THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2006
Women's soccer plays in first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday

Nov. 9, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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A Brief Preview

The Dolphins (11-9-1) will face #5 Florida State (14-3-4) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Tallahassee, Fla.

JU will head into the Friday's contest after winning three matches to win the 2006 Atlantic Sun Championship, while the Seminoles come off a 2-1 loss to NCAA Tournament top-seed North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on Nov. 5.

The two teams met during the regular season as the Seminoles defeated the Dolphins, 3-0, at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Oct. 24. Despite the loss, senior Michelle Kmiotek recorded a then season-high 17 saves against a FSU school-record 42 shots.

JU in the NCAA Tournament

JU is making their second trip in their 11-year history to the NCAA Tournament.

The last time that the Dolphins were in the tournament was 2000, after posting a school-record 19 wins en route to their first A-Sun Championship under current men's soccer head coach Mike Johnson.

The Dolphins met the Seminoles in the first round on the road in Tallahassee. Florida State scored four second-half goals to earn a 4-1 win. Erika Chapman scored the lone goal for the Dolphins, while goalie Melissa Cancio had a career-best nine saves.

Kmiotek is "The Difference"

Senior Michelle Kmiotek has been the difference in the Dolphins success during the 2006 season. She posted a career-best 164 saves this season to become the Dolphins all-time leader in saves at 353. Her 353 career stops also ranks third all-time in A-Sun history.

Kmiotek has also tallied a career-best nine shutouts to become the program's career leader at 18. Kmiotek's total ranks ninth al l time in conference, while her nine shutouts is tied for fourth on the single-season list.

She was named MVP at the conference championship after making 37 saves in three matches to lead the Dolphins to their second A-Sun Tournament title. Kmiotek also tied a single-game school mark with a career-high 22 saves against regular-season champion Kennesaw State in the semifinals.

She earned her first A-Sun Defensive "Player of the Week" honor after tallying 21 saves and two shutouts in three games (8/30-9/3). Kmiotek led JU to four consecutive shutout wins from (10/5-10/14) to receive her second conference player of the week accolade on Oct. 15.

Kmiotek has also tallied 12 or more saves on four occasions including 12 at #18 Georgia in the season opener and 17 against a Florida State school-record 42 shots on Oct. 24.

Fans can follow the match on gametracker by clicking on the link in the women's soccer schedule page on judolphins.com or you can listen to the match online at seminoles.com.