Nov. 14, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Coming off an ACC championship last weekend in Cary, N.C., Florida State now sets its sights on a second championship run which they hope will continue for the next four weeks ending back in Cary.
That quest for the school's first national championship begins Friday, November 15 under the lights of the Seminole Soccer Complex as Florida State (18-1-3) plays host to South Alabama (14-5-3) at 7:00 p.m.
Florida State earned the ACC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after claiming its second league title in the last three years with a 1-0 victory over Virginia Tech in the conference championship game. South Alabama also earned an automatic bid after claiming the Sun Belt Conference Championship. The Jaguars are making their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Friday's first round match marks the sixth time FSU and USA have met and the first meeting in the NCAA Tournament. The last time Florida State faced South Alabama was in 2009 in Tallahassee as the Seminoles defeated the Jaguars 8-0.
Florida State is 5-0-0 all-time against South Alabama with three of those victories coming in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have outscored the Jaguars 20-2 in those five previous matches with FSU recording three shutouts including two in a row.
When facing other schools from the Sun Belt Conference, Florida State has posted an all-time record of 7-0-1. The Seminoles have played just three other schools including South Alabama as five of those eight games have come against the Jaguars. FSU has also faced Troy (2007) and Georgia State (1996 & 1998).
Florida State returns to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th year in a row. Not too bad for a program that has been in existence for 19 seasons. The Seminoles are one of just 12 schools at the Division I level that have been to 14 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Of those 12 schools, nine are active streaks with five of those streaks hailing from schools out of the ACC (FSU, UNC Notre Dame, UVa and Wake Forest).
The Seminoles are 27-1-0 at home in the NCAA Tournament outscoring the opposition 80-15. FSU had won 18 straight NCAA Tournament games inside the Seminole Soccer Complex before suffering its first home loss in the Elite Eight back in 2009. Florida State is 12-0-1 at home in 2013 and is carrying a 31-game (30-0-1) home unbeaten streak - the longest active streak in the nation - into Friday's first round match.
Tickets for the NCAA Tournament first round 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. Tickets can also be purchased at the Seminole Soccer Complex beginning at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, November 15.
Live stats for the match will be available through gametracker. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Soccer and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer) and on Instagram (NoleSoccer).