Oct. 19, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After recording the biggest win in the history of Florida State soccer Tuesday night against the defending national champion Tar Heels (3-2 OT), the 13th-ranked Florida State soccer team (11-4-1) heads to Maryland in search of another record-breaking win. If the Seminoles are able to defeat the Terrapins Friday night, it will mark FSU’s first-ever four-game unbeaten streak in the ACC and it will also give the Seminoles a single-season record for ACC wins (three).
FSU entered the 2000 season with a total of three wins in five years of conference play (3-33-2) but the Seminoles can equal that win total in one season with a victory in either of their last two conference match-ups. FSU can also tie the record for the most victories in a season (12) with a win over Maryland (7-8, 0-5 in the ACC).
“This is another big game for us,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “We’ve been through a tough stretch of ACC games (Wake Forest, NC State and North Carolina) and we were able to go 2-0-1 in those matches. We haven’t been successful on the road inside of the conference so this will be another test for our team.”
After starting the season with two consecutive road losses, FSU has gone 3-1-1 on the road and the team heads into Friday’s match with a 3-3-1 record away from Tallahassee. Florida State has not lost a match since September 16 and their record is 6-0-1 over that span.
“The most important thing for us is that we are playing some of our best soccer down the stretch,” said Baker. “We are finding ways to win both at home and on the road no matter who the opponent is. Maryland is that next opponent we are looking at.”
The Seminoles enter Friday’s game with the Terrapins just two days after beating the defending national champions at home in front of a record-breaking crowd of 1,582 fans. Florida State is now in a fourth place tie in the conference and that marks FSU’s highest position in the ACC standings since the programs inception in 1995.
“The Carolina win is going to be a positive for us as we head into the Maryland game,” said Baker. “There are certain things that we can accomplish with a win Friday and we’ve discussed what this game means to our program with our players. There’s a lot to play for and if you can’t get up to play for those types of things then I don’t think I’ve judged the character of our team correctly. We will be ready to play.”
“It’s hard to imagine that this team has the opportunity to accomplish more in one season than has been accomplished in the previous five seasons,” said freshman Amber Tollefson. “Tomorrow’s match will be a challenge but all the hard work will be worth it if we can get a win.”
After returning from Maryland, the Seminoles will travel to Coral Gables to face the University of Miami Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. FSU will close out the regular season at home against No. 16 Virginia Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. The Cavaliers will head to the Seminole Soccer Complex where FSU has compiled a mark of 8-1 this season. The match will be regionally televised by the Sunshine Network.