Oct. 6, 2001
ORLANDO, Fla. –
After dominating games against Loyola (Md), South Florida, Kansas and Louisville where the scores weren’t indicative of the way the match unfolded, the 14th-ranked Seminole soccer team (8-3-0, 2-0-0) found a way Friday to dominate on the field and the scoreboard with a 5-0 win over UCF (5-4-0, 3-1-0). The win represents the Seminoles’ largest margin of victory since they downed Auburn 6-1 November 1, 1998 and is the first time FSU has scored five goals since a 5-1 victory over South Alabama October 3, 1999. The Seminoles moved to 20-0-0 in games where they score three or more goals under head coach Patrick Baker and evened their road record at 3-3-0 in 2001.
Combined with Tuesday’s performance against South Florida and last week’s match against Louisville, FSU has now out shot its last three opponents 66-15, has a 33-8 advantage in shots on goal and a 29-3 edge in corner kicks. By virtue of the 5-0 win Friday and its 1-0 win Tuesday, Florida State has now recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since October 5 and October 14, 2000 when the team held Wake Forest and NC State scoreless in consecutive games.
“We were probably a little more composed in the box tonight than we have been in the last few games and that was something we talked about,” said Baker. “After the number of chances we generated Tuesday and only scored one goal, finishing was obviously something we worked on. We worked to improve on all those little things you want to do in the box to score goals. We might not have created as many chances as Tuesday but tonight we put them in the back of the net.”
Junior Cindy Schofield paced the Seminoles scoring two goals and recording an assist on the game’s first three goals. The Lakeland-native now leads the team with 18 points, surpassing the 17 points she totaled for the entire 2000 season. She has scored four goals and garnered one assist over the last three games and holds the team lead in goals (7) and moved into a tie for third on FSU’s career goal list. Friday night’s match was the best game of Schofield’s career, besting her previous career-best against FIU September 24, 2000 when she recorded a goal and an assist.
“You have to give Cindy Schofield a lot of credit,” said Baker. “She has ignited us for the second straight game. She has done what has been asked of her off of the bench and is playing so well.”
Florida State took a 1-0 lead in the 30th-minute of the game when freshman Camie Bybee sent an arching pass into Schofield inside the UCF 18-yard box. The ball, which was deflected backwards by a UCF defender dropped right into Schofield. The junior collected the ball on the left side of the box and beat a Golden Knight defender in the middle of the box and lofted a perfect shot over the keeper from about 12-yards out.
“Tonight was a lot of fun,” said Schofield. “Our whole team played well and we just had so much fun. Everyone stepped up tonight despite the fact we are in the midst of our fourth game in eight days. I can’t remember the last time we won this big. The whole team played well and everything just clicked tonight.”
Schofield struck again just under 10 minutes later when Shane Gallo corralled a pass from Bybee on the far right wing. The senior proceeded to split the UCF defense on a run to the center of the field where she fed Schofield a perfect pass at the top of the 18-yard box. Schofield took the pass and moved into the box where keeper Jessica Kuhlman charged in an effort to cut the angle down. Schofield beat Kuhlman for her second goal of the game. Gallo’s assist represented the transfer from NC State’s first point of her FSU career.
“It feels really good to get that assist,” said Gallo. “I stayed up front and got a great pass from Camie and saw Cindy running free. My confidence is really on the rise now and I feel I am starting to play better.”
With less than a minute remaining in the first half, the Seminoles struck again on a play that started on a throw-in to Schofield. After collecting the ball, Schofield sent a perfect cross to Jenny Garcia at the far post. The red-shirt sophomore got off a header beating Kuhlman with just 44 seconds remaining in the half. The goal was the first of the Miramar, Fla. native’s FSU career.
“I was a little surprised it went in,” said Garcia. “They left me unmarked and wide open in the box and I had to put it away. It has been a little frustrating waiting for that first goal but hopefully they will come easier now.”
Florida State continued its assault in the second half and increased its lead to 4-0 after just five minutes had elapsed. Senior Maren Vik Edvardsen sent a low-line drive corner kick into the UCF box that sophomore Kristin Boyce headed past Kuhlman for her third goal of the season. The goal bested the sophomore’s two from her freshman campaign and propelled Vik Edvardsen into the team lead with six assists.
Florida State recorded its fifth goal of the night in the 64th-minute when Bybee collected a rebound at the top of the box. The freshman created room for herself and than blasted a shot beating UCF back-up keeper Carol Lewis. The goal was the Oklahoma Player of the Year’s fourth of the season and she now is tied for the team lead amongst freshmen and leads all freshmen with 13 points this season.
Florida State returns home after two road games this week to face Duke in a key ACC battle Sunday, October 7 at 1:00 p.m. Florida State is off to its best-ever start in the conference with a 2-0 record while Duke (4-5-0, 0-3-0) is winless in the ACC after losing 3-1 Friday night to defending National Champion North Carolina. The Sunshine Network will televise the game regionally and admission is free to all regular season games at the Seminole Soccer Complex.