Oct. 1, 2002
Tallahassee, FL –
After a two-week absence from the college soccer polls, the 17th-ranked FSU soccer team (6-2-2) returned to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25 last week boosted by a win over No. 19 Clemson. With the Seminoles impressive win over then-No. 21 Florida Friday night, FSU is back in all four polls this week. The Seminoles highest ranking is No. 17 in Soccer America, they are No. 21 in the new NSCAA poll, No. 23 in the SoccerTimes.com coaches poll and No. 24 in SoccerBuzz.
The Tribe has won five of their last six games and two straight games versus Top 25 opponents. Florida State has now equaled the record for the best start through 10 games that was set in 1996, 2000 and 2001 and is currently sitting atop the ACC standings with a 1-0-0 record. Before its 1-1-2 start, FSU had been ranked in at least one poll for 25 straight weeks dating back to the beginning of the 2000 season. Before 2000, Florida State had never been nationally ranked.
“It is nice to know that the pollsters are noticing that we have recorded some quality wins lately but we can’t put too much stock in rankings,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “We have to continue to play well and be prepared for the most demanding part of our schedule coming up the next few weeks.”
Florida State returns to action versus UCF Friday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played at the Seminole Soccer Complex and will feature two teams that were invited to the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The Golden Knights are off to an 8-2-0 start and have been to the postseason three of the past four seasons.
After facing UCF, FSU will play four straight ACC games. The Seminoles travel to Durham, NC to face Duke Tuesday night in its second conference game of the season. They return home to face No. 6 Wake Forest (9-0-1) Saturday, October 12 and then turn around three days later and welcome No. 1 North Carolina (8-0-2) to the Seminole Soccer Complex Tuesday, October 15. The squad finishes up this run of conference games in Raleigh, NC versus NC State (5-3-1) Saturday, October 19.
For more information on the 2002 Seminole soccer team please visit the official athletic website of the FSU Department of Athletics at seminoles.com. The website features player profiles, game stories, box scores, live stats for all home games, weekly game programs, game notes and much more.