Sept. 21, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The 15th-ranked Florida State soccer team (5-4) is looking to remain undefeated against in-state rivals when they face the University of Central Florida (2-7) at the Seminole Soccer Complex this Friday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.
The Seminoles are 3-0 against teams from the state of Florida this season with wins over the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and Jacksonville University. FSU is also 4-1 at home this year and just two wins away from equaling the all-time record for most home wins in a season.
“Central Florida will be ready for us,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “We have a big target on our backs right now and any time two in-state schools get after it there’s going to be more intensity than usual.”
The Golden Knights face their third top 25 opponent in a row Friday when they take on No. 15 Florida State. UCF dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 22 Boston College last Friday and then fell to the 23rd-ranked Southern Cal Trojans 2-1 after grabbing an early 1-0 lead.
“UCF, after a sluggish start, has really started to play better,” said Baker. “I am sure they aren’t happy with their overall record at this point but they have shown very well against two tough teams recently.”
Central Florida is coming off of a 16-6-1 campaign in 1999 and the Golden Knights made their second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. The 1999 squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA’s after defeating Furman 1-0.
“They have a lot of players returning from last year’s NCAA squad,” said Baker. “UCF has enjoyed some success the last two years and played some very good teams this season. Both teams enter this match battle-tested but I think we are playing some very good soccer right now. I am very happy where we are at especially on the offensive side of the ball.”
Florida State returns to action Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m. against Florida International University at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminole Soccer Tournament will also feature games between Florida International and East Carolina on Friday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m. and a match Sunday at 11:00 a.m. between UCF and ECU.