September 7, 2000 - by
Florida State Set To Face 7th-Ranked Aggies

Sept. 7, 2000

Tallahassee, Fla. –
The Florida State soccer team (3-2) will host the seventh-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (3-1) Friday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles, currently ranked No. 5 in the Southeast Region, are preparing to face a top 20 team for the third time this season.

The Aggies head to Tallahassee fresh off two big road wins this past weekend. Texas A&M shutout No. 17 Harvard by a score of 3-0 and defeated No. 7 Hartford 2-1. The Aggies only loss this season came to consensus No. 1 North Carolina. The Aggies are lead by sophomore Heather Ragsdale who was recently named National Player of the Week by Soccer Times.

“Texas A&M is a very good team and they are coming of a huge weekend of soccer in the Northeast where they got two quality wins,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “They are probably playing as well as anyone in the country right now.”

The Seminoles traveled to College Station last season and fell to the Aggies 2-1 on a goal in the last 13 minutes of the game. Last year’s match was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

“This game will be a huge challenge for us. Last year, we went to Texas A&M and gave a great effort,” said Baker. “We lost with about 10 minutes left in a very tightly contested game. That was an encouraging result and we are a better team this year but they are better too.”

The Seminoles started the season with three straight wins before dropping two one-goal decisions in Missouri last weekend. FSU will attempt to remain undefeated at home and notch their second win over a top 10 team at home this season.

“This is going to be a very tough game,” said senior co-captain Rachael Watkin. “They are big and they are a physical team. If we continue to play well at home, we should be able to put up a good fight.”

Florida State opened the season with the 6th-ranked Florida Gators and then traveled to play No. 13 Missouri last weekend. The Seminoles currently have eight top 20 teams on their schedule.

“We play such a tough non-conference schedule so we can be prepared for ACC play,” said Baker. “We are trying to make a better impression in the conference and the last thing I want to do is be ill-prepared for the ACC. Playing highly-ranked out-of-conference teams prepares us for the challenge we face inside of the best soccer conference in the country.”

The Seminoles return to action Sunday, September 9 at 1:00 p.m. for their ACC-opener against No. 5 Clemson University. Sunday’s game will be played at the Seminole Soccer Complex and will be broadcast live by the Sunshine Network.

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