Sept. 22, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The 17th-ranked Seminole soccer team (4-2, 1-0) will look to enter uncharted waters Sunday afternoon when they host conference rival NC State (2-3, 0-1) at 1:00 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles have the opportunity to go 2-0 in the ACC for the first time ever in program history and can win back-to-back conference games for the first time since downing Wake Forest and North Carolina in consecutive ACC matches in 2000.
“NC State is a very organized team that plays the same formation as we do,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “Last year playing them was kind of like a mirror image. Both teams were trying to play possession soccer, knocking the ball around and trying to create some chances. It is almost like an intra-squad scrimmage.”
Florida State has had their most conference success against the Wolfpack as they have an all time record of 1-3-2 against NC State. The teams have tied both of their last two meetings with last year’s match ending in a 0-0 tie at Raleigh, NC. The Pack lost their conference opener Wednesday evening to Virginia by the score of 2-0 while FSU opened its conference slate with a 3-2 upset of No. 7 Clemson on the road.
“Last year it was back and forth for 120 minutes,” said Baker. “They are one team in the conference we have been able to tie the last two seasons but on the other hand they have given us all we can handle and I expect the same thing Sunday.
“We talked with the kids today about how we need to be focused on this game. We watched some Kansas video today but as soon as the last cut-up was over we turned our complete focus to NC State. We looked at their players, their personalities and their tendencies and tried to warn our team they are going to see a little bit of a different system than we’ve seen the last couple of times.”
NC State is led by sophomore forward Katherine Warman who has two goals and an assist on the season. She is joined by German National Team players Carmen Isreal and Annika Schmidt and junior forward Adrienne Barnes who already has two goals on the young season.
“Warman and their two German National Team players, Isreal and Schmidt, are great players and this team doesn’t make mistakes to hurt themselves,” said Baker. “Teams like that are always tough. They have a good group and I just hope we have enough left in the tank after last night to carry us Sunday.”
The Seminoles moved to 4-2 on the season after downing Kansas University at home Friday night 4-1. Florida State fell behind in the first 10 minutes but once again fought back for its second consecutive come from behind victory.
Sunday’s game with the Wolfpack provides FSU with a chance to equal a program high for conference victories in a season after just two matches. The Seminoles have never won more than two ACC games in a year with their best conference record coming last year when they went 2-4-1. Florida State has won two of their last three ACC games in Tallahassee and has won eight of their last nine home matches dating back to 2000.
“You always want to hold serve at home in conference play and that was something we want to do this year again,” said Baker. “Last year we lost to two magnificent games to great conference teams in Clemson and Virginia at home with less than three minutes on the clock in each match. This year we are playing three of the teams, based on last year’s standings that finished at the bottom of the conference. We want to take care of business at home.”
The match will be the first of three Florida State soccer games that will be carried live by the Sunshine Network. Kick off is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. and there is no admission charge for regular season games at the Seminole Soccer Complex.