Oct. 27, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The 13th-ranked Seminole soccer team (12-5-1) heads into their final regular season game against No. 16 Virginia (9-7) with more at stake than in any of their previous five season finales. FSU has a chance to finish the season with a record 13 wins and finish as high as fourth in the ACC. The Seminoles have never finished higher than seventh in the conference and that only happened once (1998). The game is scheduled for a 7:06 start and will be played at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
“We have the opportunity to finish as high as fourth in the conference if we win,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “If we lose, there is a distinct possibility we could finish seventh and face North Carolina in the first round of the ACC tournament. We know what a win could do for us as far as the ACC tournament and that is our only focus.”
Florida State is on a 7-1-1 streak since September 22 but they will face a Virginia team that has recorded wins over Duke, Santa Clara, William & Mary and NC State. The Cavaliers are 3-3 in the conference and have a half-game lead over the Seminoles (2-3-1) in the ACC. Virginia holds a 6-0 lifetime record against FSU but the Seminoles have already ended winless streaks against six other teams this season (North Carolina, Florida, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Miami and Central Florida).
“This Virginia team is as talented and good as any Cavalier team in the past,” said Baker. “They have played an unbelievably tough schedule and they have some quality wins. We have never beaten them and it’s going to be tough. We will have to work very hard to minimize the impact their key players have on this game.”
The Seminoles have the opportunity to set numerous records in their final home game. Besides setting the record for the most wins in a season (12/12), FSU can ensure themselves of the fewest losses ever in a season (5/7), the fewest goals allowed (22/35) and they can continue to build on the best home record in the history of the program (currently 8-1).
“I think our team is playing very well and we have a lot of confidence,” said Baker. “The win over Miami was a great win for us and it returned our mindset to where it was before we played Maryland. We’ve had some great results at home where we are 8-1 and it is senior night, but the fact that Virginia has always beaten us is enough incentive to come out hungry.”
The Seminole soccer team will honor their six seniors before the game Saturday evening and the match will be broadcast live on the Sunshine Network. The Seminoles return to action Thursday, November 2 when they travel to Durham, NC for the first round of the ACC tournament.