Sept. 15, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Seminole soccer team (5-3) will face seventh-ranked Duke (5-0) Saturday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Durham N.C. FSU is looking for its second straight road win and its first ACC win of the season.
“We are excited about playing the seventh-ranked team in the country for the third time in four weeks,” said Baker. “Duke is going to be ready for us. They are playing with a lot of confidence but we’ll be prepared for the match also.”
The Seminoles head to Duke with a 2-1 record against top 10 teams this season and FSU held the Blue Devils to a 0-0 tie the last time they traveled to Durham. Saturday’s match will feature the conference’s third-ranked scoring offense (Florida State) against the ACC’s second-ranked scoring defense (Duke).
“Duke is very talented,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “They are undefeated and they have had some great results against some very good teams. Duke is finding a way to win games and this is going to be a huge challenge for us.”
FSU is coming off of its first road win of the season at South Alabama Wednesday night. The Seminoles also recorded their second shutout of the season in the 2-0 win over the Jaguars.
“I give our team credit for the way they played on the road in South Alabama,” said Baker. “We showed a lot of signs of maturity and I was very happy that our seniors stepped up across the board and made things happen. We are going to need the same type of effort against Duke.”
The Seminoles have already faced five teams in their first eight games that are currently, or have been, nationally ranked. Florida State still has four opponents left on their schedule that are ranked in one of the four national polls.
“I have to give our team credit for being ready to play against every highly-ranked team we’ve had on our schedule so far,” said Baker. “I think the win over South Alabama helped our confidence. We `gritted out’ that win Wednesday night and that should help us when we travel to Durham for Saturday’s match.”
Florida State will have most of next week off to prepare for the Seminole Soccer Tournament Friday, September 22 and Sunday, September 24. The Seminoles will face the University of Central Florida on Friday and Florida International University on Sunday. All the matches will be played at the Seminole Soccer Complex on the campus of Florida State University.