Sept. 1, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After spending the morning watching tape of 12th-ranked Florida State’s 3-2 win over George Mason Friday evening, head coach Patrick Baker continued to feel very positive about his clubs first game of the 2001 season. The Seminoles (1-0-0) entered the season as a consensus top 20 pick for the first time ever and with higher expectations surrounding the program than at any point in its seven-year existence.
“I can’t stress how important last night’s victory was,” said Baker who was named the runner-up for national coach of the year honors last season. “People think we won’t be able to duplicate the success we had in 2000. To step out and play as well as we did yesterday was a huge step for this 2001 team.”
Although the scoreboard said 3-2, it is hard to remember a time when FSU played as well offensively this early in a season. The combination of play from the veterans and members of the nation’s 8th-ranked recruiting class gives Florida State a reason to expect explosive offensive numbers in 2001.
Freshman Camie Bybee, the Gatorade Player of the Year from Oklahoma, had three near goals cleared off the George Mason goal line, senior Marte Vik Edvardsen had one shot go off of the crossbar and a penalty kick saved by GMU keeper Naomi Hines and junior Cindy Schofield had four shots on goal of which two found the back of the net. Freshman Jez Ratliff and sophomores Summer Corum and Janet Burke all provided FSU with consistent offense and the Seminoles even got a goal from sophomore defender Kristin Boyce off of a perfect corner kick from Maren Vik Edvardsen.
“We possessed the ball well, solved pressure in tight spaces with the dribble and had some very good attacking sequences,” said Baker. “If we can continue to create great quality chances like we did last night, we will be in a lot of games this year.”
Florida State’s next challenge comes Sunday afternoon when they conclude the Seminole Soccer Tournament against Loyola (Md) College (0-1-0). The Greyhounds lost 5-1 to the University of Miami Friday evening after finishing the 2000 season seventh in the nation in goals allowed. Loyola was one win away from playing in the 2000 NCAA Tournament and is once again tabbed as the favorite to win their second consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title.
“It’s kind of funny,” said Baker. “I don’t think our 3-2 result was indicative of our game and I don’t believe Loyola’s 5-1 loss was indicative of their game with Miami. That game was tied 1-1 at the 60:00 mark. After Miami scored goals on two set pieces, the complexion of the game changed. Loyola was in that game right there with UM. They are a good regionally ranked team and it will be a great game Sunday afternoon.”
The Seminole Soccer Tournament concludes Sunday with two games. Miami and George Mason meet in the early game at 12:00 p.m. and are followed by Loyola and Florida State who are set to start at 2:00 p.m. There is no admission charge for either game and both matches will be played at the Seminole Soccer Complex on the campus of Florida State University.