Sept. 2, 2000
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 18 Florida State Seminole soccer team (3-1) is looking to bounce back from its first loss of the 2000 season when they take on Ohio State (1-2) Sunday at 11:00 a.m. The Seminoles will face the Buckeyes in their second game of the Ellis Copy Tiger Invitational at Columbia, Mo.
The Buckeyes dropped their first match of the Tiger Invitational to No. 11 Wake Forest in overtime. Ohio State had a 1-0 lead over the Demon Deacons until Wake Forest evened the score in the 84th minute to force overtime.
“Ohio State played very well Friday,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “They are well-coached and took a highly-rated Wake Forest team to overtime.”
The 18th-ranked Seminoles head into Sunday’s match after suffering their first defeat of the 2000 season to the Missouri Tigers 2-1, Friday. Florida State and Ohio State will battle the heat, and each other, Sunday when an early kick-off and record-high temperatures combine for very difficult conditions.
“This game is going to be survival of the fittest,” said Baker looking ahead to Sunday’s match. “We used more than 20 players Friday in an effort to combat fatigue and Ohio State went into overtime in a game with even higher temperatures than we had to deal with.”
Baker’s team expected a tough weekend heading to the home field of a Missouri team that started the season in the top 25 and is coming off an NCAA tournament bid in 1999 and a Big 12 Championship appearance in 1998. They also know that things won’t get any easier against a competitive Ohio State squad.
“Going on the road is one way to prove the worth of your team,” said Baker. “You have to win at home and get your fair share on the road and that is the challenge that is facing us this weekend. We have to find out if we can we go on the road and play well against two very good teams.”
The Seminoles return to action Friday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. against the 12th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies at the Seminole Soccer Complex on the Florida State campus.