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Women's Soccer College Cup Quoteboard

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Nittany Lions are set to meet top seeded Florida State on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET in San Diego with a trip to the NCAA Championship on the line.

Take a look through some preview quotes from both Penn State and Florida State to get ready for the semifinal matchup.

You can watch tonight's College Cup semifinal live on ESPN3:

Penn State vs. Florida State HD Stream

Penn State:
ericacollegecup.jpgHead Coach Erica Walsh
"I mean look at this. This is the highest stage, it's fantastic, but you're looking at three players who've trained with the national team and that have competed in World Cups. You're looking at Maddy Evans who's been a leader at our university, our student-athlete advisory board, and McNulty who's played in, again, world championships for Canada, Raquel Rodriguez. So much experience across the board on this roster. Ann Cook, did it on the professional level, winning championships in the WUSA. So again it's not another game, quote un quote, because it's the college cup, and it's the big one. But at the same time we've had so many players compete on big stages, whether it's academically, athletically, through World Cup, or being the president of SAAB, they're prepared for the challenge."

Christine Nairn, Senior, M
On how the tough preseason prepared the team for the postseason...
"I mean we've kind of had that mentality all season, we've played against Stanford and we've played against BYU and to use those were our do or die games and we needed to get results in those games. I think we might not have won those games but we learned a lot about ourselves and where we've come from in the past few years and where we want to go. I think maybe not getting the results in the beginning of the year will help us kind of take the steps in the right direction for games like tomorrow against Florida State. We're prepared, we've done a ton of video and we've learned more about ourselves in this past tournament then we have all season. So we're ready and may the best team win. We've learned some of our strengths and some of our weaknesses and how to recognize moments in a game where we can kind of impose ourselves on other teams, and we want to play our style, which is soccer on the ground to feet, and I think that is when we are at our best. We are playing our best soccer right now and I think we've shown that in the past couple games, and we're ready to continue to show that to the rest of the country."

Florida State:
Head Coach Mark Krikorian
"As you know, when the selection show comes, we are sitting anxiously sitting and waiting to see if our name is called, and when it, it's a great feeling to get back into this NCAA Tournament.  And when it's called, it's really time to start getting down to the business and our preparation.  Knowing that our schedule has been challenging all season long, and this is the stage we are hoping to get to.  Through the NCAA Tournament, I think like all teams, there some ups and some downs, but our group had persevered, and we are thrilled to be back here in the College Cup and are looking forward to paying a very good opponent tomorrow night in Penn State."

Follow's Tony Mancuso on Twitter @GoPSUTony

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