Nov. 13, 2008
Auburn Regional – NCAA Tournament Central
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The quest for a fourth straight College Cup begins Friday, November 14 at 3:00 p.m. EST in Auburn, Ala., as Florida State (14-2-3) takes on Mississippi Valley State (10-10-2) in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. The Seminoles earned an at-large berth out of the ACC and will make its ninth consecutive appearance in the tournament, while Mississippi Valley State received an automatic bid for the second time in school history after claiming the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.
FSU hits the road in postseason play for the 17th time in school history. The Seminoles are 7-7-2 all-time when playing on the road in the NCAA Tournamen including a mark of 2-0-1 when playing a first round game on the road. The last time the Seminoles opened the NCAA Tournament away from home came in 2005 when FSU defeated Florida Atlantic 3-0 in Gainesville, Fla.
Florida State and Mississippi Valley State will square-off for the first time on Friday. The match marks the third first-time opponent the Seminoles have faced this season. Against first-time opponents in 2008, FSU is 1-0-1 outscoring the opposition 7-3. The Seminoles defeated Florida Gulf Coast 4-0, while playing to a 3-3 tie against South Carolina in a game played in Auburn. FSU has fared well when facing a team for the first-time posting an all-time record of 41-27-4.
Florida State Seminole Soccer Information
Friday, November 14, 3:00 pm EST
Florida State (14-2-3) vs. Mississippi Valley State (10-10-2)
Series Record: First Meeting
Live Stats: Game Tracker
* The Seminoles have compiled a .500 record on the road in NCAA Tournament play posting an all-time mark of 7-7-2. FSU has been outscored by the opposition 22-18 on the road during the postseason, while 11 games have been decided by one goal or less.
* Mississippi Valley State enters the NCAA Tournament on a bit of a hot streak unbeaten in its last 12 games (10-0-2). After opening the season with 10 straight losses and managing just two goals, the Devilettes have turned things around during their recent unbeaten streak outscoring the opposition 35-8 while posting six shutouts.
* MVSU made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005 as the Devilettes traveled to Los Angeles to face UCLA, a game won by the Bruins 9-0.
* Florida State enters the NCAA Tournament with the seventh highest ranked scoring offense (2.89) in the nation led behind All-ACC first team honoree Sanna Talonen, who has 31 points on the year. Mississippi Valley State is averaging 1.65 goals per game and is led by senior Kate Johnson’s 19 points on nine goals and one assist.
* International connection – When the two schools square-off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday there will be a certain international feel to it. Over half the members listed on the Mississippi Valley State roster hail from outside the US including 11 from Canada and one from Australia. FSU has three international student-athletes including Sanna Talonen (Finland), Katrin Schmidt (Germany) and Erin McNulty (Canada).
FSU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
* Florida State is 21-7-2 in NCAA Tournament play all-time good for a .733 winning percentage. It is the fifth-best winning percentage among teams that have played 10 or more games. In just eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, Florida State’s 21 wins already rank as the eighth most in NCAA history. Only four teams in NCAA history have averaged more wins per NCAA Tournament trip than FSU.
* 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 first road game for the Seminoles in the NCAA Tournament came in the school’s first postseason appearance back in 2000 when Florida State upset Florida 2-1 in the second round.
* Seven teams in this year’s field of 64 are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. One of those teams is headed to Auburn in Belmont University. The other schools joining the Bruins in making their first appearance are Army, Long Beach State, Morehead State, Northern Arizona, Northeastern and South Dakota State.
* Florida State has never faced Mississippi Valley State or Belmont in school history. The Seminoles have faced Auburn on eight prior occasions including three times in the NCAA Tournament. FSU is 7-1-0 all-time against the Tigers including a 3-0-0 mark in postseason play. Earlier this year, Florida State defeated Auburn 3-0 on the Tigers home turf.
* 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.
* The Seminoles have played teams from both the SEC and the Atlantic-Sun Conferences in the NCAA Tournament and have never lost posting an all-time record of 10-0-0. FSU has played a SEC foe in the NCAA Tournament seven times (7-0-0), while playing teams from the Atlantic-Sun three times (3-0-0) including Jacksonville twice and Kennesaw State for the first time last year. The Garnet and Gold have never faced an opponent out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference in the NCAA Tournament.
* Florida State has never lost an opening round NCAA Tournament match and only failed to advance once. In 2004 the Seminoles tied Boston College 0-0 and were eliminated in a shootout.
* In 30 all-time NCAA Tournament games, Florida State has recorded 10 shutouts and has been shutout seven times.
* Of the 22 student-athletes listed on the 2008 Seminole roster, 13 have prior experience playing in a combined 85 games in the NCAA Tournament. Together those 13 players have tallied 46 points on 16 goals and 14 assists. Both goalkeepers have seen action in the NCAA Tournament including Kate Milstead who started the final three games of the postseason for Penn State in 2005. Senior Katrin Schmidt leads all Seminoles as she has started in all 16 games over the last three seasons. Sophomore Sanna Talonen is the leading scorer with 17 points on eight goals and one assist.
* 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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