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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Fifth-Ranked FSU Opens ACC Tournament Versus Clemson Today

Nov. 2, 2005

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Cary, NCTalk about déjà vu. Didn’t fifth-ranked Florida State and No. 24 Clemson just play last week? They did and they will do so again at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the opening round of the 2005 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship. For the first time in school history the Seminoles (16-2-0, 8-2-0) will play back-to-back games against the same opponent as they begin their quest for the school’s first ACC Title.


“It is a difficult situation,” said senior Teresa Rivera. “”There are no surprises when you play the same team twice within five days. We know each other and we are fresh in each other’s minds. It is a positive and a negative. We know their personnel and tendencies. It gives both teams a little bit of an advantage coming in.”


The Seminoles will enter the match with a little bit of a psychological advantage having downed the Tigers 3-0 in Clemson in the season finale for both teams Saturday. All-ACC first team selection Sel Kuralay scored two goals and recorded an assist in the win. Florida State is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings with Clemson.


“Clemson is a good team,” said junior Sarah Rosseau. “They are quick on the right side, they have some dangerous attacking players and their service from the back is very good. We have to do a better job of limiting them up top because they created some dangerous chances against us last time.”


Despite the Seminoles current success versus Clemson, FSU has never defeated the Tigers in a postseason game. Florida State lost two NCAA tournament games to Clemson in South Carolina in 2000 and 2001. Last season the teams opened the ACC Tournament against one another in a 3/6 match-up. The Tigers broke out to a 2-0 lead before FSU evened the game in the second half. After two scoreless overtimes, the Tigers eliminated FSU in a shootout 4-3.


“I don’t think we are really thinking about what happened versus Clemson last year in the ACC Tournament,” said Rivera. “We are such a different team than we were at this time last year. I think we are looking forward to moving on from that game and putting it behind us.”


Florida State will most likely start only three players who started in the quarterfinal match versus the Tigers last season. Only Kelly Rowland, India Trotter and Teresa Rivera are expected to be in the first 11 for the last two ACC Tournament meetings between the teams.


“There are too many changes to even think about what happened last year,” said Rosseau. “I think overall this is a completely different year. I don’t see what happened last year having any bearing on this game.”


The Seminoles will open the championships on a school record eight game win streak and with seven straight wins versus ACC opponents under their belt. Florida State has outscored its opponents 26-4 during the win streak and has recorded four shutouts in that span as well.


“We have a good level of confidence but we are nowhere near being over confident,” said Rosseau.  “I think coming off a 3-0 win at Clemson gives us some confidence entering this game. We have a really positive outlook but also know that Clemson is a very good team and capable of eliminating us like they did last year.”


Follow No. 5 Florida State’s match with No. 24 Clemson (9-7-2, 4-5-1) via Game Tracker. The match is slated for a 2:30 p.m. kick. For all your Florida State soccer information, log on to, the official athletic website for the Florida State University Athletic Department.


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