TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2014 National Champion Seminoles and 2015 National Champion Nittany Lions will face off this week for a spot at the 2018 College Cup as No. 5 Florida State (17-4-3) hosts No. 14 Penn State (18-5-1) in an NCAA quarterfinal match on Friday, November 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
“Penn State is a team that is committed to playing for one another,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “They are loaded with U.S. National Team players and a very good German player as well. They have strung together an awful lot of impressive results in the last month or two and we know that they are going to be a very good opponent.”
The FSU soccer program has become one of the strongest in the nation and has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals in 12 of the 14 seasons under Krikorian, including eight trips to the College Cup and three national championship game appearances.
Soccer is just one of many successful Florida State athletic programs as 16 of its 20 sports have been NCAA Quarterfinalists since 2010, with several sports making multiple trips to the final eight teams competing for a title. Football (2013), Women’s Soccer (2014) and Softball (2018) have also won NCAA National Championships over that span.
Friday’s match will be the fifth time that FSU and Penn State have played, and the all-time series is currently tied at 2-2. The Noles and Nittany Lions last faced each other in the 2012 College Cup semifinals, as PSU scored a golden goal in the first overtime to post a 2-1 victory.
Penn State head coach Erica Dambach was an assistant coach at Florida State under Krikorian in his first season in 2005 as the Noles reached the College Cup.
“Erica is extremely bright and very hard-working,” added Krikorian. “She is not going leave any stone unturned and will make sure that she has considered every possibility as they develop their strategy. I expect them to have a very good game plan and the kids will be well prepared to come out and compete.”
FSU has posted a 43-1-1 record in the NCAA Tournament at home, winning every postseason game in Tallahassee, other than a 2-0 loss to Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the 2009 tournament and a 1-1 draw to USC in 2018 before triumphing 5-4 in penalty kicks.
Tickets will be on sale for Friday’s match at the FSU Ticket Office and are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (50+) and $3 for youth (3-12), while children 2 and under will be free. Tickets can be purchased online at Seminoles.com or by phone at 888-FSU-NOLE (378-6653) throughout the week, or in person at the Seminole Soccer Complex at the Spirit Way Gate on Friday. The first 100 Florida State students will get in free.
Throughout 2018-19, the Seminoles will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and there are many events and reunions planned for all women’s sports. Head to www.seminoles.com/50th/ for more information that will be updated throughout the year.
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