TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After capturing the ACC championship for the second year in a row this past Sunday in Greensboro, N.C., Florida State guaranteed its spot in the NCAA Tournament for the 15th consecutive year securing the league’s automatic bid. The Seminoles were rewarded for their run through the ACC and an 18-1-1 overall record by receiving one of the four No. 1 seeds in the tournament for the fourth straight year and fifth time overall.
“We are excited as can be to move on to the next phase of the season,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “Our players worked extremely hard this year to get the results that we did and we were rewarded for that effort with a No. 1 seed.”
Florida State will open the tournament in Tallahassee on Friday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m., against South Alabama, winners of the Sun Belt Conference. Friday’s first round match-up marks the seventh meeting between the Seminoles and the Jaguars and the second straight year the two schools will square-off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. FSU leads the all-time series 6-0-0. The Seminoles opened last year’s tournament with a 5-0 victory over the Jaguars.
“We know that South Alabama is coming in here as a very successful program,” added Krikorian. “We saw them last year in the first round. At 19-2-1, they are as well coached a team as we are going to face. They have some very good players both domestic and international kids. I expect this Friday night’s match to be very competitive.
“We are going to give them the absolute same respect that we gave the University of Virginia on Sunday and that we gave Notre Dame on Friday. We know that they are a quality program. You can’t win 19 games in Division I college soccer and not have good players and not be well coached. Graham and his group do a very, very good job.”
Florida State will host the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in school history and sixth year in a row. The Seminoles are 31-1-0 all-time when playing inside the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex during the NCAA Tournament.
“I have said this since preseason and even before that we felt this team was a special group that had a great mix of older players and younger players,” said Krikorian. “We have some very athletic kids, some very technical kids and some very physical kids. We thought that our defending was going to be quite good which it has proven to be up to this point. We thought that our attack would be diverse which it has proven to be at this point. What we need to do is make sure that we are preparing properly, giving our players all the information they need to be successful and then hoping they will go out and execute which I have every reason to believe they will.”
Four schools from the ACC earned national seeds as Florida State was joined by North Carolina and Virginia, who both earned No. 2 seeds, and Notre Dame as a four-seed. The league secured six bids in total as Clemson and Virginia Tech rounded out the ACC’s at-large selections.
Tickets will go on sale beginning Tuesday, November 11 and can be purchased over the phone at 888-FSU-NOLE, in person at the Seminole Ticket Office located in Building C of the University Center and online at Seminoles.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Seminole Soccer Complex beginning at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, November 14.
Single Game Tickets
$7 – Adults
$3 – Children (3-18), Students & Senior citizens 50+
$1 – Children 2 and Under
Free – The first 100 FSU students with a valid ID
Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to Seminoles.com for updates regarding the 2014 NCAA Tournament in Tallahassee.