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FSU Soccer Makes History With First-Ever NCAA Tournament Bid

Nov. 5, 2000

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A season that saw historic wins against North Carolina, Florida and Wake Forest and victories over three top seven teams culminated with Florida State’s first-ever invitation to the 2000 NCAA Soccer Championships Sunday evening. The Seminoles were tabbed by the NCAA selection committee to host a first-round match and open the tournament Wednesday, November 8, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. against Jacksonville University.

“This team has worked so hard for this and I am so happy for our players,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “I am thrilled to be playing at home in the first round where we were 8-2 this season. Jacksonville is a great team and they will come to Tallahassee prepared to play.”

Florida State (12-7-2) has spent every week, except for one, ranked in the national polls, tied the school record for victories in a season, set the school record for longest winning streak and longest unbeaten streak, shattered the record for fewest goals given up in a single season and set the all-time mark for home victories in a single season. FSU now has the opportunity to continue their record-breaking run when NCAA tournament play begins Wednesday.

“It was awesome to see our name on the board,” said senior goalkeeper Sarah Crawford. “This is what you always dream of. It doesn’t matter which round as long as we made it to the tournament. To see this program turn around and the desire of our team pay off in a tournament bid is just amazing.”

Tickets for the NCAA tournament at the Seminole Soccer Complex are $7 for the general public and $5 for Florida State students, senior citizens and children age 12 and under. For information on tickets, please call the Seminole ticket office at (850) 644-1830. All other inquiries, including credential requests, should be directed to FSU soccer SID Elliott Finebloom at (850) 644-5656.

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