Nov. 21, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State Women's Soccer team is one win away from a return trip to the College Cup. The Seminoles will look for that win Friday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m., as they host Notre Dame inside the Seminole Soccer Complex in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
FSU and Notre Dame will square-off for the fifth time on Friday evening as all four previous meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament. The two schools met in the postseason four years in a row with two meetings in the College Cup (2006 & 2007) and two quarterfinal showdowns (2008 & 2009). The Fighting Irish have won the last two meetings and are 3-1-0 all-time vs. FSU.
The winner of Friday night's match will secure one of four spots to the 2012 College Cup which will be played on the campus of the University of San Diego - November 30 & December 2.
Tickets for Friday's NCAA Quarterfinal match are currently on sale 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. Tickets can also be purchased at the Seminole Soccer Complex beginning at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, November 23.
Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight for the eighth year in a row - the longest active streak in the nation - and ninth time overall after defeating Texas A&M 4-0 last Sunday. Notre Dame upset second-seeded Florida in Gainesville, 2-0, to reach the quarterfinals for the 15th time in school history.
FSU is 16-6-1 versus current members of the Big East Conference with the last four games coming against Louisville (2011), Marquette (twice) and USF (2010). Most of those wins have come against South Florida as FSU is 8-0-1 lifetime against the Bulls. The Irish are the second Big East team FSU will face in 2012, but the match at Marquette back in August was cancelled after 48 minutes due to lightning in the area with the Noles up 3-0. Florida State is 5-5-0 all-time against Big East teams in the NCAA Tournament.
The Seminoles are 26-1-0 at home in the NCAA Tournament outscoring the opposition 79-15. 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 to Notre Dame. Florida State is 13-0-0 at home in 2012 and carries a 17-game home win streak dating back to 2011 into Friday's match.
Friday's quarterfinal pits two of the top 10 winningest active coaches in Division I history in FSU's Mark Krikorian and Notre Dame's Randy Waldrum. Waldrum sits fifth all-time with 387 career victories and a winning percentage of .780 (2nd). Krikorian has 313 victories (12th) and a .769 all-time winning percentage (4th). Together the two coaches have combined for 700 victories in 42 seasons.
Florida State returns to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th year in a row. Not too bad for a program that has been in existence for 18 seasons. The Seminoles are just one of 10 schools out of 323 playing Division I soccer that have been to 13 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Of those 10 schools, four are from the ACC (Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest).
Florida State sits at 37-11-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, good for a .760 winning percentage. It is the third-best winning percentage among teams that have played 10 or more games trailing only North Carolina (.923) and Notre Dame (.791). FSU's 37 wins are the eighth most in NCAA history.
Live stats for Friday's game 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.