November 3, 2016 - by

2016 ACC Semifinal Preview: No. 13 FSU vs. No. 9 Clemson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Reaching the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the 10th time in 12 seasons under head coach Mark Krikorian, No. 8 Florida State (12-3-3) continues on its quest for a fourth consecutive conference title on Friday, November 4 as it faces No. 9 Clemson (13-3-3) in Charleston, S.C. The No. 6-seed Noles and No. 2-seed Tigers will play 8:00 p.m. in the second game of the day at MUSC Health Stadium, following the first semifinal match between No. 6-ranked/No. 1-seed Notre Dame and No. 10-ranked/No. 4-seed North Carolina at 5:30 p.m.

“Clemson is one of the teams this year that we didn’t have the opportunity to play against, which will be a different kind of challenge,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “Certainly when you are preparing to play against a group you’ve already played, it is a little bit different. But they have had a great season. I’ve known their coach for a long time and he’s built the Clemson team into a power. We’re going to need to be on top of our game in order to get a result.”

Florida State is 15-7-3 all-time against Clemson and is unbeaten in the last 16 matches of the series (13-0-1), dating back to 2002.

 

The Noles rank fifth in the nation with a 0.376 goals against average and have given up only seven goals during the 2016 season, trailing only Northwestern (5) and West Virginia (6) for the fewest goals in the nation.

The only other time that FSU was the No. 6 seed in the tournament (2011), the Seminoles earned their first conference championship.

The Seminoles have gone 6-1-1 in their last eight ACC semifinal matches, dating back to 2006. Overall, Florida State holds a record of 7-3-2 in the ACC Tournament as one of the final four teams competing for the conference championship.

Friday’s match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, with Sam Gore and Heather O’Reilly on the call. Live stats will be available on Seminoles.com and tickets are available now at theacc.com. Prices are $10 for adults, while children 18 and under, along with ACC students with valid ID, will be admitted for free.

The winners of Friday’s semifinals will play for the 2016 ACC Championship on Sunday, November 6 at 12:00 p.m. and broadcast live on ESPNU.

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