Nov. 14, 2002
THIS IS GETTING SCARY
When FSU started the season by being shutout opening day and then scoring just eight goals in the first six games, people were wondering what was wrong with a team that set every offensive record in school history last season and returned players who scored 47 of the team’s 55 goals in 2001. Since opening day, FSU has quietly put together one of the most impressive streaks in the nation this year. The Seminoles’ streak of at least one goal in 19 straight matches is the second-longest of any team from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, PAC 10, SEC and WCC, which supplied 37 of the 64 2002 NCAA Tournament teams. The Tribe’s 19 game run is one more than THE COMBINED STREAK OF THE TOP THREE SEEDS IN THE 2002 NCAA TOURNAMENT No. 1 UCLA (7 games), No. 2 North Carolina (5 games) and No. 3 Pepperdine (6 games) who together have scored in 18 consecutive matches. The only team with a longer streak this season is No. 4 seed Connecticut who has scored in 21 consecutive matches and if both FSU and UConn are fortunate enough to survive opening weekend, they will meet in the Sweet 16. Texas (16), Clemson (14), Nebraska (11) and Stanford (10) are the only other teams from those seven power conferences that have a current streak in double digits.
This season marks the first time in Seminole Soccer history that FSU will be in a regional where it has a winning record versus all of its possible opponents. Coming into Friday’s regional, FSU has posted an all-time record of 6-2-1 against Auburn (3-1-0), UCF (3-1-0) and Mississippi (0-0-1). In 2000, the Seminoles were 5-6-0 all-time against Jacksonville and Florida and last season the Tribe entered regional play with a record of 4-7-0 against Clemson, Kentucky and Auburn.
ROUND ONE GOES TO FLORIDA STATE
It didn’t take long for Florida State soccer to get accustomed to NCAA Tournament play. After never being invited to the big dance in its first five years of existence, the Seminoles have acclimated very well winning both of their opening round NCAA games in their only two trips. On top of being undefeated in the first round of the NCAA’s, the Seminoles also have a winning record in the tournament at 3-2-0.
SHOOTING & SCORING IN THE NCAA’S
Not only has FSU been successful in the NCAA Tournament as far as wins and losses, they have also done pretty well when it comes to scoring. Florida State has outscored its five NCAA Tournament opponents 7-5 allowing an average of just one goal per game. Six of the Tribe’s seven goals have come in the second half and FSU opponents have managed just four first half corners in five matches. The Seminoles average 10 shots a game in the NCAA Tournament and have taken 24 corners compared to 20 for their opponents.
This is the third straight year FSU has either played or been in a regional with a team they defeated in the regular season. In 2000, FSU beat the Gators in the regular season and then in the Round of 32. In 2001, FSU beat Clemson in South Carolina before meeting the Tigers again in the Round of 32. This season, FSU defeated UCF 3-1 and could face the Golden Knights if both teams win their opening round matches.
SEC YA REAL SOON
Florida State has become very familiar with seeing SEC opponents in the NCAA Tournament. Of FSU’s six NCAA Tournament matches, including this year’s opener versus Mississippi, half have come against members of the Southeastern Conference and FSU is a perfect 2-0 in those games. In 2000, Florida State traveled to Gainesville and eliminated the Gators on their way to the school’s first-ever Sweet 16. Last season, FSU opened tournament play by defeating Auburn 1-0 at Clemson, SC. This is the second season the Seminoles are in a regional with two SEC teams. Last year, Kentucky and Auburn joined FSU and Clemson in South Carolina.
COULD IT BE 2000 OVER AGAIN?
After Florida State’s stellar 2001 season and run to the Sweet 16 in 2000, people tend to forget some of the little things. Did you know that coming into the 2000 NCAA Tournament the Tribe had more losses in 2000 (8) than the do this season (6)? The 2000 squad also scored fewer goals, 39 compared to 42, and they gave up just five fewer goals in what was the best defensive season in team history. The 2000 squad lost two home games that year including the home finale on senior night against Virginia (same as the 2002 squad). In the final 10 games before the NCAA Tournament, the 2000 team scored 12 goals while this year’s team has scored 22. In the final three road games of the season, the 2000 Seminoles went 1-1-1 while this year’s team went 3-0-0 with wins over two ranked opponents. So there is plenty of reason to be optimistic that FSU can reach its second Sweet 16 in three seasons.
TGI FRIDAY NIGHT
Since Patrick Baker took over the Seminole soccer program in 1999, FSU has still never lost a home game on a Friday night (11-0-2) and has never lost to a ranked opponent on a Friday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex (4-0-0). The Seminoles are 15-4-3 since 1999 at home under the lights. In his three-plus seasons at FSU, Baker has recorded wins under the lights in Tallahassee versus No. 6 UF (2000), No. 7 Texas A&M (2000), No. 20 Wake Forest (2000), No. 2 UNC (2000), No. 21 Maryland (2001), No. 17 Clemson (2002) and No. 21 Florida (2002).
Although FSU doesn’t have a single player with more than one career goal in the NCAA Tournament, current players have scored five of the team’s seven all-time NCAA goals. Camie Bybee, Cindy Schofield, Amber Tollefson, Kristin Boyce and Summer Corum have each tallied a goal in the last two NCAA Tournaments. Even more encouraging, all three of FSU’s NCAA game-winning goals have been scored by current Seminoles.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The postseason is the beginning of a new season for everyone and no current Seminole has shined in the NCAA Tournament quiet like goalkeeper Kerry York. The sophomore keeper enters her second postseason with a perfect 0.00 GAA in 90:00 of work. Not only did York shine in the 2001 NCAA’s but the FSU defense deserves a lot of credit also. Last season, the FSU defense allowed just one goal in 180:00 of NCAA Tournament action. Coming into the 2001 NCAA’s, the FSU defense had allowed 39 goals for an average of 1.70 goals per game yet they turned their game up a notch in allowing just one goal in two matches. This season, the Seminoles have allowed four fewer goals (1.67 a game) and will once again be looking to take it to the next level this weekend. In 470:00 of NCAA Tournament play, the FSU defense has given up just five goals.
Speaking of Kerry York the sophomore net minder is off to the best start of any keeper in Seminole soccer history. Only one keeper in FSU history who has played more than 1000 minutes has a lower GAA than York has posted this season and she is just one win away from moving into second place on the single season list for wins. As far as career records go, York is also excelling in that area also. After an injury shortened freshman year, she is already tied for second for career wins with 18 and only one keeper in FSU history with more than 2000:00 has a lower career GAA than York.
BEATING THE BEST
Over the last three seasons, the Seminoles have gone 16-15-1 during the regular season against NCAA Tournament teams. If you remove games versus Final Four teams during that span, the Garnet and Gold has posted a stellar 15-9-1 record against the NCAA Tournament field.
In 2000, FSU posted wins over National Champion North Carolina (3-2 2OT), Florida (3-2) and Sweet 16 participant Texas A&M (4-1). The trend continued last season. Of the 24 games FSU played in 2001, 16 were against NCAA tourney teams. The Garnet and Gold was the only team in the nation last year to compete against all four teams who made it to the College Cup (North Carolina, Portland, Santa Clara, Florida) during the regular season. This year, FSU has competed against one national seed (no. 2 UNC) and three teams who are hosting opening round matches.
Cindy Schofield owns every career record in Seminole soccer history but what she has done in back-to-back seasons is even more amazing. The consistency she has shown the last two years is what marks her as one the greatest player to ever wear an FSU uniform and one of the ACC’s best. In 2001 and 2002, Schofield has established at least two of the top three singles season records in nine different categories. The senior is currently just one point away from owning the two best single season point totals in team history. She is already No. 1 with 42 in 2001 and with just one more point she will tie Emma Breland for the second-best single season point total in the history of the program. She is also No. 1 and No. 2 for points per game in a single season. With one more goal, the Lakeland, FL native will tie Kelley Poole for the second-most goals scored in a season and she already owns the No. 1 spot on that list after tallying 17 goals in 2001. The only list Schofield currently isn’t first in is assists but she does hold the second and third spot amongst single season record holders. With one more assist she will tie the second-best total she set herself last season. She is also No. 1 and No. 2 for single season shots, shots per game, shots on goal and shots on goal per game.
On top of what she has done in the last two single seasons, Cindy Schofield’s career numbers are just amazing. The senior’s 98 all-time points are double the amount of the player just two spots below her. She is 10 goals ahead of her nearest competition in that category and she leads all four-year players in goals per game. She has taken almost 70 more shots than her nearest competition in that category and she has more than twice as many shots on goal than the player who currently occupies the second spot on that career list.
When Cindy Schofield’s assisted on Camie Bybee’s goal versus Maryland in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, she notched her 30th point of the year. She is now just one of two players to ever break the 30-point plateau in FSU soccer history and she is the first Seminole to score 30 or more points in back-to-back seasons. Only Emma Breland has ever tallied more than 30 points in one season and she just broke that mark with 31 in 2000.
With four shots versus Maryland in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals Cindy Schofield became the only Seminole soccer player to ever record 200 shots in her career. Schofield not only became the first Seminole to fire 200 shots but she is also the first FSU player to ever take even 150 in a career. She is currently 66 shots in front of Maren Vik Edvardsen who is in second place, which is remarkable since only two players at FSU have ever registered more than 66 shots in a single season.
After her 17th-minute goal against UCF, senior and All-ACC first teamer Cindy Schofield became the most productive offensive player in the history of Seminole soccer. Of the four major categories (goals, points, assists and shots), Schofield is first in every single one. Her 38 goals, 96 points, 20 assists and 203 shots are. The Lakeland, FL native has 13 goals and four assists this year and has now posted double digit points for the third straight season. She is just the second FSU player to ever record three straight seasons with 10 points or more and the first to ever score 10 or more goals in back-to-back seasons.
Last season was a breakout year for the honorable mention All-American. Schofield had the most productive offensive season in the history of Florida State soccer as she scored 17 goals, had eight assists and recorded 42 points after starting 18 of FSU’s 24 matches. She was named an honorable mention All-American and first team All-Southeast Region selection by SoccerBuzz, NSCAA All-South Region second team selection and became just FSU’s second-ever All-ACC first team selection. Schofield was in the top 30 in the country in scoring offense and goals per game as she finished No. 28 in the nation with an average of 0.71 goals per game, which led the conference. Schofield also finished No. 27 in scoring offense with 1.75 points per game and was the only player in the ACC to appear on the NCAA leaders list for both goals and points. She was the first Seminole to ever lead the ACC in goals scored and finished the season second in the conference in points, second in goals per game, second in scoring average and fourth in assists.
Schofield set yet another record with her two goal performance against Wake Forest October 12. When the senior netted a PK, completing FSU’s two-goal comeback in regulation, it was her fifth multi-goal game. That is the most ever by a Seminole Soccer player and she now has seven overall.
As far as shots on goal go, senior defender Ashlee Fontes had a career night versus Maryland in the ACC quarterfinals. In 79 career matches, Fontes had totaled two shots in her career. Against the Terrapins, the defender took two shots in one game alone. After averaging 0.025 shots a game before ACC’s, you can see why the quarterfinal match was a career night for the Michigan native as far as shots go.
Not only are the Seminoles setting all kinds of records in 2002, this year’s squad is full of some of the greatest statistical players to ever wear Garnet and Gold. Current Seminoles own 54% (20 of 37) of the Top 10 best single season marks in five major offensive categories and 28% of those were established during the 2002 campaign. Four of the top nine single season point totals and single season goal totals, two of the top three single season assist totals, three of the top six shot totals and seven of the top 10 totals for shots on goal were all set by current Seminole players.
When it comes to career totals, this current group of Seminoles is probably even more impressive. Members of the 2002 Seminole squad own 55% of the Top 10 all-time marks for points, points per game, goals, goals per game, assists, assists per game and shots on goal. Four of the top nine point and points per game totals were established by current FSU players. Two of the top seven career goal records and three of the top seven goals per game records are held by members of the 2002 team. Five of the top eight career assist marks and four of the top five records for assists per game were also established by players on the 2002 team. Lastly, seven of the top 10 career marks for shots on goal have been established by the players on the 2002 team.
Sophomore Camie Bybee is coming off a freshman season that saw her challenge for every rookie record in FSU history and ended up with her selection to the 2001 All-ACC rookie team. After scoring three goals and recording three assists in the first eight games of the year, Bybee hadn’t scored a goal in 12 games or recorded a point in nine matches. Her goal against the Terrapins in the ACC quarterfinals, which narrowed the score to 3-2, is a good sign that the Oklahoma native is heating up at the right time since she scored FSU’s lone goal in the 2001 NCAA Tournament (a game-winner versus Auburn).
Don’t let anyone tell you that the Tallahassee regional field isn’t one of the strongest in the nation this year. The NCAA’s official stats speak volumes about the quality of the three teams traveling to Tallahassee this weekend. In the latest NCAA statistical release, UCF is 6th in the nation in scoring offense (2.91 goals per game), 13th in the country in winning percentage (.818) and tied for 13th in shutout percentage (recording a shutout in more than half of its games). Auburn is 29th in the NCAA in GAA (0.78) and Tiger keeper Megan Rivera, a Florida native, is 22nd in the nation with a GAA of 0.77. Mississippi sophomore Kelly Renie is 12th in the NCAA stats for goals per game (0.95) and UCF’s Jennifer Montgomery is 30th scoring a goal every 0.77 games. Montgomery is also 17th in the NCAA with 2.09 points per game and she is 29th with 0.55 assist per contest.
WITH A REBEL YELL
Mississippi sophomore Kelly Renie is going to be a major force for FSU to deal with in the opening round of this weekend’s NCAA Tournament. The Carmel, IN native who is one of the nation’s top goal scorers is also a leader in the SEC. Renie is second in the Southeastern Conference in points (39) and second in goals (18). The Seminole’s have already seen the conference’s top scorer when Mandy Heintz of LSU came to the Seminole Soccer Complex and scored in the Tiger’s 2-1 upset of the Tribe.
After a little bit of a slow start for senior Cindy Schofield, the All-ACC first team selection is heating up at the right time. The All-American, who scored 17 goals last season, didn’t find the back of the net once in the first six matches of the year. Since then, she has scored 13 goals in the last 14 games. She has scored multiple goals in three of the last eight games and has scored at least one goal in six of FSU’s last eight matches.
When you have set as many records as Cindy Schofield has eventually you start chasing your own accomplishments and that is what the senior is doing right now. When Schofield scored against UVa, she equaled the all-time FSU record for consecutive games with a goal that she set last season with five. She set her record last season at almost the exact same time in a very similar fashion. In the last four games of the 2001 regular season and the first game of the ACC Tournament, Schofield scored eight goals in that five game span. The senior has rallied down the stretch for FSU the last two seasons scoring 13 goals in the final nine games of the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
BACK WHERE SHE BELONGS
In 2001, senior Cindy Schofield tied for the ACC lead in goals scored (17) and was second in points with 42. After opening 2002 on a six-game goal-less streak, the All-ACC first team selection had her work cut out for her if she wanted to reach those lofty heights again. With five goals last week and 13 in the last 14 games, Schofield is once again sitting near the top the conference in second place for goals scored. She is currently third in the conference in goals per game, fourth in shots per game and fifth in points per game. Schofield joins Deliah Arrington and Alyssa Ramsey as the only three ACC players to score 10 or more goals in each of the last two seasons and she is currently amongst the top three in the ACC for goals scored and in the top four for points. If Schofield is able to finish the 2002 season with the most goals in the ACC, she will join Mia Hamm (UNC) and Charmaine Hooper (NCSU) as only the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in goals scored in back-to-back seasons.
When Florida State swept its two-game road trip through Maryland and Virginia, the two victories were huge wins in so many ways. On top of completing an undefeated road season and upsetting a conference opponent on the road the wins marked a significant milestone in Patrick Baker’s career. The two wins moved Baker to 20-19-3 all-time at Florida Sate in games played away from home. Before his arrival at FSU, the Seminoles never had a winning record away from home at any point in the first four years of the program’s history.
Saturday night, Florida State will honor five seniors who have changed the complexion of the school’s soccer program. The 2002 senior class has been to three NCAA Tournaments, an ACC Championship final, recorded the most conference wins in school history and will leave the program with the best winning percentage of any senior class. No senior class has ever won more games and they are the first Seminole seniors to leave FSU with a winning record against Florida. They have compiled an amazing 21-3-0 record versus teams from the state of Florida. Since their arrival in 1999, they have defeated 12 ranked opponents and helped to establish almost 200 records and program firsts in four seasons. They have also been a major reason this program has been at or above the .500 mark for 66 straight games.
When you think of the ACC you probably think of North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia and Duke as the traditional conference powers over the last five years but Patrick Baker is doing his best to get the Seminoles included in that group. FSU reached ten wins faster than anyone in the conference with the exception of consensus No. 1 North Carolina in 2001. Over the last three seasons, FSU is only behind North Carolina and Clemson for total wins among ACC schools, which is simply amazing considering FSU won 31 games in its first four seasons.
MOST WINS AMONGST ACC SCHOOLS IN 2000- 2002
North Carolina 62-5-4 Clemson 48-7-1 Florida State 40-22-6 Virginia 39-18-4 Wake Forest 32-24-3 Duke 31-27-3 Maryland 30-25-3 NC State 28-25-4
GOT THEM ALL
Cindy Schofield, the most prolific scorer in FSU soccer history, has scored at least one goal versus every ACC team. After knocking in two goals versus Wake and following that up with a goal vs. NC State, the senior had the opportunity to finish her career with a goal against every ACC squad last Saturday in Raleigh, NC. The striker got that goal in the 5-1 win and has now accomplished something that has never been done in FSU history. Last season Schofield scored three goals against Maryland in two meetings and she recorded goals against two other conference teams (Virginia and Duke).
GOT THEM ALL
Almost half of FSU’s all-time wins over ranked opponents have come over teams ranked in the Top 10 (6 of 13) and five of those victories have come over ACC teams. The Seminoles have defeated No. 10 Clemson (1996), No. 10 NC State (1996), No. 2 North Carolina (2000) and No. 7 Clemson (No. 7). The Tribe has also recorded five other wins over ACC teams ranked amongst the nation’s Top 20. The Seminoles have wins over No. 20 Wake Forest (2000), No. 20 Maryland (2001) No. 21 Maryland (2001), No. 19 NC State (2002), No. 17 Clemson (2002), No. 19 NC State (2002) and No. 16 Maryland (2002).
THOSE ARE GOOD TEAMS
The 2002 Seminoles will set the record for the fewest losses ever in by an FSU team it just depends on whether they tie the record or if they don’t lose in the NCAA they will own the record themselves. The record is currently seven and was set by the 1996 team but that group never went to the NCAA Tournament so the 2002 team has actually lost the fewest games of any Seminole squad through the ACC Tournament. All six losses this season have come to teams with a combined record of 70-27-13 (.695 winning percentage), five are currently ranked and only one of those teams wasn’t invited to the 2002 NCAA Tournament. What is most amazing is that FSU lost those five of those six games by a combined six goals.
When Cindy Schofield converted a penalty kick versus Wake, it completed just the second-ever two-goal comeback in FSU soccer history. The striker from Lakeland, FL scored both goals and in the process set the all-time FSU record for multi-goal games. After two goals versus JU, Schofield has now scored two or more goals in a game on seven occasions. In 2001, she set the single season record with four multi-goal games as she scored a school record 17 times. Since Patrick Baker took over the FSU program in 1999, Seminole players have recorded 16 of the program’s 27 multi-goal games.
THAT CAME TO AN END
There is very few things head coach Patrick Baker hasn’t accomplished since coming to Florida State in 1999. The school’s second-ever coach has turned the program into a national power, taken FSU to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, finished the last two campaigns with a Top 25 ranking and has already played for an ACC Soccer Championship. He has pulled FSU from the bottom of the ACC and taken his team to at least the semifinals of the last two conference tournaments (the only other team to accomplish that in 2000 and 2001 was UNC) but there is one hurdle Baker wants to get over. Since his arrival in 1999, Baker had never won an ACC road game in the state of North Carolina. FSU has two ties (NC State in 2000 and Duke in 2002) and did defeat Maryland in the ACC Tournament at Wake but was 0-5-2 in NC versus Wake, UNC, Duke and NC State. That all changed Saturday, October 19 in Raleigh, NC. The Seminoles blew past the Wolfpack 5-1 and handed Baker and the Seminole program their first-ever ACC road win in North Carolina.
PULLING TRICKS OUT OF HER HAT
Freshman Leah Gallegos had a record-setting night against No. 17 Clemson. The Seminoles first-ever player from the state of California seemed like anything but a freshman playing her first game in the nation’s premier soccer conference. Her three goals in less than 30 minutes marked just the seventh hat trick in the program’s seven-year history and the first ever recorded by an FSU player in an ACC contest. She is just the fifth Seminole freshman to ever record a hat trick and the first newcomer to do it in four years. Thanks to her big night, Gallegos became FSU’s first-ever freshman to garner ACC player of the Week honors and she was also named to the Soccer America and SoccerBuzz national Teams of the week.
Is there any doubt 2001 first team freshman All-American Katie Beal is recovered from a battle with mono that almost robbed her of her entire sophomore season? The central defender has returned to the FSU starting line-up and is getting better every game as she gets healthier. In the four regular games since Beal returned to the starting line-up, FSU recorded just its third shutout of the season, allowed just four goals and limited opponents to the second-fewest shots over any three-game stretch this season. On top of her defensive work, Beal has already recorded three assists in her five starts including the first multi-assist and multi-point game of her career. Coming into 2002, the Alexandria, VA native had recorded just one assist. This season she has tripled that number with three on the season.
Although Florida State lost its season finale, it was still a special night at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Not only did almost 1,100 fans show up, which is the Seminoles second top 5 attendance of the season but they also pushed the program over the 10,000 fan mark for the year. Last season, only 12 programs in the nation drew over the magical 10,000-fan plateau. The Seminoles have already broken the all-time single season attendance record. The 698 fans that saw Florida State defeat Jacksonville Oct. 22 pushed the Tribe’s season total to 8904, breaking the original record of 8799 was set during the magical 2000 season. Florida State is already averaging a school record 834 fans per game, which is just ahead of the record 800/game average set in 2000 also.
Florida State’s 5-1 win over NC State was a coming out party for some of the other freshman that made up the nation’s 25th ranked recruiting class. While Leah Gallegos has deservedly garnered much of the attention as she is second on the team in points (20) and goals and leads the squad in assists (6) and game-winning goals (3), two other freshmen stepped up in a big conference road game. Jacksonville’s Erica Lewis and Alli Ferreri from Coral Springs, FL both had big games. Lewis recorded two goals, giving her three on the season, and Ferreri notched her first-ever goal and it turned out to be the game-winner. Ferreri’s goal also came on her first game playing up top in the FSU offense.
The FSU offense has been ready to explode for some time now and it finally did against NC State in Raleigh. The Seminoles’ 5 goals were the most the team has ever scored in a regular season ACC contest and the most goals scored in any game dating back to the 2001 ACC Championships. It has been 18 straight games since FSU put up five or more goals and that last explosion came in a 7-2 victory over the Terps in the ACC Quarterfinals. The five goals were just a sign of how much FSU has picked up its offense as of late. After averaging .75 goals a game in the first six contests of the season, FSU has scored at a clip of 2.5 goals a game in their last 14 matches. Most amazingly, nine of those 14 games came against teams who were ranked at the time of the game or who are currently ranked. In those 14 games, FSU has scored five goals once, four goals once and three goals on five occasions. The Seminoles also haven’t been shutout once in that span.
FIGHTING BACK VS THE TOP 20
In the eight-year history of Florida State soccer, the Seminoles have won 12 games versus ranked opponents and 10 of those wins have come in just the last three seasons. In FSU’s 12 victories against Top 25 competition, the Tribe has staged 10 comebacks in six wins. In one-third (4) of the Seminoles’ Top 25 wins, FSU has had to stage two comebacks. The Seminoles defeated No. 10 NC State (1996), No. 6 Florida (2000), No. 7 Clemson (2001) and No. 17 Clemson again (2002) by coming from behind on two occasions. The Garnet and Gold has also comeback from one-goal deficits to record wins over No. 2 North Carolina (2000) and No. 21 Florida (2002). FSU almost pulled that off again versus No. 7 Wake Forest when they came back from a two-goal deficit before falling in double overtime.
When FSU traveled to Raleigh, NC they not only locked up the program’s first-ever ACC road win in the state of North Carolina, they also tied a record set in 1998. The 2002 squad is only the second Seminole team to ever go undefeated in its first two ACC road games posting a 1-0-1 record. This year’s team tied its first conference road game of the year at Duke and then defeated then No. 19 NC State 5-1. In 1998, FSU beat Maryland 3-2 in College Park and then tied Duke in Durham, NC 0-0. The undefeated streak came to an end for the 1998 squad at NC State 2-1.
I CAN’T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME
You have to forgive head coach Patrick Baker if he has a little trouble remembering the last time he lost an overtime game. When then No. 7 Wake Forest scored a golden goal versus FSU with just 1:36 remaining in the second OT period, it was Baker’s first overtime loss in nine years covering 163 games. While most of those 163 games weren’t OT contests, it puts in perspective how long it has been since a Baker-led team left the field with a loss in extra time. Before the Deacons’ game-winner, Baker had not lost an overtime match in five years at Penn or in his three-plus years at Florida State. Since coming to FSU, Baker was 5-0-7 in OT contests before the match versus Wake Forest.
Summer Corum is having one of her best seasons ever in 2002. The wide midfielder is just one goal shy of equaling her career total for goals and she has already recorded eight points, which surpasses the amount she recorded all last season (24 games). When Corum netted her first goal of the season versus LSU, it ended a goal-less streak of 29 games dating back to her game-winner in the 2000 NCAA Tournament versus the Gators. Corum also has two game-winning goals, which tripled her career total in that category.
PLAYING IT CLOSE TO THE VEST
Through 20 games this season the Seminoles have three ties and been involved in 11 one-goal games. That has never happened in the eight-year history of FSU soccer. While the Tribe posted a sterling 7-4 record in those one-goal games, you have to believe all those close games were giving the Florida State coaching staff a few gray hairs. While it speaks volumes about this team’s mental toughness, it would be nice to be able to win by a couple of goals every now and then. The Seminoles did just that for the first time in 2002 against UCF. Leah Gallegos and Kristin Boyce scored back-to-back goals within :55 of one another to give FSU a 3-1 win. It was the first two goal win of the season and something the coaching staff would love to see more of as the team enters its final regular season games. Then they had their biggest win of the year on one of the most unlikely stages. While FSU had gone undefeated in its last three versus NC State, every one of those games went to overtime. That is why the Garnet and Gold’s 5-1 blowout win was such a needed break from the close contests.
CORNERING THE COMPETITON
Although goals were hard to come by for FSU at the start of the 2002 campaign, the offense has been cooking all season long. The Tribe has been dangerous offensively all season and was probably a little unlucky finishing chances. That is never more evident than when you look at two key statistics. The Seminoles have taken 153 corners this season compared to just 80 for their opponents, which is nearly twice as many corners. Opponents have taken more than five corners versus FSU just five times in 20 games this season or just 20% of the time. Opposing squads have taken more corners than FSU just four times this year. Last season, FSU only held opponents to five or fewer corners in a game nine times in 24 matches or 38% of the time. The 2002 squad is on pace to match the 2000 team which held opponents below six corners in 20 of the season’s 24 matches, which is an amazing 83%. The 2002 squad has already set the record for the most corners taken by an FSU team in the history of the program. The Seminoles have taken 100 or more corners every season since Patrick Baker was hired. Before Baker’s arrival, FSU had take more than 100 corners just once in four seasons.
FIRST TO DO THAT AND THAT
Los Angeles native Leah Gallegos accomplished two things that have never been accomplished in Florida State soccer history with her hat trick versus Clemson. First, she became the only Seminole to ever record three goals in an ACC match. Second, she became the first FSU freshman to ever garner ACC Player of the Week honors. Melissa Juhl (1996) and Amber Tollefson (2001) both won the award as sophomores. Cindy Schofield won the award twice as a junior in 2001 and Jill Ford is the only FSU senior to ever be named POW when she won the award in 1998. Gallegos wasn’t the first freshman to record a hat trick though. Actually, first-year players have recorded five of FSU’s seven all-time hat tricks.
Sophomore Jez Ratliff is having a wonderful season for the Seminoles this year. The Oklahoma native is now splitting time in the wide midfield and on the Seminole frontline. The move is paying off. Against JU her 17th minute goal equaled the five she scored her freshman season and she is now just two assists shy of equaling the six she recorded last year also. With two assists versus No. 19 NC State, the sophomore recorded the first multi-assist game of her career and she followed that performance up by scoring a goal versus JU.
THAT SAYS IT ALL
Now in his fourth season, head coach Patrick Baker has done so much for soccer at Florida State that it is really hard to fully grasp the makeover this program has undergone. There are some streaks and notes that do give you a better understanding of how much he has accomplished. The 170-plus program firsts, team and individual records that have been set in just the last three seasons are amazing. The fact that Baker was named a finalist for the SoccerBuzz National Coach of the Year in 2000 is impressive. Taking FSU to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments for the first-time ever and beating Florida and North Carolina in one season is amazing but none of those really encompass the complete turnaround. The fact that Baker’s teams have been .500 or above for 67 straight games now is amazing! Before his arrival, the FSU soccer program was .500 or below for 52 of its 80 games. Since Baker took over in 1999, he has led FSU in 83 games and his squads have been below .500 on just 5 occasions. That means a Baker-led team has been at .500 or above 92% of the time compared to 23% of the time in the program’s first four years.
SWEEPING THE STATE
For the second time in three seasons, FSU swept the state of Florida when they beat JU. With the 3-1 win over JU, FSU improved its record against in-state teams to 19-1-0 since the 2000 season. Florida State is undefeated at home against teams from Florida (11-0-0) since the 2000 season and has outscored those opponents 33-12. The last time FSU walked off the Seminole Soccer Complex field with a loss against a Florida team was August 29, 1999 in a 3-0 loss to Miami, which was just the second game of head coach Patrick Baker’s FSU career. The Tribe has now won 10 straight versus teams from Florida. On top of winning their last 10 games versus opponents from the state of Florida, FSU has also won 18 of its last 19 contests versus in-state opponents including NCAA Tournament games. Baker also has a winning record versus every team in the state of Florida since he took over the program in 1999.
SUMMER’S HOT IN FLORIDA
When it comes to scoring goals, Summer Corum loves to get them against teams from her home state. After scoring the game-winner versus Miami and USF this season, five of her seven career goals have now come against schools from the state of Florida. Corum has recorded goals against Miami, UCF, USF, FIU and Florida. Her goal against the Gators eliminated UF from the 2000 NCAA Tournament and sent FSU to its first-ever Sweet 16.
HALL OF FAME ALREADY?
While head coach Patrick Baker has accomplished some amazing feats in his short career as a head coach, it is hard to imagine anyone being elected into a hall of fame just months after their 35th birthday but that is the case for Baker. FSU’s all-time winningest coach traveled to NC Wesleyan after FSU’s game with UCF to be inducted into the university’s hall of fame. Baker’s first head coaching job was at Wesleyan where he was hired straight out of Otterbein University. Between 1989 and 1994, all Baker did was lead the Bishops to three straight appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament. He compiled a record of 45-21-4 and was named the Dixie Conference’s Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992. He was also named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III South Region Coach of the Year in 1991. He led the Bishops to a Dixie Conference Co-Championship in 1992 and his teams finished in the top ten three times. On top of all his success on the field, Baker also served a dual role as head coach and the school’s SID.
Florida State is not only scoring more goals as of late (2.50/game over the last 14 matches) but they have shown the ability to strike quickly. The Seminoles have scored multiple goals in 10 of the last 14 games and on 16 occasions they have followed up a goal with another in less than 20 minutes. In six instances, the goals have been less than six minutes apart. In a 2-1 win over Miami, FSU scored two goals in a span of 3:22. Against No. 17 Charlotte, FSU’s first two goals came within 20 minutes of one another. The same thing happened on two occasions versus Clemson. After the Tigers went up 1-0, FSU evened the game and then took the lead on goals just 15:54 apart. When Clemson stormed back in front 3-2, Leah Gallegos evened the game and then recorded the golden goal in a span of 5:11. Against USF, FSU’s first two goals were scored 19:32 apart and after the second goal, the Tribe added a third just 4:55 later. In a span of just 13:42, the Seminoles evened the game with Florida and scored the game-winner. The Tribe did it again versus UCF as they followed up their second goal with a third just :55 later. Although that was quick, it didn’t match the :17 FSU needed to even up a match versus Jacksonville in 2001. The quick strike capability continued in a huge ACC road win versus NC State. FSU scored three goals in under 10:00 and needed just 1:11 to score its third and fourth goals of the game. Against Maryland in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, FSU followed up the Terps third goal with their second of the match just 2:27 later.
TALLEY ONE FOR TALLEY
Florida State’s game against USF turned out to be a big day for midfielder Katie Talley. The senior from Kennesaw, GA scored the second goal of her career and the first in more than two seasons in the match versus the Bulls. The play started when Marion Cagle made a long run down the right side of the pitch and played a beautiful ball into the center of the box. Talley was there waiting and stuck the cross into the back of the net ending a 65-game goalless streak for the Georgia native. Not only was it a big play in Talley’s career it also represented the first point in Cagle’s FSU career.
I LOVE GOLD
Leah Gallegos’ golden goal versus Clemson was impressive in so many ways but most impressively it continued an amazing trend. With the 93rd-minute goal Friday night, five of FSU’s seven overtime game-winners have now come during ACC competition. FSU had two Golden Goals in 1998, two in 2000 and two in 2001. During the 1998 season, Sally Shelgren netted one in a 1-0 win over FIU and Alex Osorio got another in a 3-2 win over Maryland. In 2000, Marte Vik Edvardsen scored a golden goal to beat USF 2-1 and Kristin Boyce got the most famous one in FSU history to down UNC 3-2. Last season, freshman Jez Ratliff accounted for one against NC State (3-2) and Schofield had the other versus Duke in 2001 (3-2).
SMART AND GOOD
Florida State soccer players don’t only excel on the field but they are amongst the schools best in the classroom. During the 2001-2002 academic year, 81% or 17 of the 21 FSU soccer players made it on the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Only women’s tennis placed a higher percentage of their total athlete’s on the list than the soccer team.
With all of the records and turnarounds that have come under the guidance of head coach Patrick Baker there is one other trend that speaks just as loud as any of the others. From 2000 to 2002, the Seminoles have staged ten come-from-behind victories and six of those have come in some of the biggest games against NCAA Tournament teams. FSU has recorded comeback victories over teams who were ranked or made it to the NCAA Tournament twice in 2000 (Florida and North Carolina), three times in 2001 (Clemson, Kansas and Duke) and twice this year versus Clemson and Florida. The comeback against Duke was the first-ever two-goal comeback victory in the history of the program. FSU outscored opponents 30-17 in the second half and overtime in 2001 and the Seminoles won nine games in the second half or overtime. FSU went to the half tied with Clemson, Kansas, NC State, Louisville, FIU, Jacksonville, South Florida and Auburn in the NCAA Tournament but outscored those opponents 16-1 in the second 45:00 and OT winning every one of those matches. For the 2001 season, the Seminoles once again dominated opponents in the second half of games and during OT. Under Baker, FSU is now 17-7-3 when tied at half and 5-0-6 in OT games.
After losing all 10 games when an opponent scored first in 1999, Baker instilled a new attitude in the 2000 Seminoles. During their record breaking 2000 campaign, Florida State came back to win four games when an opponent scored first including the two biggest wins in the history of the program. After losing 14 straight games to North Carolina and Florida, FSU fell behind to both opponents during its regular season meetings with these two national powerhouses. FSU had to comeback on two occasions to notch its first-ever win against UF in the 2000 season opener. Florida took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before FSU opened the nation’s eyes with a stunning 3-2 victory on a last minute goal by April Murphy. The defending national champion Tar Heels came to Tallahassee with a No. 2 ranking and 9-0 record against Florida State and the trend seemed like it would continue when North Carolina took a 1-0 lead after just 12 minutes. FSU answered just 2:17 later and they eventually sealed the victory in the 113th minute on Kristin Boyce’s game-winner. Not only did FSU stage three comebacks in these two huge victories but they did it in unprecedented fashion. The Seminoles evened their games with UNC and UF by answering their opponent’s goals in 2:17, 1:30 and :24.
The trend continued in 2001 as FSU fell behind No. 7 Clemson 1-0 and 2-1 before making two comebacks and downing the Tigers in Clemson 3-2. The Seminoles also came back against Kansas by rallying from a 1-0 deficit to beat the Jayhawks 4-1 and against Louisville rallying to a 3-2 win. Those comebacks were nothing compared to what FSU staged at home versus Duke. After losing 45 straight games when falling behind an opponent by two goals, FSU staged its largest come-from-behind win ever downing the Devils 3-2 in OT. Not only was the comeback unprecedented but also FSU bucked some impressive statistical trends. When Duke went to half with a 2-0 lead FSU was staring some intimidating trends right in the face. Under Baker, FSU was 2-6-1 when trailing at half, 7-20-0 when an opponent scored first, 9-17-1 when they were out shot and 5-7-1 when they allowed two goals. All that wasn’t enough though to outweigh five of Baker’s most impressive stats. At that point in time, when the Seminoles played at home (23-5-2), took more corners (29-6-4), were in a one goal games (15-11-0), scored 3+ goals (25-0-0) and went to OT (4-0-5) they are almost unbeatable and that was the case in FSU’s historic win.
The comeback kids pulled it off again in the two biggest games of the 2002 season. For the second straight year, FSU fought back from two, one goal deficits to down Clemson and open its ACC season at 1-0. The 19th-ranked Tigers broke out to a 1-0 lead on FSU just over five minutes into the match. In the second half senior Meredith Jones sent a deep ball down the left sideline off a set piece that seemed to be heading for the endline. Junior Kristin Boyce tracked it down just before it crossed over the line and sent a cross to the near post. Cindy Schofield found a spot in front of the net and headed in the 27th goal of her career. After Deliah Arrington’s back-to-back goals put Clemson up 2-1 and 3-2, freshman Leah Gallegos stole the spotlight. Gallegos scored two goals, one with just over 2:00 left in regulation to tie the game. Then in OT she wasted little time before she rocketed a low shot to the left side of the net for the first golden goal of her Seminole career. Against No. 21 Florida, the Seminoles once again showed their tenacity after falling behind by a goal. Camie Bybee fed Gallegos the ball just inside of the 18 in the center of the box. The freshman from Los Angeles took one touch, turned to goal and tucked the ball in to the left side of the net to even the match. Fourteen minutes later, Jez Ratliff netted the game-winner off assists by Teresa Rivera and Amber Tollefson to help FSU to another comeback win.
MARCH OF AGES
Every season you can bet there is going to be on little, unexplainable quirk on a team’s roster and that is no different when it comes to the FSU soccer team. Of the 26 roster players that make up the 2002 Seminole soccer squad, eight or 31% were born in March. While they aren’t all Pieces, it is still a pretty amazing coincidence. Katie Beal, Jessica Bell, Kristin Boyce, Camie Bybee, Shannon Coe, Ashlee Fontes, Jenny Garcia and Amber Tollefson are all March babies. On top of that, assistant coach John Galas was also born in March (the 25th). When you include coaches and support staff, 11 of 39 people involved with FSU soccer celebrate their fortuitous birth in March.
Anytime you win an NCAA Tournament game it is a big deal and that was the case last year when the Seminoles downed Auburn in the first round of the NCAA’s. Not only was it Baker’s third tourney win in two years but also it was his 125th win as a head coach. This is the third major milestone Baker has reached since arriving at FSU. FSU’s win over Duke earlier in the season was the 32nd of head coach Patrick Baker’s FSU coaching career. The win moved him into first for all-time coaching victories at FSU. It took Heather Kerby-Nelson, four seasons (80 games) to reach 31 victories while Baker passed her in just 56 games. Just two seasons ago, Baker notched his 100th career victory against South Alabama.