Women's soccer will face No. 2 seed Florida State in NCAA Tournament on Friday
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Nov. 6, 2006


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The Jacksonville University women's soccer team will face second seed Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Tallahassee, Fla. at 5:30 p.m.

The Dolphins (11-9-1) earned an automatic bid in the tournament by winning the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship on Nov. 4. They will also be joined at the Tallahassee Regional by California and Auburn.

"We are honored to represent JU in the NCAA Tournament," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "Winning a tournament championship and going to the "Big Dance' is something special that only a few select athletes ever have the chance to do so we want to make the most of the opportunity.

"Our draw in the NCAA tournament against Florida State will certainly be a big challenge. But, this team just completed a challenge that few would have expected. Our team, who were largely ignored in the all-conference voting, won three games in less than three days,."

The Seminoles (14-3-4) head into Friday's match after dropping a 2-1 decision to NCAA Tournament top-seed North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference game. Last season, the Seminoles made it to the College Cup Championship., falling to UCLA in the semifinals.

The Dolphins fell to the Seminoles to wrap the regular season, 3-0, in Tallahassee, Fla. on Oct. 24. Senior Michelle Kmiotek recorded a then season-high 17 saves on a FSU school-record 42 shots during the match.

"With just two recruiting classes under my belt and 15 of the 21 players on the roster being underclassmen, this experience has taught me a great deal about coaching and about people," Kouns said. "I do not think I would have been capable of helping the girls reach this point without the support of my assistant Lisa (Stoia), our trainer Jess (Peters) or our film assistant Jamey (Holmes). Each one contributed to the total team effort it took to help the girls reach this milestone."