TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fresh off its third Atlantic Coast Conference championship, the Florida State women’s soccer team will open the NCAA Tournament Friday night at 7:00 p.m. as the Seminoles (18-1-1) host South Alabama (19-2-1).
Florida State and South Alabama are squaring off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. Last year, the Seminoles defeated the Jaguars behind a two-goal performance from Carson Pickett and a four-point effort from Megan Campbell (1G, 2A). The Noles scored three goals in the first 21 minutes en route to a 5-0 victory.
FSU is 6-0-0 all-time against USA with four of those victories coming in Tallahassee. The Noles have outscored the Jaguars 25-2 in the previous six matches with FSU notching four shutouts including three in a row.
Florida State has posted an all-time record of 10-1-1 against current Sun Belt Conference schools. The Noles have played four other schools in the Sun Belt but six of those 12 matches have come against South Alabama.
The Jaguars enter the tournament winners of nine straight and unbeaten in their last 18 matches (17-0-1). South Alabama has posted 12 shutouts on the year and has allowed just three goals in the last seven games. Charde Hannah has paced the Jaguar offense through 22 games with 47 points on 20 goals and seven assists including seven game-winning goals.
Florida State earned the ACC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after claiming its third league title in the last four years. This year’s berth marks FSU’s 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. South Alabama, winners of the Sun Belt Conference for the second straight year, is making its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
FSU returns to the NCAA Tournament for the 15th year in a row. Not too bad for a program that has been in existence for 20 seasons. The Seminoles are one of just 12 schools at the Division I level that have been to 15 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and one of nine schools on an active streak of at least 15 straight appearances.
The Seminoles are 31-1-0 at home all-time in the NCAA Tournament outscoring the opposition 96-16. FSU enters Friday’s match winners of 13 straight NCAA Tournament matches at home. The Seminoles have just one loss in their last 45 home matches (43-1-1).
Tickets for the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament are currently on sale 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
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