Sept. 27, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 14 Florida State Seminole soccer team (7-4) will take the phrase “road trip” to new heights when they travel almost 3000 miles to play two weekend games in Oregon. The Seminoles will face the Oregon State Beavers (6-4) Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. and the University of Oregon Ducks (3-7) Sunday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m.
FSU has won three of their last four games and recently captured the first-ever Seminole Soccer Tournament title with wins over the University of Central Florida (3-1) and Florida International University (4-1). The Seminoles head to the west coast with the highest ranking in the history of the program after Soccer America tabbed Florida State No. 14 in their latest poll.
“We feel very good about the way we played this past weekend,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “Getting two wins in three days was big for us and I’ve challenged our team to do the same thing this weekend but on the road.”
The Seminoles face a Pac 10 opponent during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program when they travel to Oregon. The ACC, which boasts six teams ranked in the top 25, is 3-3 versus the Pac 10 this year and the Pac 10 is one of only two conferences the ACC doesn’t have a winning record against.
“Anytime we play teams from the power conferences, we want to do well,” said Baker. “Once again we are playing two teams from a powerful conference that we don’t get to see on a regular basis. It’s going to be interesting.”
The Beavers started the season with four wins in their first five games before dropping three in a row. All three of those loses were by one goal. Oregon State enters their contest against the Seminoles with two straight home wins and Florida State is OSU’s first ACC opponent of the season.
The University of Oregon, on the other hand, will face their third ranked ACC opponent when the Seminoles invade Eugene, OR Sunday afternoon. The Ducks lost 1-0 to Duke and 6-0 to North Carolina at the Nike/North Carolina Classic.
Florida State is heading to Oregon after a weekend in which they equaled the record for home wins in a season (6) and moved closer to setting the record for wins in a season (12) set in 1996.
“Some of the things we are doing as a team are things I haven’t seen in a long time,” said Baker. “We are doing things that I didn’t see out of my teams at Penn or from last year’s team. Things are starting to click for us and if things do go well this weekend, we will have equaled our win total from last year and it’s exciting to think that we still have the whole month of October left.”
Coach Baker believes the Seminoles have suffered in previous seasons due to a lack of goal scoring but that hasn’t been a problem this year. FSU is averaging 2.45 goals per game and currently ranks third in the ACC in scoring offense. The combination of freshman Emma Breland, sophomore Cindy Schofield and freshman Summer Corum has produced seven goals and five assists in the last six games and during that span the Seminoles faced No. 2 Clemson, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 11 Duke.
“The knock on us last year was that we couldn’t create goals but there are a lot of things that go into that,” said Baker. “You have to defend well, we needed more talent all-around and we had to have better attacking players. We’ve got the players now and that is showing in our goal production. It’s a collective effort and everyone is just stepping up when we ask them to. When that happens, there is the potential for a pretty special season.”