Oct. 6, 2001
The Duke Blue Devils come into Tallahassee desperate for a win. The Blue Devils are already 0-3-0 in the ACC and a loss at FSU would ensure Duke of just its third losing conference record in the last eight years, which is amazing since the Devils played for the ACC Title just last season. The Blue Devils are 4-5-0 and have had a difficult week in the conference despite playing very well. Duke was behind No. 1 North Carolina just 1-0 until the 83rd minute of the match when Carolina put up two more goals to down the Blue Devils 3-1. Duke then traveled to Clemson Friday night where they lost a heartbreaker in OT to the ninth-ranked Tigers 1-0. This will be the third consecutive ACC road game for Duke this week and in many cases is a must-win game for the Devils. Duke is anchored by Thora Helgadottir in the net. The sophomore is building on an amazing rookie season and already has 6.5 shutouts and a GAA of just 1.83 in 2001. Offensively, Casey McCluskey is Duke’s most dangerous weapon up front. The freshman from Virginia is leading the Blue Devils in goals (6) and points (12) and is already amongst a strong group of freshman making a push for ACC Rookie of the Year honors. She is closely followed by Duke’s top goal-scorer from 2000 Sarah Pickens. The senior has registered three goals and two assists this season but has yet to score in three matches against Florida State. FSU has held its own versus Duke in two of the teams last three meetings. After a 0-0 overtime tie in 1998, FSU almost got a big ACC win on the road in Durham in 2000 but the Blue Devils got a goal with just over nine minutes remaining to down the Seminoles 3-2.
Cindy Schofield is in the midst of an amazing week and an unforgettable season. To borrow the words of ESPN’s own Dan Patrick, the junior is en fuego! The Lakeland, Fla. native now leads the team with 18 points, surpassing the 17 points she totaled for the entire 2000 season. She has scored four goals and garnered one assist over the last three games and now holds the team lead in goals (7) and moved into a tie for third on FSU’s career goal list. She also moved into a fourth-place tie for career assists with 11 and for game-winning goals with four. Friday night’s match was the biggest game of Schofield’s career, besting her previous career-high for points and golas set against FIU September 24, 2000 when she recorded a goal and an assist for three points. Schofield is now just one goal shy from moving into the Top 5 for goals scored in a single season at FSU, her four assists puts her just three assists shy of equalling a record she set last year for assists in a single season and she is a single point away from moving into the Top 5 for points recorded in a single season.
Friday night’s 5-0 win over UCF represents the Seminoles’ largest margin of victory since they downed Auburn 6-1 November 1, 1998 and is the first time FSU has scored five goals since a 5-1 victory over South Alabama October 3, 1999. Combined with Tuesday’s performance against South Florida and last week’s match against Louisville, FSU has now out shot its last three opponents 66-15, has a 33-8 advantage in shots on goal and a 29-3 edge in corner kicks. By virtue of the 5-0 win Friday and its 1-0 win Tuesday, Florida State has now recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since October 5 and October 14, 2000 when the team held Wake Forest and NC State scoreless in consecutive games. The Seminoles would love to extend that streak as the look to move to 3-0-0 for the first time-ever in the ACC against Duke on Sunday.