Oct. 26, 2002
College Park, MD –
The Seminole soccer team unseated their second Top 25 ACC opponent on the road Friday with a 1-0 win over 16th-ranked Maryland. The victory gave the Tribe (10-4-3, 3-2-1) its first-ever undefeated road season in the ACC and now the team will go after its first-ever undefeated road slate when they visit George Mason (7-9-0) Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m.
“The chance to go undefeated in road games is amazing for us and especially for those who know the history of our program,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “We rarely won an ACC game on the road and we have done that twice this season. We had never won a regular season ACC game in the state of North Carolina and now we’ve done that. For us to be 3-0-1 is great and the opportunity is there to finish out the road portion of our schedule at 4-0-1. It is great that we have created a mentality where we can go out on the road and get a result and that is the ultimate goal in any road game.”
This is just the second all-time meeting between the Patriots and Seminoles. Last season FSU defeated GMU 3-2 in Tallahassee. Cindy Schofield, FSU’s leading scorer in 2002 with 10 goals, recorded two in that game and junior defender Kristin Boyce netted the other. Both of the Patriots’ goal scorers are back this year and are joined by senior Katy Robertson who leads the squad with four goals and three assists.
“We had a very good game against George Mason last year to start off the season,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “They are a good team and very well coached. They will come out with a lot of emotion because it is their senior night. We witnessed that Friday night at Maryland.
“It will be tough for us. It is the last hurdle in a three-game week. Friday night took a lot
out of us. We tried to use Saturday to recover and collect ourselves and get ready to play again Sunday afternoon.”
Florida State will be chasing its second four-game win streak of the year Sunday and will attempt to win three games in a week for the first time since the end of the 2001 season. The Garnet and Gold has already defeated Jacksonville (13-3-2) and No. 16 Maryland (10-6-0) this week. Since a 1-1-2 start, FSU has posted a 9-3-1 record with wins over four ranked opponents. Florida State seems to be hitting its stride at the right time as they have just two regular season games remaining before they host the ACC Tournament beginning November 7.
“I am happy with where we are at this point of the season,” said Baker. “We were missing a player or two against a very good Maryland team but still got a result. This has been a successful road trip so far and we want to continue that Sunday.”
The Seminoles are playing as well on both sides of the ball simultaneously as they have at any point in the season. The Tribe’s offense is averaging 2.5 goals a game over the last 11 matches and is in the midst of a record streak of 15 straight games with a goal. The Seminole defense is also playing at its highest level of the year and has allowed one goal or less in six of the last eight games. The Florida State defense and keeper Kerry York are coming off their third shutout of the season and first conference shutout of the year versus the Terrapins.
“I was happy for our defense that we were able to get a shutout against a very good ACC team. It showed us that the hard work is paying off,” said senior defender Ashlee Fontes. “We were able to eliminate some of the mistakes that have cost us in the past. Maryland had some good chances but (Kerry) York came up huge all night. She didn’t make a mistake and played a great game. We want to continue to play at that level tomorrow against a tough George Mason team.”
Florida State finishes the regular season at home against Virginia (9-5-2, 2-3-0) Saturday, November 11. After a 0-3-0 start in the ACC, Virginia has won back-to-back conference matches and is the only ACC team FSU has never defeated. With a win, FSU could finish as high as second in the ACC, which would be a program best finish. The Garnet and Gold is currently less than 1100 fans away from reaching the 10,000 fan mark for the first time in school history and will look to break that mark on Senior Night against the Cavs.
“After facing GMU, we begin preparing for a very talented Virginia team and then the ACC Tournament,” said Baker. “It is an exciting time for us and a successful conclusion to this road trip would help.
“There is so much soccer still to be played within our conference. A lot of things are going to shape up without us even playing. As is usual in the ACC, we will all go into that last day not knowing for sure how things will shake out. What I like though is that we control our own destiny.”
After facing Virginia, Florida State will host the 2002 ACC Women’s Soccer Championships for the first time in school history. The nation’s premiere conference tournament runs from Thursday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11 and tickets are now available on-line at www.seminoles.com or by calling the Seminole ticket office at 1-888-FSU-NoLE.