Dec. 19, 2000
Tallahassee, FL –
After a season that saw the Seminole soccer team break 32 team and individual records and establish 13 program firsts, the 2000 squad continues to break new ground for Florida State soccer. The Seminoles earned post-season rankings in two polls for the first time in the program’s history and finished in the top 15 in both polls.
“We are very excited to finish in the top 15 in two major national polls,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “After our sweet 16 run which included a win on the road against Florida and challenging a top 5 Clemson team, we felt we put ourselves in position to finish the season highly ranked.”
The Seminoles garnered a No. 12 ranking in the final SoccerBuzz poll of the season and finished No. 14 in the NSCAA post-season poll. Florida State didn’t garner any votes in either publication’s pre-season poll and made the second-biggest jump of any school in the nation.
“To go from obscurity to No. 12 and No. 14 in the nation is a phenomenal statement about what this team accomplished this season,” said Baker. “I am especially happy for our seniors since they helped put this program in a position to be successful.”
The 2000 FSU soccer team was the first squad in the programs history to make the NCAA Tournament and they advanced to the Sweet 16 after a win over Jacksonville and their second victory of the season over the Gators. The Seminoles established records for most wins and most wins over ranked teams with victories over back-to-back NCAA Champion North Carolina, Texas A&M, Florida and Wake Forest.
“The season and these post-season rankings are a great motivation for next year,” said Baker. “This is where we want this program to be if not higher. I think this will cause our team to work harder and attempt to achieve even more next season.”