TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After winning its fourth consecutive ACC Championship on Sunday, the Florida State soccer team earned the conference’s automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. The Seminoles (13-3-4) were selected as a No. 3 seed in the tournament and will host Samford (15-3-2) in the first round of the tournament on Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Samford received the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship from the Southern Conference, winning both the regular season and conference tournament title. The Bulldogs are led offensively by Jermaine Seoposenwe with 38 points on 16 goals and six assists, while Anna Maddox has earned a 14-0-0 record as the Samford goalkeeper, posting a 0.45 goals against average in nearly 1,200 minutes played this season.
“We are looking at this as one game at a time, and now that we know that Samford is our opponent, we’re going to spend all of our time preparing for them,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “That’s what we’ve always done in the past and whether you are a 1, 2, 3, 4, or unseeded team, I’m not sure that it makes much of a difference.
“The head coach at Samford and I are very good friends, so I am familiar with their program. Todd Yelton and his staff have done an incredible job over the years in their consistency and we look forward to competing the best we can against them.”
Florida State has been chosen as a host site for the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in school history and eighth year in a row. The Seminoles are 39-1-0 all-time when playing inside the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex during the NCAA Tournament.
This will be the second match all-time against Samford as the Noles and Bulldogs met in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament with Florida State earning a 2-0 victory at home.
The ACC had seven teams represented in this year’s NCAA tournament field, with six national seeds – No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Clemson, No. 3 Duke and No. 3 Virginia. NC State was the final ACC team selected to the postseason and the Wolfpack will make their first NCAA tournament berth since 1996.
The Seminoles are a combined 5-2-3 versus the field of 64 and have played four of the seeded teams in this year’s tournament.
If the Noles continue to win and the highest seeds in the bracket hold, FSU would go on the road to play at No. 2-seed USC on November 18 and 20, and head to No. 1-seed Florida for an NCAA Quarterfinal match on November 25. The 2016 Women’s College Cup will be held at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., on December 2-4.
Tickets for the match between FSU and Samford are available now, online at Seminoles.com, by calling the FSU Ticket Office at 1-888-378-NOLE (6653) or in person at the Seminole Ticket Office located in Building C of the University Center. Tickets can also be purchased at the Seminole Soccer Complex beginning at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, November 12.
Single Game Tickets
$8 – Adults
$3 – Children (6-12 years old), Students & Senior citizens 50+
$1 – Children 5 and Under
Free – The first 100 FSU students with a valid ID
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