October 17, 2000 - by
No. 13 Seminole Soccer Set To Face Defending National Champion Tar Heels

Oct. 17, 2000

After a 0-0 double overtime tie at NC State Saturday, the 13th-ranked Seminole soccer team (10-4-1) returns to the Seminole Soccer Complex to face No. 2 North Carolina Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. Florida State is 7-1 at home this year and are looking for their first-ever win over North Carolina.

“When you talk about North Carolina and women’s soccer, you think of excellence and this year is no different,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “They are an excellent team and they have an excellent coach. They probably have the deepest team in the country and they are very talented.”

The Tar Heels are 3-1 in the ACC and 12-1 overall this season. Their only loss came against Clemson and the 2-1 loss broke UNC’s 37 game ACC winning streak. Clemson and Duke are the only two ACC teams to ever beat the Tar Heels.

“When you face North Carolina, you just hope to possess the ball in bits and pieces,” said Baker. “We have to defend well individually and collectively. I thought we did a much better job against them in last year’s ACC tournament than we did in the regular season. They are probably going to enter the game ranked second nationally and this is going to be a big challenge for us.”

The game will feature the ACC’s top two freshmen scorers when FSU’s Emma Breland and UNC’s Alyssa Ramsey face-off Tuesday night. Breland currently leads all ACC freshman in goals scored (10) while Ramsey is second (9). Ramsey, on the other hand, is leading all freshmen in points (29) while Breland is just behind her with 25.

The Seminoles will continue to rely upon their defense and senior goalkeeper Sarah Crawford who have combined to record five shutouts this season including back-to-back shutouts of ACC opponents for the first time in school history. Crawford tied the record for most consecutive shutouts (3) against NC State Saturday and she is now just one shutout away from tying FSU’s career record for shutouts (8.5).

The Seminoles will next travel to Maryland Friday, October 20 to face the Terrapins (6-8) at 7:00 p.m. Maryland is winless in the ACC this season (0-5) and will face James Madison Tuesday, October 17.

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