Oct. 27, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Top-seeded Florida State will begin the defense of its ACC Tournament title on Sunday, October 28 at 1:00 p.m., as the Seminoles host eighth-seeded Boston College in the quarterfinals of the league tournament inside the Seminoles Soccer Complex.
Sunday marks just the second time the Seminoles (15-2-0, 8-2-0 ACC) and the Eagles (10-6-3, 4-5-1 ACC) will meet in the ACC Tournament with FSU winning the first and only meeting back in 2007, a 1-0 victory in the quarterfinals in a match played at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Just over a week ago, Boston College handed Florida State its first loss of the season with a 3-2 victory in Newton, Mass. The Eagles scored three unanswered goals including two in the second half to register their first-ever victory over the Seminoles snapping FSU's 10-game unbeaten streak in the series (8-0-2). It marked the most goals allowed by the Seminoles since a 3-0 setback to Stanford in the semifinals of the College Cup in Kennesaw, Ga., last year.
FSU enters the tournament as the defending ACC champions for the first time in school history after defeating Wake Forest 3-1 in penalty kicks last year. The Seminoles are looking to become just the second school in the ACC to win back-to-back league titles since UNC did it in 2008 & 2009.
Despite giving up three goals to BC last week, FSU has outscored the Eagles 14-5 in the series while 10 of the 11 matches in the series has been decided by one goal or less including the last nine. Six of those matches have been 1-0 decisions in favor of the Seminoles.
FSU owns an all-time record of 11-14-6 in the ACC Tournament but is 0-1-0 in ACC Tournament games played in Tallahassee. The only time the Seminoles hosted the tournament in Tallahassee was in 2002 when Maryland defeated Florida State 4-2 in the first round.
Florida State has advanced out of the first round of the ACC Tournament in five of the last seven years and is 7-7-3 all-time in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Last year as the sixth-seed, FSU upset third-seeded North Carolina in Chapel Hill on a golden goal by Jessica Price in double OT.
Florida State enters the 2012 ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed for the second time in school history and first since 2009 when the Seminoles shared the ACC regular season title with Boston College. This year marks the first outright league title for the Seminoles in school history.
As the No. 1 seed, Florida State is 2-1-0 all-time reaching the league championship game in 2009. The Seminoles opened the 2009 tournament in Cary, N.C., with a pair of 2-0 victories over eighth-seeded Duke and fourth-seeded Virginia Tech before falling to third-seeded North Carolina 3-0 in the finals.
Since joining the ACC in 1995, FSU went 0-6-1 in its first six ACC Tournament appearances. The Seminoles have posted a record of 11-8-5 after recording their first win in 2001 including a mark of 8-5-3 under head coach Mark Krikorian.
The winner of Sunday's quarterfinal match will advance to the ACC Semifinals which will be played at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C. beginning Friday, November 2. The semifinal and championship matches will be shown nationally via ESPN platforms, with the semifinals set for ESPN3 and the title game for ESPNU.
Ticket prices for the quarterfinal round in Tallahassee inside the Seminole Soccer Complex will be $8 for adults, $5 for children/students and seniors, while all ACC students are admitted free with a school ID.
Live stats for Sunday's match will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Soccer. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Soccer team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer.