Nov. 14, 2000
Tallahassee, FL –
The 14th-ranked Florida State soccer team (14-7-2) began preparations Tuesday for their November 17 rematch with the 5th-ranked Clemson Tigers (18-2-1) in the round of 16 of the 2000 NCAA Soccer Championships. The Seminoles advanced after traveling to Gainesville and defeating No. 11 Florida for the second time this season.
“I like that we have a short week,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “We used Monday to recover a little bit and everybody is healthy and ready to go. The next two days are big for us and we need to get a lot of work in since we travel Thursday.”
Florida State recorded their fifth win over a ranked team when they downed Florida in the second round of the NCAA’s and they now will face a team they’ve already played for a record fifth time this season. The Seminoles are 6-1-1 against teams they have faced twice this season.
“The reality is that three of the four teams that we devised our current system for (North Carolina, Florida and Clemson) we will have played in three of the last four games,” said Baker. “All three of those teams hammered us last season. We now have a system and players that allow us to compete with those teams. It is an advantage to know the tendencies and personnel of the teams you face in the NCAA Tournament. The downside of that is they obviously are familiar with us also.”
Florida State will travel to Clemson Thursday morning and face the Tigers Friday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.
BOWDEN VISITS WITH SOCCER TEAM
Before the Seminole soccer team left for their second round NCAA match against Florida, they got a surprise visit from FSU head football coach Bobby Bowden. Bowden talked to the team about playing in Gainesville and what he thought was important when playing the Gators in enemy territory. The speech seemed to work since the Seminoles left Gainesville with a 2-1 victory. Bowden will now attempt to inspire his team in a similar manner for their Saturday showdown with the Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium. Coach Bowden was not the only member of the FSU family to come and speak with the soccer team this season. Head baseball coach Mike Martin and Director of Athletics Dave Hart have both visited with the team during their record-breaking season.