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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: No. 9 Soccer Faces No. 25 Maryland For Right To Play In Title Game

Nov. 7, 2003

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With Florida State’s win over Wake Forest in the quarterfinals, the Seminoles joined Duke and North Carolina as the only three teams to advance to the semifinals at the ACC Championships in three of the last four years. If the Tribe is able to advance to the finals, they will join North Carolina as the only two teams to play for two ACC Championships in the last three seasons. That would be an amazing feat for a team that advanced to the semifinals for the first time in school history just four years ago. The Tribe was playing for a conference crown just a year later.

Florida State has had more success versus Maryland than any team in the ACC. With its 2-1 win earlier this season, the Tribe recorded its fifth all-time win versus Maryland, which includes ACC Tournament play. The Seminoles were 1-5 in the all-time series at one point but have won four of the last five matches leaving the Terps with a one game margin at 6-5-0. Florida State took a lead in the all-time series with NC State earlier this season, the first time FSU was above .500 versus any conference foe. A win in Friday’s semifinal would move FSU to the even mark with Maryland and also give them a 2-1 lead in the school’s postseason meetings.

The more you are around the Seminole soccer program, the less surprised you become by everything sophomore Leah Gallegos does. She has already become the first FSU player to ever be named to the ACC’s All-Freshman team and then go on to earn first team All-ACC honors the next season as a sophomore and she really announced her presence in the opening round of the ACC Tournament. The Los Angeles, CA native scored both goals in FSU’s 2-1 win over seventh-seeded Wake Forest. The two goals bumped her season total to 16, the second-most in a single season at Florida State. She is now just one goal away from tying the record for single season goals set by another All-ACC first team striker. Cindy Schofield scored 17 goals in 2001 and is the Tribe’s career leader in goals. Gallegos already is third on the career goal list and is just 17 away from tying that mark. That is a lot of goals but she already has 16 in one year so the records is well within her reach with two years still to play. The two goal performance by Gallegos may not have put her on top of the single season record but it was a record-breaking performance. She is now on top of the list for career multi-goal games (6), single season multi-goal games (5) and shots in a single season (78). Gallegos is also on the verge of tying another big-time single season record. She is now just one goal shy of tying Schofield and Kelley Poole for the most game-winners in a single season.

Florida State is the only team this season to beat Maryland when the Terps scored first. Maryland is 10-1-1 in the 12 games in which they struck first but only the Seminoles have been able to comeback to get a win…Camie Bybee has been a Maryland killer. The junior has four of her 21 career goals and two of her seven career game-winners against Maryland…in the last five meetings between FSU and Maryland, Florida State has out scored the Terrapins 14-7. Most of that scoring margin is due to FSU’s 7-2 win in the ACC quarterfinals in 2001…despite having a seven-year head start, the Seminoles could tie Maryland and move ahead of Virginia for ACC Championship game appearances with a win Friday. Both of those schools started playing ACC soccer in 1988. Maryland has been to two finals and Virginia just one. The Seminoles would also pass Wake Forest, who joined the ACC for women’s soccer in 1994, who has made one championship game appearance.

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