August 29, 2000 - by
No. 23 Soccer Takes On Jacksonville Wednesday

Aug. 29, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After a week of breaking records and setting
one program first after another, the Florida State soccer program can reach
another milestone Wednesday when it hosts Jacksonville University at 7:00
p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Noles, after an upset win over
Florida and an overtime victory against USF, look to raise their record to
3-0 for the first time in the history of the program.

“Jacksonville is coming in here 1-0 after a 5-0 win over McNeese
State and I’m sure they are looking at the success we had this past
weekend,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “They would love to come in here
and bring us back down to earth. They came to Tallahassee two years ago and
played us very well.”

The Noles have a 4-1 edge in their series with Jacksonville and
beat the Dolphins 4-1 last season in Jacksonville. The Noles only loss to
the Dolphins came two years ago in Tallahassee when Jacksonville got a 2-1
victory.

“Going back and looking at the tape, I realized that they did a
great job against us two years ago,” said Baker. “Of course, I thought we
went there last year and played very well. I am a little concerned because
I don’t believe that we have played very good soccer yet despite our
success.”

“Jacksonville is a very solid team and we always have a tough game
against them,” said defender Heather Dyche. “It won’t be an easy win by any
means especially now that everyone is gunning for us.”

The Seminoles, on the heels of two victories this past weekend,
broke into a national poll for the first time in the history of the program
when they garnered a No. 23 ranking in the American Soccer Writers poll.
Florida State also appeared in the Top 30 nationally, and No. 6 in the
Southeast region, in the latest Soccer Buzz rankings., but the Seminoles
are looking beyond the rankings for motivation for Wednesday’s game.

“We would love to get a win against Jacksonville this Wednesday,”
said Ashlee Fontes. “It would be a great boost of confidence after the
achievements of the past weekend. We would love to start the season 3-0
since we worked too hard in the preseason to be losing.”

Coach Baker has let his team know that getting off to a
record-breaking start is something he wants them to focus on and that
making it a priority to reach milestones is not something he wants his team
to shy away from.

“It would be fantastic to go 3-0 for the first time in the history
of the program,” said Baker. “We talked to our team about it and I want
them to start to think about it and I
want them to make it a goal of theirs to get that record-breaking start. It
would be a fantastic start to what has already been a pretty unbelievable
week.”

The Seminoles head to Missouri Friday to take part in the Missouri
Tiger Tournament. FSU will face a Tiger team ranked No. 10 regionally on
Friday and then take on Ohio State Sunday morning.

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