Aug. 20, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After wrapping up three-a-days Saturday and taking Sunday off for individual meetings, the 13th-ranked Seminole soccer team returned to the field for two-a-day practices Monday. The team’s preseason scrimmage with the University of Georgia is four just days away and head coach Patrick Baker spent the first day back getting the team back in the groove.
“I thought after taking Sunday off for individual meetings, we were a little slow during the morning session,” said Baker. “When we came out this afternoon, we really started to pick it up and the end product was a very high level of play. I was very pleased.”
After a somewhat slow morning session, Florida State returned to the stadium field later in the afternoon and continued to work on specific facets of the game. After working on defense during the early part of the afternoon session, the team worked on their play on the flanks before spending some time on finishing to end Monday’s practice.
“We spent the afternoon trying to address specific issues,” said Baker. “We wanted to tighten things up in our defense and in the midfield and we were very successful. Although we are still having a few lapses in our defensive shape, with and without the ball, I thought we did a lot to remedy that today.”
Baker also spent some time working with senior Marte Vik Edvardsen who is assuming a new role this season as a holding midfielder. Vik Edvardsen is the only returning senior starter and will be a key to FSU’s success in 2001.
“With Marte assuming a new role for us as a holding midfielder, it is taking some time,” said Baker. “I think she is adjusting well and is committed to playing there. It says a lot about Marte that she is willing to assume a new role for us during her senior season but it allows us to put our best 11 players on the field.”
With the Georgia scrimmage just four days away and the season-opener against George Mason rapidly approaching, Baker believes he is starting to see his team take shape despite just a week together. He also feels the 2001 group is already ahead of where the team was at the same point last year.
“I think we are starting to see the type of team we have although it hasn’t been a full week as of yet,” said Baker. “Compared to last year, we are probably a week ahead of where we were and that is encouraging. This is a tight knit group and they are excited and anxious to get the season started. I think we will have a group of about 18 players that could start for us on any given day. With that depth, we will be able to rotate players in which we are accustomed to doing.”
One of the highlights of Monday’s practice was the return of highly recruited freshman Katie Beal and sophomore Amber Tollefson, who both sat out most of the opening week with minor injuries. Tollefson started 19 games for the Seminoles in 2001 and she is expected to start for FSU in the wide midfield while Beal was one of the standouts of three-a-days before a hamstring injury forced her to take a few days off.
“It was huge getting Katie and Amber back today,” said Baker. “When you talk about a former youth national player in Katie and one of our top freshmen from a year ago in Amber, it was so nice to have them out there. They are dynamic players and they have a chance to start for us this year. It’s easy to forget how good you could be when they are out of the line-up for a few days so it was great to have them working with the team again.”
The Seminoles continue two-a-days all week leading up to their August 24 scrimmage at the Seminole Soccer Complex versus the University of Georgia. Admission is free and the scrimmage is open to the public.