After finishing the regular season and ACC Tournament with a 15-5 record, the Florida State soccer team was selected as a No. 1 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in school history. The Seminoles will host South Alabama (16-3-2) in the first round on Saturday at 6 p.m.
“I think earning the one seed is really an important factor,” said coach Mark Krikorian. “Certainty we do schedule a tough out of conference schedule and the ACC takes care the rest of it. We have played a lot of very good teams and we’re not shy of scheduling a lot of teams on that list. We are thrilled to be a number one and I am sure the committee has a tough job to do and I think they rewarded us for our strength of schedule. We are going to go out and hopefully show that we earned that.”
South Alabama received the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship after winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship for the sixth time in program history to secure an appearance in the NCAA Tournament after missing it a season ago. Saturday’s match will serve as the 12th meeting between the Seminoles and the Jaguars. FSU currently holds a 10-1 advantage over South Alabama
“It is a very professional group that we have here,” said Krikorian. “It is not a group that is going to get too hyped up or worked up. They are looking at this as a business approach going into it. Of course, everyone is excited to get ready and go and play knowing the steaks are as big as they are. Every bit of focus here is going to go towards south Alabama. We are not going to talk about anyone else. They will get our ultimate respect.”
Florida State will host the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time in program history and the 10th in a row. The Noles are 44-1-1 all-time when playing in front of their home crowd at the Seminole Soccer Complex during the NCAA Tournament. They have won 27 of their last 28 contests at home in tournament play.
The Seminoles are a combined 8-5 against teams that made the field of 64, with one win against a nationally-seeded team.
The ACC is very well-represented in this year’s NCAA tournament field, with nine teams earning tournament bids from the conference, three of which earned national seeds. North Carolina and Virginia join Florida State as a No. 1 seed. Clemson, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Duke and NC State and Notre Dame rounded out the ACC’s at-large selections.
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