August 24, 2000 - by
Florida State Soccer Set To Take On No. 7 Florida

Aug. 24, 2000

The Florida State soccer team will kick-off its
2000 campaign at the Seminole Soccer Complex Friday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m.
The Seminoles will face the University of Florida which enters the season
ranked No. 7 in the nation and No. 2 in the Southeast.

“Playing Florida right off the bat is a huge challenge for our
team,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “Your probably not only talking about
the best women’s college soccer team in the state of Florida but one of the
best in the Southeast and arguably one of the country’s best.”

This is the third time the Seminoles and Gators have met in a
season-opener but it is the first time Florida has opened its season in
Tallahassee. The Seminoles traveled to Gainesville last year to start the
season and fell to the defending national champions 5-1.

“Last year we walked into a buzz-saw at Florida.” Said Baker.
“Steve Spurrier was there and kicked a penalty-kick against their mascot.
The marching band showed up and they had 5,000 screaming Gator fans at the
game. It was a fantastic environment if you weren’t a Seminole.”

The Seminoles have continued to make strides against their in-state
rivals and hope the addition of the state’s best recruiting class will help
them to continue to narrow the gap.

“We’ve done better each time we’ve faced the Gators and we are
hoping that continues this year,” according to Baker. “They are going to
have a more veteran group then us, but we are going to be starting an
interesting blend of young and old.”

The opener to the 2000 season will be special for both clubs. The
Seminoles will welcome coach Baker’s first recruiting class which was
ranked the 13th-best in the country by Soccer Buzz. The Gators will be
looking to put a disappointing 1999 NCAA Tournament appearance behind them.

“After their early dismissal from the NCAA Tournament last year,
coming off of a national championship the year before, I’m sure they have
circled opening day of the 2000 season as a time to step back out and make
a statement,” said Baker. “It just happens to be us they are playing.”

The Seminoles will continue their homestand against the University
of South Florida Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m., in a game that will be
broadcast regionally by the Sunshine Network.

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