Jan. 7, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After receiving it’s first ever All-Southeast region first team selection from SoccerBuzz last season, the 11th-ranked Seminoles doubled that total in 2001 when the magazine released its list of award winners Monday evening. Junior Cindy Schofield and sophomore Amber Tollefson were each named first team All-Southeast region for the first time in their careers while sophomore Kristin Boyce and freshman Katie Beal were named third team selections. Beal was also named to the Southeast region All-Rookie team where she was joined by fellow frosh Camie Bybee.
Florida State’s two first team selections trailed only Final Four participants North Carolina (4) and Florida (3). The Seminoles also equaled North Carolina, Florida and Clemson with two All-Rookie selections. The Tar Heels and Gators were the only two schools to receive more honors than Florida State in this year’s Southeast region awards.
The 2000 season was the first time any FSU soccer player ever appeared on a SoccerBuzz post-season honors list when they garnered one first team selection and three second team selections. Tollefson and Schofield’s selections mark the first time an FSU team has ever placed two players on the first team and it is also the first time any two Seminole freshman have appeared on the All-Rookie team. Both Schofield and Tollefson were previously named All-Southeast region second team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Schofield had the most productive offensive season in the history of Florida State soccer and was named FSU’s second-ever All-ACC First Team selection. After posting three goals and three assists in the first eight games of the season, the Lakeland, Fla. native had a season in just 11 games. Between September 21 and October 25, she scored 10 goals and recorded four assists, which alone would have placed her fourth on the all-time single season point scorers list. Against Kansas, NC State, Louisville, USF, UCF, FIU, Miami, Virginia and Duke, she scored 10 goals with five of those ten goals being game-winners. She scored the golden goal in an overtime win over Duke that helped FSU establish a program-best three ACC wins in a season. Schofield then went on to record her first-ever collegiate hat trick in a 3-1 win over the University of Miami. The six points were a career high in a single game for Schofield, which broke her previous best set against UCF (2G 1A) less than three weeks before the Miami match. In the last nine matches of the season, Schofield scored eight goals and racked up 21 points, including multi-goal games against Miami (three goals) and Maryland (two goals) in the quarterfinals at the ACC Tournament. She broke FSU’s single-season record for goals in the final game of the regular season in a dominating 5-1 win over Jacksonville University.
Schofield led the team and the ACC with 42 points, surpassing the 24 she totaled for her entire career before 2001. Her 42 points also stand as the best single season point total in Florida State soccer history shattering the previous record of 31 set by Emma Breland last year. She holds the single season record for goals (17) and moved into second on FSU’s career goal list with 25. She is now first all-time with seven game-winning goals and she also moved into a tie for second place for career assists with 16. Her seven assists were just two shy of the record set by Maren Vik Edvardsen this year for assists in a single season. Her average of 1.75 points per game was almost a third of a point higher than the previous record (1.45) and her goals per game average of 0.71 was also a single season high. Schofield also appeared with the nation’s best players in the ACC and NCAA. She ranked 15th in the nation in points scored, was tied for third for goals scored in a single game and was in the top 20 for goals scored. In the conference, Schofield finished the regular season first in points scored, first in goals scored, second in scoring average and first in goals per game.
An All-ACC second team and All-ACC Tournament team selection in 2001, Tollefson followed up a solid rookie campaign with an even better sophomore season. Florida State’s most dominant player in conference games this year, Tollefson led the team in points (12), goals (4), assists (4), game-winning goals (2) and shot percentage (.667) in regular season ACC games. She had her biggest game of the season in one of Florida State’s most important victories at then-No. 7 Clemson after which she was named ACC Player of the Week and was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week. Her two goals against the Tigers helped FSU recorded its first-ever win in an ACC opener and nearly equaled her total of three from the entire 2000 season and her four points were a single game high for the sophomore. Tollefson had another huge ACC game in the program’s first-ever win over Duke. The trend continued for Tollefson in conference play as she recorded another assist against a ranked ACC opponent, helping stake FSU to a 2-1 lead just 10 minutes in against No. 8 Virginia. With third place in the ACC and a perfect home record on the line, Tollefson showed well again in another big game against a ranked conference foe. Just 22 minutes in against then-No. 21 Maryland, Tollefson broke open a defensive game with her fifth goal, and third game-winner of the year, staking the Seminoles to a 1-0 lead. Tollefson equaled her season high for points with four in FSU’s ACC quarterfinal win over Maryland with a goal and two assists. Her two assists against the Terrapins were a season high. For the entire ACC Tournament, she was second on the team in points (4), second in goals (1), tied for the team lead in assists (2), second in shots (4) and first in shots on goal (3). She is fifth on the team in points (14), tied for third in goals (5), second on the team in game-winning goals (3), tied for fifth in assists (4) and first in shot percentage (.278).
All-Southeast region third team selections Boyce and Beal were the heart of a Seminole defense that was in charge of slowing down some of the nations most prolific scorers on the country’s best teams. The FSU defense was asked to keep the Seminoles in games versus all four teams in the NCAA Final Four and they played more games versus NCAA Tournament teams than any other team in the country entering the post-season tournament.
Boyce started every game for the Seminoles after a breakout freshman season. She was one of Florida State’s most reliable defenders and the most dangerous Seminole defender when making runs forward and in the air. She led all defenders with 11 points, five goals, one game-winning goal, 30 shots, a .167 shot percentage and 16 shots on goal. Boyce more than doubled her goal production and points from her freshman season. The Austin, TX native scored a goal in 67% of the games in which she recorded a shot on goal and had a career high six shots and five shots on goal in a win over South Florida. She recorded her first game-winning goal since FSU’s victory over North Carolina last year in the season-ender versus Jacksonville. Her goal against JU helped assure Florida State of its most wins in a regular season and its best regular season record in team history. In the ACC quarterfinals, after Maryland’s Kim King brought the Terps within a goal at 3-2 in the 12th-minute, Amber Tollefson fed Boyce who beat All-ACC second team keeper Ali Wolff from close in on the left side of the box. It was her first-ever goal in ACC Tournament play.
Beal, an All-ACC Rookie team and All-ACC Tournament team selection, was one of the best defenders in the ACC last season. The Alexandria, VA native showed why she was named a Parade All-American and spent two seasons with the U-16 National Team while starting every game but one in the Seminole defense. She was as good as any Seminole defender at solving pressure in tight spaces and was a rock against some of the nation’s premier players. She missed her only start due to a concussion suffered before the North Carolina game. Beal recorded her only point of the season against USF in a key win for the Seminoles. With the score deadlocked at 0-0 in the second half of a regional battle, the freshman stepped up and recorded the first assist and game-winning assist of her career. In the 62nd-minute, Beal settled a cleared ball on the left side of the field and then lofted a pinpoint pass into Cindy Schofield behind a USF defense. Schofield beat the keeper to the right side giving the Seminoles the only goal they needed on the night.
Bybee, an All-ACC Rookie Team selection, started 22 of FSU’s 24 matches. She was the Seminoles’ most potent offensive threat behind Cindy Schofield and threatened every Seminole rookie record. She finished the year second in shots by a freshman, second for points scored by a freshman, tied the record for freshman assists and became the second best freshman goal scorer in program history when she netted her tenth goal of the season in FSU’s NCAA Tournament win over Auburn The Oklahoma native recorded three or more points in four games last season and appeared in almost every single season record category. She ranked fourth for points in a single season, fifth in points per game in a season, tied for fourth in goals, sixth in goals per game, tied for second in assists, seventh in assists per game, fifth in shots, sixth in shots per game, fourth in shots on goal and fourth in shots on goal per game. In just one season, she already ranks third on FSU’s career list for points per game, third in goals per game, first in assists per game, third in shots per game, fifth in shots on goal and second in shots on goal per game. Bybee recorded a game-winning assist during the first tournament of the year and then went out and scored FSU’s lone goal against national champion Santa Clara. Her goal against the Broncos was the first goal scored against Santa Clara all season. The Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year scored and recorded an assist against Sweet 16 participant Clemson and scored a goal in the Seminoles biggest ever comeback in an ACC win over Duke. Bybee posted seven points in a four game span against Duke, FIU, UCF and North Carolina scoring three goals and recording one assist. She then equaled that total in just two games against Jacksonville University and Maryland by scoring another three goals and recording another assist. Her two goals versus the Terps represented the first multi-goal game of her career. For the season, she was second in goals and points, tied for third on the team in assists, second in game-winning assists and second in game-winning goals. Bybee also had three game-winning goals and all three came against teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament. She was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and SoccerBuzz’s Elite Team of the Week this season.
OTHER SEMINOLE SOCCER NOTES
Florida State finished 11th in the final collegesoccer.com media poll of the season. The selection marks the first time in program history that the Seminoles have finished in all five of the final college soccer polls. The Seminoles’ success in 2001 came in the face of the most difficult schedule in school history and arguably the toughest schedule in the nation. Florida State’s opponents posted a combined record of 311-160-23 (.653) and five of FSU’s eight losses came at the hands of the final four teams that made up the 2001 Women’s College Cup field. Overall, the Seminoles lost seven of their eight games to teams ranked in the top 10 (No. 1 Santa Clara, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Portland, No. 4 Florida, No. 8 Virginia and No. 10 Clemson). Florida State recorded its fourth win over a top 10 team under Baker in 2001 when the Seminoles traveled to Clemson and downed the Tigers 3-2 to open conference play.