Nov. 29, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Florida State Women's Soccer team is back in the College Cup for the second year in a row and sixth time in school history. The Seminoles will face Penn State in the first national semifinal on Friday, November 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 PT) inside Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego. The game will air live on ESPN3 and on WatchESPN Exclusive.
Both Florida State (ACC) and Penn State (Big Ten) earned an at-large bid out of their respective conferences after claiming the regular season league titles. FSU is making its 13th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, while the Nittany Lions are in the postseason for the 18th year in a row. The six College Cup appearances for Florida State are tied for the seventh most in NCAA Tournament history (Massachusetts & Stanford). Since 2003, FSU's six College Cup appearances are the most of any school in the ACC and tied for the second most nationally - UCLA (7) & Notre Dame (6).
FSU and Penn State will square-off for just the fourth time on Friday evening and first time in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 2-1-0 winning the last two meetings in 2008 (4-1 - University Park) & 2009 (2-1 - Tallahassee). Friday's semifinal showdown marks the third straight time these two schools will meet when ranked in the top 10.
Tiffany McCarty and Jessica Price are no strangers to facing Penn State as the two Seminole seniors have combined for nine career points in two games against the Nittany Lions. McCarty's first career multi-goal game came against PSU in 2008 in just her second career game as the then freshman forward tallied two goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory. Price added a goal and assist in 2008 for her first career multi-point performance. She assisted on FSU's first goal in a 2-1 victory in Tallahassee in 2009.
FSU is 5-3-0 all-time versus current members of the Big Ten Conference. Penn State marks the second Big Ten opponent the Seminoles will face in 2012 as FSU opened the season with a 3-2 victory at Minnesota. The Seminoles trailed 2-0 to the Golden Gophers after the first seven minutes of play but scored three unanswered goals including two in the second half to register their largest come-from-behind victory since Nov. 2, 2008. Illinois is the only Big Ten school Florida State has faced in the NCAA Tournament defeating the Fighting Illini in back-to-back seasons in 2005 & 2006.
Friday's semifinal pits two familiar faces on the sidelines in Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian and Penn State head coach Erica Walsh. When Krikorian arrived at FSU in his first season in 2005, one of his first two assistants was Walsh. In their first season, they led the Seminoles to their first 20-win season and their second College Cup appearance in school history. Prior to taking over the Seminole program, Krikorian served as head coach and Walsh an assistant for the U.S. U-19 National Team that went on to win a bronze medal at the 2004 U-19 Women's World Cup in Thailand.
For Seminole fans who will not be able to watch Friday's game on ESPN3, the game will re-air on Sunday, December 2 on ESPU at 10:00 a.m. PT/ 1:00 p.m. ET before the national championship game.
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.