Sept. 17, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 12 ranked Florida State women’s soccer team has earned a a solid start to the 2010 season with four shutout victories, despite injuries and two disappointing overtime losses to SEC opponents ¬Auburn (3-2, double overtime) and Florida (2-1). The Seminoles will look to gain their first win over an SEC team this season as it faces Arkansas at the Seminole Soccer Complex at Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
“The SEC is a pretty good conference,” junior Tori Huster said. “It can be argued the ACC is at the same level as the SEC, if not better.”
Sunday will mark the Seminoles’ first ever match against Arkansas and it will be the eighth SEC they team have faced in their history.
“We always have something to prove in every game,” junior defender Toni Pressley said. “Obviously we didn’t get the result against Florida we were wishing for. We made it a priority to play better in the UCF game and I think that is going to help us against Arkansas. We have to prove something not only to people and fans, but ourselves as well.”
Added Huster: “”I think a win would help our attitudes and motivate us for the ACC. I think if we can get some of our confidence back from whatever we lost on Friday (Florida) then I think we will be able to do pretty well.”
Huster is one of many Seminoles who have suffered from injuries this season, but her possible presence on Sunday could be a huge boost to the team.
“I hope to be back, my ankle is feeling much better, and as long as I keep getting the correct treatment and our trainers are helping me out, then I hopefully will be back.”
Many of the Seminoles young players have earned more playing time because of the injuries suffered by Florida State’s front line players. For Huster, being on the sidelines for the UCF game gave her a much different perspective on the game than what she normally is used to.
“I think it’s always tough to watch from the sideline. I know over the past few seasons there were a couple games I had to sit out and then there other games where others had to sit out because it was in their best interest to not get further injured. I guess looking at it positively I got to see the strengths and weaknesses of our team as we were playing from a coaches perspective almost, so maybe I can take what I saw from the UCF game and use that to help us succeed in further games.”
Through the first seven games the Seminoles have outscored the opposition 18-6. Fifteen different Seminoles have registered at least one point and nine different Seminoles have scored at least one goal. Arkansas is just 1-3 away from home this season while Florida State is 2-1 at home. While that may spell a recipe for success this weekend, the team is still focused on things they can improve on.
“I think collectively our team defending could be better and our finishing, but I think our mentality is there but it’s not all translating,” said Pressley. “We are still waiting for the cohesion and for us to click, and that is something I am excited to see and waiting for.
This Sunday is also Youth Day at the Seminole Soccer Complex! The first 300 fans will receive a free shaker and all fans under the 8th grade can participate in a FREE youth skills clinic immediately following the match. This is a great chance to learn new skills from a nationally ranked program of elite coaches and student-athletes! To register, download the form or register on site. For more information call Nicole Haves at 850-644-8623.
As always, it’s also Popcorn Sunday where fans can get a free small popcorn with any purchase from Seminole Concessions.