Nov. 4, 2008
CARY, N.C. – Florida State earned the No. 2 seed in this year’s ACC Soccer Championship and will face seventh-seeded Virginia Tech in the first round on Wednesday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m. It marks the first time the two teams have faced each other in the conference tournament and the first time the two schools have met more than once in a single season.
Earlier this year, Florida State downed Virginia Tech 3-1 behind a three-point performance on a goal and an assist by senior Sarah Wagenfuhr. In a physical battle, the two teams combined for 27 fouls including 19 registered by the Hokies. Rachel Lim and Sanna Talonen also scored in the game, while Casey Short recorded an assist.
Florida State Seminole Soccer Information
Wednesday, November 5, 5:00 pm EST
#2 Florida State (14-2-2, 8-1-1 ACC) vs. #7 Virginia Tech (10-7-2, 4-4-2 ACC)
Series Record: Florida State leads 6-0-0; Seminoles lead 1-0-0 on neutral soil
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* Florida State and Virginia Tech square-off in the first round of the ACC Tournament. It marks the first time the two teams have faced each other in the conference tournament and the first time the two schools have met more than once in a single season.
* The Seminoles are 6-0-0 all-time against the Hokies and 1-0-0 on neutral soil. Florida State is a perfect 5-0-0 against VT since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004.
* FSU has outscored the Hokies 11-2, registering four shutouts in the series; four of the six contests have been decided by one goal.
* This marks just the second time Virginia Tech has qualified for the ACC Tournament since joining the league in 2004. The Hokies went 1-1-0 in their first and only appearance in 2004 – defeating Miami 2-0 in the first round and then falling 8-0 to Virginia in the quarterfinals. FSU has advanced out of the first round the last three seasons and have posted an all-time record of 5-6-2 in the first round of the ACC Tournament.
* Florida State is 5-7-4 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 4-3-2 in four previous trips.
FSU IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
* In ACC Tournament openers, the Seminoles were 0-5 and outscored 27-1. Since 2000 it has been a completely different story. In the last eight ACC Tournament openers FSU is 5-1-2 and has advanced into the semifinals in six of those eight tournaments.
* Since the 2000 ACC Tournament only North Carolina has advanced to the semifinals more times than FSU. The Seminoles are second behind UNC for the most appearances in the semifinals with six. Duke is third with five. Other than North Carolina who has played for the title every year since the tournament’s inception in 1988, Florida State has appeared in more ACC Championship games than any other team in the conference with four. Virginia follows with two, while Duke and Clemson each have one appearance since 2000. For overall championship game appearances, FSU and Duke are tied for second all-time with four.
* With a top three finish once again in 2008, FSU and UNC are the only teams with six consecutive top three finishes in the league. The Seminoles have the third-longest streak of being .500 or above in conference play behind North Carolina and Virginia and FSU is also third behind those two teams for ACC wins since 2000. The Seminoles are second behind UNC for the fewest losses and for winning percentage in ACC play since 2000.
* Heading into the 2008 ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C., 12 Seminoles on the current roster enter with prior postseason experience. Leading the way with the most minutes played is senior defender Katrin Schmidt (748). In fact the backline has the most experience out of all the other positions with 2004 combined playing minutes between Schmidt, Becky Edwards, Erika Sutton and Sarah Wagenfuhr. Junior Lauren Switzer leads all players with two goals, while senior Katrin Schmidt and sophomore Amanda DaCosta each have one career goal in the league tournament. DaCosta, Becky Edwards, Annie Stalzer and Sanna Talonen are the only current Seminoles with one assist a piece. DaCosta, Schmidt and Switzer all garnered All-Tournament accolades last year.
* When it comes to nail biters, Florida State has lived up to the hype at the ACC Tournament. In one-goal games, the Seminoles are 3-3 posting victories over Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College. The three losses have all come at the hands of North Carolina, with all three defeats coming in the tournament finals including last year’s 1-0 loss. The Seminoles have played to four ties in the tournament and have advanced three of those times via penalty kicks. Florida State is 1-3 in two-goal games and 3-6 in games decided by three or more goals. Last year, the Seminoles outscored the opposition 6-3 en route to a runner-up finish.
* Florida State’s 8-1-1 record in league play stands as the highest winning percentage in school history. The eight wins tied the school record set in 2005 when the Seminoles went 8-2-0 en route to finishing in a tie for second place with Virginia. It marked the eighth year in a row that the Seminoles have finished no lower than fourth place in the league standings.
* For the fourth consecutive year and for the fifth time in the last six seasons, FSU lost no more than two regular season conference games. From 1995 to 2000, the Seminoles registered just five league wins in 42 games. Since 2001, Florida State has posted a record of 43-18-9 in league play averaging more than five wins a season.