Tallahassee, Fla. — After defeating two conference champions from a year ago and ascending to its highest-ever ranking, the 7th-ranked Seminole soccer team (2-0) received another honor as senior Marte Vik Edvardsen was named to SoccerBuzz’s Elite Team of the Week. The Internet magazine devoted to collegiate women’s soccer picks an all-star team each week of the season and the senior from Norway was named to the 11-member team after the first week of the 2001 season.
“I was very excited that SoccerBuzz included Marte on their team of the week,” said Baker. “It was just awesome to see someone get recognized from our team after a weekend filled with great collegiate games. Knowing what she meant to us and our success this past weekend, I think her selection was very justified.”
Vik Edvardsen, a play-making central midfielder, played a key role in the Seminoles’ 2-0 opening weekend. In the first match of the season, she picked up the third game-winning assist of her career when she found freshman Jez Ratliff streaking down the right side and played a perfect ball to her behind the Patriot defense, which lead to a Cindy Schofield goal in a 3-2 win. Against Loyola College of Maryland Sunday, Vik Edvardsen picked up her first game-winning goal of the season when her header in the 29th minute put FSU up 1-0 in a 2-0 win.
“I walked into the soccer offices today and coach Andersch congratulated me and I didn’t even know what I had done,” said Vik Edvardsen. “It is really cool and a great way to start the season. The most important thing is playing well and I thought I started to do that this weekend.”
EXCERPT FROM SOCCERBUZZ ELITE TEAM OF THE WEEK ARTICLE:
“Marte Vik Edvardsen led the Seminoles to a 2-0 start with wins over George Mason (3-2) and Loyola (Md) (2-0). The central midfielder scored just three points but ignited an explosive offense for FSU leading to Cindy Schofield’s breakout weekend.”
In a tradition started by coach Baker last season, the Seminole coaching staff handed out its weekly player of the week and rookie of the week honors. Baker named junior forward Cindy Schofield the player of the week and defender Katie Beal garnered rookie of the week honors.
After just one weekend, Schofield is already a third of the way towards equaling her entire point total for the 2000 season. Her explosion at the Seminole Soccer Tournament ensured the seventh-ranked Seminoles of their second consecutive 2-0 start. The Lakeland, Fla. native scored two goals, including a game-winner, versus George Mason and then recorded her first assist of the season against Loyola. The game-winner against the Patriots was her first since the 1999 season. Against Loyola, she took seven shots and placed four of those shots on goal. After one weekend, Schofield leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in points (tied with Maryland’s Katie Ludwig) and leads FSU in points (5), goals (2), shots (12) and shots on goal (8).
“The bottom line is Cindy did a great job helping us possess up top,” said Baker. “She created chances for herself and others and she connected on chances that others created for her. Over the course of 180:00 she was consistent at a very high level. Her ability to find seams and slots helped us get off to a great start offensively. ”
Freshman Katie Beal opened a lot of eyes throughout preseason training and that carried over into the first weekend of the season. One of three rookies to garner a start for FSU at the Seminole Soccer Tournament, Beal fit in perfectly with a veteran defense and didn’t miss a beat. She and the Seminole defense helped limit Loyola to just three shots and were a big part of freshman keeper Kerry York’s first shutout and FSU’s two wins.
“I thought Katie just had a great first weekend,” said Baker. “To be sitting in our back four as a freshman and grasping the system was one thing but her ability to read the game and her positioning on and off of the ball were very, very good. She really helped us in possession out of the back immensely and that is an area we are consistently trying to refine. She was extremely steady all weekend and if she keeps that up we will be a better team.”
The Seminoles depart for Winston-Salem, NC Thursday where they will take part in the Wake Forest/Nike Invitational. The Seminoles are joined by three of the nation’s top teams in No. 2 Portland (1-1), No. 6 Santa Clara (2-0) and No. 20 Wake Forest (0-0-1). Florida State and Portland open the Tournament Friday, September 7 at 5:30 p.m. The Seminoles then battle the Broncos Sunday, September 9 at 12:00 p.m. Check www.seminoles.com for updates all weekend long.