Nov. 3, 2000
DURHAM, NC –
The No. 14 Florida State soccer team (12-7-2) entered the semifinals of the ACC tournament for the first time but they ran into a familiar foe Thursday night at Koskinen Stadium on the Duke University campus. The 6th-ranked University of North Carolina Tar Heels (15-3) got a measure of revenge for FSU’s upset victory earlier this season with a 3-0 win in front of a partisan North Carolina crowd.
“I think we saw the real North Carolina tonight,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “We saw a different team than the one we saw in Tallahassee last month. They probably respected us a little bit because we beat them and I thought they were able to get more players involved in this game than our first meeting.”
The Tar Heels wasted no time getting out to an early lead against the Seminoles when freshman defender Maggie Tomecka put UNC up 1-0 in the fourth minute of the game after Kalli Kamholz flicked-on a ball in front of the Florida Sate goal.
“To fall behind 1-0 on the first shot of the game is tough,” said Baker. “We’ve stuck to our game plan every time out this season and tonight was probably the first time we haven’t done that and it was disappointing.”
The Tar Heels controlled much of the play throughout the first half but couldn’t increase their lead against an FSU defense that has allowed the fewest goals in the program’s history. With less than three minutes left in the first half junior Jena Kluegel was able to extend the Tar Heel lead to 2-0.
FSU came out with more energy in the second half and freshman Summer Corum was able to get behind the North Carolina defense on a few occasions but she was continually turned away by a tough UNC defense. The Tar Heels were able to secure the victory in the 55th minute of the game when first team All-ACC player Meredith Florance put the Tar Heels up 3-0 and ended the Seminoles hopes of a second straight upset of the defending national champions.
The Seminoles wrapped up the best regular season in the history of the program and there is a distinct possibility that they will set at least one more record before the season is over when NCAA tournament bids are announced Sunday evening. A bid to the 2000 soccer championships would be the perfect ending to a season that has been described as “a stunning turn around” according to North Carolina head coach Anson Dorrance.
Florida State will watch the NCAA tournament selection show at BW3’s in Tallahassee on Tennessee Street. The media is welcome to join the FSU soccer team as the tournament pairings are announced.