Oct. 1, 2000
EUGENE, Ore. –
Florida State (9-4) equaled their win total from the entire 1999 season Sunday when they defeated the University of Oregon (3-8) 1-0 in Eugene. The Seminoles recorded their second straight road win and pulled to 3-3 away from Tallahassee with Sunday’s victory over the Ducks. The win increased the Seminoles win streak to four and tied the team record for consecutive victories.
“We got our fourth in a row and I feel like we are really starting to come around,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “I am very pleased at where we are right now. When you look at who we’ve played and what we’ve done, I really can’t think of a better situation at this point of the season.”
The Seminoles and Ducks played to a scoreless draw in the first half despite the fact that FSU out-shot Oregon 9-6 in the first 45 minutes. Florida State broke into the lead just seven minutes into the second half when freshman-sensation Emma Breland recorded her third goal of the weekend and gave FSU a 1-0 lead. Breland was assisted on the goal by fellow freshman Summer Corum. The Seminoles made the 1-0 lead stand up for their ninth victory of the season.
“We were very hot and cold today and didn’t really play our best soccer,” said Baker. “We stuck in one of our opportunities in the second half and that held up.”
Breland’s goal tied her for the all-time goal record for a Florida State freshman (9) and moved her within one point of Kasey McCall’s record for the most points by an FSU freshman (24). Breland is now second on FSU’s single season list for goals and is six goals away from becoming FSU’s most prolific single-season goal scorer with six games left. Breland also moved into third place for points scored in a single season and is seven points away from capturing that record also.
“I give Emma a lot of credit,” said Baker. “She would have been the MVP of last weekend’s Seminole Soccer Tournament if we had to single out one player and then she comes out and scores all three goals for us on a 2-0 road trip. She always finds a way to hurt the opposing team. It helps that her teammates are playing well around her.”
The Seminoles return to ACC play Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. against Wake Forest at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Florida State is 6-1 at home this season and will attempt to break the record for home victories that they tied last weekend. The Seminoles are also three victories away from tying the all-time record for wins in a season (12) set by the 1996 Seminole squad.
“We have a lot of work to do this week to prepare for Wake Forest,” said Baker. “We are excited to be 9-4 but we know that we have to make some progress inside of the ACC. We’ll be focused for our conference schedule since five of our last six matches are in conference. The big goal is there for us but we have to work on some of the smaller things if we want to get there.”