Sept. 9, 2000
TALLAHASSEE Fla. –
The Florida State soccer team (4-2) will open its ACC campaign Sunday when they welcome the fifth-ranked Clemson Tigers (5-0) to the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles ACC opener is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start and will be broadcast on the Sunshine Network.
FSU is coming off of its second victory over a top 10 team when they defeated the Texas A&M Aggies 4-1 Friday night. The victory gave the Seminoles their fourth-straight home win to start a season, which is a first in the program’s history.
“We’re just a different team at home,” said Emma Breland who scored two goals against the Aggies. “We just get so excited to play at home. Our friends come out and we have had such awesome crowds.”
The Seminoles are off to an unprecedented start to the 2000 season but head coach Patrick Baker knows the challenges his team faces as they enter ACC play. The Seminoles have only recorded three wins against ACC opponents and the ACC currently has six teams ranked in the top 20.
“We are going to have to rise up and have the same effort we had against Texas A&M if we want to challenge Clemson Sunday,” said Baker. “When I decided to come to Florida State, I knew we played in the best soccer conference in the country. Wins aren’t going to come easy in the ACC, but the past is the past. This is a new year. We are a new team and Clemson is a new team. We have to understand our history in the conference but we can’t get caught up in that.”
Clemson is off to the best start in the program’s history and their 5-0 record includes wins over No. 8 UCLA and two wins over teams ranked in the top 10 regionally, UNC-Charlotte and Old Dominion. The Tigers boast one of the ACC’s top scorers, Lindsey Brown, who is among the ACC leaders in goals, points and scoring average.
“I don’t think rankings matter this weekend,” said co-captain Sarah Crawford. “They could be No. 1 or un-ranked and we would still need to approach these games the same way. We need these wins, not just for the program but for us. We need to come out with the mentality that each game is as important as the win over Florida. We need to go out on the field every game and continue to prove ourselves. We’re ready for the weekend.”
The Seminoles will hit the road for their next two matches. They will head to South Alabama Wednesday, September 13 for a 7:00 p.m. game and then face their second ACC opponent when they head to Durham, NC and face the Duke Blue Devils at 7:00 p.m.