April 27, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
If the 12th-ranked Florida State soccer team wants to make a return trip to the Sweet 16 in 2001, they will have to do it against a schedule that includes eight nationally ranked opponents, four regionally ranked opponents and two teams that were in the final four at the 2000 NCAA Women’s College Cup. The 2001 soccer schedule, released by head coach Patrick Baker, features two-time defending national champion North Carolina and final four participant Portland as well as top-10 teams Santa Clara and Clemson.
“We have always believed that if you want to be the best you have to play the best and this year’s schedule is proof of that,” said Baker. “Five of our ranked opponents are in the ACC but then we went out and scheduled No. 4 Portland, No. 9 Santa Clara and No. 21 Florida. We are doing everything we can to play the best teams in the nation.”
The Seminoles open the season scrimmaging the Georgia Bulldogs for the second consecutive year, this time in Tallahassee Aug. 24 at 7:00pm. The team then hosts the second annual Seminole Soccer Tournament, which runs from Aug. 31 to Sep. 2 where they will face two of the mid-Atlantic region’s top teams. FSU opens the tournament with George Mason, ranked No. 7 in that region and then faces Loyola (MD) who finished the 2000 season ranked eighth in the mid-Atlantic. Florida State then gets two early tests when they travel to the Wake Forest/Nike Invitational to face NCAA quarterfinalist Santa Clara University and NCAA semifinalist Portland. The Broncos finished the 2000 season ranked No. 9, and Portland ended the year No.4 after a trip to the final four.
The Seminoles will host four of their next six opponents at the Seminole Soccer Complex during the month of September. The Seminoles host in-state rival Miami before traveling to Clemson to take on the Tigers who finished the season ranked No. 5 in the country and knocked the Seminoles out of the NCAA tournament in the round of 16 last year. FSU returns home for matches against Kansas Sep. 21 and a conference game against NC State Sep. 23. The Wolfpack finished the 2001 season ranked No. 9 in the Southeast region according to SoccerBuzz.
The Seminoles travel to Gainesville Sep. 28 to take on the 21st-ranked University of Florida in the continuation of a rivalry that has gained intensity since last season. After going winless against the Gators in five tries, Florida State opened their 2000 campaign by upsetting 6th-ranked Florida 3-2 in overtime. The Seminoles then traveled to Gainesville for a second-round NCAA Tournament match that saw FSU eliminate the Gators from the NCAA’s just two years after UF won a national championship. The team will finish the month with a home game against the University of Louisville Sep. 30 at 1:00pm.
October could be a make or brake month for FSU as they play seven of their eight games away from home including three key conference battles. The Seminoles travel to South Florida Oct. 2 and then to Central Florida Oct. 5. Two days later the Seminoles play their only home game of the month against conference foe Duke who finished the 2000 season ranked No. 17 in the nation. The week doesn’t get any easier as the team travels to Chapel Hill to take on the 17-time national champion North Carolina Tar Heels whom FSU defeated 3-2 at home last year in the biggest victory in the short history of FSU soccer.
Florida State then travels to Miami to play Florida International on Oct. 16 and back to North Carolina to play another ranked opponent, No. 23 Wake Forest. The Seminoles return to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Dolphins in Jacksonville Oct. 24. FSU posted a 7-0 record against Florida schools last season and defeated the Dolphins in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament 4-1. The Seminoles finish a tough October stretch when they travel to Charlottesville to face the 13th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers in a key ACC battle.
“October is going to be a very challenging month for this team,” said Baker. “Not only are we on the road but we are playing some great teams. Although we started out just 1-3 on the road last season, we were able to post a 4-3-2 road record down the stretch, which included losses to national champion North Carolina at the ACC Tournament and No. 5 Clemson in the NCAA’s. We play a lot of Florida schools in October and also play the majority of our ACC schedule so it will be a key month.”
The Seminoles wrap-up the regular season with a Nov. 2 match against the University of Maryland in Tallahassee. FSU then heads to the ACC Tournament Nov. 8 where they advanced to the second round for the first time in school history last season.
2001 Florida State Women's Soccer Schedule
Aug. 24 Scrimmage vs. University of Georgia Tallahassee, FL 7:00 p.m.
Seminole Soccer Tournament Aug. 31 George Mason Tallahassee, FL 7:00 p.m. Sep. 2 Loyola (MD) Tallahassee, FL 2:00 p.m.
Wake Forest/Nike Invitational Sep. 7 University of Portland Winston-Salem, NC 5:30 p.m. Sep. 9 Santa Clara University Winston-Salem. NC 12:00 p.m.
Sep. 12 University of Miami Tallahassee, FL 7:00 p.m. Sep. 16 Clemson University Clemson, SC 2:00 p.m. Sep. 21 Kansas University Tallahassee, FL 7:00 p.m. Sep. 23 NC State Tallahassee, FL 1:00 p.m. Sep. 28 University of Florida Gainesville, FL 7:00 p.m. Sep. 30 University of Louisville Tallahassee, FL 1:00 p.m. Oct. 2 South Florida Tampa, FL 7:00 p.m. Oct. 5 Central Florida Orlando, FL 7:00 p.m. Oct. 7 Duke University Tallahassee, FL 1:00 p.m. Oct. 12 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 7:00 p.m. Oct. 16 Florida International University Miami, FL 6:00 p.m. Oct. 20 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC 7:00 p.m. Oct. 24 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL 3:00 p.m. Oct. 28 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 1:00 p.m. Nov. 2 University of Maryland Tallahassee, FL 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 8-11 ACC Tournament TBA TBA