.
Single Day Tickets
$7 - Adults
$5 - Youth, 18 & under, senior 50+ and students from participating schools
Free - Children 2 & under
Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to Seminoles.com for updates regarding the 2009 NCAA Tournament in Tallahassee.
For complete notes see the PDF listed above.