Oct. 10, 2001
THIS WEEK’S IN FSU SOCCER
The 12th-ranked Seminole soccer team (9-3-0, 3-0-0) is on an amazing run. Florida State just finished the most physically demanding part of its schedule playing five games in 10 days and came out with a 4-1-0 record and sole possession of first place in the ACC. Sunday’s win over Duke was the first-ever for the Seminoles against the Blue Devils (1-5-1), it broke the record for the most-ever conference wins in a single season for FSU, it moved head coach Patrick Baker into first place for the most wins by a Florida State soccer coach (32-21-3) and it gave FSU first place in the ACC this late in a season for the first time in school history. The victory also raised the Seminoles record at home to 6-0-0 this season, was the sixth win in 2001 for FSU when either tied or trailing at the half and was the seventh win in the last eight matches for the squad. It was also the first-ever two-goal comeback win for FSU in the seven-year history of the program.
NO. 1 NORTH CAROLINA
Once again North Carolina looks to be the class of women’s college soccer. The Tar Heels are off to a 10-0-0 start and are a perfect 2-0-0 in the conference. UNC has its sights set on its 18th National Championship in the last 21 years and will be looking to take back the ACC regular season title after Clemson took that honor last season…sophomore Alyssa Ramsey is leading the Heels offensively after a break-out freshman campaign. After making 22 starts and posting 43 points (14G and 15A) in 2000, the North Carolina native is leading UNC’s dominating offense with eight goals and seven assists totaling 23 points…Elizabeth Bell and freshman Anne Morrell are tied for second on the squad with 15 points apiece. Bell has the edge in goals with six but Morrell is ahead of the sophomore with five assists…UNC’s goalkeepers as a whole and individually are having an amazing year. Jenni Branam has played the most minutes this season (552), has 4.6 shutouts and a mind-boggling 0.33 GAA. Back-up Kristin DePlachett isn’t far behind Branam with 333 minutes, 2.2 shutouts and an amazing 0.54 GAA. UNC has allowed just four goals in 10 games and two came in a 5-2 rout of Tennessee… it is safe to say that UNC is still a big draw on the road. The Tar Heels are averaging 2158 fans a game at home and an astounding 2440 per game on the road…although head coach Anson Dorrance is already the winingest all-time coach in both wins and winning percentage, he will achieve another milestone shortly. Dorrance is just three wins shy of reaching 500 wins in his career. That would place him 156 wins ahead of his nearest competition and 305 wins ahead of Texas coach Chris Petrucelli who is No. 2 on the winingest active coaches list.
SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS
There is no doubt about how well Patrick Baker’s Seminoles play inside the friendly confines of the Sunshine State. After wins over USF and UCF, Baker’s teams are now 13-1-0 in their last 14 games versus opponents from Florida. The win over Duke also improved Baker’s record playing in the state of Florida (including home games) to 25-7-1.
RUNNING DOWN A DREAM
FSU’s 9-3-0 start to the 2001 season has the Seminoles in the hunt for the best regular season mark in the history of the program. Baker’s 2000 Seminoles tied the best regular season mark that was originally set in 1996 at 12-6-1. In his two seasons at FSU, Baker has two of the three best regular season records in Seminole soccer history and he is on track to break the regular season mark this year.
REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
Heather Kerby-Nelson Patrick Baker 1995 4-13-1 1999 9-9-1 1996 12-6-1 2000 12-6-1 1997 8-11-0 2001 9-3-0* 1998 7-10-3 *not a full season
AT THIS POINT LAST YEAR
It doesn’t always mean much to compare one season to the next but after a record-breaking 2000 campaign, it is interesting to see where the 2001 squad is compared to last season. In 2000, FSU was 8-4-0 over the first 12 games compared to 9-3-0 this season. Last year’s team had 27 goals in that span while the 2001 team has 28. The 2001 team has allowed 19 goals while the 2000 edition of FSU soccer allowed 17. The biggest difference is probably where FSU has played its toughest opponents. In the first 12 games of 2000, FSU played three top 10 teams, all at home, and a top 20 squad on the road. This season, FSU has also played three top 10 teams and one top 20 team but all of those games this year have been on the road.
DIDN’T KNOW YOU HAD IT IN YOU
When Florida State fell behind Duke 2-0 Sunday, FSU fans had a reason to worry. Prior to its two goal comeback win against the Blue Devils this past weekend, FSU had posted an 0-45-0 record when falling behind an opponent by two goals. The only other time the Seminoles had ever come from that far back was against Virginia in 1998. Florida State fell behind UVa 2-0 and then charged back to take a 3-2 lead but couldn’t hold on and ended up falling 4-3 to the Cavaliers.
One of the main reasons FSU is off to an unprecedented 3-0 start in the conference is because of its reversal of fortunes against NC State, Clemson and Duke. FSU went from an 0-2-1 mark against this group last season to a mark of 3-0-0 versus the same group this season. Last year FSU lost by identical 3-2 scores to Duke and Clemson. This season the Seminoles won both of those matches 3-2. Which leads to…
WHAT IS IT ABOUT 3-2
The score 3-2 holds a special place in Seminole soccer lore since Patrick Baker took over the program in 1999. In the last season and a half, four of the biggest wins in program history have all come via a 3-2 score. FSU opened the 2000 season with a 3-2 win over then No. 6 Florida. Later in the season, Florida State upset eventual national champion and then second ranked North Carolina 3-2. This season, FSU got it’s biggest conference road victory at then No. 7 Clemson by a score of…you guessed it 3-2. The infamous score popped its glorious head up again this past weekend when FSU staged its largest comeback ever to down ACC rival Duke 3-2 and move to 3-0-0 in the ACC.
HE GOT IT
Sunday’s win over Duke was a big one for FSU moving the Seminoles ACC record to 3-0-0 and putting the team in first place all alone but was also huge in what it represented in head coach Patrick Baker’s FSU coaching career. The ninth win of the 2001 season was the 32nd win of Baker’s FSU career and it moved him into first for all-time coaching victories at FSU. It took his predecessor, Heather Kerby-Nelson, four seasons (80 games) to reach 31 victories while Baker has passed her in just 56 games.
THE SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS
Not to tip our hat or anything but if an opponent wants to get a win against the Seminoles under Patrick Baker, there are three things they should avoid. When FSU scores first, goes to the half with the lead or scores 2+ goals, the Seminoles have a combined record of 70-3-3 a winning percentage of over .940. Florida State has accomplished at least one of those three things nine times this season and has won every one of those nine games! Duke almost bucked that trend by scoring first against FSU and going into the half with a 2-0 lead but once the Seminoles evened the game at 2-2 the percentages were on their side. They went on to take the game 3-2 in OT to keep this incredible statistical streak alive.
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 have already won six games this season in the second half or overtime. FSU went to the half tied with Clemson, Kansas, NC State, Louisville and South Florida but outscored those opponents 7-1 in the second 45:00 and during OT winning every one of those matches. The Seminoles then outscored Duke 3-0 in the second half and OT after falling behind 2-0 in the first period. For the season, the Seminoles are once again dominating opponents in the second half of games and OT out scoring the competition 15-6 in the second frame. Under Baker, FSU is now 11-4-2 when tied at half and 4-0-3 in OT games.
Cindy Schofield, the reigning ACC co-player of the week, is in the midst of an amazing stretch for FSU and is having an unforgettable season as the Seminoles move past the halfway point. To borrow the words of ESPN’s own Dan Patrick, the junior is en fuego! After posting three goals and three assists in the first eight games of the season, Schofield has had a season in just four games. Against Louisville, USF, UCF and Duke, the Lakeland, Fla. native scored five goals and recorded two assists. Three of those five goals were game-winners and one was the golden goal in an overtime win over Duke that helped FSU establish a program-best three ACC wins in a season. Schofield now leads the team with 21 points, surpassing the 17 points she totaled for the entire 2000 season and is third all-time for Florida State with 45 points. She holds the team lead in goals (8) and moved into a tie for second on FSU’s career goal list with 16. She also moved into a fourth-place tie for career assists with 11 and for game-winning goals with four. The match against UCF, where she scored two goals and also tallied an assist, was the biggest game of Schofield’s career. It bested her previous career-high for points and goals set against FIU September 24, 2000 when she recorded a goal and an assist for three points. Schofield is now in the Top 5 for goals scored in a single season at FSU, her four assists puts her just three assists shy of equaling a record she set last year for assists in a single season and she is now amongst the Top 5 point scorers in a single season.
It seems UNC’s trip to Florida State and Wake Forest may have been a wake-up call for a Tar Heel team that has dominated women’s soccer for two decades. After back-to-back road losses to FSU and Wake, North Carolina has won 19 straight games including the ACC and NCAA Championships.
IT’S OVER IN OVERTIME
In two years under head coach Patrick Baker, the Seminole soccer team has NEVER lost an overtime game. Baker’s squads are 4-0-3 in overtime contests after ACC wins over NC State and Duke this season. Four of those seven overtime contests came during the historic 2000 season where FSU posted a 2-0-2 record. Florida State recorded two of the program’s most historic accomplishments in overtime games last season. The Seminoles advanced to the second round of the ACC Tournament for the first time ever when they moved past second-seeded Wake Forest in sudden victory shootouts after a double overtime match. Florida State recorded the biggest win in the history of the program when it defeated 17-time national champion North Carolina 3-2 in a double overtime game that saw both teams have a golden goal disallowed. Baker’s only overtime game in 1999 was a 2-2 tie against NC State. The Seminoles record in overtime contests is so vital when you consider whom Baker has faced in OT games in his tenure at FSU. Florida State has compiled OT wins against USF, NC State, North Carolina and Duke and has tied NSCU twice. Baker’s other OT tie came against Wake at the ACC Tournament. FSU won the shootout and moved in to the second round of the conference tourney for the first time in program history.
WHAT A CHANGE UNDER BAKER
*FSU can boast 32 wins during its two plus years under Baker compared with 31 for the previous four years combined. *FSU 's first winning record (14-8-2) since the 1996 season (12-7-1). *Six wins against nationally ranked opponents in two plus years, compared to only two wins the previous four years. *FSU has a .588 winning percentage in Baker's two plus years as head coach compared to a .413 winning percentage in the previous four seasons. *FSU has 19 home wins during two plus years with Baker compared to 15 home wins for the previous four years combined. *In the two plus years with Baker at the helm, the Seminoles have 13 road wins, compared to 12 for the previous four years combined. *In Baker 's first two seasons as head coach, the Seminoles averaged 119 total points a season compared to 96 points per season the previous four seasons. *Baker 's teams have eight come-from-behind victories in his two-and-a-half year tenure compared to just six come-from-behind victories the previous four years. *Five of the top ten attendance records have been set since Baker took over the program. *In 2000, Baker's Florida State team broke the previous single season record for home attendance by almost 3,700 (8799 compared to 5106). *Home attendance during the two years with coach Baker is 11,757, as compared to 15,690 for the previous four years combined.
BAKER CHANGING TRENDS
*Against ranked opponents in his two seasons, the Seminole's winning percentage has increased by an amazing 273 percentage points since Baker became the head coach at FSU. *The Seminoles winning percentage at home increased from .500 to .788 since Baker took over. *In overtime contests, the Seminoles have a .786 winning percentage under Baker compared to .409 before his arrival. *In games played in the state of Florida, FSU has raised its winning percentage from .512 to .773. *When the Seminoles lead at half, their winning percentage under Baker in two seasons is .969 compared to .850 in the previous four seasons. *FSU 's winning percentage when they score the game's first goal increased 151 percentage points, from .778 to .929 in two seasons since Baker arrived in Tallahassee. * When FSU scores two goals in a game, its winning percentage under Baker is .922 compared to .500 before his arrival.
STILL ON TOP
It’s now over a month into the 2001 season and Florida State still sits atop the nation’s premier soccer conference. So far this season there have been 23 ACC games played and FSU is the only 3-0 team in the conference. This is a giant leap for a program that had previously won just five conference matches in six seasons. Florida State has already surpassed it’s season-high for ACC wins in just three games and it has four remaining ACC games to try to add to that record and improve on its postseason position. That deserves a WOW!
Florida State just completed the most physically challenging part of its 2001 schedule. The Seminoles started a stretch of playing five games in 10 days at Florida and then returned home to face Louisville. Over the next six days, FSU made two one-day road trips (USF and UCF) and finished the grueling week with a conference match against Duke at home Sunday. The Seminoles fared very well during the five game stretch posting a 4-1 record with a two-goal comeback win versus Duke capping the stretch.
HELP FROM ABOVE
Two of the Seminoles four seniors, Maren Vik Edvardsen and Heather Dyche have accounted for 11 of the team’s 30 assists this year after combining for just nine assists the rest of their careers. Vik Edvardsen leads the squad with seven assists while Dyche isn’t far behind with four. Vik Edvardsen has already tied FSU’s all-time single season record for assists. Through twelve games, she is on a pace that would see her totaling 11 assists and shattering the individual season record.
GETTING IT DONE
Freshman keeper Ali Mims has had a huge impact for FSU since Maryland’s Gatorade Player of the Year and starter Kerry York went down two weeks ago. After York re-aggravated a knee injury in the 57th-minute against NC State while covering up a loose ball, Mims came in and made back-to-back big saves in the 78th-minute that kept FSU alive. German National team player Annika Schmidt tested Mims with a blast from the top of the box that Mims charged and punched out of danger, she then saved a header shot by Erin Bushey on the ensuing corner. Mims also made a sprawling save in OT that preserved the tie and less than two minutes later Jez Ratliff’s goal secured FSU’s second ACC win in a row. Mims then made her first start at eighth-ranked Florida in front of almost 3,500 fans. Although FSU lost 2-0, Mims made numerous big stops and finished the night with five saves. After downing Louisville 3-2, Mims came back and helped post back-to-back shutouts for FSU in road wins at South Florida and UCF. Despite four starts, including a big one at Gainesville, Mims probably made her biggest statement in FSU’s third ACC win over Duke. After falling behind 2-0 early in the match, the Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. native made two point-blank saves and a diving one-hander to keep her team alive while the Seminoles fought back to tie the game and send it into overtime. In OT, she saved the game for FSU when she made a diving stop on Katie Heaps’ penalty kick, which allowed FSU to play on and get the golden goal just two minutes later. For the season, Mims has a 5-1 record and a fantastic 1.09 GAA. She has recorded 1.5 shutouts, has a .700 save percentage and has given up just six goals in over 497 minutes. With York healing everyday, the Seminole coaching staff has to feel confident with two keepers who have proven themselves in tough situations.
REALLY TOUGH PLACE TO PLAY
With Sunday’s 3-2 OT win over Duke at the Seminole Soccer Complex, Florida State continued some amazing home streaks. Baker started to establish the Seminoles’ home field advantage when he took over the program in 1999 and lead FSU to a 5-3-1 record at the Seminole Soccer Complex. In 2000, he and the Seminoles had a program-best 9-2-0 record at home, which included an all-time best 4-0 start. Sunday’s win brought the Seminoles 2001 home record to 6-0-0 and established a new record for the best start ever. It has now been 16 straight games since a non-conference opponent has come to Tallahassee and defeated FSU. The last team to accomplish that feat was Miami who downed FSU 3-0 August 29, 1999. Included in that group are teams like Texas A&M, Florida, Georgia and Jacksonville just to name a few. The Seminoles have now won back-to-back conference games at home for the second time under Patrick Baker and for just the third time in the program’s history. In the last season and a half, Baker’s Seminoles have gone 3-3-0 at home against ACC opponents. An incredible mark considering in the previous five seasons Florida State had won a total of three conference games.
When Florida State downed UCF 5-0, the win represented the Seminoles’ largest margin of victory since they downed Auburn 6-1 November 1, 1998 and was the first time FSU has scored five goals since a 5-1 victory over South Alabama October 3, 1999. Combined with their performance against South Florida and the previous match against Louisville, FSU out shot its three opponents that week 66-15, had a 33-8 advantage in shots on goal and a 29-3 edge in corner kicks. By virtue of the 5-0 win and its 1-0 win over USF, Florida State recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since October 5 and October 14, 2000 when the team held Wake Forest and NC State scoreless in consecutive games. The Seminoles didn’t extend that shutout streak against Duke this past Sunday but the 3-2 OT win catapulted FSU back into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
THERE’S ALWAYS A FIRST TIME
Florida State faces six teams in 2001 that they have never played in the six-year history of the program and four of those matches took place during the first two weekends of the season (George Mason, Loyola, Portland and Santa Clara). FSU downed George Mason and Loyola (Md) in the Seminole Soccer Tournament, recorded another first time win against Kansas September 21 and then its fourth of the season against Louisville September 30. FSU added another team to that list when it downed Duke 3-2. The win against the Blue Devils was the Seminoles first and now leaves Virginia as the only ACC opponent Florida State has never beaten. Considering that FSU is one of only four ACC teams to beat UNC, if the Seminoles were able to down the Cavaliers (a tough task) they would have accomplished a feat that three of the conferences long-time members never have. With a win over the Cavaliers, it would have taken FSU just seven seasons to record a win over every conference member. That is something Maryland hasn’t done in 13 years, NC State is yet to do in 15 years and Virginia has been unable to accomplish in 15 years either. The Seminoles recorded first-time victories over eight teams in 12 chances during the 2000 season (Oregon, Oregon State, Miami, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Florida, UCF and Wake Forest) and four of those eight victories came against ranked opponents.
WHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT
When the Seminoles downed back-to-back National Champion North Carolina 3-2 in 2OT last season, they handed the Tar Heels just their 22nd loss in 511 games and became only the second ACC team to ever score three goals against UNC. It also marked the biggest win in the short history of the Florida State soccer program.
ROAD TO THE HERMANN RUNS THROUGH FSU
Although the up-start Seminole soccer program has yet to place a player on the prestigious Hermann Trophy award list, FSU will have a lot to say about who finally wins soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy. The Seminoles face almost half of finalists (six of 13) for the award this season. The Tribe has already faced Abby Wambach (Florida), Aly Wagner (Santa Clara), Lauren Orlandos (Portland) and Danielle Slaton (Santa Clara). The Seminoles will still see North Carolina’s Danielle Borgman and Jena Klugel on the road October 12 when they face the Tar Heels. All of the Seminoles’ games against Hermann Trophy candidates this season will be on the road.
NOTES FROM THE PITCH
Did you know that Florida State has faced North Carolina more than any other opponent in its seven-year history? This week’s meeting will mark the 12th time the two teams have met, which is well ahead of the eight times FSU has played Clemson and Florida. If you want to know the reason for the frequent meetings, just look to the ACC Tournament. The two teams have met five of the six times FSU has played in the conference tourney. Four of those meetings came in the first round but due to the Seminoles unprecedented success in 2000 the teams met for the first time ever in the second round last season…it might be hard to remember this but before FSU downed UNC for the first time ever last season, another Seminole squad almost accomplished the same feat. In FSU’s inaugural season (1995), the Seminoles played UNC to a 1-1 tie during regulation at a drenched Fetzer Field. Three hundred fans turned up to see No. 1 North Carolina (17-0-0) take on an unranked FSU team sporting a 4-9-1 record. Although the conditions were horrendous, a scrappy FSU squad hung in but eventually fell 3-1 in OT.
Cindy Schofield’s golden goal against Duke was just the sixth in the history of FSU soccer with four coming in the last two seasons under Patrick Baker. Four of the Seminoles’ six overtime game-winners have come surprisingly enough during ACC competition. Florida State had two Golden Goals in 1998, two in 2000 and two in 2001. During the 1998 season, Sally Shelgren netted one in a 1-0 win over FIU and Alex Osorio got another in a 3-2 win over Maryland. Last season, Marte Vik Edvardsen scored a golden goal to beat USF 2-1 and Kristin Boyce got the most famous one in FSU history to down UNC 3-2. This season, freshman Jez Ratliff accounted for one against NC State (3-2) and Schofield had the other.
SO GO THE SEMINOLES
When head coach Patrick Baker said, “We will go as far as Marte will take us” he knew what he was talking about. Marte Vik Edvardsen is the Seminoles leader in the midfield and so much of FSU’s success is tied to her performance. In 2000, Florida State was 7-0 in games where Marte either scored or assisted on a goal and were 7-8-2 in matches where she was held pointless. Her game-winning assist sent the Seminoles into the Sweet 16 as FSU knocked Florida out of the NCAA Tournament. She assisted on the Seminoles’ first goal, just 3:42 into the match, against No.7 Texas A&M, which FSU went on to win 4-1. After North Carolina took a 1-0 lead on FSU, Vik Edvardsen stepped up to the line and knocked in a penalty kick that propelled FSU to the biggest upset in school history as they went on to down the Heels 3-2 in double OT. She scored two goals in the Seminoles’ 3-1 win over Miami which ensured FSU of a perfect regular season record against Florida teams (6-0) and gave Florida State its best regular season record in the history of the program.
ROAD WARRIOR 2001
Junior Cindy Schofield had a breakthrough season in 2000 as evidenced by her five goals and record-setting seven assists but her play in the Seminoles’ most important games really speaks volumes about the type of season she had. Five of her seven assists came in games away from the Seminole Soccer Complex. Her road assists versus Florida (NCAA’s), Oregon State, Miami, Missouri and Duke helped FSU post a 3-2 record in those five games including a trip to the Sweet 16. Four of her five goals came in FSU’s biggest games in 2000. She scored in wins over No. 2 North Carolina, No. 7 Texas A&M and in the Seminoles’ first-ever NCAA Tournament game against Jacksonville. She also scored against No. 5 Clemson and had a goal and an assist against FIU.
What comes to mind when you think of UNC soccer…..
“The first thing I think about is their reputation. The dominance they have shown over the last 20 years. They always have the nation’s best players and they are always going to be good. They are always one of the fastest teams and they will always be one of the toughest teams you can face. We can’t be intimidated by them, though. We have to face them like any other team because we wouldn’t be any good if we didn’t.” – Ali Mims, freshman.
“They are tough. We are going to have to work extremely hard. You can’t help but put them on a pedestal. As a younger player, I went to the UNC summer camp so I definitely look up to that program. Being that this is my first time playing them, it is even tougher but I am excited at the challenge.” – Marion Cagle, freshman.
“This is going to be a huge challenge. We need to work hard and work together as a team if we want to hang in against them. They were a team I looked up at growing up because they have been a dynasty in women’s soccer. That makes it hard but it also makes me want to step up to the challenge. Obviously we want to win but we know how difficult that task is.” – Katie Beal, freshman.
“They are the best. Knowing that we were able to beat them during the regular season last year is probably going to make them want it even more. They work extremely hard but we do, too. We have to remember there is talent on our team too and we have to want it more than they do.” – Dana Denker, freshman.
“They are the dynasty in women’s soccer. It will be exciting to get a chance to face them and see what it is like to face a team of their caliber. It will be a challenge for our whole team. You have to look at it as just another game or it will be too intimidating and you won’t play well but you have to respect them and all of their accomplishments.” – Jez Ratliff, freshman.
WHAT A RUN
The 2001 Seminoles are in the midst of the best streak in program history over a stretch of eight plus games. Since facing two top five teams in Santa Clara (No. 4) and Portland (No. 3), FSU has gone on a 7-1 run while winning three ACC games including one on the road at No. 7 Clemson. Their .875 winning percentage over the last eight games ranks first amongst all similar stretches in FSU soccer history. The 2000 squad had the second best run in team history going 7-1-1 while posting a .833 winning percentage. In 1996, Florida State put together a 7-1-2 stretch (.800 winning percentage), which stood as the all-time best before Patrick Baker took over the team. The 2000 squad did go 6-0-1 last year, including a win over UNC, for an amazing .929 winning percentage.
WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN
Hindsight is usually 20/20 but FSU’s run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament shouldn’t have been such a surprise to many soccer fans in Tallahassee and all over the country. Even though it was their first trip to the tournament, the Seminoles were very prepared for what laid ahead of them. Florida State played eight NCAA Tournament teams in 2000 including the last two National Champions (Florida in 1998 and North Carolina in 1999 and 2000). Florida State posted a 4-4-1 record against the 2000 NCAA Tournament field including an outstanding 3-3 mark against the tournament’s top 16 seeds. They also outscored the 2000 field 17-14 during the regular season.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE
After facing two of the country’s best squads at the Wake Forest/Nike Invitational, the Seminoles record stood at 2-2 with then No. 7 Clemson looming on the horizon. The Tiger’s came into the match undefeated, hadn’t allowed a goal in 2001 and were fresh off of a berth in the Elite 8 after posting a 5-1-1 record in ACC play so even the most positive Seminole fan had to think about the possibility of FSU falling to 2-3 on the 2001 season. Florida State’s upset of the Tigers kept the Seminoles above the .500 mark and it has now been almost two years (36 games) since Florida State had a losing record. That is a huge change for a team that finished with a sub-.500 record three of the four years before Patrick Baker’s arrival. Under Baker, the last time the Seminoles had a losing record was in 1999 when a season-ending loss left FSU at 9-10-1 for the season.
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLL-EFSONS
Sophomore Amber Tollefson had a huge day in FSU’s road win over No. 7 Clemson. After falling behind the Tigers 1-0 after just two minutes, the Seminoles had a long road ahead of them against a Tiger team that was 73-11-4 at home. In the 30th-minute, Tollefson collected a pass from freshman Camie Bybee just outside the Clemson 18-yard box and beat a couple of Tiger defenders. The Boca Raton native then launched a blast from the far edge of the box about 16 yards out. The shot found its way into the upper corner at the far post beating first team All-ACC keeper Katie Carson and marked the first goal scored against Clemson in 2001.
Tollefson wasn’t done yet. After FSU fell behind 2-1 and once again fought back to tie the contest at 2-2, it seemed the match was headed for overtime. A beautiful piece of combination play at the top of Clemson’s 18-yard box between Marte and Maren Vik Edvardsen sent Tollefson in behind the Clemson defense where she launched a dangerous cross in front of the Tiger’s net. The ball was headed for a waiting Jez Ratliff in the six-yard box before Tiger defender Sarah Turner came running back to clear the cross and ended up deflecting the ball past Carson into the Clemson net. Tollefson was credited with the goal, the second game-winner of her career, and FSU recorded its first-ever win in an ACC opener. Tollefson’s two goals nearly equaled her total of three from the entire 2000 season and her four points were a single game high for FSU in 2001. For her efforts in the Seminoles win against Clemson, Tollefson was named the ACC’s Player of the Week and named to the Soccer America Team of the Week.
THERE IS A CONSENSUS
After never being nationally ranked before the 2000 season and never appearing in a preseason poll, the 12th-ranked Seminole soccer team was ranked in all four preseason polls. Florida State was ranked No. 12 by Soccer America and also appeared at No. 18 in the SoccerTimes.com coach’s poll. Earlier this year, the Seminoles were preseason No. 13 in the SoccerBuzz poll and No. 16 in the NSCAA coach’s poll. Before FSU’s remarkable run in 2000, the closest the Seminoles ever came to a national ranking was in 1996 when they received votes in all four polls after downing No. 10 Clemson 1-0. Florida State did make an appearance in the regional rankings during Baker’s first season in Tallahassee as the Seminoles spent four weeks as the No. 10 team in the Southeast region in 1996.
Sophomore Amber Tollefson has two big game-winning goals for the Seminoles in 2001. Her first of the season was part of a two-goal day that gave FSU’s its biggest win of 2001 over then-No. 7 Clemson in South Carolina. Her second came against Louisville in a game that FSU couldn’t afford to lose. The Boca Raton native has already surpassed her career total of one GWG.
FSU looked to continue their winning ways in 2001 by signing their second straight nationally ranked recruiting class according to SoccerBuzz. In 2000, head coach Patrick Baker landed the Seminoles’ first-ever nationally ranked recruiting class with the No. 13 class in the nation. The 2000 class also ranked third in the Southeast region and in the ACC behind North Carolina and Clemson. Baker, looking to fill the holes due to the graduation of six seniors, improved on last year’s recruiting ranking by signing the No. 8 class in the nation in 2001. This class ranked second in the Southeast and third in the ACC behind Virginia and North Carolina. Florida State also won the in-state recruiting title for the second straight year finishing well ahead of Florida (No. 18) and Miami (No. 29).
Katie Beal, Freshman – 2001 Parade All-American…1999 NSCAA Youth All-American…2000 NSCAA All-South Team…1999 and 2000 U-16 US National Team…Region I Team from 1997-2001.
Camie Bybee, Freshman – 2001 Gatorade Player of the Year in Oklahoma…first team all-district, all-conference and all-city for four years…leading goal scorer in the state of Oklahoma in 2000 and 2001…1999/2000 U-17 national team pool…1996/1997 U-14 national team pool…four year starter on Region III team…ODP state select team from 1996-2000.
Marion Cagle, Freshman – All-state first team for three years…All-Big Bend first team three years…Region III ODP team from 1999-2001…state ODP from 1996-2001…attended national trials in Las Vegas, NV and Houston, TX…Region III pool in 1996.
Jez Ratliff, Freshman – 2001 all-state selection…2001 Gatorade Scholarship Athlete…2001 Daily Oklahoma All-City First Team…U-17 national pool in 1999…U-17 region III team in 2000…U-16 region III team in 1999.
Kerry York, Freshman – 2001 Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Maryland…Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection in 2001…Anne Arundel County Player of the Year 2001…Washington Post All-Metro First Team 2000 and All-Metro Second Team 1999…Member of the Maryland State Team since 1994…selected for the U-13 team as an eleven year old.
64 GET A CHANCE TO DANCE
The 2001 NCAA women’s soccer tournament is expanding and will start to look more like the vaunted men’s basketball tournament this season. The field will be expanded from 48 teams to 64 teams. The addition of 18 teams means that there will be a record-high 28 automatic qualifiers in 2001 compared to 21 last year with six teams playing three ‘play-in’ games. Another major difference between the 2000 and 2001 tournaments will be the way the first and second rounds of the tournament are staged. Last season, Florida State hosted Jacksonville in the first round and then traveled to Florida for its second round match-up with the Gators. Under the new format, Florida State, Florida, Jacksonville and a fourth team would all be playing at one site with the winner advancing to the Sweet 16. Third and fourth round matches will still be played at individual sites and the winners will advance to the College Cup, which is being held in Dallas, Texas this year.
Freshman Jez Ratliff continues to be a major force for FSU during her freshman campaign. The forward from Norman, OK played almost 90 minutes in the Seminoles 2-0 loss to No. 15 Florida and then turned around two days later and recorded another 80 minutes against Louisville. In the game against the Cardinals, FSU fell behind just nine minutes in before Ratliff evened the game. In the 14th-minute the Oklahoma connection, freshmen Camie Bybee and Ratliff, once again hooked up on a play that freed Ratliff behind the Louisville defense. Ratliff lifted the ball to the far post scoring her fourth goal of the year and evening the match at 1-1. Ratliff then helped the Seminoles pull into a 2-1 lead in the 34th-minute when she fed Cindy Schofield who buried a shot to give Ratliff her third assist of the year. For the week, Ratliff led FSU in points (3), was tied for the lead in goals (1), assists (1) and shots on goal (3), was tied for second in shot on goal percentage (.750), was tied for third in shots (4), and was second in shot percentage (.250), Against NC State, Ratliff recorded the game’s first goal in the opening moments and the game’s last goal six minutes into overtime. She already has a game-winning assist and a game-winning goal under her belt. Not too bad.
Camie Bybee recorded a game-winning assist during the first tournament of the year and then went out and scored FSU’s lone goal against Santa Clara. Bybee’s goal against the Broncos was the first goal scored against the SCU all season. Bybee is off to a strong start to her career at FSU. Oklahoma’s Gatorade Player of the Year scored and recorded an assist against No. 7 Clemson and scored a goal in the Seminoles big ACC win over Duke. She also picked up an assist versus Louisville. She is currently second in goals (5) and points (15), tied for second on the team in assists (5), second in game-winning assists (1) and game-winning goals (1), is second in shots (32) and shots on goal (17). Although it is early, Bybee is on pace to shatter every FSU freshman record. She is already fifth in shots by a freshman, fourth in points scored by a freshman, third in freshman assists and is one goal away from entering the top 5 in that category also. She has also been named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and SoccerBuzz’s Elite Team of the Week this season.
AGAINST ALL ODDS
Florida State’s ACC opening win versus Clemson was a huge victory on many levels. The Seminoles had never started a season with a 1-0 conference record and the best start to an ACC campaign came in 2000 when FSU began 1-2 and went on to even their record at 2-2-1. The victory was Clemson’s first-ever loss on a Monday and the Tigers came into the match with a record of 73-11-4 at Riggs Field.
What is even more amazing about the victory was the amount of statistical trends the Seminoles bucked to get the 3-2 win. Entering the Clemson game, FSU’s combined all-time record on the road (25-37-4), outside of the state of Florida (16-32-4), when an opponent scores first (8-56-2), when the Seminoles take fewer shots (10-54-2), when FSU allows two goals (7-19-2) and when facing a ranked opponent (6-43-1) was 72-241-15. Despite the heavy odds, Florida State not only played even with a Tiger team that was a top four seed in last season’s NCAA Tournament but dictated play for large stretches of the match. Amber Tollefson’s game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining, her second of the day, came in the face of all the previously mentioned trends and helped FSU avenge a 2-0 loss to the Tiger’s in the 2000 Sweet 16.
Since head coach Patrick Baker took over the program, the Seminoles winning percentage against ranked teams has increased by an amazing 273 percentage points coming into 2001 but what his teams have done against opponents ranked in the Top 7 in 2000 and 2001 is amazing. In the four seasons before Baker’s arrival, the Seminoles had never defeated a team in the Top 7 but over the last two seasons FSU has four wins against the nation’s best teams. The Seminoles downed No. 6 Florida (3-2 in 2000), No. 7 Texas A&M (4-1 in 2000), No. 2 North Carolina (3-2 in 2000) and then No. 7 Clemson (3-2 in 2001). It seems that FSU will get a chance to add to that total with North Carolina a consensus No. 1 in the polls this season.
IT’S A THIN LINE
When Florida State beat NC State 2-1 in OT in its second conferencegame and then downed Louisville 3-2, it brought Baker’s record in one-goal games to 11-9. That is a major accomplishment for a team that was 11-14 in similar situations before his arrival. Many of FSU’s one-goal wins have come in the biggest games in program history. The Seminoles recorded a one goal win over No. 7 Clemson in South Carolina this year, over No. 2 North Carolina in 2000, two one goal victories over Florida last season and two huge one goal wins on a road trip through Oregon downing the Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers in 2000. Sunday’s one goal win over the Wolfpack moved FSU to an unprecedented 2-0 in ACC play.
NEVER HOME ALONE
The Seminoles were dominant within the confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex setting a record for wins (9) and fewest loses (2). Florida State set a new single season attendance record with 8,799 fans, surpassing the previous record of 5,106. The new single game attendance record (1,582) was also set in 2000 during a 3-2 double overtime win over defending National Champion North Carolina. The previous mark of 1,282 was set earlier that season in a 3-2 win over Florida.
The 2000 season was a record-breaking year for the Seminole soccer team posting 14 individual records, 19 team records and 24 program “firsts”. The Seminoles made the most of their first-ever postseason appearance reaching the Sweet 16 by defeating Jacksonville University and cross-state rival Florida. The Seminoles earned their first postseason national ranking of 12th in SoccerBuzz and 14th in the NSCAA and Soccer America polls after posting a team high 14 victories including against five nationally ranked opponents. Seminole coach Patrick Baker received the Southeast region coach of the year award after leading Florida State to the most productive season in team history and he was also runner-up for National Coach of the Year honors.
HEATHER IS A FORCE
Fifth-year senior and Seminole captain Heather Dyche has started her final season on a memorable note. After too many ankle surgeries to count and just eight starts in three years since transferring from Nebraska, the center back from Albuquerque, NM is off to a fantastic start. She won a starting spot in the preseason and has already started eight matches, besting her career high set during the 2000 season. She entered the season with three goals but without a single assist in her career. All that changed at the Wake Forest/Nike Invitational where she recorded the first two assists of her career off of set pieces against Santa Clara and Portland. She then notched her third assist against Clemson when she sent a corner kick to the far post, which resulted in FSU’s second goal of the game bringing Florida State even with Clemson at 2-2. Dyche’s point streak continued against Kansas with her first goal of the season. In the 19th-minute, freshman Camie Bybee sent Maren Vik Edvardsen into the Kansas 18-yard box where she beat a defender and was then pulled down by the Jayhawk defense. Dyche sent the penalty kick into the lower corner at the left post to even the match at 1-1. Dyche then tied her career point total of six when she sent a perfect free kick to Amber Tollefson’s head that got the Seminoles going in the biggest comeback win in school history versus Duke.
BAKER BEATS A&M FOR 100
When FSU downed No. 7 Texas A&M 4-1 September 8, 2000 it was one of the biggest wins of the year for a couple of reasons. The Seminoles were coming off of a difficult road trip in Missouri after starting the season 3-0 including the program’s first-ever victory over then-No. 6 Florida. The victory was also a milestone for head coach Patrick Baker who recorded his 100th victory that afternoon. Baker has recorded exactly 25% of his 116 career wins (29) in just two plus seasons at Florida State and his .625 winning percentage in 2000 was the best single season winning percentage in FSU soccer history.
WHAT A DIFFERENTIAL A YEAR MAKES
One of the biggest changes in the Seminole soccer program under Patrick Baker has been the turnaround in goal differential since he took over. The program had a goal differential of -38 in the four seasons before Baker took over the program. In the last two years plus under Baker, the Seminoles have a goal differential of +20. That 58-goal swing is one of the reasons Florida State soccer has gone from a perennial doormat to a top 20 program.
Florida State’s 2-0 win over Loyola College of Maryland was one of the most dominating performances in the history of the program even if the scoreboard only read 2-0. Besides being the first shutout of the 2001 campaign for FSU, the Greyhounds only recorded three shots and didn’t have a single corner kick in the 90 minute match. Loyola didn’t even take its first shot until the 25:00 mark. Florida State came within four shots of tying the single game record for shots in a game, which is 41 and was set in 1999 against Mercer. The Seminoles had a season-high 12 corner kicks on three occasions in 2000 (South Florida, Ohio State and Florida Int’l) but they never had a 16-0 advantage in 2000. Loyola hardly threatened the Seminole’s defense after playing to a 1-1 tie with the University of Miami for 60:00 minutes to start the tournament.
STATE OF GRACE
FSU ran the table in the state of Florida in 2000 to declare the unofficial state championship. Between its season opening win over UF and it’s second round victory over the Gators in the NCAA Tournament, the Seminoles downed six in-state rivals on their way to a perfect 8-0 record against Sunshine State opponents. Two of those victories came in the NCAA Tournament where Florida State downed Jacksonville 4-1 and Florida 2-1. FSU outscored its in-state opponents 24-8 and scored three or more goals in six of the eight games against those teams.
PLAYING WITH THE LEAD
Florida State, in Baker’s two years, has never lost a game when leading at halftime and the trend continued at the Seminole Soccer Tournament on the opening weekend of 2001. FSU, after leading at the half versus Loyola and GMU, now has a 18-0-1 record when it heads to the locker room in front of its opponent. The Seminoles are also an amazing 24-1-1 in games where they score the first goal under Baker. Before he took over the program, FSU was 27-7-2 in these games. Baker has raised the Seminoles winning percentage 164percentage points in these situations from .778 to .942.
DOWN BUT NEVER OUT
After losing all 10 games when an opponent scored first in 1999, Baker instilled a new attitude in the 2000 Seminoles. During their record breaking 2000 campaign, Florida State came back to win four games when an opponent scored first including the two biggest wins in the history of the program. After losing 14 straight games to North Carolina and Florida, FSU fell behind to both opponents during its regular season meetings with these two national powerhouses. FSU had to comeback on two occasions to notch its first ever win against UF in the 2000 season opener. Florida took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before FSU opened the nation’s eyes with what seemed to be a stunning 3-2 victory on a last minute goal by senior April Murphy.
The defending national champion Tar Heels came to Tallahassee with a No. 2 ranking and 9-0 record against Florida State and the trend seemed like it would continue when North Carolina took a 1-0 lead after 12 minutes. FSU answered just 2:17 later and they eventually sealed the victory in the 113th minute on Kristin Boyce’s game-winner. Not only did FSU stage three comebacks in these two huge victories but they did it in unprecedented fashion. The Seminoles evened their games with UNC and UF by answering their opponent’s goals in 2:17, 1:30 and a school record :24.
The trend continues in 2001 as FSU fell behind No. 7 Clemson 1-0 and 2-1 before making two comebacks and downing the Tigers in Clemson 3-2. The Seminoles also came back against Kansas by rallying from a 1-0 deficit to beat the Jayhawks 4-1 and against Louisville rallying to a 3-2 win. Those comebacks were nothing compared to what the Seminoles staged at home versus Duke. After losing 45 straight games when falling behind an opponent by two goals, FSU staged its largest come-from-behind win ever downing the Blue Devils 3-2 in OT. Not only was the comeback unprecedented but also FSU once again bucked some impressive statistical trends. When Duke went to half with a 2-0 lead FSU was staring some intimidating trends right in the face. Under Patrick Baker, FSU was 2-6-1 when trailing at half, 7-20-0 when an opponent scored first, 9-17-1 when they were out shot and 5-7-1 when they allowed two goals. All that wasn’t enough though to outweigh five of Baker’s most impressive stats. When the Seminoles play at home (17-5-1), take more corners (22-5-3), are in a one goal game (12-9-0), score 3+ goals (20-0-0) and go to OT (3-0-3) they are almost unbeatable and that was the case as the Sunday in FSU’s historic win.
Seminole seniors Marte and Maren Vik Edvardsen enter the final season of their storied Florida State careers on the verge of appearing in every all-time record category. After posting identical 5 goal, 4 assist campaigns in 2000, the sisters seem ready to continue their assault on the record books. The twins combined for a goal and three assists against George Mason and Loyola to lead FSU to its second consecutive 2-0 start and have continued to impress since then.
Maren is already the most prolific offensive player in the history of Florida State soccer and after regaining a starting role in the preseason she is poised to re-write the FSU record book. She is already the school’s all-time leader in points (60), goals (22) and game-winning goals (6). After posting seven assists, 24 shots and 14 shots on goal this season, the senior from Oslo, Norway is now second in all-time shots, increased her lead as the greatest point scorer in Seminole soccer history and moved into first place amongst FSU’s all-time assist leaders,
Marte is already FSU’s all-time leader in shots and she increased that lead with 17 shots this season. Her 12 starts in 2001 have brought her career total to 68 and moved her into sole possession of fourth place amongst FSU’s all-time starts leaders. After scoring a goal and recording an assist versus GMU and Loyola and adding another assist against Clemson, Marte is now sixth on the all-time point scorer’s list with her career total now at 36. Her header goal against Loyola placed her as one of the top six goal scorers in Florida State history. She is now also amongst the top five in career assists. Marte’s game-winner against George Mason and assists versus Clemson gave her 10 assists in her career. Marte also entered the top five all-time game-winning assist leaders after picking up a game winning assist against George Mason and she should finish her career in among the career leaders in game-winning goals and game-winning assists. She also holds the longest consecutive start streak at 56 straight matches.