Oct. 1, 2002
Tallahassee, FL –
Head coach Patrick Baker handed out Seminole soccer honors for the second and third time this season yesterday. The coach named Leah Gallegos FSU’s Rookie of the Week for the last two weeks and named Jenny Garcia and Kristin Boyce Player of the Week after wins over No. 19 Clemson, USF and then-No. 21 Florida.
“All three of these players were a big part of our success over the last two weekends,” said Baker. “Leah scored four goals, one of which was the golden goal versus Clemson, and had the game-winning assist versus South Florida. (Kristin) Boyce and Jenny (Garcia) were vital to our success and are both having just wonderful seasons.”
Gallegos has had as impressive a two weeks as any rookie in the nation. On top of her hat trick versus No. 19 Clemson, her game-winning assist versus USF and her goal against then 21st-ranked Florida, the Los Angeles native was named ACC Player of the Week, to the Soccer America Team of the Week and to the SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week.
Gallegos had a record-setting night against No. 17 Clemson. The Seminoles first-ever player from the state of California seemed like anything but a freshman playing her first game in the nation’s premier soccer conference. Her three goals in less than 30 minutes marked just the seventh hat trick in the program’s seven-year history and the first ever recorded by an FSU player in an ACC contest. She is just the fifth Seminole freshman to ever record a hat trick and the first newcomer to do it in four years. Thanks to her big night, Gallegos is now leading the team in goals (4), is tied for the lead in points (9) and is second in game-winning goals. She accomplished two things that have never been accomplished in Florida State soccer history. First, she became the only Seminole to ever record three goals in a conference match. Second, she became the first FSU freshman to ever garner ACC Player of the Week honors.
Against Clemson, the freshman was phenomenal in scoring three goals 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 (0-1-0). 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.
The freshman wasn’t done for the weekend yet. She had a hand in two goals in FSU’s 3-2 win over USF. 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 Talley was there waiting and stuck the cross into the back of the net ending a 65-game goalless streak for the Georgia native. 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.
“To be a freshman in you first ACC game and score, let alone score three times versus a nationally ranked opponent is pretty impressive,” said Baker after Gallegos’ performances against Clemson and USF. “Then she comes back and gets a game-winning assist versus USF Sunday. We are very excited for her.”
Making the first start of her Seminole career, Gallegos once again produced in a big time situation. The Los Angeles native followed up her big weekend with another huge game. The reigning ACC Player of the Week was once again a nightmare for an opposing defense when No. 25 FSU and No. 21 Florida faced off. In the 21st minute versus the Gators she split the UF defense with a great run but had her legs taken out from under her. The Seminoles were awarded a free kick from 24 yards out but were unable to capitalize. Gallegos got another chance just moments later and she made it stand up. Camie Bybee fed Gallegos the ball just inside of the 18 in the center of the box. The freshman from Los Angeles took one touch, turned to goal and tucked the ball in to the right side of the net past UF starter Jordan Kellgren with the outside of her foot.
Gallegos now leads FSU in points (12) and goals (5) and she is tied for second with two assists and one game-winning goal. After making her first start against Florida, Gallegos becomes just the third rookie to make a start for Florida State this year.
Kristin Boyce, a junior left back from Austin, TX, had an unbelievable weekend for FSU as she was called on time and time again to make runs to help spur the FSU offense. She recorded the first assist of the season and 17th point of her career in a key ACC win over No. 17 Clemson. Boyce recorded her first assist in more than a year when senior Meredith Jones sent a deep ball down the left sideline off a set piece that seemed to be heading for the endline. Due to Boyce’s extraordinary effort she was able to track it down just before it crossed over the line and sent a cross to the near post. Cindy Schofield was camped out at the near post in front of Clemson starting keeper Leigh Ann Harrison. The senior found a spot in front of the net and headed in the 27th goal of her career off a perfect cross by the defender. Boyce almost had her second assist of the season in FSU’s next game versus USF. She made a dynamic run down the far sideline and 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. Although she had just one point, Boyce’s efforts were a main reason FSU scored seven goals in the two games.
Garcia has been magnificent all season from her spot in the FSU central midfield. As the on field coach and verbal leader for the 17th-ranked Seminoles, the senior from Miramar, FL has been a key component in FSU’s offensive turnaround. After scoring eight goals in the first six games of the season, Garcia has helped the offense score 12 times in just the last four games. She is a fixture in the Seminoles line-up and has been responsible for organizing her teammates as FSU has won five of its last six matches and returned to the Top 25 in every college soccer poll.
“There have been two players playing tremendous soccer this year from start to finish and that is Jenny Garcia and Kristin Boyce,” said Baker. “I told them that a lot of stuff they do will never be reflected in a box score but what they mean to our team, you can not put a price tag on. Both of them are special players and Boyce, as a junior, is getting better and better every year.”