Sept. 25, 2002
Tallahassee, FL –
Seminole striker Leah Gallegos is continuing to collect awards after the Los Angeles, CA native scored three goals including the game-winner in overtime in the first ACC game of her career. Gallegos’ hat trick helped FSU defeat then-No. 17 Clemson 4-3 and she then turned around and recorded the first game-winning assist of her career in a 3-2 FSU win over South Florida. She was named ACC Player of the Week Monday and Wednesday Gallegos picked up two national honors as she was named to the SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week and to the Soccer America Team of the Week.
She is the third freshman in FSU soccer history to garner team of the week honors from the two soccer magazines. On Monday, Gallegos became the first freshman in FSU history to ever garner ACC Player of the Week honors and she currently leads FSU in goals (4) and points (10).
Gallegos made quite an impression in the first ACC game of her career. The striker recorded the first hat trick of her collegiate career, the first game-winning goal of her career and the first golden goal as she led FSU past the Tigers 4-3 (OT). Gallegos’ three goals came in a span of less than 30 minutes.
After FSU’s Cindy Schofield tied the game at 1-1 just 2:27 into the second half, Gallegos took over. In the 64th minute, the striker collected a throw in just inside of the 18. She split two defenders on a beautiful move and turned to goal. She struck a low line drive ball to the near post beating Clemson keeper Leigh Ann Harrison and putting FSU up 2-1. After the Tigers scored two goals to reclaim the lead at 3-2, time was running down for FSU. With less than three minutes remaining in the match, Gallegos started the run that would eventually tie the game at 3-3 on the far right side of the box. The striker beat one Tiger defender and megged another as she created just enough space to fire a shot at new keeper Sarah McClurg. McClurg had no chance as the shot to the far post beat the freshman from Tipp City, OH. Gallegos completed the hat trick and gave FSU its second-consecutive win in an ACC opener when she scored the golden goal just over two minutes into OT. Gallegos got the ball from Camie Bybee at the top of box. She wasted little time before pulling the trigger as she rocketed a low shot to the left side of the net for the first golden goal of her Seminole career.
Gallegos didn’t slow down Sunday versus USF as she had a hand in two goals in FSU’s 3-2 win over the Bulls. Gallegos played a great ball to sophomore Marion Cagle with FSU in front 1-0. 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 Katie Talley was there waiting and stuck the cross into the back of the net. Gallegos got the game-winning assist less than five minutes later when the forward collected a throw-in, beat a defender with a spin move and sent a ball into Summer 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 to give the Seminoles a 3-0 lead in what would end up a 3-2 game.
For the weekend, Gallegos recorded seven points on three goals and an assist and was credited with a game-winning goal and a game-winning assist. She now leads the team in goals and points and is second in game-winning goals and assists.
FSU returned to practice today and began preparations for Friday night’s showdown with No. 22 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.