Nov. 7, 2001
FSU’s four ACC wins this season represent a giant leap for a
program that had previously won just five conference matches in
six seasons. FSU surpassed it’s season-high for ACC wins after
downing UMd 2-0 in their home finale. The win vaulted FSU into
third place in the final ACC standings , which established an-other
ecord for a program that had never finished higher than
seventh in the conference. Before Baker took over the program,
Florida State had amassed just three conference victories in four
seasons. The 2001 squad surpassed the total from that four-year
period. In the last two seasons under Baker, FSU has won six
ACC matches compared to just three the previous five years.
WELCOME TO THE ACC FSU
It is hard for Florida State to have ever really felt like a complete member of the Atlantic Coast
Conference in women’s soccer before Patrick Baker’s arrival. Florida State had won three conference
games in four years, had been awarded just two players of the week, had never won a conference
tournament game, had never won a conference road game, had never finished anywhere but seventh
or eighth in the standings and had just one winning record overall in four seasons. Although none of
those things changed immediately upon Baker’s arrival, Florida State has made great strides over the
last three seasons to gain that respect.
In 2000, FSU began to make a move towards respectability in the nation’s premier soccer conference.
The Seminoles got a win over the greatest program in the history of the sport North Carolina and also
upset Wake Forest but despite all the amazing records the 2000 Seminoles set, they still finished
seventh in the ACC with a 2-4-1 record. They didn’t garner a single ACC Player of the Week and the
only post-season recognition they received was for Emma Breland who isn’t with the team this year.
Even though FSU did advance in the conference tournament for the first time ever, they still have
never won an ACC Tourney due to advancing past Wake Forest last year by virtue of a tie. What a
difference a year makes.
After this season it is fair to say FSU has gained its membership in the conference. The Seminoles
finished third in the ACC this year, garnered 25% of the player of the week awards (three of 12), placed
a player on the All-ACC first team, the All-ACC second team, three freshmen on the All-ACC Rookie
team, came within one win of equalling the total number of conference wins in program history and had
a player lead the conference in goals, points and goals per game. This was the first season in Florida
State history that the Seminoles scored a goal in every regular season ACC contest and on top of that,
FSU scored more than one goal in every ACC match with the exception of North Carolina.