Aug. 14, 2003
Tallahassee, FL - Head coach Patrick Baker announced Thursday that four Florida State soccer games will be broadcast live by the Sunshine Network this season. Two of the four games will come against NCAA Tournament teams, two will be conference tilts and the first broadcast of the year will come when FSU travels to Gainesville September 5 to face the Gators. It is the most regular season broadcasts ever for FSU since Baker came aboard in 1999.
"We are so thankful for the relationship we have with the Sunshine Network. We are a small piece of the relationship between Sunshine and Florida State but it is wonderful for our program," said Baker. "They have taken great care of us and given us tremendous coverage over the years.
"The games they broadcast last year were so exciting and the stadium was always packed. To have three home games and a great match-up at Florida televised throughout the state and throughout the nation on satellite is a great opportunity for our players to show themselves."
Florida State will play two Friday night games versus ACC opponents on Sunshine. They will face the Terrapins September 26 at 7:00 p.m. and NC State October 24 at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles are 12-0-2 under Baker at home on Friday nights including a 4-0-0 record against ranked teams in that undefeated run.
The Tribe's re-match with their opening round opponent in the NCAA Tournament will also be carried live on Sunshine. Florida State and Ole Miss will play September 21 at 2:00 p.m. The first televised game of the season will be FSU's only televised contest against a team from Florida and will come against the Gators.
Before the Seminoles can look ahead to that game, the team must make it through two more sets of three-a-days, which continued Thursday afternoon. Day two was the toughest yet according to junior Camie Bybee.
"This is one of the most difficult preseasons I have been through," said the Oklahoma native. "I think the hard work will only make us better in the end but it is going to take the whole team pulling together to make it through. We are starting to stick together as a team in this environment and getting to bond with the new players. We will get through the next two days together."
"The first two days have been really hard. It has been a test," said freshman Toby Ranck. "I expected it to be hard but not quite this physically demanding but it is halfway over now. We have a poster with day one, day two, day three and day four on it and we get to cross another day off tonight when we get home."
The morning fitness session wasn't what Baker expected as the team continued physical testing and then ran 120's. The morning training session though was the best of the preseason as the team continued to work on defensive principles. The team wrapped up the day playing 4v4 on big goals in the evening session.
"The fitness was disappointing this morning. We (the coaching staff) were hoping the team would be further along than they showed. We followed that up with a very good and intense training session at 9:30. We really got some things accomplished. There was some good energy, good decisions, good communication and some good defenders started to emerge at that session. In the final session we saw some great finishing, great combination play and some great goalkeeping. We then did some extra fitness because we are behind in that area."
The third session of three-a-days will once again begin at 7:00 a.m. Thursday with another fitness session. The Seminoles will continue preparations for their preseason opener next week. For complete updates on FSU soccer preseason action, log on to www.seminoles.com the official athletic website for Florida State University.