Sept. 2, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – Senior midfielder Camie Bybee started her season off in the right way opening weekend. The attacking midfielder scored a goal and recorded an assist in the season opener versus No. 11 Arizona State. She then drew a penalty kick in the second game versus USC that resulted in the equalizing goal. Thursday Bybee was recognized by Soccer Buzz as she was named to the website’s national Elite Team of the Week.
This is the second time in Bybee’s career that she has picked up a weekly honor from Soccer Buzz and the first time since her freshman season in 2001. This is the ninth Elite Team of the Week honor to be won by a Seminole soccer player in the last three years. Bybee’s honor in 2001 was just the second ever won by a Florida State player.
Bybee played a crucial role in both of FSU’s wins over 2003 NCAA Tournament teams on opening weekend. After falling behind 1-0 in both matches, Bybee equalized the first game with a goal and then helped FSU equalize the second game by drawing a penalty kick on her run into the box. She also picked up an assist on the Seminoles’ second goal to complete the team’s comeback versus No. 14 Arizona State.
The central midfielder was easily the team’s MVP of opening weekend. After ASU stunned the Seminoles with a goal just 1:09 into the new season, Bybee brought FSU back just four minutes later. The senior flicked Kelly Rowland’s long throw-in to the back post and over the keeper for the Tribe goal. Bybee then helped to break the tie as she recorded an assist on Julia Schnugg’s goal to put FSU up 2-1.
Versus USC, FSU once again was staring at a 1-0 21 minutes into the game. The Tribe trailed into halftime when Bybee came out and breathed new life into FSU just 4:00 into the second period. The senior picked up a pass about 25 yards out and proceeded to beat four Trojan defenders before entering the USC penalty box. Just as she was about to shoot, Bybee was hammered by the USC defense leading to a penalty kick, which fellow senior Katie Beal converted to once again equalize the game. The two goals Bybee created were so huge considering both brought FSU back and played key roles in FSU going 2-0. After a 0-2 start last year, Bybee’s goals single-handedly helped FSU from repeating that fate.
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