Dec. 7, 2013
Cary, N.C. - One win is all that separates top-seeded Florida State (23-1-3) and second-seeded UCLA (21-1-3) from claiming its first women's soccer national title. After both schools survived two exciting semifinal games on Friday, the Seminoles and Bruins will square-off in the NCAA championship game on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. inside WakeMed Park.
FSU clinched a berth in the national championship game for the second time in school history following its 3-2 victory over Virginia Tech in Friday's semifinal. The Seminoles first appearance in the national finals came in 2007 when FSU fell to Southern California 2-0 in College Station, Texas. UCLA scored a late goal against Virginia to tie the match at 1-1 and force overtime before advancing past the Cavaliers in penalty kicks (4-2). The Bruins are making their fourth appearance in the national title game.
Florida State and UCLA are meeting for only the second time in series history as both meetings have come in the College Cup. The Bruins won that only other meeting defeating the Seminoles, 4-0, in the national semifinal back in 2005 in College Station, Texas. That was Florida State's first national semifinal under head coach Mark Krikorian which also happened to be his first season with the Seminoles.
Facing a Pac-12 opponent in the College Cup is nothing new to the Seminoles. FSU has faced three schools from the Pac-12 in the College Cup including UCLA once back in 2005. The Seminoles also played Southern California in the 2007 National Championship game and then Stanford in the 2011 national semifinal in Kennesaw, Ga. Against Pac-12 teams all-time, Florida State is 15-5-1 including 4-4-0 in the NCAA Tournament. Along with the Bruins (0-1), Trojans (0-1) and the Cardinal (0-2), FSU has also faced Cal three times in the NCAA Tournament winning all three matches and Colorado back in the third round of this year's tournament defeating the Buffaloes 4-0.
With three goals in Friday's national semifinal against Virginia Tech, the Seminoles set the school record for goals scored during the NCAA Tournament in a single season. FSU has outscored the competition 19-3 through five matches in 2013. The previous school record for goals during NCAA Tournament play was 17 set during Florida State's run to the national title game in 2007.
Sunday's winner between UCLA and Florida State will mark the 10th different team to capture a women's soccer national title in NCAA history. The last first time winner was Stanford in 2011.
Florida State looks to continue its good fortune inside WakeMed Park this year as the Seminoles are 3-0-0 courtesy of two wins during the ACC Tournament and one more win against the Hokies in Friday's national semifinal. FSU is 10-8-4 in 13 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). FSU has played in the College Cup hosted by Cary (2003, 2006 and 2013) three times posting a record 1-2-0.
Sunday's game will air live on ESPNU and online at WatchESPN. 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 for extended coverage of the Florida State Women's Soccer team at the College Cup in Cary.