TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s soccer team opens the second half of its season on Friday night in Greensboro, N.C., in the first semifinal of the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Championship.
The top-seeded Seminoles (16-1-1, 9-0-1) will face fourth-seeded Notre Dame (12-4-2, 7-2-1) at 5:30 p.m. inside the UNCG Soccer Stadium, while the second semifinal features second-seeded North Carolina and third-seeded Virginia at 8 pm.
Florida State and Notre Dame are meeting in the ACC Tournament for the first time after the two schools did not meet during the regular season this year. The two schools have met six times with each school winning three times. The Noles have won two straight over the Irish including the only meeting as league foes last year.
In last year’s regular season finale in Tallahassee, Marta Bakowska-Mathews scored both goals in a 2-1 double OT victory netting the equalizer in the 88th minute before notching the golden goal in the 105th minute.
The last neutral site meeting in the series came at the 2007 College Cup in College Station, Texas as FSU defeated Notre Dame 3-2.
FSU, the defending league champs, enters the ACC Tournament as a top four seed for the 13th time since 2000. As the No. 1 overall seed at this year’s championship, the Seminoles have now finished no lower than second place in the ACC a total of nine times over the last 10 years.
Florida State owns an all-time record of 15-15-6 in the ACC Tournament and is 10-10-6 in games played in the state of North Carolina. This marks the first time the tournament has been held in Greensboro. The Noles are 12-6-3 in the tournament under Mark Krikorian reaching the finals five times winning twice.
The Seminoles enter the ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed for the third time in school history. FSU is 3-2-0 all-time as the No. 1 seed reaching the finals in 2009 and semifinals in 2012. The Seminoles claimed a share of the regular season title in 2014 with North Carolina as both teams finished with 28 points and identical 9-0-1 records. Florida State held the tiebreaker over UNC via goal differential. The regular season title is FSU’s third in school history and third in the last six years.
Both semifinal matches of the ACC Tournament will air live on ESPN3, while Sunday’s championship game will be played at 1 pm and broadcast live on ESPNU.
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