Nov. 2, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fresh off a quarterfinal victory over third-seeded North Carolina in the ACC Tournament last Sunday in Chapel Hill, sixth-seeded Florida State returns to the Tobacco State to face second-seeded Virginia on Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m., in the ACC Championship semifinals inside WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C.
After becoming the first school in league history to defeat North Carolina in the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles take their four-game win streak into the league semifinals looking to add to that history with a win over the Cavaliers.
Friday’s game marks the eighth semifinal appearance for FSU in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles have posted a record of 3-2-2 all-time in semifinal action advancing to the finals in five of their seven previous tournament appearances.
Florida State and Virginia will square-off in the tournament for just the fourth time in ACC history, while two of the three previous meetings have come in the semifinals. FSU is 0-2-1 against the Cavaliers in the ACC Tournament and 0-1-1 when facing UVa in the semifinals.
Virginia posted a pair of 2-0 victories over FSU in the ACC Tournament, first in the 1998 first round (Orlando, Fla.) and the next in the 2005 semifinals (Cary, N.C.). The Seminoles advanced past the Cavaliers in penalty kicks (3-2) in the 2001 semifinals in Winston-Salem, N.C., after both schools played 150 minutes of scoreless soccer including four 15-minute overtime periods.
UVa won the 2011 regular season meeting in Charlottesville, 4-3, on a golden goal by Caroline Miller in the 93rd minute of overtime. The seven combined goals were the most scored in the series since 1988 when UVa defeated FSU 4-3 in overtime in Tallahassee.
Friday is the 21st meeting between FSU and UVa with the Seminoles in search of their first-ever victory in the series. Sixteen of the 20 contests have been decided by one goal or less including 14 of the last 15 games, while three of the last six meetings have resulted in a tie.
Florida State is 8-9-5 in ACC Tournament games played in the state of North Carolina. The field at Cary has been a kind one to the Seminoles during the league tournament as FSU is 6-5-3 in seven total trips. The Garnet and Gold improved to 10-14-5 all-time in the ACC Tournament following Sunday’s opening round victory over North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
In the latest rankings, FSU moved up three spots in all three polls and rank as high as No. 9 by Soccer America. The Seminoles are also ranked No. 11 and No. 14 in the NSCAA and Soccer Times top 25 polls, respectively.
Friday’s ACC Tournament semifinal match will air live over the internet on ESPN3.com, while live stats will also be available via gametracker. Fans can always receive updates on the games via twitter @FSU_Soccer.
For complete game notes, see the PDF listed above.