Sept. 20, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Fresh off of their biggest regular season road win, the 17th-ranked Seminole soccer team (3-2, 1-0) handed out its weekly awards Thursday afternoon. Amber Tollefson was named FSU’s third player of the week this season after scoring two goals, including the game-winner, against previously unbeaten Clemson Monday at Riggs Field. Freshman goalkeeper Kerry York garnered rookie of the week honors after picking up her third win of the year and first-ever ACC victory.
Tollefson had a great game against No. 7 Clemson. After falling behind the Tigers 1-0 after just two minutes, the Seminoles had a long road ahead of them against a Tiger team that was 73-11-4 at home. In the 30th-minute, Tollefson collected a pass from freshman Camie Bybee just outside the Clemson 18-yard box and beat a couple of Tiger defenders. The Boca Raton native then launched a blast from the far edge of the box about 16 yards out. The shot found its way into the upper corner at the far post beating first team All-ACC keeper Katie Carson and marked the first goal scored against Clemson in 2001.
“I used the same stop-and-go move I always use and it worked this time,” said Tollefson after the match. “I sensed the keeper came out a bit and I took advantage of the defender marking me and got off a good shot. We needed the equalizer. I wanted to take control and score the goal that got us back in it.”
Tollefson wasn’t done yet. After FSU fell behind 2-1 and once again fought back to tie the contest at 2-2, it seemed the match was headed for overtime. A beautiful piece of combination play at the top of Clemson’s 18-yard box between Marte and Maren Vik Edvardsen sent Tollefson in behind the Clemson defense where she launched a dangerous cross in front of the Tiger’s net. The ball was headed for a waiting Jez Ratliff in the six-yard box before Tiger defender Sarah Turner came running back to clear the cross and ended up deflecting the ball past Carson into the Clemson net. Tollefson’s second goal of the game, the second game-winner of her career, gave FSU its first-ever win in an ACC opener. Tollefson’s two goals nearly equaled her total of three from the entire 2000 season and her four points were a single game high for FSU in 2001.
“Before Clemson, we talked about how important our midfield would be going against a Tiger team that played three in the middle,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “Although we started a little slow, as the game wore on our midfield and our entire team started to dictate the play a little more. Amber was on very early in the game and I thought she was one of our best players on the day. She got us back in the game and gave us a lift with that superb goal that evened the match at 1-1.
“In the second half, she was very sound technically, provided great service and combined well with our front runners. I kept telling them that I thought we could get in behind their defense and that’s where two of our goals came from. She did a great job of sticking to our game plan and getting both of our goals individually.”
York has proven herself against some of the nation’s top competition already this year. She recorded a shutout in the season’s second match against Loyola (Md) and played very well against constant offensive pressure against two Top 5 teams in Portland and Santa Clara. She made numerous huge saves after being consistently challenged but she may have really turned a corner against No. 7 Clemson. The freshman’s first ACC win came against one of the most talented offensive teams in the country and she held three of the nation’s top forwards in check most of the game.
“It was easy for Kerry the first week of the season seeing solid opponents but opponents that weren’t at the level of Portland, Santa Clara or Clemson,” said Baker. The last three games we threw her into the deep end against very good opponents. At times she played like a freshman against Portland. She played much better against Santa Clara and she did even better against Clemson. She was only forced to make five saves against Clemson but that reflects that she and the defense were doing some things really well. She handled everything that was thrown her way. She didn’t give up any second chances, she showed composure and she continues to grow with confidence, as our team has, with that victory. She acquitted herself against three of the nation’s top offenses the last week or so and we feel good about that.”