Nov. 3, 2000
DURHAM, NC –
After advancing to the second round of the ACC tournament for the first time in school history, the 14th-ranked Seminole soccer team (12-6-2) will attempt to continue their record-setting run when they face the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels (13-3) Friday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m.
“We are really happy to just get the opportunity to advance to the second round and face North Carolina,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “It is going to be a daunting task and I’m sure they will come after us looking for revenge for the 3-2 loss they suffered in Tallahassee.”
The Seminoles recorded their first ever win over North Carolina October 17 in overtime by a score of 3-2. Friday’s second round match-up in the ACC tournament will give FSU the opportunity to be the first team in more than 20 years to defeat the Tar Heels twice in the same season. A win would also put Florida State on a list of only four other schools that have ever beaten UNC twice in their program’s history.
“We told our players that Carolina is the program we want to be like,” said Baker. “The more times we can play them and the more strides we can make to become more like them, the better off we will be.”
Florida State is in the midst of the most successful season in the short history of the program. The Seminoles have recorded first-ever victories against six schools, including two top 10 opponents (North Carolina and Texas A&M), they became the first team in women’s college soccer history to beat the last two national champions in the same season (Florida and North Carolina) and they improved their record against teams they faced in 1999 from 4-10-1 to 10-4-1 in 2000.
“I have huge respect for Patrick Baker,” said North Carolina head coach Anson Dorrance. “The way he has turned that program around in one year is absolutely stunning. He has taken a program that wasn’t competitive, and in one year, made them a wonderfully competitive team. He gives our conference credibility since we now have another fine coach.”
The Seminoles will attempt to knock-off a Carolina squad that has won 12 straight ACC championships and is on a 28 game ACC tournament winning streak. UNC, however, will enter the match without U.S. National Tam forward Susan Bush who tore her ACL just over a week ago and is out for the rest of the 2000 season.
“We want the opportunity to play North Carolina and possibly beat them for the second time,” said Baker. “We`ve played them four times in this tournament but never after we’ve come off of a win. We are one game away from the championship and that is a great accomplishment for our team.”
The ACC championship match will be played Sunday, October 5th at 1:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Sunshine Network.