Sept. 2, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – Camie Bybee may have only won weekly national honors twice in her illustrious career but at least she has done it right both times. For the second time in the Oklahoma City, OK native’s career, Bybee picked up both Soccer America and Soccer Buzz national honors in the same week. Bybee is only the second Seminole to ever win both national awards in the same week twice in her career.
“This is special and it means a lot to me,” said Bybee. “It is a great way to start off my senior season and it is a tribute to my teammates. The recognition is appreciated but I think we all feel like this season is about team accomplishments because we have set a lot of goals for ourselves.”
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. This is the 14th Soccer America National Team of the Week honor to be won by a Seminole soccer 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.
Florida State returns to the pitch Friday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. versus the University of Georgia. There is no admission charge for the game. Fans can follow the action on Game Tracker for the first time ever as Florida State launches the new live stats program.