Saturday, November 12, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chosen as a host site for the first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship for the 13th time and eighth season in a row, No. 10 Florida State (13-3-4) will begin its pursuit of a championship on Saturday, November 12, as the Seminoles host Samford (15-3-2) at 2:00 p.m.
“We love to play against good teams,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “Samford is a very good team that is very well coached and have a couple of special players. Their coach is a very good friend of mine and I have all the time and respect in the world for him. I know that he’s done a great job over many years, and his team will come in organized, prepared and ready to play against us. We are looking forward to the game a great deal.”
The Noles are 39-1-0 all-time when playing inside the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex during the NCAA Tournament, with the only loss coming on November 27, 2009 against Notre Dame. Florida State has won 21 straight since then, and has recorded 10 consecutive home shutouts in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, dating back to 2013.
Florida State is 66-1-3 in its last 70 total home matches, dating back to 2011. The only loss during that span was to Florida on September 5, 2014 (2-1). The Noles are currently on a 32-match unbeaten streak at the Seminole Soccer Complex, holding a record of 31-0-1 and outscoring their opponents, 95-6.
Saturday’s match marks the second all-time meeting between Florida State and Samford. The only other match between the Noles and the Bulldogs came in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, with FSU earning a 2-0 victory at home.
Samford received the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship from the Southern Conference, winning both the regular season and conference tournament title. The Bulldogs are led offensively by Jermaine Seoposenwe with 38 points on 16 goals and six assists, while Anna Maddox has earned a 14-0-0 record as the Samford goalkeeper, posting a 0.45 goals against average in nearly 1,200 minutes played this season.
The Seminoles are a combined 5-2-3 versus the field of 64 and have played four of the seeded teams in this year’s tournament.
Saturday’s game will be streamed on ESPN3, however it will not be a full-feature broadcast. The feed will come from one camera above the press box, and there will be no commentators or graphics for score/time. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at the Seminole Soccer Complex beginning at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, November 12. The prices are $8 for adults; $3 for children 6-18, students and seniors; $1 for children five and under. The first 100 FSU students with valid ID will also get in for free.
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