Nov. 27, 2008
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Florida State (17-2-3) hits the road for the second time this postseason as the Seminoles take on Notre Dame (24-0-0) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday’s match marks the third consecutive year the two schools have met in the postseason with the first two meetings coming in the College Cup. In 2006, Notre Dame held on for a 2-1 victory over Florida State in Cary, N.C. Last year, the Seminoles avenged that loss by downing the Irish 3-2 in College Station, Texas to advance to their first national championship game. Mami Yamaguchi, Sanna Talonen and Amanda DaCosta each tallied a goal and an assist as the Seminoles defeated the Irish for the first time in school history.
Florida State is playing in the quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row and for the fifth time in six years. The Seminoles have outscored the opposition 9-0 this postseason, while posting a 2-0-0 record on the road.
Florida State Seminole Soccer Information
Friday, November 28, 7:00 pm EST
Florida State (17-2-3) at Notre Dame (24-0-0)
Series Record: Series tied 1-1-0; Series tied 1-1-0 in the NCAA Tournament
Live Stats: Gametracker
Webcast: Watch the Game Live!
* Florida State earned an at-large berth out of the Atlantic Coast Conference and is making its ninth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame received an automatic bid after capturing the Big East Conference championship. The Fighting Irish are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 16th year in a row.
* FSU is 24-7-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, while Notre Dame owns an overall record of 46-13-2. The Seminoles are making their fourth straight appearance in the quarterfinals and fifth overall. FSU is unbeaten in the quarters in four previous trips posting a record of 3-0-1. The Seminoles have advanced to the College Cup after defeating Florida (2003), Clemson (2006) and Connecticut (2007) while advancing 5-4 in pks against North Carolina (2005) after playing to a 1-1 tie. This is the fifth straight appearance for Notre Dame in the quarters and 12th overall.
* The Seminoles moved their road postseason record above .500 following back-to-back shutout victories in the first and second round of the 2008 tournament. FSU has posted an all-time mark of 9-7-2 away from home, good for a .556 winning percentage. FSU has outscored the opposition 26-22 on the road during the postseason, while 12 games have been decided by one goal or less.
* Friday’s quarterfinal pits two of the top 10 winningest active coaches in Division I history in FSU’s Mark Krikorian and Notre Dame’s Randy Waldrum. Waldrum sits fourth all-time with 316 career victories and a winning percentage of .786. Krikorian has 241 victories and a .772 all-time winning percentage. Together the two coaches have combined for 557 victories in the college ranks.
* FSU is 13-4-1 versus current members of the Big East Conference with the last three games coming against Connecticut (twice) and Notre Dame. Most of those wins came versus South Florida who FSU is 7-0-1 against lifetime. The Seminoles defeated both Connecticut and Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while defeating the Huskies 3-0 earlier this year in Penn State.
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