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No. 12 Florida State And No. 20 Florida Renew Rivalry Friday

Sept. 26, 2001

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THIS WEEK


Florida State moved up in every poll this week and peaked at No. 12 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. The Seminoles hit the road Friday after sweeping a two game homestand from Kansas and NC State. The two wins last weekend improved the Seminoles record to 5-2-0 on the season and FSU is now a perfect 2-0-0 in the conference for the first time in program history. After a big-time rivalry match in Gainesville Friday night, FSU returns home Sunday to face the University of Louisville. The Louisville match is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start.


NO. 20 FLORIDA


Florida is off to a great start in 2001 considering it has played three ranked opponents in its first six games Stanford (No. 8 L 3-2 OT), Miami (No. 17 L 1-0) and Virginia (No. 14 T 1-1 OT). They have also played an SMU (W 3-0) team that is receiving votes in the lastest NSCAA poll…senior forward Abby Wambach, a US National Team player and Hermann Award finalist, is already having a stellar senior season with four goals and two assists for 10 points…Wambach now holds UF’s career goal record with 69 in her three plus years and she is currently tied for 23rd on the NCAA’s Career Goal list…Wambach’s counterpart on the front line Andi Sellers is UF’s second-leading scorer with six points on three goals…Florida’s game against Florida State is one of four matches for the Gators against ACC opponents (Clemson, Virginia and Duke are the others)…Florida has won the SEC title for five consecutive seasons and owns the nation’s longest active conference winning streak (46)…Florida is 58-10-2 all-time in games played at Percy Beard Stadium with one of those 10 losses coming to FSU in the 2000 NCAA Tournament…sophomore Kelly Visentin made the most of her first start against LSU this season by scoring two goals in the Gators conference-opening 3-0 win…junior Danielle Murphy missed UF’s match against No. 14 Virginia to play with England’s National Team.


LOUISVILLE


In just six games in 2001, the Cardinals have doubled their win total from their 2000 campaign…Florida State is the second ranked team on Louisville’s schedule so far this season. The Cardinals lost to No. 2 UCLA 7-0 for their first loss of the season…for the second consecutive season under Ferguson, Louisville has won its season-opener. In 2000, they defeated UT-Martin 4-0 and this year UL opened the season with a 2-1 win over IUPUI…coach Ferguson has played or coached 28 players who are currently playing in the WUSA…Ferguson was a three-time first team All-American at UCONN…Melissa Wark is leading Louisville with six points and three goals and is the only Cardinal to score more than one goal this season…freshman Meredith Miller has logged every one of the Cardinal’s 555 minutes in goal this season and has a 2.92 GAA and an .735 save percentage.



LIVE STATS FOR ALL HOME GAMES


Every Seminole home game throughout the 2001 season will be broadcast live over the Internet with live stats. Fans and media can watch play-by-play coverage as the Seminoles battle in the nation’s toughest soccer conference. Live stats will be available for all eight home games. Just log on to www.seminoles.com and head to the soccer page and click on the live stats button.


ALONE AT THE TOP


Even though it is early in the season, it is amazing that Florida State sits alone atop the nation’s premier soccer conference. Granted the Seminoles are just one of three teams to play two conference games in 2001 but being the only 2-0 team is such a giant leap for a program that had previously won just five conference matches in six seasons. Florida State has already equaled it’s season-high for ACC wins in just two games and with one more win in their remaining five ACC games, the Seminoles will have set the mark for the most conference wins in a year. WOW!


THAT’S OFFENSIVE


The Seminole offense has really started to come alive under head coach Patrick Baker. Florida State is currently third in the ACC in scoring offense at 2.29 goals per game and has not been shutout since a loss to Clemson in the round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament. FSU has scored at least once in the last seven games and has been held scoreless just once in the last 10 contests.


HELP FROM ABOVE


Two of the Seminoles four seniors, Maren Vik Edvardsen and Heather Dyche have accounted for eight of the team’s nineteen assists this year after combing for just nine assists the rest of their careers. Vik Edvardsen leads the squad with five assists while Dyche isn’t far behind with three. Vik Edvardsen is already just two assists shy of FSU’s all-time single season record. Through seven games, she is on a pace that would see her totaling 14 assists and doubling the individual season record.


SAVING THE DAY


Freshman keeper Ali Mims had a huge impact in the Seminoles 2-1 OT victory against NC State. Starter Kerry York, who seemed to injure herself during pre-game warm-ups, found a way to start the game for the Seminoles but may have re-aggravated her leg in the 57th-minute when she covered up a loose ball off of an NC State corner kick. Back-up keeper Ali 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 and 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.


TOUGH PLACE TO PLAY


Under Baker, the Seminole Soccer Complex has all of a sudden become a very tough place to play. Besides a program-best 9-2-0 record in 2000 and a 4-0 start in 2001, it has been 15 straight games since a non-conference opponent came to Tallahassee and defeated FSU. The last team to accomplish that feat was Miami who downed FSU 3-0 August 29, 1999.


GATOR TIME


Florida State made major strides in 2000 towards closing the gap between themselves and the 1998 National Champion Florida Gators. After losing five straight games to UF, FSU won both meetings against its in-state rival including a second-round NCAA Tournament game in Gainesville. One of the oddest trends to emerge from the team’s two contests was the time between goals. In the Seminoles season-opening 3-2 win over Florida, Heather Dyche answered the Gator’s first goal of the game just :24 later to even the score at 1-1. Florida’s Keisha Bell then gave the Gators a 2-1 lead just 1:57 later. Maren Vik Edvardsen then tied the game at 2-2 just 1:06 after Bell’s goal. The trend continued in the NCAA’s in Gainesville when FSU took an early lead at the 4:55 mark and UF’s Robin Fulton tied the game just 1:34 after the game’s first goal. When you total those numbers, in 180 minutes of play just 4:53 elapsed between four of the eight goals scored between the two teams in 2000.


NOTES FROM THE PITCH


In four games versus UF, the Vik Edvardsen sisters have combined to score one goal on four shots and record two game winning assists…FSU is 2-1 against UF since Baker has taken over as head coach and in that time the Seminoles have allowed only eight goals and scored six times. Compare that to a 0-4 and a minus 15 scoring differential previously…after scoring two goals in two games in the Wake Forest Invitational, Florida State has scored nine goals in their last three games.


POLL POSITION


In the five years leading up to the 2000 soccer season, the Seminoles had never been nationally ranked and made just one appearance in the Southeast regional rankings (peaking at #7 October 28, 1996). That’s quite a contrast compared to last year’s squad that finished the 2000 campaign ranked in the top 15 in three polls. The Seminoles spent every week but one in the national rankings and achieved their highest ranking in the final polls after reaching the Sweet 16.


RATING THE ROOKIES
A lot is being expected of the Seminoles’ 2001 freshman class and they seem like they are ready to live up to their No. 8 ranking by SoccerBuzz. Here is a look at how four of the freshmen are doing so far.


Kerry York, Maryland’s Gatorade Player of the Year, has proven herself against some of the nation’s top competition already this year. She recorded a shutout in the season’s second match against Loyola (Md) and played very well against constant offensive pressure against two Top 10 teams in Portland and Santa Clara. She made numerous huge saves after being consistently challenged but she may have really turned a corner against No. 7 Clemson. The freshman’s first ACC win came against one of the most talented offensive teams in the country and she held three of the nation’s top forwards in check most of the game.


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 Broncos 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. She is tied for the team lead in goals ( 3), tied for the lead in points (9), tied for second on the team in assists (3), tied for first in game-winning assists (1) and game-winning goals (1), is second in shots (19) and first in shots on goal (12). Although it is early, Bybee is on pace to shatter every FSU freshman record and was recently named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and SoccerBuzz’s Elite Team of the Week.


Jez Ratliff had another huge day against NC State. The Oklahoman has scored three goals (tied for the team lead) and and is just one point off of the team lead in that category also (8). 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.


Katie Beal has stepped in and started every game for FSU in the center of the Seminole defense winning FSU rookie of the week honors after the first week of the season and is playing extremely well.


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.


SEVENTH HEAVEN


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 and Virginia inching it’s way up the rankings each week and both still on the schedule.


IT IS A THIN LINE


When Florida State beat Clemson 3-2 in its conference opener and then downed NC State 2-1 in OT, it brought Baker’s record in one-goal games to 10-9. 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.


FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLL-EFSONS


Sophomore Amber Tollefson had a huge day against 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.


THAT’S WHERE THE SIMILARITIES END


It is hard not to notice how similar the start of the 2001 season is to the beginning of FSU’s historic 2000 campaign. In the first five games in 2000, FSU recorded a win over a Top 7 team (No. 6 Florida 3-2), lost two games on the road at the Ellis Copy/Missouri Tiger Invitational (Missouri 2-1 and Ohio State 2-1) and won two games in the Seminole Soccer Tournament (South Florida 2-1 and Jacksonville 3-0). In 2001, the Seminoles downed a team ranked No. 7 (Clemson 3-2), lost two games at another tournament, the Wake Forest Nike Invitational (Portland 3-1 and Santa Clara 4-1) and beat both teams at their own Seminole Soccer Tournament (George Mason 3-2 and Loyola 2-0). In 2000, the Seminoles sixth and seventh games were against a non-conference opponent from the Big 12 (Texas A&M 4-1) and a conference game against Clemson (2-3). This season, FSU’s sixth and seventh games are against a non-conference foe from the Big 12 (Kansas) and their second ACC opponent of the year (NC State).


If that wasn’t strange enough, look at the Seminoles conference opener against Clemson in 2000 and in 2001. In both games, Clemson took 1-0 and 2-1 leads and in both games FSU came back on two occasions to tie both matches at 2-2. In the 2000 game, the Tigers got the game-winner with less than 3:00 on the clock while FSU scored the game-winner in 2001 with just over 4:00 remaining.


The situation got even creepier when FSU downed Kansas by the same 4-1 score that they beat last year’s Big 12 opponent (Texas A&M) but that is where the trend ended. FSU won it’s conference game this year over NC State (2-1 OT) and moved to 2-0 in the ACC.


TOUGH PLACE TO PLAY


Under Baker, the Seminole Soccer Complex has all of a sudden become a very tough place to play. Besides a program-best 9-2-0 record in 2000 and a 4-0 start in 2001 it has been 15 straight games since a non-conference opponent came to Tallahassee and defeated FSU. The last team to accomplish that feat was Miami who downed FSU 3-0 August 29, 1999.


HELLO HEATHER


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 seven 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 took the team lead in assists 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. The goal represented Dyche’s fifth point of the season after accumulating just six total points for her entire FSU career entering 2001.


CORNER QUOTES
Thoughts on the Seminoles/Gators rivalry…


“It is always a heated game. I watched UF play Virginia on TV Sunday and I was impressed with Florida. It is going to be a tough game but I believe we can beat them. They are going to be up for us Friday but we’ll be ready too.”–Marte Vik Edvardsen, senior



“Florida/Florida State is just a huge rivalry and it has just gotten bigger due to the fact both teams are ranked. Their program is so good and we use them as a measuring stick for our up-and-coming program. I think the rivalry is more intense now because we are no longer a cake walk. We can at least give them a game now and last year we were fortunate enough to get a couple of wins.”-Heather Dyche, senior



“Obviously the proximity is a major factor in the rivalry. They have always been such a good team but we have been able to inch our way up to where they are and we want to be where they have been. Finally beating them was a great feeling but I think it made for an even stronger rivalry. It is intimidating playing in Gainesville. They always have a huge supportive crowd that cheers the whole game. They have big name players and they will be tough.”-Christy Peacock, senior



“I am so excited to become a part of the Florida/Florida State rivalry. I really don’t have a true feeling for what it is all about but I’m sure I will hear about it this week from the upper classmen. They will help me get a feeling for what to expect. I think it will be similar to an ACC game and we’ve been through two of those already including one at Clemson.”-Katie Beal, freshman



NIGHT-NIGHT


For the sixth consecutive year, Florida State opened its season under the lights and for the second consecutive season, FSU came out victorious. Last year, FSU faced No. 6 Florida to open the 2000 campaign. Almost 1,300 fans came out to see FSU battle its in-state rival. The Seminoles entered the season with a 0-5 record against the Gators and had been outscored 20-1 in the team’s previous five meetings. The Seminoles last-minute 3-2 victory gave FSU just it’s third-ever opening day victory and seemed to spark the team to a run that lasted all the way through the Sweet 16. After the Seminoles win over Kansas University (4-1), FSU now has a 16-8-1 record at night since head coach Patrick Baker took over the team.


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 and recorded another first time win against Kansas Friday. The Seminoles recorded first-time victories over eight times 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. The Seminoles would love to repeat that success with opportunities to garner first-ever wins against six teams including No. 14 Virginia and Duke.


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 3-0-3 in overtime contests after the NC State win. Four of those six 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.

WHAT A CHANGE UNDER BAKER
*FSU can boast 23 wins during its two 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).
*Five wins against nationally ranked opponents in two years,
compared to only two wins the previous four years.
*FSU has a .561 winning percentage in Baker's two years
as head coach compared to a .413 winning percentage in
the previous four seasons.
*FSU has 13 home wins during two years with Baker compared
to 15 home wins for the previous four years combined.
*In the two years with Baker at the helm, the Seminoles
had 10 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 four come-from-behind victories in his
two-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, 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 .711 since Baker took over. *In overtime contests, the Seminoles have a .700 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 .729. *When the Seminoles lead at half, their winning percentage under Baker 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 since Baker arrived in Tallahassee. * When FSU scores two goals in a game, its winning percentage under Baker is .722 compared to .500 before his arrival.


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.


SEE YOU SOON


Although the Hurricanes and Seminoles didn’t meet in the Seminole Soccer Tournament during the season’s opening weekend, the two schools thought they wouldn’t have to wait for their first meeting in 2001. Miami was scheduled to make another trek to Tallahassee September 11 when the two teams renew their regular season rivalry at the Seminole Soccer Complex. That meeting was postponed and will be made up October 25 at 7:00 p.m. Florida State went a perfect 8-0 against teams from Florida to claim the ‘unofficial’ state championship in 2000. The Seminoles 3-1 win in Miami last year marked the school’s first-ever win over their rivals to the South.


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 17-0-1 record when it heads to the locker room in front of its opponent. The Seminoles are also an amazing 21-1-1 in games where they score the first goal. Before Baker took over the program, FSU was 44-10-2 in these games. Baker has raised the Seminoles winning percentage 146 percentage points in these situations from .789 to .935.


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 defecit to beat the Jayhawks 4-1.


TWIN KILLING


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 if the season’s opening weekend is any indication. The twins combined for a goal and three assists against George Mason and Loyola to lead FSU to its second consecutive 2-0 start.


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 (58), goals (22) and game-winning goals (6). After posting five assists, 13 shots and eight shots on goal this season, the senior from Oslo, Norway is now fifth in all-time shots, increased her lead as the greatest point scorer in Seminole soccer history and moved into third place amongst FSU’s all-time assist leaders,


Marte is already FSU’s all-time leader in shots and she increased that lead with 13 shots this season. Her seven starts in 2001 have brought her career total to 65 and moved her into sole possession of fifth 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 fifth 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 6 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 51 straight matches.


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 saying. Senior 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.


OUR FUTURE


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.


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.


CELEBRATE 2000


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.


AMBER ISN’T DOLPHIN SAFE


Sophomore Amber Tollefson had a fantastic freshman campaign for the Seminoles in 2000 and that was never more evident than in the Seminoles two matches against Jacksonville University. She scored her first collegiate goal, a game-winner, against the Dolphins in just the second game of the season as FSU downed JU 3-0. Tollefson then recorded the first-ever postseason goal in Florida State history in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament as the Seminoles downed Jacksonville 4-1.


ROAD WARRIOR


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.


WHEN THE GAME IS ON THE LINE


One of the most dramatic turnarounds during FSU’s unprecedented 2000 season was its play in the second half of games, which had been a weakness before Baker’s arrival. The Seminole’s played their opposition practically even in the first half of games during the 2000 season (being outscored just 14 to 15) but held a commanding 13 goal edge (29-16) in the second half of games played last year. They also were 2-0-3 in overtime games and outscored their opponents 2-0 in two double OT matches.


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 AWHILE


After facing two of the country’s best squads at the Wake Forest/Nike Invitational, the Seminoles record stood at 2-2 with 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 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.


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 ninth loss in 337 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.


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.


ONE GOAL DOWN


After achieving so many goals during their magical run to the Sweet 16 last season, the Seminole soccer program still has a few things they need to scratch off of their ‘to do’ list. Coach Baker and his staff won’t relax until they bring a national title to Tallahassee but one of their immediate goals is to break into the national Top 10 for the first time in program history. Well, that’s another thing they can cross off of their list. Florida State broke through the glass ceiling of college soccer when CollegeSoccer.com’s media poll ranked the 2-0 Seminoles 7th in the season’s second poll. FSU opened the season 15th in the media poll and jumped eight spots after a dominant opening-weekend against two conference champions at the Seminole Soccer Tournament in Tallahassee.


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 almost 25% of his 110 career wins in just two 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 +9. That 47-goal swing is one of the reasons Florida State soccer has gone from a perennial doormat to a top 20 program.


STATISTICAL DOMINATION


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.


FIVE DOWN FOUR TO GO


Florida State’s five wins this season put Patrick Baker’s FSU win total at 28 in just over two years. The program had accumulated only 31 wins in the four seasons before Baker took over the fledgling program. The Southeast Region Coach of the Year now needs just four wins to equal the record for the most wins ever by an FSU soccer coach.

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