November 4, 2005
No. 7 Virginia (14-4-1) vs. No. 6 Florida State (17-2-0)
ACC Tournament Semifinal
SAS Soccer Stadium
Today’s Game: The Cavaliers look to reach the ACC final for the second consecutive season when they meet Florida State Friday night in the ACC semifinals. The No. 2 seeded Cavaliers advanced to the semifinals with a 2-1 victory over No. 7 seed Wake Forest in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Florida State is looking to reach the ACC final for the second time in three years. The Seminoles advanced on Wednesday with a 4-0 win over No. 6 seed Clemson on Wednesday.
The Series: Friday’s game is the 14th all-time meeting between the schools with Virginia holding a 12-0-1 advantage in the series. The Cavaliers are the only ACC team that the Seminoles have never beaten. The last seven Cavalier wins in the series have come by one goal, including a 1-0 win in the regular season meeting on Sept. 29 at Klockner Stadium. The two teams have met twice before in the ACC Tournament. Virginia downed FSU 2-0 in the 1998 quarterfinals. In 2001, the teams met in the semifinals and played to a scoreless draw despite Virginia having a 36-3 edge in shots. The Seminoles advanced in penalty kicks after the game, which is the only one of the series that UVa has not won.
ACC Tournament History: Virginia enters Friday’s game with an all-time record of 9-13-4 in the ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers won their first ACC Tournament last season when they downed Virginia Tech and Clemson before defeating North Carolina in a penalty kick shootout. The Cavaliers are the No. 2 seed this season, which ties the school record for the highest seed in the tournament. It is the fifth time Virginia has been the No. 2 seed, and the Cavaliers now have an all-time record of 6-2-2 as the No. 2 seed, which was their seed last season when they won the tournament.
ACC-olades: Six Cavaliers were honored this week when the All-ACC soccer teams were announced. Jess Rostedt was named ACC Freshman of the Year, the second Cavalier to win the honor in the past three years. Sarah Huffman and Noelle Keselica were named First Team All-ACC and Rostedt and Becky Sauerbrunn were named Second Team All-ACC. Nikki Krzysik and Kelly Quinn joined Rostedt on the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Defense First: The Cavaliers had the top defense during the ACC regular season for the second consecutive season. Virginia led the conference with only four goals allowed in ten conference games while shutting out seven ACC opponents. Last season, Virginia led the conference with five goals allowed and six shutouts in nine ACC games.