Aug. 28, 2000
Coming of its first win against a nationally ranked opponent, its first win against the Florida Gators and its first comeback victory in more than a year, the Florida State soccer program experienced yet another first on Monday when the Seminoles broke into the national rankings at No. 23 in a poll released by the American Soccer Writers.
The Noles, who entered the 2000 season unranked, impressed pollsters with their 3-2 victory over then-No. 6 Florida, according to a release sent out by the American Soccer Writers (ASW). Florida State also recorded its second win of the season Sunday by defeating the University of South Florida in a regionally televised match.
The Seminoles appeared in the Southeast regional rankings on three occasions last season but the No. 23 ranking in the most recent ASW poll is a milestone for the Seminole soccer program.
The ASW is a collection of professional journalists and writers from across the United States, representing each region and nearly 30 separate publications. Its poll is the most successful attempt at an AP-style poll for NCAA women’s soccer according to the organization’s release. The panel distributes weekly rankings each Monday during the regular season.