Nov. 4, 2002
Tallahassee, FL –
The 15th-ranked Florida State soccer team (11-5-3, 3-3-1) will open play in the 2002 ACC Soccer Championships Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. versus the 22nd-ranked Maryland Terrapins (11-6-1, 3-3-1). The game will be televised live by the Sunshine Network as the tournament will be held in Tallahassee, FL for the first time in conference history.
Florida State, who dropped its season finale 2-1 to No. 25 Virginia, now turns its attention to a Maryland team they defeated 1-0 last weekend in College Park and have recorded three straight wins against. The 23rd-ranked Terps will come into the ACC Tournament on a high after tying North Carolina 1-1 in Chapel Hill in their season finale. The last time the two teams met in the ACC Tournament, FSU exploded for seven goals in a 7-2 win to open the 2001 conference championships.
“We don’t fear anybody in the ACC and I don’t think anybody fears us either. That is the point where this conference is at now,” said Baker. “We all used to be fearful of Carolina but now I don’t think anybody is going to walk away saying ‘Oh my god, we have to play the Tar Heels’ because for the most part everyone has played them very well this year. Don’t get me wrong, you probably want to avoid them as long as you can but I think this will be the most competitive and exciting ACC Tournament that we have ever had.”
Florida State’s opening round game with the Terrapins will be broadcast live on the Sunshine Network Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. This year’s 2002 ACC Women’s Soccer Championships will be held in Tallahassee for the first time in school history. The nation’s premiere conference tournament runs from Thursday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11 and tickets are now available on-line at www.seminoles.com or by calling the Seminole ticket office at 1-888-FSU-NoLE.