For the first time since 2015, the road to the College Cup runs entirely through Tallahassee.
The Florida State soccer team (15-4-2) was unveiled as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament when the field was released Monday afternoon.
Earning one of the four No. 1 seeds, FSU’s four matches it would need to win to advance to the program’s ninth College Cup (Final Four) will all be played in Tallahassee at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
“It can become a great benefit. Over the course of time, we’ve been pretty good at home,” FSU head coach Mark Krikorian said.
“I think it’s certainly an advantage that all of us work hard to try and get.”
Added junior forward Deyna Castellanos, “We love our field and we love our fans. Playing here in Tallahassee is always amazing because of all the people that come to support us.”
The first of these home matches will be against Loyola Chicago Friday at 7 p.m.
The Seminoles peaked at No. 2 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll early this season, but fell all the way to No. 14 during ACC play.
Entering last week, FSU was No. 7 in the poll and No. 6 in the RPI.
Still, a strong run through the ACC Tournament with wins over No. 8 Duke, No. 11 Virginia and No. 3 North Carolina led FSU to its fifth ACC Championship in the last six seasons and moved the Seminoles into a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
“We have momentum right now and we’re going to continue that into the tournament and into our first game,” senior Dallas Dorosy said.
After Sunday’s 3-2 win over UNC in the ACC Championship, FSU is now 5-1-1 against the Top 11 teams in the latest poll.
“Playing that level of competition three, four, five games in a row I think certainly has us battle-tested,” Krikorian said of FSU’s impressive run of late.
“Those teams are just loaded with talent, they’re very well coached. We expect the same from our next opponent and hopefully beyond if we’re successful later this week.”
The last two times FSU has been a No.1 seed, it has advanced to the College Cup.
In 2015, the Seminoles came one game short of an appearance in the national championship match.
The previous year in 2014, FSU brought home the only national championship in program history.
“We’re feeling pretty good. We’re playing our best soccer now and it’s really exciting. It’s good timing,” Castellanos said.
“I think that we’re ready to compete against the teams that are coming.”
Ticket and television coverage information will be released throughout the week leading up to Friday’s match.
Florida State vs. Loyola Chicago
NCAA Tournament First Round
When: Friday,, 7 p.m.
Where: Seminole Soccer Complex, Tallahassee