June 3, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University has been selected to host the 2002 ACC Women’s Soccer Championships for the first time in conference history. The tournament, which runs from Thursday, November 7 to Sunday, November 10, will be played at the Seminole Soccer Complex on the FSU campus. This marks just the second time in conference history that the prestigious championship will be played in the state of Florida and just the fourth time in 14 years that it will be staged outside of the Carolinas. In 1998, Disney’s Wide World of Sports hosted the women’s soccer championship, which marked the first time the event was held in the Sunshine State. The only other times the tournament wasn’t held in either North or South Carolina was when Virginia hosted in 1990 and Maryland hosted in 1995.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to host the premier women’s conference tournament in America,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “We were the last remaining school who hasn’t hosted and we have seen first-hand what a wonderful job the other ACC schools have done in a hosting role. We want to keep up that great tradition.
“I am also really excited for the fans in Tallahassee, North Florida and South Georgia who get to come out and see some of the nation’s best players taking part in a wonderful event.”
The three-year old Seminole Soccer Complex is the newest women’s soccer stadium in the ACC and seats 1,500 fans. Florida State has hosted an NCAA Tournament game at the complex but this will mark the first time the complex has played host to one of the most respected conference tournament’s in women’s college soccer. Last season, seven of the conference’s eight schools made it to the NCAA Tournament. Only the Big East placed more teams in the 2001 field.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to host the premier women’s conference tournament in America. We were the last remaining school who hasn’t hosted and we have seen first-hand what a wonderful job the other ACC schools have done in a hosting role. We want to keep up that great tradition.”
“Our administration built this complex with the vision of hosting events like this,” said Baker. “We have hosted numerous High School State Final Fours here and an NCAA Tournament game versus Jacksonville two seasons ago. We want to host more and to be able to host a tournament of this caliber is something this complex was built for and something we as a university are prepared for.”
The Seminoles play host to the conference’s top women’s soccer event on the heels of the school’s most successful ACC Tournament appearance ever and in the midst of an 11-game home winning streak. Florida State played in the program’s first-ever ACC Championship game last year after finishing in a third-place tie in the regular season standings, which was FSU’s highest-ever finish. Florida State also went a perfect 10-0 at home and hasn’t lost a home match since a 1-0 loss to Virginia October 28, 2000. The Tribe’s home-winning streak covers nearly 20 months. Florida State has also won 17-straight non-conference games at the Seminole Soccer Complex dating back to August of 1999 in the season-opener versus Miami. It has been almost three full seasons since FSU lost a home match to a non-conference foe.
Ticket prices and game times for the championship have not been announced yet but check seminoles.com for the latest and most up-to-date information on the 2002 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship.