The top seeds in their respective sections of the draw, both teams have performed superbly well to reach this late stage of the tournament.
Having kept 16 clean sheets in 22 games this season, Florida State can boast the second-best defensive record in the NCAA, while Penn State possess the most prolific attack, averaging three goals per game.
Coached by Mark Krikorian, Florida State are enjoying yet another strong campaign and are chasing their sixth College Cup appearance in the last eight seasons.
Having beaten Texas A&M (another Prozone client) in the previous round, the Seminoles now face unseeded Notre Dame – the tournament’s surprise package – in the quarterfinals as they look to reach the final four for a second consecutive year.
Hosting 2011 NCAA runners-up Duke in the next round, Big East champions Penn State will have to be at their very best to advance to the semifinals.
Led by the goals of Maya Hayes and Christine Nairn, Erica Walsh’s Nittany Lions have been in fine form all season and should be quietly confident of stopping Duke progressing beyond the last eight for the first time since 2009.
We’d like to wish both teams well as they prepare for their quarterfinal encounters tomorrow night.
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