Oct. 22, 2002
– With their five goals versus NC State, FSU equaled the longest streak in team history for recording at least one goal in a game. Florida State has gone 14 straight games without being shutout since tying Oregon State 0-0 to start the season.
– Florida State is currently undefeated in road games (2-0-1) and with just two away games left, they could become the first FSU team to ever post an undefeated road record.
– With 14 points in their 5-1 win over NC State, the Seminoles established a new season high for points in a game.
– Florida State’s freshmen and sophomores have accounted for 16 of FSU’s 28 assists this season.
– First year players have accounted for 34% of FSU’s goals in 2002 (11 of 34) and 33% of the points (30 of 92).
– After averaging .75 goals a game in the first six contests of the season, FSU has scored at a clip of 2.67 goals a game in their last nine matches.
LAST WEEK’S PEAK PERFORMERS
Jez Ratliff, Forward/Midfielder, Norman, OK, Sophomore
No player had a bigger influence on FSU’s upset win over No. 19 NC State in Raleigh, NC than Jez Ratliff. On top of recording the first multi-assist game of her career, the sophomore was involved in almost every goal and every scoring opportunity the Seminoles had against the Wolfpack. Head coach Patrick Baker called Ratliff the difference in the game and you just can’t argue with that assessment. She assisted on the first two goals of the game and racked up the fifth game-winning assist of her career in the process. The Tribe began to pressure the Wolfpack early as they looked for the go-ahead goal. In the 24th minute Ratliff made a dangerous run down the right side of the field. She passed the ball back to Cindy Schofield in the center of the box but the senior couldn’t get much on the shot. Just minutes later FSU and Ratliff attacked again. The sophomore and Allison Ferreri combined sending Ratliff on a run. She beat three defenders as she crossed the field but got just a little too wide and was unable to beat Wolfpack keeper Gretchen Lear on the left side. In the 27th minute, Florida State got on the board and Ratliff was once again involved. She made another great run down the right wing and found freshman Erica Lewis at the top of the box just to the right of the goal. Lewis settled the ball, took one touch and fired a low drive to the near post beating Lear to stake FSU to a 1-0 lead. The Seminoles went up 2-0 on a play that began with freshman Leah Gallegos sending a long looping ball down the left side of the pitch to Ratliff. The speedy sophomore chased it down and turned to goal. She sent a perfect service to the backpost where Ferreri was waiting. Ferreri deflected the shot past the keeper and into the side netting. Ratliff went back to work in the 66th minute. Lewis picked up a cross off a great run from Ratliff. The freshman, who was about 20 yards out from goal, took a looping shot that almost beat Lear over the top but the keeper was able to just get a fist on it and knock it into the crossbar. The rebound caught the inside of the post and looked as if it had crossed the line but the ref ruled the ball was still in play. After handing out two assists, Ratliff almost got into the scoring act herself. Gallegos went endline on the left side and served a beautiful ball to Ratliff in the box. The Oklahoma native fired a shot that was just deflected and caught the inside of the post. Once again the shot looked as if it had crossed the line but the ref ruled play on. The shot was the third of the game for Ratliff on top of her two assists. She created havoc all day for the Wolfpack defense whether she was playing on the right or left side in the wide midfield or in her customary position up top.
Erica Lewis, Midfielder, Jacksonville, FL, Freshman
Lewis was a big reason that FSU recorded its first-ever road win in the state of North Carolina versus No. 19 NC State. Coming off the bench, the central midfielder had a wonderful game for FSU in its road upset of No. 19 NC State. She posted two goals and had three shots on goal as she tallied her second and third goals of the season. The reserve midfielder also recorded the first multi-goal and multi-point game of her career. In the 27th minute, Lewis staked FSU to a 1-0 lead. Jez Ratliff made a great run down the right wing and found Lewis at the top of the box just to the right of the goal. Lewis settled the ball, took one touch and fired a low drive to the near post beating Wolfpack keeper and reigning ACC Player of the Week Gretchen Lear. In the 66th minute, Lewis almost struck again. The Jacksonville, FL native picked up a cross off another great run from Ratliff. The freshman, who was about 20 yards out from goal, took a looping shot that almost beat Lear over the top but the keeper was able to just get a fist on it and knock it into the crossbar. The rebound caught the inside of the post and looked as if it had crossed the line but the ref ruled the ball was still in play. Less than a minute later it was d?j? vu all over again for Lewis. Senior Jenny Garcia collected the ball in the middle of the pitch and laid a pass off to Lewis standing about 25 yards away just to the right of goal. She blasted an identical shot over the top of Lear and this time it fell in over the keeper’s head staking the Tribe to a 5-1 lead. She also came close to recording the first goal of her you career versus No. 2 North Carolina. With FSU trailing No. 2 UNC 1-0 Lewis almost got the equalizer for FSU. Leah Gallegos started the play by making a run into the right side of the box anticipating the pass. She and UNC keeper Aly Winget went up for the service and the redshirt freshman keeper pulled the Los Angeles native down. While the ref signaled play on, the UNC net was empty. The Seminoles were able to get the ball to Erica Lewis at the top of the box before Winget could recover but her shot just sailed over the crossbar. For the week, Lewis led FSU in goals (2), points (4), was second in shots (4) and second in shots on goal (3) versus two ranked opponents.
Cindy Schofield, Forward, Lakeland, FL, Senior
Schofield was inches away from giving FSU the lead in the 15th minute against No. 2 UNC. Leah Gallegos collected the ball on the right side off a Seminole throw-in. She served a perfect ball to Schofield in the center of the box and the senior’s header just missed at the far post. The senior who owns every career offensive record in the history of the FSU soccer program continued to cement her legacy with another amazing accomplishment versus No. 19 NC State Saturday. When the senior scored to put FSU up 4-1, she got the last goal she needed to sow up another amazing record. The striker is now the only player in Florida State history to score at least one goal versus every team in the ACC. She need goals against Wake and NC State this year to wrap up that record and she got two versus the Demon Deacons and could have easily had two versus the Wolfpack. Schofield had FSU’s first scoring chance of the night in the 24th minute. Jez Ratliff made a dangerous run down the right side and she passed the ball back to Cindy Schofield in the center of the box but the senior couldn’t get enough on the shot to beat NCSU keeper Gretchen Lear. Eight minutes after FSU took a 1-0 lead, Schofield had a chance to get the goal against the only ACC team she has never tallied one against in her four-year career. The senior striker picked up a loose ball down the left side. She made a long run and instead of taking the shot she laid the ball off to Alli Ferreri waiting at the top of the 18. In the second half, senior Meredith Jones sent a great service to the near post to a waiting Schofield. Before the senior could bury the cross, the Wolfpack defense made a last ditch attempt to block the shot and ended up deflecting it past Lear and into the goal. Just 1:09 later though, Schofield got her goal. Jones drove this corner to the center of the box and about 12 yards out from goal. Fellow senior Jenny Garcia headed a low bouncing shot at Lear. As the ball was heading through Lear’s legs and into the net, it just caught the back of the keeper’s calf and deflected along the goal line where Schofield tapped it in to the open net. Schofield wasn’t done yet. In the 71st minute, she almost had the sixth multi-goal game of her career. Senior Katie Talley attacked the Wolfpack defense from the right flank and went endline. Her cross found Schofield at the near post and the senior’s sliding shot just went wide of the post. For the week, Schofield had six shots, three shots on goal and two points.
Leah Gallegos, Forward, Los Angeles, CA, Freshman
Gallegos was a bit unlucky last week as far as points go but the freshman All-America candidate continued to make her presence known among ACC defenses. Gallegos recorded an assist versus No. 2 North Carolina and the second game-winning assist of her young career versus No. 19 NC State. She also just missed scoring her seventh goal of the year on numerous occasions versus No. 19 NC State. In the first half of the game versus No. 2 UNC, Amber Tollefson found Gallegos about 20 yards away from the Carolina net. Starter Jenni Branam came out of her box to shutdown the breakaway but slipped leaving the Heels’ net unattended. Gallegos just missed the goal as she fired the shot on the empty net from a difficult angle. Minutes later she almost put FSU into the lead over Carolina with a beautiful service. Gallegos collected the ball on the right side off a Seminole throw-in. She served a perfect ball to Schofield in the center of the box but the senior’s header just missed at the far post. In the 41st minute, with UNC leading 1-0, Gallegos looked for the equalizer just before half. She started the play by making a run into the right side of the box anticipating the pass. She and UNC keeper Aly Winget went up for the service and the redshirt freshman keeper pulled the Los Angeles native down. While the ref signaled play on, the UNC net was once again empty. Gallegos was able to get the ball to Erica Lewis at the top of the box before Winget could recover but her shot sailed just over the crossbar. Gallegos created FSU’s lone goal in the 89th minute by beating two Tar Heels on the left side of the pitch and then sending a perfect ball to the back post where Bell was making a run to the net. The Temple Terrace, FL native stuck the pass on the first touch and beat Winget to make the score 5-1. That was a key goal because it kept FSU’s streak of 13 straight games with at least one goal alive. Against the Wolfpack, Gallegos recorded the game winning assist as she helped stake FSU to a 2-0 lead. She sent a long looping ball down the left side of the pitch to Jez Ratliff. The speedy sophomore chased it down and turned to goal. She sent a perfect service to the backpost where Ferreri was waiting. The freshman deflected the shot past the keeper and into the side netting for the eventual game-winner. In the second half, FSU would score three more goals in the span of 10 minutes. The barrage began with a Gallegos penetration. The freshman sensation picked up the ball and made a dangerous run across the top of the box. As soon as she found an opening she fired a shot at the open net but it was blocked out of bounds by the defense before it reached its destination. The ensuing corner resulted in FSU’s third goal of the afternoon. The onslaught continued for FSU as Gallegos almost recorded her seventh goal of the season. The forward made a run into the right side of the box. She took two steps and fired a low liner to the near post. The shot caught the post and bounced out. The Seminoles kept applying the pressure and it almost paid off once again as Gallegos looked for her second assist of the game. The freshman went endline on the left side and served a beautiful ball to Ratliff in the box. The Oklahoma native fired a shot that was just deflected and caught the inside of the post. Once again the shot looked as if it had crossed the line but the ref ruled play on. Gallegos was dangerous on numerous occasions last weekend and her two assists upped her total to five, which leads the team in conference and non-conference games.
With just two home games left, the Seminoles seem destined to break the all-time single season attendance record. Florida State needs just 594 fans over the next two games to set the new all-time attendance record for a single season. The original record of 8799 was set during the magical 2001 season. More importantly, if the Seminoles are able to draw 1,794 fans to the last two home games, they will break the 10,000-fan mark for the first time ever. Florida State is already averaging a school record 821 fans per game, which is just ahead of the record 800/game average set in 2000 also. The Tribe will have to do slightly better than 821 for the games versus Jacksonville and Virginia if they want to reach 10,000 spectators.
NOT YOUR FATHER’S DOLPHINS
The Jacksonville Dolphins have had some great seasons in program history including a run to the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and a 19-3-0 record. While that is impressive, JU might be in the midst of an even more impressive season. After a season-opening loss to George Washington, the Dolphins are undefeated in their last 15 matches going 13-0-2 and are currently 8-0-2 in conference play. While FSU has won the last four meeting by a combined score of 16-3 the Seminoles better be prepared for the JU because the Dolphins are playing with a lot of confidence. Senior striker Vanessa Illanes is having a record-breaking year. After scoring five goals in her first three seasons, the Ft Lauderdale, FL native already has 11 this year on top of a team-leading 11 assists. The senior is just six goals shy of equaling the all-time single season record for goals in JU history.
Florida State’s 5-1 win over NC State was a coming out party for some of the other freshman that made up the nation’s 25th ranked recruiting class. While Leah Gallegos has deservedly garnered much of the attention as she leads the team in points (17), assists (5), game-winning goals (2) and is second on the team with six goals, two other freshmen stepped up in a big conference road game. Jacksonville’s Erica Lewis and Alli Ferreri from Coral Springs, FL both had big games. Lewis recorded two goals, giving her three on the season, and Ferreri notched her first-ever goal and it turned out to be the game-winner. Ferreri’s goal also came on her first game playing up top in the FSU offense.
DID IT AT HOME NOW LET’S TRY FOR THE ROAD
The 2001 FSU soccer team was the first to ever record an undefeated home season going 8-0-0 on the year. While the 2002 team won’t be able to match that amazing feat they could do something even more spectacular. Florida State is currently undefeated in road games (2-0-1) and with just two away games left, they could become the first FSU team to ever post an undefeated road record. While FSU has lost away from the Seminole soccer complex, that one loss was in a neutral site game. In true road contests, FSU has defeated Miami, No. 19 NC State and tied Duke.
I WANT HALF
With 14 points in their 5-1 win over NC State, the Seminoles established a new season high for points in a game. The previous high was 11 and set in an OT win over No. 16 Clemson. Most amazingly, seven of those 14 points were tallied by freshmen. Erica Lewis’ two goals (4 points), Alli Ferreri’s goal (2 points) and Leah Gallegos’ assist (1 point) made up half of FSU’s 14 points. The game against the Wolfpack marked the second time this season the FSU freshmen have totaled seven points. The first time they did it was against Clemson on the back of Gallegos’ three-goal performance.
Sophomore Jez Ratliff is having a wonderful season for the Seminoles this year. The Oklahoma native is now splitting time in the wide midfield and on the Seminole frontline. The move is paying off. While she is just one goal shy of tying the five she scored her freshman season she is really making ground on equaling the six assists she recorded last year also. With two assists versus No. 19 NC State, the sophomore recorded the first multi-assist game of her career and she is now just two assists away from tying her total form 2001.
YOUNG KIDS LENDING A HAND
When it comes to assists, the Seminoles are being lead from below this year. Florida State’s freshmen and sophomores have accounted for 16 of FSU’s 28 assists this season. Leah Gallegos (5), Camie Bybee (5) and Jez Ratliff (4) have accounted for half of the team’s assists single-handedly.
THE YOUNG SHALL LEAD THEM
If you are just talking pure numbers, the 2002 freshman class is carrying its weight this season. First year players have accounted for 34% of FSU’s goals in 2002 (11 of 34) and 33% of the points (30 of 92). Of the 12 players who have scored goals this year, 33% are freshmen. Considering this group gets fewer opportunities to start, the freshmen are making the most of their chances.
With the 5-1 win over NC State, Florida State moved to .500 (3-3-2) all-time against an ACC team for the first time since 1996. In 1996, FSU won two ACC games in its second year of existence and moved to 1-1-0 versus Clemson and NC State. This is the first time the Tribe is even in a series with an ACC team with a significant number of games played.
RUNNING WITH THE PACK
Not only did FSU even up the all-time series with NC State after its 5-1 win but the Seminoles have not lost to the Wolfpack in four straight meetings now. The Tribe has gone 2-0-2 in its last four meetings with NC State. That is FSU’s best record against any ACC opponent dating back to 1999. The only other team FSU has registered two wins against is Clemson in that span but the Garnet and Gold has lost to the Tigers four times including two games in the NCAA Tournament.
I AM SO HAPPY I COULD EXPLODE
The FSU offense has been ready to explode for some time now and it finally did against NC State in Raleigh. The Seminoles’ five goals were the most the team has ever scored in a regular season ACC contest and the most goals scored in any game dating back to the 2001 ACC Championships. It has been 18 straight games since FSU put up five or more goals and that last explosion came in a 7-2 victory over Maryland in the ACC quarterfinals. The five goals were just a sign of how much Florida State has picked up its offense as of late. After averaging .75 goals a game in the first six contests of the season, FSU has scored at a clip of 2.67 goals a game in their last nine matches. Most amazingly, six of those nine games in which FSU has averaged 2.67 goals have come against teams who were ranked at the time of the game or who are currently ranked. In those nine games, FSU has scored five goals once, four goals once and three goals on three occasions. The Seminoles also haven’t been shutout once during that stretch.
SHUT OUT? SHUT UP!
Since a 0-0 double overtime tie to Oregon State opening day, FSU has gone 14 straight games without being shutout. That 14 game stretch with at least one goal ties the all-time record for consecutive games with a goal set by the 2000 team. The Seminoles will have an opportunity to break that record versus Jacksonville Tuesday evening.
ITS STILL THERE FOR THEM
With just two conference matches left in the regular season, the Seminoles control their own destiny as far as ACC seedings go for the upcoming tournament. If FSU is able to defeat Maryland and Virginia, no easy task, they will finish with the best conference record in the history of the program (4-2-1) and no worse than third place for the second consecutive season. It would be difficult for FSU to move any higher than third with both UNC and Wake having just one loss and owning the tie-breaker over the Seminoles but anything is possible in a crazy ACC season that has every team with at least one loss for just the second time in conference history.
ISN’T THAT WEIRD?
When you look at FSU’s stats from its first five ACC contests, there are some eerily similar numbers which tell you just how even the conference is this year. Florida State has scored 13 goals and their five ACC opponents have also scored 13 goals. The Seminoles have taken 66 shots and their five ACC opponents have taken 66 shots. FSU has put 34 of its 66 shots on frame while their ACC foes have put 31 of their 66 shots on goal. Those five teams have recorded 10 assists against FSU while the Seminoles have nine assists against them. Even the yellow cards are even as FSU has five and the five ACC teams they have faced have also combined for five. The Seminoles have lost a game 5-1 and won a game 5-1. On top of those stats, FSU has a .500 record in the conference, which is as even as you can get. Oh yeah, don’t forget about the tie against Duke too.
GOTTA WIN IN THE REGION
Before 2000, FSU had never gone to the NCAA Tournament. The last two years they have been invited twice and they have gotten to like playing in the postseason. It is safe to assume that the FSU coaching staff would love to go again. Florida State seems to be putting themselves in good position to do just that. A key to getting an NCAA Tournament invitation is winning in your region. Coming into the week, FSU was sitting just behind NC State at No. 5 in the last regional rankings, after their 5-1 domination of the Pack the Seminoles should move up a notch. This season, FSU has a stellar 6-3-1 record amongst Southeast region teams and the Seminoles are also 3-2 against teams ranked on the day of the game. Both of those factors should help FSU get into its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament.
When FSU traveled to Raleigh, NC this past weekend they not only locked up the program’s first-ever ACC road win in the state of North Carolina, they also tied a record set in 1998. The 2002 squad is only the second Seminole team to ever go undefeated in its first two ACC road games posting a 1-0-1 record. This year’s team tied its first conference road game of the year at Duke and then defeated NC State 5-1. In 1998, FSU beat Maryland 3-2 in College Park and then tied Duke in Durham, NC 0-0. The undefeated streak came to an end for the 1998 squad at NC State 2-1.
THREE AGAINST THREE
When the Tribe downed the Wolfpack 5-1, NC State became the third ACC team that FSU has three wins against in program history. The Seminoles have defeated the Terps three times; although one came in the ACC Tournament, and the Garnet and Gold notched their third ever win versus Clemson earlier this season. The only ACC team FSU has never beaten is Virginia and they come to Tallahassee for the last regular season game of the year.
If this were the FSU football team, the Seminoles would have taken a chunk of the Method Road field back with them to Tallahassee. Whenever the Seminole Football teams defeats a higher-ranked opponent on the road, they return to Tallahassee with a piece of the turf and bury it next to the practice field. Although the FSU soccer team doesn’t have such a tradition, this game fit the bill. When FSU traveled to Method Road and beat the 19th-ranked Wolfpack, the team locked up their third road win over a ranked opponent in its eight-year history. The Seminoles other road wins versus ranked opponents came in 2000 and 2001. Two years ago, FSU upset No. 11 Florida in Gainesville in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Tribe defeated No. 9 Clemson at Historic Riggs Field.
FORWARDS GETTING OFFENSIVE IN THE ACC
In 2001, FSU forwards Cindy Schofield, Jez Ratliff and Maren Vik Edvardsen combined to score 17 goals in the first 15 games of the season. This season Schofield, Ratliff and Leah Gallegos also have 17 goals through the same amount of contests. The real difference though is coming in conference games. In 2001, FSU forwards scored five goals in the team’s first five conference games. This season, Seminole strikers have scored seven of FSU’s 12 goals in conference games.
THOSE ARE GOOD TEAMS
The 2002 Seminoles are on a record pace for the fewest losses ever in the regular season. The record is six and was set by the 1996, 2000 and 2001 teams. All four losses this season have come to teams with a combined record of 46-8-5 and three are currently ranked in the Top 12. North Carolina is 13-1-2 and ranked second in the nation, the Charlotte 49ers are 12-0-1 and ranked No. 12, Wake Forest is 11-3-1 and ranked No. 11 and the LSU Tigers are 10-4-1. What is most amazing is that FSU lost those three of those four games by a combined three goals. The loss to the Demon Deacons came in double overtime with less than three minutes remaining in the game. The 49ers defeated a Seminole squad that played over 60 minutes with just 10 players and didn’t get the game-winner until the 79th-minute. When all is said and done, all three teams will most likely be amongst the 64-team NCAA Tournament field.
RING MY BELL
While there is never anything to get excited about in a 5-1 loss, you can’t blame Jessica Bell for breaking into a little smile after the game versus No. 2 UNC. The freshman has appeared in just seven games this season but recorded the first collegiate goal of her career versus the University of North Carolina. The freshman snuck one passed goalie Aly Winget in the 89th-miute to record the first points of her FSU career.
Although Florida State lost to the Tar Heels, there were a lot of positive things that the Tribe can build on. Not only did the Seminoles have numerous scoring opportunities but FSU became just the third team this season to face UNC and take more corner kicks than the Tar Heels. The only other teams to accomplish that feat were No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Portland. No team in the nation this year has held a larger corner kick advantage against the Heels than FSU when they took nine compared to UNC’s four. Only Stanford held UNC to fewer corners this year (3) than the Seminoles did.