Nov. 21, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A spot in the ‘Elite Eight’ is what’s at stake as Florida State (16-2-3) hosts Boston College (15-5-2) in third round action of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex. FSU is unbeaten in six previous meetings (4-0-2) against the Eagles including three straight 1-0 victories. Two of the six contests have ended in a scoreless tie, while FSU has not allowed the Eagles to score in the series, a span of 580 consecutive scoreless minutes.
Florida State traveled to Chestnut Hill back on October 5 and pulled out a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal by freshman midfielder Tori Huster. Sarah Wagenfuhr assisted on the play sending the ball to the far post off a Seminole corner where Huster connected with a header inside the left post for the score. Kate Milstead finished the game with five saves in goal for FSU.
The Seminoles are 23-7-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, while BC is 10-10-3. The Seminoles are making their fourth straight appearance in the Round of 16 and seventh overall. FSU is 4-2-0 in third round action. The Seminoles’ three wins have come against West Virginia, Illinois, California and Texas. This is the fifth appearance for BC in the Round of 16 as the Eagles are 0-4-0 all-time.
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Florida State Seminole Soccer Information
Friday, November 14, 3:00 pm EST
Boston College (15-5-2) at Florida State (16-2-3)
Series Record: Florida State leads the series 4-0-2; Series is tied 0-0-1 in the NCAA Tournament
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* Florida State earned an at-large berth out of the Atlantic Coast Conference and is making its ninth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Boston College also received an at-large berth out of the ACC and is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in school history including six in a row.
* Florida State returns to the Seminole Soccer Complex for the first time in almost a month as the Seminoles take on Boston College in third round action of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles are undefeated at home in postseason play posting an all-time record of 14-0-0. FSU has outscored the opposition 43-8 on their home turf in NCAA Tournament play.
* Saturday’s contest marks the second meeting between these two schools in the NCAA Tournament. The first meeting dates back to 2004 in a first round match-up in Gainesville, Fla. The Eagles advanced following a 3-1 victory in a penalty kick shoot out as both teams played to a scoreless tie following 110 minutes of action.
* Florida State’s showdown with Boston College in the third round marks the fifth time the Seminoles have faced a conference opponent in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles own an all-time record of 1-2-1 against conference foes as FSU has faced Clemson (1-2-0) three times and North Carolina (0-0-1) once. This is just the second time the Seminoles have played host to a conference foe with the last time coming in 2006 as FSU defeated Clemson 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
FSU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
* Florida State returns to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive season. Not too bad for a program that has been in existence for only 14 seasons. After not reaching the postseason in its first five years, the Seminoles are now just one of 11 schools out of 318 playing Division I soccer that have gone to nine consecutive tournaments. Of those 11 schools, four are from the ACC (Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest). Nine of those 11 schools earned a national seed in 2008 including all four top seeds in North Carolina, Stanford, Notre Dame and UCLA. Three schools saw their run of consecutive postseason appearances come to end in 2008 including Connecticut (26), Santa Clara (19) and Clemson (14).
Consecutive Postseason Appearances
North Carolina – 27
Notre Dame – 16
Virginia – 15
Penn State – 14
Texas A&M – 14
Wake Forest – 13
UCLA – 12
Stanford – 11
Florida State – 9
Portland – 9
West Virginia – 9
* The Seminoles will serve as host for an NCAA Tournament game for the 15th time in school history. FSU is undefeated at home in the NCAA Tournament posting a career record of 14-0-0. The Seminoles have played at home in seven of their nine 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.
* FSU is one of just two schools to play in four of the last five College Cups. The other is UCLA who has participated in five straight. UCLA leads all school with six College Cup appearances this decade followed by North Carolina with five and Florida State and Portland with four appearances each.
* For the fourth straight season Florida State received a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. This year the Seminoles earned a No. 2 seed for the third time in the last four years. Last year, Florida State entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed. The only other time the Seminoles received a national seed was in 2003. That year the team was seeded 11th. The four previous occasions FSU received a national seed, the team advanced to the College Cup.
* With a 7-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State, Florida State remained unbeaten in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament posting a record of 8-0-1. 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 15-1-1 all-time in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
* In 32 all-time NCAA Tournament games, Florida State has recorded 12 shutouts and has been shutout seven times. The Seminoles are outscoring the opposition 8-0 through the first two rounds in 2008.
* 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 2008 and heading into the Round of 16, they lead all conferences with five teams left (Boston College, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, and Virginia). The Pac-10 has three teams remaining followed by the Big East and Big Ten with two schools each. The Big 12, Colonial, Southeastern and West Coast Conferences each have one team left. Three of the eight games in the third round will feature conference match-ups including FSU vs. BC, Duke vs. Virginia and UCLA vs. Southern California.
* The ACC compiled an 11-3-0 record following the first weekend of play in the NCAA Tournament. The ACC led all conferences that qualified for the postseason tournament in wins and winning percentage (.786). ACC teams outscored the opposition 38-9 with nine shutouts after the first two rounds of competition.
* In each of the four seasons that Florida State has posted a win in the third round, the Seminoles have gone on to play in the College Cup. FSU has posted victories in the Round of 16 over West Virginia in Morgantown in 2003, California (2005), Illinois (2006) and Texas (2007) all in Tallahassee.
* With two wins in the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament, Florida State has registered at least two or more wins in seven of its nine postseason appearances. The Seminoles went 1-1-0 in 2001 and 0-0-1 in 2004.
* Florida State will be without the services of Becky Edwards during NCAA Tournament play as the junior defender is competing with the U-20 U.S. National Team at the FIFA Youth World Cup in Chile. Edwards has 11 career starts in the NCAA Tournament with eight shots and three points (1G, 1A).
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