Sept. 22, 2001
NC STATE (2-3-0, 0-1-0)
NC State is coming off of its best season since 1995. In 2000, the Wolfpack posted a 10-7-3 record and a 2-3-2 conference mark…NC State soccer was a road warrior in 2000. The squad posted a 5-2-1 mark away from Method Road and two of the team’s biggest wins came away from home. The Wolfpack went into Maryland and downed the Terps 1-0 and then recorded probably the biggest win of the season in a 3-1 victory at Durham over Duke…Katherine Warman is one of NC State’s top returnees after garnering second-team All-ACC honors and being named to the 2000 ACC All-Freshman team…NC State’s 2001 recruiting class was ranked the nation’s 12th-best by SoccerBuzz magazine and the Pack look to be an ACC contender for years to come with just one senior on its 2001 roster…the Wolfpack have a reason to be optimistic in 2001 since they return 10 starters from a team that had its best season in five years…NC State returns it top two scorers in Warman and Lindsey Underwood who were both freshmen last season…NC State led the ACC in overtime contests seeing five of their matches extend into extra time in 2000 with four of those games going into double overtime. The Pack posted a 1-1-3 record in those five matches…NSCU gets top keeper Gretchen Lear back after missing the first half of the 2000 season due to injury. In her 11 starts, she posted an unbelievable 1.01 GAA and a 5-4-2 record.
A SEASON AND CAREER IN SIX GAMES
After Friday evening’s win over Kansas, the Seminoles have started the second consecutive season at 4-2. Many of this year’s players are putting up career-best numbers after just six games. No Seminole is off to a better start compared to her career totals than senior captain Heather Dyche. The defender has had an injury-plagued career since transferring from Nebraska and has undergone eight ankle surgeries in her three previous seasons. After winning a starting job with her performance in the spring and preseason, she has matched her season high for goals (1), has notched the first three assists of her career and is just one point away from equaling her career point total (6). Sophomore Amber Tollefson scored three goals last season and totaled eight points for the year. In 2001, she already has two goals and four points after a career day against No. 7 Clemson Monday scoring two goals including the game-winner with less than five minutes on the clock. FSU’s All-Time points leader Maren Vik Edvardsen has already equaled her season high for assists when she recorded two against Kansas to bring her total for the season to four. Cindy Schofield had a break out season in 2000 scoring five goals and setting an FSU record with seven assists. In just six games, her eight points are almost half as many as the 17 she posted during the entire 2000 season and her three goals are just two shy of the five she posted all of last year. Sophomore defender Kristin Boyce has already equaled the two goals and on assists she posted last year when her header goal versus Kansas pushed her season total to two goals and five points.
BY THE BYBEE
Outstanding freshman Camie Bybee is off to an amazing start in 2001. She is tied for the team lead in goals (3), game winning goals (1) and points (8), is second in shots (16) and is third in assists (2) and shots on goal (11). She has emerged as a dangerous offensive threat for FSU and is doing her best to fill the shoes of FSU’s first-ever All American Emma Breland who wore the same number 15 last year. Through six games in 2000, Breland had four goals and two assists, which is just one goal ahead of where the Gatorade Player of the Year from Oklahoma currently stands.
OUR BETTER HALF
Although coach Baker doesn’t like falling behind, he has definitely established a team that can comeback and plays well in the second half of games. FSU outscored opponents 29-16 in the second half in 2000 and the Seminoles already have two victories spurned by second half comebacks and are once again outscoring opponents in half no. 2 (14-12).