Sept. 22, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State soccer team won its second game of the weekend as they defeated South Florida 3-2 (3-4-0) Sunday afternoon. The Seminoles got three first half goals from three different players as they improved to 5-2-2 on the year. Cindy Schofield scored in her third straight game, Summer Corum recorded her third of the year and senior Katie Talley got her first goal since her freshman year in 1999.
The Seminoles broke out to a 3-0 lead in the first half as they scored three goals in a 25-minute span. After the half, USF began to stage a comeback as they netted two goals but were unable to get any closer. The Seminoles are now 5-0-1 all-time versus the Bulls and all five wins have come in one-goal games.
“It was a tale of two halves,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “We come out after an emotional win over Clemson Friday and we go up 3-0 even though I didn’t think it was a 3-0 type of game. We go in at halftime and I heard (USF coach) Logan (Fleck) getting after his players and I knew they would come out with some bite. We went into a shell and essentially said to them ‘come on’.
“Their first goal really signaled that it was game on. Then they get to 3-2 and there is still plenty of time left. It was frustrating. We aren’t solving things like we are capable of. We are trying to draw on our experience and talent but it’s frustrating because every time out it is something different. I’m thankful we won. We needed these two wins this weekend and we just have to make ourselves that much better for a very talented Florida team Friday night.”
The Seminoles came out and dominated the first half. The Tribe recorded five shots on goal compared to zero for USF and out shot the Bulls 11 to three on the way to a 3-0 lead. Just eight minutes in FSU looked to break on the board for the first time. Schofield’s cross from the end line found Jez Ratliff waiting at the back post. The sophomore’s header shot was directed just wide of the post.
Moments later Kristin Boyce made a dynamic run down the far sideline. She launched a perfect cross into the center of the box and about 15 yards out from the goal. Camie Bybee made a great run to the center of the box but her shot also sailed just wide of the post.
In the 12th minute FSU got the go-ahead goal. Junior co-captain Amber Tollefson won a ball on the far left side of the pitch. She sent a lofting cross into the center of the box just inside the 18. Schofield made a great inside move to get position on the defender and then one-timed the shot into the left side of the net.
“Amber played a great ball,” said Schofield. “She picked her head up, the defense was all spread out and she split the defenders in the seam. I beat the defender to the ball and was able to chip the keeper.
“Hopefully the flood gates will open for me and the offense. I have been getting a bit luckier lately and as an offense we have scored 10 goals in the last three matches. We came out and played well in the first half but were too content in the second half. We can’t let that happen in the future.”
“Cindy started to come out of her shell a little bit versus Virginia Tech and that goal against Charlotte just sparked her,” said Baker. “Things have started to work themselves out for her and she has found herself a little bit. It’s nice. We need her to create chances and she has been doing that. As a forward she wants to stick the ball in the back of the net and she has been doing that also lately.”
The Seminoles continued to threaten the USF net and got their second goal of the game in the 31st minute. Friday night’s star, Leah Gallegos, played a great ball to sophomore Marion Cagle. The Tallahassee, Fla. native made a long run down the right side of the pitch and played a beautiful ball into the center of the box. Senior midfielder Talley was there waiting and stuck the cross into the back of the net ending a 65-game goalless streak for the Georgia native.
“Marion got the ball and I was screaming at her to take it down the line,” said Talley. “She launched a great cross to me. I was able to turn on it and tuck it past the keeper. It was so exciting for me to be able to get a goal. I have had some success against USF so I’m kind of superstitious about them now.”
Less than five minutes after Talley’s goal, Florida State struck again. Cagle started the play off with a throw-in to Gallegos. The forward beat a defender with a spin move and sent a ball into Corum standing just outside of the six-yard box on the right side. She collected the pass and fired a high shot past the diving keeper.
The assist for Gallegos represented her seventh point of the weekend after recording a hat trick versus No. 17 Clemson Friday night. The goal was Corum’s third of the year. She is now just one goal shy of equaling her career total of four in 2000 and 2001.
“When I saw Leah take it end line I just made sure I was inside at the near post and in front of the keeper,” said Corum. “I flicked it with the inside of my foot and luckily it went in.
“I don’t think we are doing anything differently offensively. Personally I am trying to make up for last year a little bit when I didn’t have as successful of a year as I expected of myself. So I’m trying to turn that around this season.”
The Bulls closed the lead in the second half on goals by Tia Opliger at 57:37 and Berna Breirem at 68:17 but after the two goals South Florida never really threatened the FSU net again. The Seminoles have now won 21 of their last 22 non-conference home games and equaled the record for the best start through nine games set last year by the 2001 squad.
The Tribes three goals pushed the team’s total to 10 in the last three games after recording eight goals in the first six games of the season. It also marked the first time since 1999 that an FSU team has scored three or more goals in three consecutive games.
“I think Friday night’s goals were more an individual effort on Leah’s part than anything else. It wasn’t a lot of combination play,” said Baker. “Today, on the other hand, we had an assist on every goal. It was a little different. We were getting the ball wide, serving it into the box and getting first time finishes. It is nice to kind of break out offensively.”
After taking Monday off, FSU will return to practice and begin preparations for Friday night’s showdown with No. 17 Florida. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start and admission is free at the Seminole Soccer Complex. For complete information on the Seminole soccer team, live stats and photo galleries, please logon to the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.