Oct. 27, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) – After closing out the regular season with three straight wins, Florida State clinched the sixth-seed in the ACC Tournament with a 5-5-0 record and 15 points. The Seminoles will face third-seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinals on Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m. The Tar Heels wrapped up the regular season with 19 points and a league record of 6-3-1.
Duke holds the top seed for the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Championship, which gets under way Sunday with quarterfinal matches at four campus sites.
The Blue Devils (16-2-1, 8-1-1 ACC), will play host to eighth-seeded Virginia Tech (12-6-1, 4-5-1). Duke nailed down its second ACC regular-season title and its first since 1994 with Thursday night’s 1-0 win over NC State in its season finale.
Other Sunday matchups find No. 2 Virginia (13-3-2, 7-2-1) playing host to No. 7 Maryland (10-4-4, 4-4-2) and No. 4 Boston College (11-4-2, 5-5) playing host to fifth-seeded and defending champion Wake Forest (12-3-3, 5-2-3).
UNC defeated FSU 2-0 in the regular season meeting down in Tallahassee back on September 29. The Tar Heels scored both goals in the first half en route to out shooting the Seminoles 15-14. Janice Cayman paced the Seminoles with four shots in the loss.
Sunday’s quarterfinal match-up will be the 11th meeting between Florida State and North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. The Tar Heels are 10-0-0 against the Seminoles in the league tournament including 4-0-0 when facing FSU in the first round. Sunday’s match marks the first time since 1999 that these two schools will face-off in the opening round of the ACC Tournament.
“When you go and play at Carolina, it is always going to be a tough game,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “We played them earlier this year at our place and I don’t think we had our best performance on that day. They took advantage of it and capitalized on a couple mistakes that we made. We know that they are going to be a good team. They have certainly won their share of games over the course of time and it will be a tough first round test for us.”
All of Sunday’s quarterfinal matches will start at 1 p.m. The winners advance to WakeMed Soccer Park at Cary, N.C. for the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4 and the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 6.
As has been the norm in recent years, the 2011 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship will be packed with nationally elite teams. All eight teams in this year’s tournament field are ranked among this week’s Soccer America Top 25, and four – No. 4 Virginia, No. 5 Duke, No. 7 Wake Forest and No. 8 North Carolina – are ranked among the Top 10. Duke is ranked fourth in the most recent NSCAA poll, while Wake Forest holds the No. 7 spot and Virginia is ranked ninth.
In addition, ACC teams hold four of the top five spots in the most recent NCAA RPI report, with Duke at No. 1, Wake Forest at No. 3, Virginia at No. 4 and North Carolina at No. 5.
The semifinal and championship matches will be shown nationally via ESPN platforms, with the semifinals set for ESPN3 and the title game for ESPNU.
2011 ACC WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday, Oct. 30 – Quarterfinals
Campus Site of Higher Seeded Team
All Matches Start at 1 p.m.
No. 8 Virginia Tech at No. 1 Duke
No. 5 Wake Forest at No.4 Boston College
No. 7 Maryland at No.2 Virginia
No. 6 Florida State at No. 3 North Carolina
Friday, Nov. 4 – Semifinals
WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Semifinal Match No. 1 (ESPN3)….. 5:30 pm
Semifinal Match No. 2 (EPSN 3)…. 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 6 – Finals
WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Championship (ESPNU)…………….. 1:00 pm