Nov. 16, 2000
Clemson, SC –
The 14th-ranked Florida State soccer team (14-7-2) will continue their pursuit of the 2000 national championship Friday, November 16 when they travel to Clemson to face the 5th-ranked Tigers (18-2-1) in third round action of the 2000 NCAA Soccer Championships. The Seminoles advanced to the Sweet 16 with victories over Jacksonville (4-1) and No. 11 Florida (2-1) and now face ACC-rival Clemson for the second time this season.
“We are very excited to be one of the last 16 teams left playing,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “Playing in Clemson will be as difficult as it was playing in Florida last weekend. Two of our most embarrassing defeats last season came at the hands of Florida and Clemson. We knew we had to improve in certain areas coming into this season and this match gives us the opportunity to see how much we have improved.”
Florida State is 5-5-2 away from home this season but recorded the biggest road victory in the history of the program when they defeated the Gators in Gainesville last week and earned a berth in the Sweet 16. FSU is 4-2-2 in their last eight road games and three of those matches were played against teams ranked in the top 20 nationally.
“Winning on the road against Florida was great but playing in Clemson is going to be very difficult,” said Meredith Jones. “Playing on the road during NCAA’s is different than playing on the road during the season. We are very aware that if we don’t win now our season is over.”
The Seminoles Sweet 16 match with Clemson marks the fifth time this season that FSU has faced a team for the second time. Florida State has a 6-1-1 record against teams they’ve faced twice this season (No. 11 Florida 2-0, No. 4 North Carolina 1-1, No. 21 Wake Forest 1-0-1 and Jacksonville 2-0). Florida State has already surpassed the record for wins in a season (14) and matches played (23) and will attempt to add to both of those totals when they take the field at 7:00 p.m. Friday night
Clemson defeated Florida State 3-2 on a last-minute goal from Lindsey Browne when the two teams met at the Seminole Soccer Complex in September. The Tigers are one of only two teams that were able to defeat FSU at home this season where the Seminoles set a record for home wins in a season (9).
“This is going to be a hard game but we are going to come out with everything we have,” said Marte Vik Edvrdsen. “We’ve played them and watched them play so we are familiar with their style but they are familiar with us also.”
The winner of Friday evenings contest will face the winner of the match between UCLA and Texas A&M being played in Los Angeles Sunday, November 19 for the right to go to the elite eight.