Sept. 12, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The 15th-ranked Florida State soccer team (4-3) will travel to Mobile, Ala. Wednesday to face the University of South Alabama (3-3). The Jaguars are undefeated at “The Cage”, their home stadium, and have out-scored visiting teams 19-0.
“This is a big game for us because we are looking for our first road win,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “Despite our 0-2 record on the road, we feel good about the direction we are going. We are playing well but a mid-week game tucked between two ACC matches isn’t ideal. We need to go there and play well.”
The Seminoles opened the season 3-0 at home including a season-opening win over then-No. 6 Florida but Florida State then dropped two one-goal decisions to Missouri and Ohio State at the Ellis Copy Tiger Invitational. Both of those opponents are now regionally ranked. The Tigers are No. 4 in the Central Region and the Buckeyes are No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region.
“We played two very good teams on our first road trip and South Alabama will be ready for us on this trip,” said Baker. ” We need to be concerned with ourselves and getting that first road win under our belts. We will be very prepared for this match.”
The Seminoles and Jaguars have met three times and Florida State has won all three matches. The squads last met in 1999 at the Seminole Soccer Complex and FSU downed the Jaguars 5-1. Current Seminoles Katie Talley, Maren Vik Edvardsen and Marte Vik Edvardsen scored goals in that game.
“We watched the tape from last year’s game,” said Baker. “Not only did they score a goal against us but they also had three or four really dangerous chances to score goals.”
After returning home from Mobile, Ala., the Seminoles will head to Durham, NC Saturday to face the seventh-rated Duke Blue Devils. Duke is undefeated (5-0) and tied for first in the ACC with a conference record of 1-0.