April 17, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The women’s soccer program is having a very successful spring season.
The ‘Noles opened up their spring season down in Miami, Florida where they
played Fortuna, a Danish club team, and the University of Miami. They left
this weekend with a 0-0 tie against the Hurricanes, who beat them in the
fall season, and a loss to the impressive Danish team.
Following this weekend, the ‘Noles hosted their own tournament at FSU.
They played Klein Challenge out of Texas, one of the top youth club
programs in the country. The second game was against an Olympic
Development team out of Georgia. The ladies talled a win against the
Georgia ODP team with a score of 6-0, and lost to the Challenge with a
score of 2-4. It was a great event for the ‘Noles were able to showcase
their beautiful facility to a variety of youth teams. Following this
weekend, the ladies traveled to Gainesville, Florida and played the
University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, and the
University of South Florida. After a 0-3 loss to the Gators, the ladies
turned it around and soundly defeated both UCF and USF, 2-0 and 3-0
respectively. The team was excited about the great defensive effort in
these final two games, tallying a shut-out in each. The team lost to UCF
1-2 in the 1999 preseason and barely beat USF 1-0 during the 1999 fall
season, so these results were tremendous.
Following a weekend in Gainesville, the ‘Noles spent a weekend in
Pensacola Beach, Florida. The team rented two beach houses right on the
water, so the weekend was a combination of great soccer and a fun time.
The ‘Noles defeated the University of Mississippi with a score of 1-0, and
then defeated the University of Alabama-Birmingham 3-0. Again, the team
was very excited about the two shut-outs! It was really a fun weekend and
the results made it even better.
“The young ladies have been working extremely hard and these
efforts are paying off,” Head Coach Patrick Baker said. “We have played in
some very competitive environments and are continually making positive
strides. Our overall team defense has been especially pleasing to me.”
The ‘Noles headed to Santa Clara, Calif., with a 5-3-1 record to take on
Santa Clara and U-Cal Berkeley. Playing these two prominent
programs will be a perfect ending to a successful spring season.
“We are 5-3-1 and have recorded six shutouts,” Baker said. “Fortuna,
Florida and the Challenge games have helped us learn valuable lessons that
we continue to learn from each day in training. The opportunity to play two
great teams in Santa Clara and UCal Berkely will give us another measuring