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#17 – First ACC Title Game

Top 20 Moments: #17 – Noles Play for First ACC Championship

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Women’s Soccer program turns 20 in 2014! In conjunction with celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Seminole soccer team will countdown the top 20 moments over the last 19 seasons.

Join the Seminoles throughout the fall on Seminoles.com and through their social media outlets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as the program takes a look back in history to honor this monumentally occasion by unveiling the top 20 moments.

The countdown continues this week at No. 17 as the Seminoles made an impressive run during the 2001 ACC Tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C. to reach their first-ever conference championship game.

After finishing no higher than sixth place in the ACC in their first six seasons in the league, the Seminoles went 4-3-0 in 2001 to finish in a tie for third and earn the No. 3 seed in the tournament.

And although it wasn’t the outcome the Seminoles were hoping for in the championship game, it was how FSU got there that was impressive. Florida State opened the tournament with a resounding 7-2 victory over sixth-seeded Maryland marking the most goals ever scored in an ACC Tournament game by a team other than North Carolina.

Florida State and second-seeded Virginia squared off in the semifinals with neither side finding the back of the net after regulation, four overtime periods and 150 minutes on the pitch. The Seminoles would advance past the Cavaliers in penalty kicks, 3-2, thanks in large part to goalkeeper Ali Mims who made three saves during the shootout to send FSU into the championship match for the first time in school history.

The Seminoles and the Tar Heels would meet in the finals as UNC ended FSU’s Cinderella run with a 4-0 shutout. Florida State’s berth in the 2001 ACC Championship game was just the stepping stone for what was to follow in future years. Since 2001, the Seminoles have played in the conference finals seven times claiming the ACC title in 2011 and 2013. FSU has posted an all-time ACC Tournament record of 15-15-6 (.500) in 19 appearances. The Seminoles join North Carolina as the only two schools to post an all-time winning percentage of .500 or better in the history of the ACC Tournament.

#17: Noles play for their first ACC Championship

ACC Tournament First Round – November 8, 2001
Florida State vs. Maryland in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Heading into the ACC Championship as the No. 3 seed, Florida State traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C., to play its fourth game of the year at Spry Stadium and it’s second in less than a week against sixth-seeded Maryland. The 21st-ranked Terps came into the Championship with one of the nation’s top defenses having allowed just 12 goals in 17 games including seven goals against ACC foes during the regular season.

Florida State equaled that mark in one afternoon as the Seminoles exploded for a 7-2 victory highlighted by multi-goal games from All-ACC first team selection Cindy Schofield and All-ACC Freshman team member Camie Bybee.

The win tied FSU’s record for the most victories in a single season, broke the record for the most goals scored by an FSU team in a postseason game, helped establish the record for the most goals and points scored by a Seminole team in a single season and were the most goals ever scored in an ACC Tournament game by a team other than North Carolina. It was also FSU’s first-ever ACC Tournament win and came just a year after the Noles advanced to the semifinals for the first time in program history after tying Wake Forest in the first round and then advancing in a shootout.

Florida State’s Starting XI against Maryland:
#1 Kerry York – GK
#2 Amber Tollefson – 1G, 2A
#4 Kristin Boyce – 1G
#6 Ashlee Fontes
#9 Maren Vik Edvardsen – 1G
#10 Jenny Garcia
#11 Cindy Schofield – 2G, 1A
#13 Summer Corum – 2A
#15 Camie Bybee – 2G
#20 Katie Beal
#21 Heather Dyche – 1A

Substitutions
#0 Ali Mims – GK
#3 Dana Denker
#5 Jez Ratliff
#12 Meredith Jones
#14 Katie Talley
#17 Marion Cagle
#25 Christy Peacock

  • The two schools met a week earlier in Tallahassee with the Seminoles defeating the Terrapins 2-0 behind goals by Amber Tollefson and Cindy Schofield.
  • Goalkeepers Kerry York and Ali Mims both played 45 minutes in the opening round match of the ACC Tournament. York allowed two goals and stopped three shots, while Mims posted a clean sheet making a pair of saves.
  • Maryland outshot Florida State 17-12 for the match as all 12 of the Seminoles’ shots in the match were on goal.

Amber Tollefson was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team in 2001.

ACC Tournament Semifinal Round – November 9, 2001
Florida State vs. Virginia

Next up for FSU was a rematch with No. 8 Virginia in the ACC Championship semifinals. The Seminoles and Cavaliers had met just a week before in Charlottesville. FSU had a 2-1 lead before UVa tied the game and then got the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining in the match.

The ACC semifinal match was just as close as the teams played four overtime periods with neither side finding the back of the net. After 150 minutes, the game moved to a shootout with a trip to the finals on the line.

Ali Mims capped a brilliant second half performance by saving two of the first three kicks she faced and was called on once again to keep FSU alive as the pk’s moved to the final shooter tied at 2-2. Virginia sent two-time ACC Player of the Year Lori Lindsey to the line. The midfielder, who scored 17 goals in 2001, sent a hard shot right down the middle. Mims, who was already diving to hear right, stuck her foot out and made a brilliant kick save to deny the attempt. Junior defender Ashlee Fontes then stepped to the line for Florida State and calmly sent the kick into the left side of the net beating UVa keeper Jodi Clugston to advance the Seminoles into the championship finals for the first time in school history.

Florida State’s Starting XI against Virginia:
#1 Kerry York – GK
#2 Amber Tollefson
#4 Kristin Boyce
#6 Ashlee Fontes
#9 Maren Vik Edvardsen
#10 Jenny Garcia
#11 Cindy Schofield
#13 Summer Corum
#15 Camie Bybee
#20 Katie Beal
#21 Heather Dyche

Substitutions
#0 Ali Mims – GK
#5 Jez Ratliff
#7 Shane Gallo
#12 Meredith Jones
#14 Katie Talley
#17 Marion Cagle
#25 Christy Peacock

  • Virginia finished the match with a 35-5 shot advantage over Florida State with 20 of those shots fired on goal.
  • Kerry York, who started in goal and played the first 45 minutes, finished with six saves. Ali Mims, who opened the second half between the posts, played the final 105 minutes making 12 saves.
  • The match marked the longest in school history.

Ali Mims made 12 saves against Virginia in the semifinals and then came through with three stops during the penalty kick shootout to help FSU advance to the ACC Championship finals.

ACC Tournament Finals – November 12, 2001
Florida State vs. North Carolina

Playing in its first ACC Championship game in program history, Florida State was unable to dethrone 12-time ACC Champion North Carolina. The Tar Heels scored two goals in each half en route to a 4-0 victory.

North Carolina out shot Florida State 17-3 for the match, while Seminole keepers Ali Mims and Kerry York both made two saves apiece.  

Despite falling short in their quest for a conference championship, the Seminoles would continue their season a week later earning an at-large bid to the play in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.

Florida State’s Starting XI against North Carolina:
#1 Kerry York – GK
#2 Amber Tollefson
#4 Kristin Boyce
#6 Ashlee Fontes
#9 Maren Vik Edvardsen
#10 Jenny Garcia
#11 Cindy Schofield
#13 Summer Corum
#15 Camie Bybee
#20 Katie Beal
#21 Heather Dyche

Substitutions
#0 Ali Mims – GK
#3 Dana Denker
#5 Jez Ratliff
#7 Shane Gallo
#12 Meredith Jones
#14 Katie Talley
#17 Marion Cagle
#25 Christy Peacock

  • Amber Tollefson led the Seminoles with two shots in the championship final as she was responsible for FSU’s only shot on goal.
  • North Carolina’s two first half goals came two minutes and 45 seconds apart, while the Tar Heels two second half goals were scored three minutes and 10 seconds apart.
  • Three Seminoles were named to the ACC All-Tournament team in 2001 including Katie Beal, Heather Dyche and Amber Tollefson
  • Florida State finished the season with two All-ACC members (Cindy Schofield – 1st team; Amber Tollefson – 2nd team) and three players on the All-ACC Freshman Team (Katie Beal, Camie Bybee and Jez Ratliff).

–www.seminoles.com–

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