Nov. 23, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (17-6-1) welcomes Virginia (17-4-2) to Tallahassee for an Elite Eight showdown in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament on Friday, November 25 at 2:00 p.m. It marks the third meeting between the two schools this year and the first time the two teams will meet in the NCAA Tournament.
The Cavaliers won the regular season meeting back in early October defeating the Seminoles 4-3 in overtime in Charlottesville. The Noles responded with a 2-1 victory back on November 4, their first in the series, in the ACC Tournament semifinals in Cary, N.C.
Florida State is seeking its fifth trip to the College Cup and first since 2007, while Virginia is in search of its second all-time berth in the College Cup and first since 1991.
FSU returns to the Seminole Soccer Complex riding a season-best nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) after going on the road and defeating Portland and Louisville in Memphis last week in the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles are 8-2 at home this year and 22-1-0 all-time on their home turf in the NCAA Tournament.
UVa hits the road for just the seventh time this year and is 2-3-1 away from Charlottesville in 2011. The Cavaliers have not allowed a goal through their first three postseason games posting shutout wins over Long Island, Washington State and Virginia Tech. Virginia enters Friday’s match having won nine of its last 10 games with their only loss coming at the hands of Florida State in the ACC Tournament. Over the last 10 games, UVa has outscored its opponents 26-5. All five goals allowed during that span have come against the Seminoles.
FSU has advanced to the quarterfinal round for the seventh year in a row – the longest active streak in the nation – and eighth all-time. The Seminoles are 3-3-1 all-time in the Elite Eight advancing to the College Cup four times in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Virginia marks the fourth ACC opponent the Seminoles have faced in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles have faced Clemson (1-2), North Carolina (0-0-1) and Boston College (1-0-1). Friday’s match against the Cavaliers is the third time FSU will face an ACC opponent with a trip to the College Cup on the line. FSU tied UNC 1-1 in Chapel Hill in 2005 before defeating the Tar Heels 5-4 in pks and then defeated Clemson 2-1 in Tallahassee in 2006.
Fans can listen to live audio of Friday’s match on Seminoles.com All-Access. Live stats will also be available via gametracker, while fans can always receive updates on the game via twitter @FSU_Soccer.
Single Game Ticket
$7 – Adults
$5 – Youth (12 & under), seniors 50+ and students from participating schools
FREE – Children 2 & under; first 100 students with valid ID; and first 50 kids 12 & under accompanied by an adult.
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Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to Seminoles.com for updates regarding the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
For complete game notes, see the PDF listed above.