Oct. 31, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The ACC Women’s Soccer Championship continues this weekend at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C., as top-seeded Florida State will face fifth-seeded Virginia in the first of two semifinal matches on Friday, November 2. The first semifinal match is set for a 5:00 p.m. start and will air live on ESPN3.
The Seminoles advanced out of the first round of the league tournament for the sixth time in the last eight years following their 4-0 victory over eighth-seeded Boston College last Sunday in Tallahassee. Tiffany McCarty and Dagny Brynjarsdottir paced the Seminole offense as McCarty scored twice and Brynjarsdottir recorded a career-high four points on a goal and two assists.
Florida State (16-2-0) and Virginia (14-4-1) will square-off in the tournament for just the fifth time in ACC history, while three of the four previous meetings have come in the semifinals. FSU is 1-2-1 against the Cavaliers in the ACC Tournament and 1-1-1 when facing UVa in the semifinals.
Friday’s first semifinal match is a rematch of last year’s semifinal as the Seminoles erased a one-goal halftime deficit defeating the Cavaliers 2-1 marking the first victory over Virginia in school history. FSU scored two second half goals in a span of 13:22 to advance to the finals. Tiffany McCarty and Janice Cayman provided the goal scoring and Kelsey Wys made four saves in the win.
The game also marks the ninth semifinal appearance for FSU in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles have posted a record of 4-2-2 all-time in semifinal action advancing to the finals in six of their eight previous tournament semifinal appearances.
The Seminoles won the 2012 regular season meeting against the Cavaliers in Tallahassee, 1-0, on a golden goal penalty kick conversion by senior defender Ines Jaurena. After both teams played 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, Jamia Fields was fouled in the box leading to a penalty kick and the game-winner by Jaurena.
Friday is the 24th meeting between FSU and UVA. Virginia held a 20-game unbeaten streak in the series before last year’s victory by Florida State in the ACC Semifinals. The Seminoles have held the upper hand in the series as of late winning three straight. The series between the two schools has also be closely contested as 18 of the 23 matches have been decided by one goal or less including 16 of the last 18 games.
FSU owns an all-time record of 12-14-6 in the ACC Tournament and 9-9-6 in games played in the state of North Carolina. The field at Cary has been kind to the Noles during the league tournament as FSU is 7-5-4 in eight total trips. Six of FSU’s nine semifinal appearances have come in Cary, along with its first league championship in 2011.
As the No. 1 seed, Florida State is 3-1-0 all-time. The Seminoles reached the league championship game in 2009 in their only other appearance as the top seed in the tournament. In 2009, FSU opened the tournament in Cary, N.C., with a pair of 2-0 victories over eighth-seeded Duke and fourth-seeded Virginia Tech before falling to third-seeded UNC 3-0 in the finals.
Friday’s semifinal winners will square-off in the ACC Championship final on Sunday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m., on ESPNU.
Live stats for this weekend’s ACC Championship will be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Soccer. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Soccer team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer.