Feb. 24, 2004
Tallahassee, FL - Less than three months ago the fourth-ranked Seminole soccer team was playing in the final four at the 2003 College Cup. Since then the Tribe's players and coaches have picked up numerous honors and awards including All-American honors and national coach of the year recognition. Starting Saturday, the team gets back to work as they take the first step towards another run at a national championship.
The Tribe opens its spring schedule at 7:00 p.m. this Saturday, February 28 versus Tallahassee United's U-16 boys team. The Seminoles opened their exhibition campaign in the fall against this team and won that game 4-2. India Trotter and Julia Schnugg each scored a goal while first team All-American Leah Gallegos tallied two.
"We are excited to be training again and are looking forward to playing the boys team," said head coach Patrick Baker. "It will be nice to compete against someone other than ourselves. Playing against boys allows our players to deal with some different dimensions that we don't usually face on a regular basis."
FSU returns to Boca Raton, FL March 20 for the All-Florida School Event. College teams from the entire state convene on the campus of Florida Atlantic for a round robin of mini-games. Teams typically play three 50-minute games in one day.
The Seminoles will host two more games at the Seminole Soccer Complex before March is done. On March 27, Florida State will open the day at 11:00 a.m. versus one of the state's top club teams when they face the CSA All-Stars. Later that day, the Tribe will square off with Georgia State at 7:00 p.m.
Alumna weekend kicks off April 2 when LSU returns to Tallahassee for the first time since upsetting FSU at home in 2002. The game is slated for 6:00 p.m. start. Then Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. head coach Patrick Baker will host FSU's third annual alumna game as Seminole stars from the past make their way back to Tallahassee to test themselves versus a top five squad.
Baker and the Seminoles close out the spring versus new ACC member Miami April 10. The game will be played on neutral ground in Tampa, FL and will be part of the Countryside Showcase. This game will be the first meeting between the schools as conference members.
"After spring break, we play on four consecutive weekends and the format sets itself for a mini-season," said Baker. "It will provide us with a nice playing/training rhythm and we will face very good competition. We will be a different group this spring (than we were in the fall) and these are the first strides to finding what type of team we will become in 2004."
Florida State returns 10 of the 11 players who started in the 2003 College Cup and there should be plenty of excitement surrounding the FSU soccer program this spring. All spring games are open to the public and there is never an admission charge at the Seminole Soccer Complex. For more information please log on to the official athletic website for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.