DURHAM, N.C. – Four-time ACC Champion, including conference titles in each of the last three seasons, No. 8 Florida State (12-3-2, 6-2-2 ACC) will begin its title defense on Sunday, October 30 with an ACC quarterfinal match at No. 6 Duke (12-4-2, 7-2-1 ACC) beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium.
“We’re excited to get into the postseason,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian.
“We certainly know and appreciate all of the quality that Duke has. We are looking forward to another very good game against a very good opponent.”
The Seminoles finished in a tie for fourth place in the conference and enter the 2016 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship as the No. 6 seed, while Duke will host as the No. 3 seed. Notre Dame (No. 1) and Clemson (No. 2) tied for the regular season conference championship, and along with North Carolina (No. 4) will be the other three hosts of the quarterfinal round. Virginia (No. 5), Miami (No. 7) and NC State (No. 8) round out the other participants in this season’s eight-team tournament.
It is the second time that Florida State has been the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament, equaling its placement from the 2011 tournament where the Seminoles defeated No. 3 seed UNC (1-0), No. 2 seed Virginia (2-1) and topped No. 5 seed Wake Forest 3-1 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw to earn their first ACC Championship in school history.
FSU and Duke recently faced each other in Tallahassee on October 20, with the Seminoles coming away with a 1-0 victory in overtime. FSU goalkeeper Cassie Miller saved a penalty kick from Christina Gibbons in the 85th minute and a pair of saves in the final minute of regulation to force overtime which allowed Kaycie Tillman to head home the game-winner in the 98th minute.
Florida State is 12-9-5 in the all-time series against Duke, including a 5-1-1 mark in the last seven matches between the Seminoles and Blue Devils.
The Noles rank second in the nation with a 0.345 goals against average and are ranked in a tie for second nationally with West Virginia and Brown for the fewest goals allowed, surrendering just six goals during the 2016 season.
Sunday’s match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra with live stats available on Seminoles.com.
Winners of the four ACC quarterfinal matches will advance to play at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, S.C for the semifinals and championship game played on November 4 and 6, respectively. The two semifinal matches at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. on Friday night will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, with Sunday’s championship game at 12:00 p.m. airing live on ESPNU.
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