Oct. 6, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The 12th-ranked Seminole soccer team (9-4) will resume ACC play Saturday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex when they face No. 20 Wake Forest (6-5-1). Florida State has compiled a 6-1 record at home this season and has the opportunity to break the record for the most home wins in a single season this weekend. FSU enters the match looking for its first ACC win in almost two years.
“Wake is a very good team that has faced a very tough early season schedule,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “They’ve been in the NCAA tournament year-in and year-out and they were in the ACC championship game against North Carolina last year. They are coming off of an appearance in the NCAA `Sweet 16′ where they dropped a heartbreaker to Clemson on penalty kicks. They are very talented.”
FSU last won an ACC match October 18, 1998 at Maryland when they defeated the Terps 3-2 in overtime. The Seminoles last home win against an ACC opponent came during the 1996 season when they downed NC State 4-2. Florida State has already defeated two top 10 opponents at home this year and came within two minutes of going to overtime with No. 2 Clemson before falling 3-2.
“We want an ACC win,” said Baker. “We are 9-4 but we haven’t done anything in the conference yet. We have been trying to get that first conference victory and in our two conference games this year, both games were tied going into the final 10 minutes. If the game is in the balance in the final minutes against Wake, I think we now understand what it will take to pull out a win.”
The Seminoles are currently enjoying the highest national ranking in the history of the program and are on the verge of establishing numerous team and individual records. One of the team’s first goals is a winning record and FSU is just one win away from securing their first winning record since the 1996 campaign.
“A win against Wake assures us of a winning season,” said coach Baker. “That would be awesome for our seniors but we want to get better results in the ACC. Our close calls in conference don’t mean anything because they are still losses. Our players are going to be playing some of our best soccer down the stretch if practice is any indication of our future performance. They played exceptionally well in training this week.”
The Seminoles continue ACC play Saturday, October 14th at 2:00 p.m. when they travel to Raleigh, NC to face North Carolina State. FSU is 3-3 on the road this season after a weekend sweep over Oregon and Oregon State. Florida State then has to turn around and face defending national champion North Carolina at the Seminole Soccer Complex Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.