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No. 12 Seminoles Open Season Under The Lights

Aug. 28, 2001

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Seminoles Open Season Under The Lights


The 12th-ranked Seminoles open their 2001 campaign by hosting the 2nd-annual Seminole Soccer Tournament. The tournament features George Mason University, Loyola (Md) and the University of Miami. Florida State enters 2001 as a consensus top 20 preseason pick and there are more expectations surrounding the Seminole soccer program than at any other point in time. Florida State is fresh off a trip to the Sweet 16, set 33 records and established 24 program firsts during their magical run in 2000. The Seminoles return seven starters and are bolstered by the nation’s eighth-best recruiting class.


George Mason University


George Mason finished the 2000 campaign in a tie for first in the Colonial Athletic Conference and was seeded No. 1 in the CAA Tournament…2000 marked just the third time that GMU was the top seed in their conference tournament…the Patriots finished the 2000 regular season on a 6-2 run…GMU’s top three goal scorers all return in 2001 (Katy Robertson 10G, Jayme Beamer 4G and Megan Hawkins 3G)…GMU was ranked as high as 23rd nationally during the 2000 season… this is the first-ever meeting between George Mason and Florida State…GMU scored 19 of its 28 regular season goals in the second half last year…the Patriots defense allowed just 1.15 goals per game during the 2000 regular season compared to 2.18 in 1999…despite a very successful 2000 season, GMU struggled in their conference tourney needing four overtimes and an own goal to advance past VCU before falling to nationally ranked William & Mary.


Loyola (Md)


Loyola (Md) finished 2000 with a perfect 9-0 record in the MAAC and didn’t allow a single goal during conference play…the Greyhounds are once again picked to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference…Top returnees DiPalo and Groarke combined for 12 goals and 10 assists in 2000…head coach Joe Mallia was named the 2000 MAAC Coach of the Year after leading the Greyhounds to the most wins in school history…the Greyhounds had a program high 12 game winning streak last season…LU is hoping that their early trip to Florida will pay off later in the season when the MAAC stages its postseason women’s soccer tournament at the Disney Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla…just like FSU, the Greyhounds enter 2001 without a goalkeeper on their roster that played a single minute during the 2000 season…Loyola finished 2000 second in the nation in shutout percentage and seventh in the country in goals allowed.


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.


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.


Night-Night


For the sixth consecutive year, Florida State will open its season under the lights, which should bode well for the Seminoles since they have a 13-8-1 record at night since head coach Patrick Baker took over the team. The season-opener against George Mason marks the second consecutive year the Seminoles open with a home game at night. 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.


There’s Always A First Time


Florida State will face six teams they have never played in the six-year history of the program and four of those matches will take place during the first two weekends of the season (George Mason, Loyola, Portland and Santa Clara). The other two first-time opponents are Kansas and Louisville who both travel to Tallahassee for their inaugural meeting with FSU. The Seminoles recorded first-time victories 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 eight teams including No. 2 Portland, No. 4 Virginia, No. 6 Santa Clara and No. 17 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 2-0-3 in overtime contests and four of those five 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.


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 is now ranked in all four preseason polls. Florida State equaled its highest-ever ranking when it 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.


See You Soon


Although the Hurricanes and Seminoles won’t meet in the Seminole Soccer Tournament this weekend, the two schools won’t have to wait long to meet again. Miami will make another trek to Tallahassee in less than two weeks when the two teams renew their regular season rivalry at the Seminole Soccer Complex. 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 posting a 15-0-1 record when it heads to the locker room in front of its opponent. The Seminoles are also an amazing 19-1-1 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 157 percentage points in these situations from .789 to .946.


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.


Twin Killing


Seminole seniors Marte and Maren Vik Edvardsen enter the final season of their storied careers on the verge of appearing in every all-time record category. After posting identical 5 goal, 4 assist campaigns in 2000, the sisters have the opportunity to continue their assault on the record books.


Maren is already the most prolific offensive player in the history of Florida State soccer. She is the school’s all-time leader in points (53), goals (22) and game-winning goals (6). Maren should end her career second on the all-time shots list, third on the all-time assists list and second in game-winning assists for her career.


Marte is already FSU’s all-time leader with 114 shots and she should easily increase that lead by the end of the 2001 campaign. Her 56 starts aren’t in the top five as of yet but she could end up second on the all-time game starts list after this season. She should also move up from fifth in the career points standings and she is only two goals shy of becoming one of the top five goal scorers in Florida State history. Marte is also just one assist shy of entering the top five all-time assist leaders 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 44 straight matches.


Baker Beats A&M For 100


When FSU downed No. 7 Texas A&M 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. Florida State jumped on the Aggies by scoring two goals in the game’s first 13 minutes and never looked back on their way to a 4-1 win.


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.


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 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.


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.


Corner Quotes


“We looked at a lot of tape after the Georgia scrimmage. I think as we progressed through the game, we started to posses the ball a little bit better, which is important early in the season. I was a little concerned that we turned the ball over 32 times on passes and 18 times on the dribble through 30 minutes of play. That is hard to do and it stopped us from developing any type of rhythm or establishing our system. I think we really did a much better job in the third segment. The biggest thing is that we have some great ideas of things to work on in preparation for George Mason on Friday.”–Patrick Baker, Head Coach


“I think we may need to get through George Mason and Loyola (Md) to see who’s going to do what and where they are going to do it. We have a much better idea than we did a year ago but I still think we are two or three games away from solidifying the starting 11.”–Patrick Baker, Head Coach


“I am kind of excited to play these games because these teams are from around the area I grew up. I am excited. I felt pretty good after the scrimmage. We will definitely improve throughout the week and we’ll be ready to go this weekend.”–Katie Beal, defender


“I know a lot of the players at Loyola, maybe seven or eight and I know their coach very well. Loyola’s goalie was actually the rival goalie in the state playoffs so that makes this weekend kind of interesting. I felt really good after last weekend especially since there were no butterflies once I left the locker room.”
–Kerry York, goalkeeper


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.


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 also 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.


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 before Maren Vik Edvardsen 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, 4:53 elapsed between four of the eight goals scored between the two teams in 2000.


What An Accomplishment


When the Seminoles downed back-to-back National Champion North Carolina 3-2 in 2OT, 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.


Bring It On


Head coach Patrick Baker has always felt that his team needs to play the best competition if they want to be the best and that philosophy is evident in the Seminoles’ schedule the last two seasons. The Seminoles faced 11 ranked teams in 2000 including three teams ranked in the top 5 and seven ranked amongst the nation’s top 10 heading in to the match. FSU posted a 5-5-1 record against top 20 opponents and beat a top-5 team (No. 2 North Carolina) for the first time in the history of the program. The Seminoles also downed top 10 opponents Texas A&M (No. 7) and the University of Florida (No. 6) during their unprecedented 2000 campaign.


The Seminoles 2001 schedule is even tougher than last year’s and includes eight opponents who are nationally ranked in 2001, four opponents who are regionally ranked and four teams that were in the Elite Eight of which two advanced to the Final Four at the 2000 NCAA Women’s College Cup. The schedule features two-time defending national champion and consensus No. 1 North Carolina and final four participant Portland as well as top 10 teams Santa Clara (No. 6), Virginia (No. 9) and Clemson (No. 10).


Florida State opens the season by hosting the second annual Seminole Soccer Tournament where they will face two of the mid-Atlantic region’s top teams. FSU opens the tournament with George Mason, ranked No. 6 in the mid-Atlantic region and then faces Loyola (MD) who finished the 2000 season ranked eighth in the same region as GMU. The Seminoles then get two early road tests when they travel to the Wake Forest/Nike Invitational to face NCAA quarterfinalist Santa Clara and NCAA semifinalist Portland. The Broncos are ranked as high as No. 6 and Portland is ranked No. 2 by Soccer America and in the top three of every preseason poll.


FSU next travels to Clemson to take on the No. 10 Tigers and then faces another conference foe in NC State, ranked seventh in the Southeast region, Sep. 23. The Seminoles travel to Gainesville Sep. 28 for the much-anticipated rematch with the 16th-ranked Gators. After going winless against UF in five tries, Florida State opened its 2000 campaign by upsetting 6th-ranked Florida 3-2. The Seminoles then traveled to Gainesville for a second-round NCAA Tournament match that saw FSU eliminate the Gators from the NCAA’s less than two years after UF won a national championship.


October could be a make or break month for FSU as it plays seven of its eight games away from home including three key conference battles. The Seminoles play their only home game of the month against conference foe Duke who is ranked No. 17 in the nation in the preseason polls. The week doesn’t get any easier as the team travels to Chapel Hill to take on the 17-time national champion North Carolina Tar Heels whom FSU defeated 3-2 at home last year in the biggest victory in the short history of the program. Florida State plays another ranked opponent, No. 22 Wake Forest before traveling to Charlottesville to face the 4th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers in a key ACC battle. The Cavaliers recorded the nation’s top recruiting class in 2001.


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 the 2000 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.

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