March 26, 2004
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State soccer will continue its successful run through the spring at home this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles, fresh off wins versus Florida and UCF in Boca Raton, FL last week, will face Florida's third-ranked club team in the U-18 CSA All-Stars and Georgia State at the Seminole Soccer Complex. There is no admission charge for either game and Saturday is just one of two home dates remaining for FSU this spring.
"The biggest thing we are looking to gain from the games this weekend is to continue to increase our level of consistency in what we are doing. That is the biggest thing for us," said head coach Patrick Baker. "We have played good soccer at times this spring but we need to keep raising the bar as far as our level of consistency.
"We have gotten better each time out and hopefully tomorrow will be another reflection of that."
The Tribe opens the day at 11:00 a.m. versus one of the premiere club teams in the state. The CSA All-Stars from Orlando will face off with FSU and it will be the first appearance of new Tribe soccer signee Holly Peltzer at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
"The CSA All-Stars are a very good club team that has a number of talented players that will be playing for major division I schools this fall," said Baker. "Selfishly it allows us to play against one of our incoming recruits. We will be able to see how she does in a 90 minute game versus her new teammates."
After CSA and Georgia State face off at 3:00 p.m., the Panthers will return at 7:00 p.m. to square off with FSU. This will be the first meeting of any kind between the teams since Baker took over the program. The Panthers are led by Baker's good friend Domenic Martelli and GSU is coming off an impressive 16-6 season.
"I have never coached against Georgia State but Domenic (head coach) is a dear friend," said Baker. "They will be well coached and they will try to play the game they way it is meant to be played. That is what we look for. We want to play a team that is really going to try to knock it around. It is a new team and system that we don't see on a regular basis. It forces us to adapt and read some things we aren't used to and hopefully gain from that."
Despite all the normal distractions that come with playing spring soccer, Baker and the team are dealing with their first spring season as a top five team that played in the College Cup. While it is a great distraction to deal with, it has made this spring a little different than Baker's previous five spring campaigns.
"This spring has been a little different," said Baker. "Last weekend in Boca you could tell the expectations surrounding this team were different after appearing in the College Cup. We are supposed to be this or that now but we are the same. This is just a hard working group that is just trying to keep getting better.
"The biggest difference is the outside recognition of our program. That has been a difference. There hasn't been much change from an internal standpoint though."
If you are unable to attend the game Saturday, there will be a live Internet radio broadcast of the 7:00 p.m. match (Listen To Seminole Soccer Live). There is no charge to listen to the game. There will also be a complete spring recap following this weekend's games posted exclusively at www.seminoles.com.