Feb. 22, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
The 12th-ranked Seminole Soccer team will begin preparations for the 2001 season this weekend as they host the All-Florida College Jamboree spring tournament featuring the University of Florida, the University of Miami, the University of South Florida, Jacksonville University and the University of Central Florida. Florida, Jacksonville and Florida State were all participants in the 2000 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament and FSU defeated both of those schools on their way to a berth in the Sweet 16. FSU also posted a record of 7-0 last season against teams in this weekend’s tournament (2-0 vs Florida, 2-0 vs Jacksonville, 1-0 vs UCF, 1-0 vs UM and 1-0 vs USF).
“The level of soccer in the state of Florida is fantastic and it is something we want to take advantage of,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “Three Florida schools made the NCAA’s and it will be a great test for us matching up with some of the country’s best programs at our facility this weekend.”
The collegiate teams will, however, take a backseat to the FHSAA Girl’s State Championship Finals that will be taking place all weekend long at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles will open spring competition Friday, February 23 when they face the 1983 Region III ODP (Olympic Development Program) squad at 4:00 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Florida State will then play the 1984 Region III ODP squad at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, February 25 and opens in-state competition against the University of South Florida at 12:00 p.m. later that day. FSU will wrap-up their first weekend of spring competition when they get an NCAA opening round rematch with Jacksonville University at 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
“I think it is going to be an unbelievable weekend for soccer fans in the Tallahassee area,” said Baker. “To have all of these collegiate and ODP teams coming to town at the same time we are hosting the Florida High School State Championships is a great opportunity to see some of the nations best players at one time. This weekend is a soccer fans dream.”
The Florida State soccer program also announced its schedule for the rest of the spring Thursday. The Seminoles will host two club teams, the Georgia Lightening and Greenville F.C., Sunday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex before heading to Wake Forest University April 1 for the All-ACC Spring Jamboree. All eight teams from the nation’s top soccer conference will meet in Winston-Salem, NC for the jamboree. Florida State’s last weekend of competition will take them to Los Angeles, CA where they will face UCLA and USC.
“I am very excited to go up against some of the nation’s best teams this spring,” said Baker. “We are coming off of a unprecedented fall and it will be interesting to see how the bulk of next year’s squad will react against the North Carolina’s and UCLA’s as we look towards the 2001 campaign.”