Nov. 2, 2005
“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.
“Clemson is a good team,” said junior
Despite the Seminoles current success versus Clemson, FSU has never defeated the Tigers in a postseason game.
“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.”
“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.
“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.”
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