TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Securing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in school history, No. 5 ranked Florida State (15-4-2) begins the 2018 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship on Friday, November 9 with a match against Loyola Chicago (11-6-1) that will start at 7:00 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Friday’s match will be the first time that Florida State and Loyola Chicago have met in women’s soccer, and just the second time that the Seminoles have played a team from the Missouri Valley Conference. The Noles defeated Evansville (3-0) in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.
“The goal is always to peak at this time of year and at this point I think we’ve played some very good soccer through the ACC Tournament and I hope we’ll be ready for the game tomorrow night,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “The focus always needs to be on us and going out to do what we do well. We try to make a proper gameplan and then look for great execution. And by and large, up to this point, our team has done a very good job of that.
“The end of the ACC schedule was challenging for us to be on the road for three straight weeks, and now we are fortunate that the committee saw enough in our body of work to award us a No. 1 seed. We are glad to have that opportunity to play at home, but we also know that if we don’t have our best performance, the tournament can end for us on Friday night.”
FSU has posted a 41-1-0 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.
The Noles have outscored their opponents 131-14 at home in those 42 matches, including a cumulative score of 78-4 over the last 23 games, dating back to 2010. Florida State has recorded 12 consecutive shutouts at home in the NCAA Tournament and have not allowed a postseason goal at the Seminole Soccer Complex since Ole Miss in 2013.
Two-thirds of Florida State’s games this season (14-of-21) have been against teams that are competing in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, including six national seeds and eight schools from the ACC. FSU posted a record of 9-4-2 against those in the tournament, including wins over No. 1 seed North Carolina (3-2), No. 2 seed UCLA (4-1), and a pair of wins over No. 3 seed Virginia (2-0 and 3-1). Florida State entered the postseason ranked No. 2 in the RPI and has six wins against teams in the RPI Top 25, which is more than any other school in the country. Only Texas A&M and West Virginia had even four RPI Top 25 wins this season.
Tickets are on sale at the FSU Ticket Office and are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (50+) and $3 for youth (3-12). Children 2 and under will be free. Tickets can be purchased online at Seminoles.com, by phone at 888-FSU-NOLE (378-6653), or in person at the Seminole Soccer Complex at the Spirit Way Gate.
The match will also be broadcast on ESPN3, with links to the stream, as well as live stats, available on the soccer schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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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