Sept. 2, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The 12th-ranked Seminole soccer team built on its strong offensive performance in Friday’s 3-2 win over George Mason by thoroughly dominating Loyola College of Maryland in a 2-0 victory Sunday. Florida State (2-0-0) out shot the Greyhounds (0-2-0) 37-3, took 16 corners compared to zero for Loyola and spent almost the entire game in Loyola’s half of the field. The Seminole’s 37 shots came within four of tying the team’s all-time record for shots in a single game set in 1999 against Mercer (41).
“I was happy with this afternoon’s game,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “It was imperative that we came out and defended well today and we did as evidenced by allowing just three shots and no corners. Defensively, I think we just locked things up in the second half and then we played the game on half of a field most of the way. We also created some great chances offensively and forced them to make 17 saves, so there was plenty to be happy about.”
Florida State began the game with great defensive pressure and only allowed Loyola to enter FSU territory on a few occasions through the first 15 minutes. The Seminoles didn’t allow a Greyhound shot until the game was in the 25th minute and the defense combined with freshman Kerry York to record FSU’s first shutout of the 2001 season.
“We gave up just three shots and shut them out…we’ll take that,” said senior co-captain Heather Dyche. “The other night we had some defensive lapses due to having a new group on the field but it was nice to see us work some of that out today.”
Offensively, after freshman Camie Bybee nearly missed a goal off of a Maren Vik Edvardsen corner in the 23rd minute, Marte Vik Edvardsen headed in her first goal of the game at the 28:34 mark to put FSU up 1-0. Sophomore Kristin Boyce, who scored the season’s first goal Friday, sent a bending cross into the box from the far left wing, which Bybee headed over to Vik Edvardsen at the near post. The senior from Norway, who had an assist Friday, beat Loyola’s Danielle Ruppel with a header to put Florida State up 1-0.
“We had like 37 shots and we should have scored more goals but I’m glad we are creating opportunities and I’m glad I was able to take advantage of one of those chances,” said Marte Vik Edvardsen. “I saw Boyce on the left side and I knew she was going to serve it in so I just committed to the run. After I saw that opening, I was going to make that run no matter what happened and it was great to get that goal.”
The Seminoles kept the pressure on the Greyhound’s and threatened to add a second goal when Maren Vik Edvardsen broke behind the Loyola defense off of a ball from Summer Corum but was stopped on a sliding save by Ruppel. It appeared the Seminoles would grab that second goal a few minutes later off of another corner when Boyce took a rebound off of a Marte Vik Edvardsen shot and slipped the ball just wide of the near post from about five yards out.
The Seminoles, who had trouble finding the back of the net from close range despite creating numerous scoring chances, decided to try one from the outside to get on the board again in the 55th minute. After dribbling to the edge of the 18-yard box, junior Cindy Schofield dropped a pass back to defender Meredith Jones who launched a 30-yard shot into the upper corner of the Loyola goal to extend Florida State to a 2-0 lead. The goal was the first for Jones since her 1999 goal against the Duke Blue Devils.
“I always seem to take my shots from the same spot,” said Jones. “That was the same place I scored against Duke as a freshman and the same place I hit the post against UNC in overtime last season. I was telling everyone I was wide open and I’m just lucky that when they passed it to me I was able to put it in. I thought it was going over the goal but it just dipped in under the bar and beat the keeper.”
The Seminoles 2-0 win marked the continuing maturation of the nation’s 8th-ranked recruiting class as touted-freshman York picked up her first shutout and second win of the season. Defender Katie Beal continued her impressive play and both Bybee and Jez Ratliff continued to become vital parts of the Seminole attack. The top two high school players in the state of Oklahoma last year have each collected a game-winning assist in the Seminole’s first two matches.
“I thought Camie played a much better game for 90 minutes tonight,” said Baker. “I thought Katie Beal stood out again as a real quality player. Jez played a little more dynamically tonight and Yorkie was solid in the net. It was a great collective effort.”
The Seminoles are off until next weekend when they travel to Winston-Salem, NC to face No. 2 Portland and No. 6 Santa Clara in the Wake Forest/Nike Invitational. The Wake Forest Tournament will be the biggest challenge for FSU in the early part of the season as they go against two teams that were in the Elite Eight of last season’s NCAA Tournament. Check www.seminoles.com all week for complete coverage of the Seminoles as they prepare for the biggest weekend of the young season against the Pilots and Broncos September 7 and 9.