Oct. 24, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Seminole soccer team (11-5-1) will look to tie the record for the most wins in a season when they head to Coral Gables for a match-up with the University of Miami Hurricanes (9-8-1). FSU, currently 3-4-1 away from home, could finish .500 or above on the road for only the second time in the history of the program.
“It’s no mystery that we haven’t played well on the road and we have a phenomenal record at home,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “I don’t think that is so unusual. If you look at other teams around the country, you will see that a number of teams struggle on the road and play well at home. I also think you have to look at who we’ve played on the road and I think that you can see why we have the record we have.”
The Hurricanes have won their last two games at home by a combined score of 7-2 and are currently in the midst of a four game unbeaten streak. The Canes are 2-0 lifetime against the Seminoles and beat FSU 3-0 last year at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
“Miami is starting to really play well,” said Baker. “We are 0-2 against them and I told our players that. We have no illusions of grandeur going down there. They have our number and until we beat them they are the better team and the better program. We learned a valuable lesson at Maryland and I hope we are able to apply what we learned.”
Florida State is looking for their first undefeated record inside the state of Florida and a win over Miami would cement the unofficial state championship. The Seminoles defeated Florida (3-2), South Florida (2-1), Jacksonville (3-0), Central Florida (3-1) and Florida International (4-1). A win over the Canes would improve FSU to 6-0 in the state.
“I believe we play the best division I teams in the state and we’ve been fortunate enough to go undefeated against them this year,” said Baker. “It would be nice to finish that run with a win in Miami but this game boils down to us needing to get a win any way possible.”
Florida State is looking to play well in its last road game after falling to Maryland on the road last week. The Seminoles went to Maryland fresh off the programs biggest win against the Tar Heels and were unable to build on the momentum from that win. Wednesday’s game in Miami is important since FSU heads to Duke for the ACC Championships November 2.
“We want to gain back some of the respect we lost in Maryland,” said goalkeeper Sarah Crawford. “We want to prove that the North Carolina win wasn’t a fluke. This is our last road test before ACC’s and it will give us some confidence on the road for our trip to Duke.”
The Seminoles return home for their last regular season game against Virginia Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Sunshine Network and FSU’s seniors will be honored before the match. Florida State will attempt to increase their record for the best home mark ever against the Cavaliers.