Nov. 20, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State Women's Soccer team returns to the pitch Thursday, November 21 when the Seminoles (19-1-3) take on Ole Miss (16-5-2) at 7:00 p.m. inside the Seminole Soccer Complex in second round action of the NCAA Tournament.
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. This year's berth marks the Seminoles' 14th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss earned an at-large bid out of the SEC. The Rebels are making their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2009.
Florida State and Ole Miss will square-off for the fourth time overall and second time in the NCAA Tournament. The two schools last met during the regular season in 2003 when the Seminoles defeated the Rebels 2-1. The only postseason match-up between the two schools occurred during the first round of the 2002 tournament - a 2-0 victory for FSU in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles own an all-time record of 2-0-1 against the Rebels with two of those victories coming in Tallahassee. FSU has outscored Ole Miss 6-3 in the three previous matches with the Noles scoring two goals in each match while recording one shutout that coming in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
Florida State is 10-0-0 all-time against the SEC in the NCAA Tournament collecting wins against Auburn (4-0-0), Florida (2-0-0), Texas A&M (2-0-0), LSU (1-0-0) and Ole Miss (1-0-0). The last time the Seminoles faced an SEC opponent in the postseason was last year in the Third Round as FSU shut out Texas A&M 4-0.
The Seminoles are 28-1-0 at home in the NCAA Tournament outscoring the opposition 85-15. 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 13-0-1 at home in 2013 and is carrying a 32-game (31-0-1) home unbeaten streak into Thursday's second round match.
BYU and Colorado will play in the first match on Thursday which is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
The winners of Thursday's matches will face-off in third round action on Saturday, November 23 at 12 noon.
With Florida State also hosting its final regular season football game on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Idaho, fans attending the soccer match are asked to adhere to the following parking procedures for Saturday's match ONLY:
Soccer spectators attending the match on Saturday may park on a space available basis starting at 10:30 in the Spirit Way parking garage (Lot 19). Because this lot is a reserved lot for football staff, media and booster parking, all soccer spectators must remove their vehicle from the lot within 45 minutes after the soccer game ends or be subject to towing. Spectators may also find paid parking spaces available in the neighborhoods surrounding the soccer and football stadiums.
Tickets of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship 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 3:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 21.
Tournament Ticket Package (includes all three games)
Live stats for all three matches 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).