After battling to a 0-0 draw in Tallahassee in late October, the two conference foes again played a tight game Friday night as the Seminoles won 2-1 thanks to a go-ahead goal in the 62nd minute in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The victory propels second-seeded FSU (18-3-4 ) to the College Cup for the third time in four years and second time in as many seasons and sets up a showdown with No. 1 seed Notre Dame (24-0-1) on Dec. 1.
"It was a great soccer game here tonight (between) two very good teams battling as hard as you can to try to find a way to get a result to move on to the College Cup," FSU Coach Mark Krikorian said. "We had great respect for Clemson coming in to the game and we have great respect for them following the game. Once again, I think our group showed themselves pretty resilient."
Florida State's winning goal occurred thanks to a little heads up play by true freshman Becky Edwards, Following a free kick that was punched back out by Tigers goalie Ashley Phillips, Edwards quickly blasted an 18-foot shot through the mixup of players around the goal.
Playing in her final home game as a Seminole, senior forward Sel Kuralay tied the game at 1-1 when she volleyed a header in to the goal in the game's 49th minute. She was assisted by sophomore defender Sarah Wagenfuhr.
"I just realized that the ball was going to go of bounds and just might as well hit it back in to the mix and see if somebody can do something with it and Sel did," Wagenfur said.
The Tigers (11-8-5) got on the board first despite a bevy of early shots on goal by the Seminoles. After dominating the tempo in the early moments of the game, the FSU defense allowed Clemson defender Molly Franklin's uncontested 25-foot shot to sail in to the goal.
Until that juncture, it appeared as though FSU had the Tigers on the ropes. The Seminoles had three near-misses on goals and penalty kick that sailed just over the cross bar of the Clemson goal.
For the game, FSU outshot Clemson 25-11, including 16 shots on goal in the first half. The Seminoles had six corner kicks compared to none for the Tigers.
Florida State must now face a Notre Dame squad that has outscored its opponents 15-1 in this year's tournament. The Irish defeated Penn State 4-0 Friday night.
"I haven't seen one tape on Notre Dame, I don't know anything about them," Krikorian said. "From my understanding they are very good, very talented. We need to go back and do our homework now and get my staff back to work. There's no vacation for those guys."
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