September 23, 2000 - by
15th-Ranked FSU Soccer Team Takes On Florida International Sunday

Sept. 23, 2000

No. 15 FSU (6-4) will attempt to record its sixth win at the Seminoles Soccer Complex this season when they face the FIU Golden Panthers (5-2) Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m. in the finale of the first annual Seminole Soccer Tournament. Florida State is 5-1 at home this year and could tie the record for the most home wins in a single season with a victory Sunday.

The Seminoles won their first match of the inaugural tournament Friday night when they defeated the University of Central Florida 3-1. FIU dropped their first game to East Carolina by a score of 4-0.

“I know the FIU coaches were disappointed with their result against East Carolina,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “There is a reason FIU is 5-2 this year and they are going to re-group and come after us Sunday.”

Florida State enters the match with FIU owning a 4-0 record against teams from the state of Florida. The Seminoles defeated the University of Florida (3-2), South Florida (2-1), Jacksonville (3-0) and Central Florida (3-1). FSU will attempt to sweep their in-state opponents when the face FIU this Sunday and then travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes on Wednesday, October 25.

“We want to prove we are the best team in the state of Florida,” said Baker. “FIU is the next team that stands in our way in the quest to reach that goal.”

Sasja Odenyo, a junior from Uppsala, Sweden, is leading the Golden Panthers offense this season. Odenyo is tied for fifth in the NCAA in points per game (3.17) and goals per game (1.33). She is joined on the NCAA leader list by teammate Michelle O’Brien who is tied for 13th in the nation in goals per game (1.17).

“FIU’s coaches have told me that they are coming after us,” said Baker. “We got a chance to watch them play Friday and that should help us prepare for Sunday’s match. We would like to step up and play better on Sunday’s where are only 1-2 this year.”

The Seminoles will have the week off before they head to Oregon for two road games. FSU will face the Oregon State Beavers Friday, September 29 at 10:00 p.m. and the travel to Eugene, Ore to face the University of Oregon Ducks Sunday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m. The Seminoles return to the Seminole Soccer Complex on Saturday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. to face ACC foe Wake Forest.

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