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Florida State Battles Texas Friday Night In Round Of 16

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Tallahassee, Fla. – After advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight season, Florida State now sits in the Round of 16 for the sixth time and will face Texas Friday evening at 7:00 pm for a berth in the quarterfinals.

FSU is 18-6-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, while Texas is 5-6-1. The Garnet and Gold are making their third-straight appearance in the Round of 16 and are 3-2-0 in third round action all-time. The Seminoles’ three wins have come against West Virginia, Illinois and California. This is the third appearance for Texas in the Round of 16 as the Longhorns are 0-2-0 with both losses coming at the hands of Portland.

Florida State and Texas will square-off for the first time on Friday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The match marks the fifth first-time opponent the Seminoles have faced this season. Against first-time opponents in 2007, FSU is 4-0-0 outscoring the opposition 27-1. The Seminoles have defeated Cal State Northridge in Portland (6-1), Francis Marion in FSU’s home opener (10-0), Troy (8-0) and Kennesaw State in the first round (3-0). Florida State has fared well when facing a team for the first-time posting an all-time record of 41-27-3.

For the third straight season Florida State received a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. This year the Seminoles earned a No. 3 seed, while the last two years saw FSU land a No. 2 seed in the tournament. The only other time the Seminoles received a national seed was in 2003. That year the team was seeded 11th. The three previous occasions FSU received a national seed, the team advanced to the College Cup.

The Seminoles, who earned an at-large berth out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, will square-off against the Longhorns who received an automatic bid winning the Big XII Championship over Texas A&M. Florida State was at home for the first two rounds of the tournament defeating Kennesaw State and LSU by a combined scored of 7-0. Texas blanked BYU 2-0 in the first round before disposing of Texas A&M 3-2 on their home turf.

FSU is undefeated at home in the NCAA Tournament posting an all-time record of 12-0-0. FSU has outscored the opposition 36-6 on their home turf during postseason play.

Friday’s third round match-up also pits two of the top 10 winningest active coaches in Division I history in FSU’s Mark Krikorian and Texas’ Chris Petrucelli. The two coaches have combined for 517 wins in 32 seasons.

Fans can catch the action beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 23 at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Radio will also be available for the contest for free located at


Florida State returns to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive season. Not too bad for a program that has been in existence for only 13 seasons. After not reaching the postseason in its first five years, the Seminoles are now just one of 14 schools out of 308 playing Division I soccer that have gone to eight consecutive tournaments. Of those 14 schools, five are from the ACC (Clemson, FSU, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest). Ten of those 14 schools earned a national seed in 2007 including all four top seeds in North Carolina, Stanford, Penn State and UCLA.

FSU ranks in the top 10 for all-time NCAA Tournament wins (18) and the Seminoles rank fifth in the history of the NCAA in wins per trip (2.25) to the NCAA Tournament. The only schools that have won more games per trip to the NCAA’s are North Carolina, Notre Dame, UCLA and Portland. Of the teams that have played 10 or more all-time games, FSU has the fifth-highest winning percentage of any team in NCAA Tournament history (.731).

The Seminoles will serve as host for an NCAA Tournament game for the 13th time in school history. FSU is undefeated at home in the NCAA Tournament posting a career record of 12-0-0. The Seminoles have played at home in six of their eight postseason appearances.

The first NCAA Tournament game ever played by the Seminoles and ever played in Tallahassee came against Jacksonville in 2000. FSU went on to beat the Dolphins 4-1.

Eight teams in this year’s field of 64 made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Two of those teams played in the first and second round in Tallahassee including LSU and Kennesaw State. LSU was the only school to register a first round victory defeating Samford 1-0 in double overtime. The Tigers finished the tournament 1-1-0. The other clubs joining the Tigers and Owls were Alabama A&M, Georgetown, Hawaii, Memphis, Monmouth and Sacramento State.

FSU is one of just two schools to play in three of the last four College Cups. The other is UCLA who has participated in four straight. UCLA and North Carolina have both been to five Cups this decade, while Portland is second with four appearances.

For the third straight season Florida State received a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. This year the Seminoles earned a No. 3 seed, while the last two years saw FSU land a No. 2 seed in the tournament. The only other time the Seminoles received a national seed was in 2003. That year the team was seeded 11th. The three previous occasions FSU received a national seed, the team advanced to the College Cup.

The Atlantic Coast Conference once again showed why it’s one of the best soccer conferences in the nation. The ACC led all conferences with eight teams selected to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and heading into the Round of 16, they lead all conferences with four teams remaining (Florida State, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia). The Big East and Pac-10 each have three teams playing in the third round followed by the SEC and Big Ten with two. The Big 12 Conference and West Coast Conference each have one team left. The Longhorns are the lone Big 12 representative in the tournament.

With a 3-0 victory over Kennesaw State, Florida State remained unbeaten in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament posting a record of 7-0-1. 2004 marks the only year the Seminoles failed to advance as they tied Boston College 0-0 but were eliminated in a shootout. FSU is a combined 13-1-1 in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

In 24 all-time NCAA Tournament games, Florida State has recorded nine shutouts and has been shutout six times. The Seminoles have outscored the opposition 7-0 through the first two rounds of the tournament.

In each of the three seasons that Florida State has posted a win in the third round, the Seminoles have gone on to play in the College Cup. FSU victories in the Round of 16 included FSU over West Virginia in Morgantown in 2003, FSU over California in Tallahassee in 2005 and FSU over Illinois in Tallahassee in 2006.

With two wins in the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament, Florida State has registered at least two or more wins in six of its eight postseason appearances. The Seminoles went 1-1-0 in 2001 and 0-0-1 in 2004.

Mami Yamaguchi’s three assists against Kennesaw State in the first round put her in a tie for second place for career assists by a Seminole in an NCAA Tournament match. She would move into sole possession of second place with an assist against LSU.

No Seminole had ever recorded more than one first half assist in an NCAA Tournament game before FSU’s Mami Yamaguchi registered three against Kennesaw State.

Yamaguchi’s three assists tied the single-game record set by Erin Grimsley in 1996 versus Jacksonville.

Sanna Talonen broke the record for goals by a freshman with her 13th of the year at 26:39. The record was set in 2000 by Emma Breland. She is tied with Breland for points in a season by a freshman with 31.

FSU’s Sanna Talonen scored three first half goals in a span of 27 minutes becoming the second Seminole to perform such a feat this season. Mami Yamaguchi did it versus Troy scoring three times in the first 17:33.

Talonen tied teammate Katrin Schmidt for the single game record for goals in an NCAA Tournament game with three. Schmidt established the record last year in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament versus Jacksonville.

Sanna Talonen’s three goals against Kennesaw State and Kirsten van de Ven’s two goals against LSU marked just the fourth and fifth time in postseason play that a Florida State student-athlete posted a multi-goal game.

With a goal and four assists in two tournament games, junior Mami Yamaguchi stands as the only student-athlete in the nation to rank in the top 10 in all three major scoring categories (points, goals and assists per game). Yamaguchi ranks third in points, fourth in goals and seventh in assists.

Freshman Marissa Kazbour posted back-to-back assists for the first time this season in FSU’s first two postseason victories. The Valrico, Fla. native notched her first game-winning assist feeding Holly Peltzer for the first goal of the game against LSU.

Holly Peltzer registered her third goal and first game-winner of the season in FSU’s 4-0 win over LSU. The goal was Peltzer’s second career NCAA Tournament tally while it was just her second career goal scored at home. Eight of her 10 career goals have come on the road.

Florida State tied a season-high taking 30 shots against LSU. The Seminoles first reached the mark in their season opener against Francis Marion.

The 12 corner kicks taken against LSU were the most taken in the NCAA Tournament in school history; the Seminoles committed a tournament low one foul in their 4-0 victory over LSU.

With back-to-back shutouts in the postseason, the Seminoles have not allowed a goal in 231:39 – a span dating back to last season’s College Cup semifinal against Notre Dame.

The Seminoles set an NCAA Tournament record for the quickest time between goals as Kirsten van de Ven and Mami Yamaguchi scored just 1:09 apart in the second half of the second round game against LSU.

The young Seminoles have come through so far this postseason contributing to nine of the 22 points scored in the first two games. Sanna Talonen has scored three goals, Marissa Kazbour registered two assists and Rachel Lim picked up her first postseason assist on Kirsten van de Ven’s second goal against LSU.

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