Nov. 17, 2001
Clemson, SC –
Once again FSU is in Clemson, SC where the Tigers and historic Riggs Field stand between the Seminoles and the next round of the NCAA Tournament. When the teams met in the 2000 NCAA Tournament, a berth in the Elite Eight was on the line. This year it is an opportunity to return to the Sweet 16 and at 11:30 am Sunday morning, the teams will face-off for the fourth time in the last two seasons.
“They are a very talented team and it will be a big challenge for us Sunday,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “Considering we handed them their only home loss this season, I’m sure they would like to make up for that and they will get the chance tomorrow.”
Clemson comes into the match with a 13-4-1 record and they have now won eight straight matches at home since September 16, 2001. The Seminoles were the only team to beat Clemson at Riggs Field this year wining the only meeting between the two schools 3-2. All-ACC second teamer Amber Tollefson scored two goals, including the game-winner with less than two minutes on the clock to down Clemson. The win was the Seminoles first over the Tigers since 1996 and two of the last three meetings between the squads have been decided by a goal.
Florida State reached Sunday’s game by downing the Auburn Tigers 1-0 in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championships. The win moved FSU to 15-7-1 on the year securing the best overall record and the most wins in the history of the seven-year program. The Seminoles are trying to reach the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season after never making the NCAA Tournament in the school’s previous five seasons.
The Tigers are 7-6-2 (.533) all-time in NCAA Tournament play while the Seminoles hold a 3-1-0 record (.750). Clemson has lost just two home games in 10 NCAA Tournament matches played at Riggs Field. The Tigers lost 2-1 in the Round of 32 in the 1996 season to Wake Forest and they also lost 2-1 in the Elite Eight last season to UCLA. With Friday’s win over Auburn, the Seminoles are now 2-1 on the road in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State defeated the University of Florida 2-1 in the round of 32 last season in Gainesville to reach the school’s first-ever Sweet 16.
Live stats for Sunday’s match between FSU and Clemson will be available only at seminoles.com. For all the latest news on Florida State soccer, please visit the official athletic site of Florida State University.