Oct. 13, 2000
RALEIGH, NC –
The Florida Sate soccer team (10-4) will attempt to notch their sixth straight victory Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. when they travel to Raleigh, NC to face ACC rival NC State (8-5-1). The Seminoles are coming off of their first ACC win in two years when they defeated Wake Forest 2-0 at the Seminole Soccer Complex last weekend.
“NC State is having a very good year and are tied with us in the conference,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “They are playing with confidence right now. They have a lot of young talent like we do and they are going to be hungry. We’ve had a week to prepare and I can assure you that our focus is on NC State. We’ve got to make sure we compete and play well in Raleigh.”
Florida State extended its current winning-streak to five games with its first ACC home victory since 1996 with their win over the Demon Deacons. FSU is now just two wins away from tying the record for the most victories in a season (12) set by the 1996 squad.
“Wake Forest was a great win for this program but there are still a lot of things we can do better,” said Baker. “We worked hard this week and we are going to go up to NC State and give it our best shot and probably have to withstand the Wolfpack’s best shot also.”
The Seminoles have won three of their last four road games and are currently 3-3 on the road this season. Florida State is 1-3-1 lifetime against the Wolfpack and 0-3 at Method Road. FSU tied NC State 2-2 last season in Tallahassee after getting out to a 2-0 lead. The Seminoles last ACC road win came against Maryland in 1998 when Florida State defeated the Terrapins 3-2 in overtime.
“We go into this game knowing that almost every ACC game this year has been decided by one or two goals,” said Baker. “The nice thing for us has been our ability to score in our ACC games. We have scored two goals in every conference match this year. We’ve told our team that if they can get two goals, and we do the other things correctly, that should be enough to win.”
The Seminoles return home Tuesday, October 17 for a 7:00 p.m. match against the third-ranked University of North Carolina. The defending national champion Tarheels head to Tallahassee where they will face a Seminole team that is a record-setting 7-1 this season.