Nov. 10, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fresh off its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship, Florida State will look to continue its recent ride of success into the second half of the season which begins on Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m., as the Seminoles host Samford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Seminoles are unbeaten in their last six games (5-0-1) with four wins and a tie during that span coming against ranked opponents.
Florida State and Samford will square-off for the first time on Friday night. Both schools enter the contest with 14 victories and both are coming off a conference championship.
Florida State sits at 30-10-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, good for a .738 winning percentage. It is the fifth-best winning percentage among teams that have played 10 or more games. Making their 12 straight NCAA Tournament appearance, FSU’s 30 wins already rank as the eighth most in NCAA history.
For the seventh straight season, Florida State received a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. After winning the 2011 ACC Championship, the Seminoles were recognized as one of four No. 1 national seeds and one of three schools out of the ACC to earn that distinction. It marks the second time FSU has earned a top national seed with the first coming in 2009.
The Seminoles are 21-1-0 at home in the NCAA Tournament outscoring the opposition 61-13. FSU had won 18 straight NCAA Tournament games inside the Seminole Soccer Complex before suffering its first home loss to Notre Dame in the Elite Eight back in 2009.
Samford comes into Tallahassee winners of 10 in a row and unbeaten in its last 14 games. The Bulldogs are averaging 1.4 goals per game and are led by Sarah Wilkinson, who has a team-high eight goals and 16 points. She is tied with Adrianne Mancino with three game-winning goals on the year.
Alyssa Whitehead has started all 21 games between the posts for the Bulldogs and has played in all but nine minutes on the year. The senior goalkeeper has recorded 110 saves and eight shutouts on the year en route to a goals against average of 0.82.
This is Samford’s third NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2007. The Bulldogs are 0-2-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Live stats will be available via gametracker for Friday’s NCAA First Round match. Fans can always receive updates on the games via twitter @FSU_Soccer.
Single Game Ticket
$7 – Adults
$5 – Youth, 12 & under, senior 50+ and students from participating schools
Free – Children 2 & under and the 100 FSU students with a valid ID
Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to Seminoles.com for updates regarding the 2011 NCAA Tournament in Tallahassee.
For complete game notes, see the PDF listed above.