Tallahassee, FL - NCAA tournament two-seed Florida State (13-5-1) will play host to the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Auburn Tigers and South Florida Bulls in Tallahassee this weekend. The Seminoles will begin their 2010 tournament with Middle Tennessee (13-8-2) in the opening round on Friday, November, 12 at 4:30pm at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
“I think this is time of year we all look forward to,” said junior Toni Pressley. “I think we are very excited for our first game, especially since we have the opportunity to play at home and I think we are very fortunate to do so.”
This Friday’s match will mark the first time that FSU and Middle Tennessee have ever faced each other. Although the Seminoles and Blue Raiders have never met, the Florida Statewill not be taking them lightly.
"They have earned their way into the NCAA Tournament, and like every team we play against from the first game of the year against Washington State to the last one against Wake Forest, we will approach it the same," said head coach Mark Krikorian.
The winner will face the team that advances from the Auburn and South Florida match which follows the Florida State match at 7:00pm. Florida State last played South Florida in 2004 as the Seminoles lead the all-time series against the Bulls 7-0-1. The Seminoles have played Auburn much more recently, as they played on September 3rd of this season when the Seminoles fell 3-2 to the Tigers on a golden goal scored during the last minute of double overtime.
“We went up there earlier in the season and didn’t get the result we were looking for,” said Pressley. “I think that is something we would be excited for, but right now we just have to take it one game at a time. If we should get a chance to play them we will need to bring our best game and show them we are not going to lose again.”
If the Seminoles can make it to through the first three rounds of the tournament, they might face the difficult task of facing No. 1 Stanford (18-0-2) out in California.
“We were so excited watching the selection show and some of us were a little surprised to get a number two seed,” said junior Tori Huster. “I think it’s great that we will be at home for three possible games and then maybe head out to Stanford. There is a lot of excitement and energy because it’s the end of the season and it’s go time for us now.”
“I haven’t studied them, but Stanford is the number one team in the country, so obviously they are a very talented team,” said Krikorian. “However, we will not allow ourselves to look at anything other than Middle Tennessee, and if we are successful against them we will turn our focus to whoever our next opponent is.”
For seniors Rachel Lim, Amanda DaCosta and Rachel Lim, this will be there last chance to compete for a national title, and they plan to make the most of it.
“I have had three chances in the past and came close my freshman year, but no cigar for the second or third, so this has got to be it for me,” said Lim.
The first 100 students will get free admission with a valid student ID. Gates will open at 3:30pm.