Sept. 20, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
For the third season in a row, head soccer coach Patrick Baker will name a weekly Player and Rookie of the Week from the FSU soccer team. This week marks the first time this season he has handed out the honors. Camie Bybee was named the first Player of the Week for 2002 while Teresa Rivera picked up Rookie of the week honors.
2001 All-ACC Rookie team selection Camie Bybee had a huge week for the Seminoles. The sophomore from Oklahoma scored two goals, one a game-winner, and recorded an assist in three games last week. After recording just one shot in a 2-1 road win over Miami, Bybee was a nightmare for opponents in the UM Soccer Invitational. All five of Bybee’s shots in the two games were on goal and 40% resulted in points.
Against Virginia Tech, the Seminoles dominated the Hokies for 86 minutes but were still deadlocked in a 0-0 game. With the possibility of going to overtime for the third time in six games looming, Bybee stepped up in the 87th minute. An FSU corner kick was driven in to the box by Amber Tollefson and hit off Jez Ratliff’s foot. After deflecting off a Hokie defender, Bybee picked the loose ball up, beat one player and fired a sliding shot into the side netting at the near post. It was her second game-winner of the season and fifth of her young career.
She built on her momentum from the Virginia Tech game Sunday versus an undefeated (5-0-0) Charlotte team as she put FSU up 1-0 just 4:02 into the game. All-ACC first teamer Cindy Schofield split the Charlotte defense with a ball down the right side to Summer Corum. The sophomore got endline and sent a perfect cross through the 49er box to Bybee waiting at the back post. The Oklahoman took one touch and went the other way with the shot, beating goalkeeper Jenn Howell. Twenty minutes later, Bybee picked up her eighth point of the season and third point of the game as she helped extend FSU to a 2-0 lead. Bybee found Schofield making a run down a seam in the center of the 49er defense. Schofield gathered the pass and ripped a shot from 20 yards out that beat Howell for Schofield’s first goal of the 2002 season. The midfielder now leads the team in goals (3), game-winning goals (2), assists (2) and shot on goal percentage (.706).
“We’ve been waiting for Camie to come out of her shell a little bit and she did this past week,” said Baker. “She played some very good soccer against Miami in the central midfield. She started to defend as much as she wanted to attack. She created a wonderful scoring opportunity for herself and our team on the game-winner versus Virginia Tech. She got off to the same type of start with a goal and an assist versus Charlotte.
“Its great to see because you know it’s in there. It’s my job and her job to bring it out. Finally we saw the Camie Bybee we recruited and the Camie Bybee that was such a wonderful player last year. It wasn’t the she wasn’t doing good things up to that point she just wasn’t doing enough of the things that make an impact on the game. It has nothing to do with scoring. It has to do with her playing to her capabilities. If that means scoring great but as long as she is playing well we have a great chance to win. That was proven last week.”
Florida’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2002, Rivera continues to be one of the shinning additions of Baker’s 2002 recruiting class. The center back returned to the starting line-up after a brief absence and continued to prove why she is one of the nation’s top freshman defenders. In the first two and a half game’s last week, Rivera and the Seminole defense allowed just one goal in 225 minutes and that goal didn’t even come in the run of play as UM was awarded a penalty kick. The Seminole defense was strong all weekend until the second half of the final game when FSU was forced to play with 10 players due to a red card.
“Teresa started the first night then was unable to start the next three games and we had invested so much time and energy in our back four and T (Teresa Rivera) was a big part of that,” said Baker. “We went into Miami and it was in many ways a must-win. We were sitting at 1-1-2 and you can’t lose. We made the commitment to put T back in the starting line-up at center back and I don’t think she put a foot wrong against Miami. She probably didn’t put a foot wrong against Virginia Tech either. I don’t believe she came off the field in any of the three games last week. With the heat and humidity, players were dropping like flies around her. She was a mainstay in the defense and a key reason we came away from that road trip 2-1. We are excited about her play and she is making the game very simple for herself and for others around her. When you play in the back that is crucial.”
With 2001 first team freshman All-American Katie Beal set to return to the line-up Sunday after battling mono and serving a one-game red card suspension, FSU will have its two young center backs playing together for one of the first times in 2002. The freshman and sophomore duo will combine to form the nucleus of what Baker hopes will be a much-improved defense.
“Katie Beal and T Rivera are similar type players,” said Baker. “They are very good in possession. They are very good at reading the game. T’s played at some of the highest levels as a youth player. She played with our Regional team and with a very good club team in Team Boca. She has played in those environments so she has probably made the quickest transition with the college game based on that experience. She is very sophisticated and has a tremendous upside for an accomplished player. We have to make sure she is continuously pushing the envelope to make herself a better player. Ultimately that will make our back four better as she continues to grow.”