Dec. 4, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new champion will be crowned this weekend in Cary, N.C., site of the 2013 Women's College Cup. One of those four teams vying for that first national championship is top-seeded Florida State (22-1-3), who will face another top-seed in Virginia Tech (19-4-3) on Friday, December 6 in the first national semifinal. The match is set for 5:00 p.m. inside WakeMed Park and will air live on ESPNU.
The Seminoles are headed back to the College Cup for the third year in a row and seventh time in school history after defeating Boston College, 4-0 in the quarterfinals. Florida State has outscored the opposition 16-1 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament marking the sixth time in 14 NCAA Tournament appearances that FSU has reached double figures in goals. FSU scored a school-record 17 goals during the 2007 NCAA Tournament - the same year the Noles played for the national championship. The 16 goals are the most scored through the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament in school history.
The seven College Cup appearances by the Seminoles are tied for the sixth most in NCAA Tournament history (Connecticut). Since 2003, FSU's seven College Cup appearances are the most of any school in the ACC and are the second most nationally behind only UCLA (8).
Florida State and Virginia Tech are meeting for the third time this season but for the first time in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles have won both meetings in 2013 with the first coming in Blacksburg during the regular season (2-1) and the second in the ACC title game played inside WakeMed Park in Cary - a 1-0 victory for the Seminoles.
FSU is unbeaten all-time against Virginia Tech posting 13 wins and one tie in 14 meetings. The Seminoles have won seven straight since playing to a 0-0 tie in the 2008 ACC Tournament Quarterfinals.
Virginia Tech is the fifth ACC opponent the Seminoles will face in the NCAA Tournament all-time and the second in 2013. The Seminoles faced Boston College in the quarterfinals defeating the Eagles 4-0. Along with BC (2-0-1), FSU has also played Clemson (1-2-0), North Carolina (0-0-1) and Virginia (1-0-0) in prior postseason games. Friday's match against the Hokies marks the first time FSU will face an ACC opponent in the national semifinals. The Noles have faced an ACC opponent four times in the quarterfinals advancing on all four occasions: 2005 - FSU tied UNC 1-1 in Chapel Hill before defeating the Tar Heels 5-4 in pks; 2006 - FSU d. Clemson 2-1 in Tallahassee; 2011 - FSU d. Virginia 3-0 in Tallahassee; 2013 - FSU d. Boston College 4-0 in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles have outscored the Hokies 23-4 all-time in the series while posting 10 shutouts including five in the last six meetings. Friday's semifinal marks the fifth time the two schools have met on neutral soil with the last four meetings all coming in the ACC Tournament including one this year in the ACC title game in Cary.
Friday's semifinal marks the fifth straight meeting that both schools will face each other when ranked in the top 25 and the third time this year that the two schools will meet when ranked in the top 5.
Junior midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir leads all Seminoles with nine points on four goals and one assist through the first four NCAA Tournament games. Brynjarsdottir has matched her career goal output in this year's postseason than in her first two seasons with the Seminoles. She also ranks third all-time in the Seminole record books for career points (20) in the NCAA Tournament and tied for third in goals (8) and game-winning goals (3). Brynjarsdottir is also just the third Seminole to register more than one multi-goal game in the postseason as she joins Sanna Talonen (3) and Tiffany McCarty (2). The Icelandic native scored two goals each in the second and third rounds against Ole Miss and Colorado, respectively.
Florida State enters Friday's national semifinal against Virginia Tech outscoring the Hokies 3-1 in the previous two games this year. All three goals scored by the Seminoles have come from Brynjarsdottir. The junior midfielder broke a 1-1 tie in Blacksburg netting the game-winner in the 87th minute then scored the eventual game-winner in the 36th minute of the ACC Championship game. In the two matches, Brynjarsdottir has tallied nine shots with six going on frame.
Over the years, WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C., has been a kind place to the Noles as FSU is 9-8-4 in 12 all-time trips. Seven of FSU's 10 ACC Tournament semifinal appearances have come in Cary, while the Seminoles' two league titles have come inside WakeMed Park (2011 & 2013). This year marks the third time FSU has played in a College Cup hosted by Cary (2003 & 2006).
Live stats for the College Cup will be available via 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).
Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to Seminoles.com throughout the week for extended coverage of the Florida State Women's Soccer team at the College Cup in Cary.