Nov. 17, 2000
Clemson, SC – The No. 14 Seminole soccer team (14-8-2) was eliminated from the 2000 NCAA Soccer Championships Friday night when No. 5 Clemson (19-2-1) got past the Seminoles 2-0 in a third round match. The loss ended a historic season for FSU, which included the school’s first-ever post-season play.
“Clemson was as good as expected tonight,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “They not only played well but they forced us to play uncharacteristically. I give our team credit for never giving up and keeping the game close.”
The teams played almost 40 scoreless minutes before Clemson’s Tatum Clowney took a past from Julie Augustyniak and beat Seminole keeper Sarah Crawford to give the Tigers the lead right before half. The goal was Clowney’s third of the season and her second against FSU this season.
The Tigers turned up the pressure in the second half and out-shot Florida State 15-1 with six shots on goal. Clemson then added to their lead 18 minutes into the second half when freshman Allison Mitchell took a pass from sophomore Heather Beem and staked Clemson to a 2-0 lead that they would never relinquish.
“We could never manufacture anything tonight and that is a credit to their overall team speed and team defense,” said Baker. “They just did a great job tonight.”
Clemson becomes the first team in five tries to sweep two games from the Seminoles this season. The Tigers defeated Florida State 3-2 in Tallahassee earlier this season.
“They played very well tonight and their team speed really showed against us more tonight than it did in Tallahassee,” said All-ACC first team player Emma Breland. “We got forced backwards and that made us defend in our half most of the evening. They played awesome tonight.”
Florida State heads into the off-season after accomplishing more in one season than had been accomplished in the previous five seasons of the program. FSU spent every week of the 2000 season in the national rankings and enjoyed a run in the NCAA Tournament that found the team in the Sweet 16 in their first tournament appearance.
“Clemson was in the Elite Eight last year and this is familiar territory for them and unfamiliar territory for us,” said Baker. “We got a little taste of what post season play is like tonight and we hope we can back to this point, or further, next year.”