Oct. 7, 2002
Durham, NC –
The 17th-ranked Florida State soccer team (7-2-2, 1-0-0) is in Durham, NC looking to do something no other Seminole soccer team has ever done. Despite the success the team has had in the ACC since Patrick Baker took over the program, FSU has yet to win a regular season conference game in the state of North Carolina. They will try to change that Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. against the Duke Blue Devils (5-6-0, 0-2-0).
The Seminoles are not only looking for that first ACC win in North Carolina but they are also looking to tie a record for the longest winning streak in team history. Florida State has won four straight games including wins over Clemson and Florida. If the Tribe is able to leave Duke with a victory, they will match the team’s longest winning streak, which was established in 2000. During that strteak, FSU recorded just one win over a conference foe and just one win over a Top 25 team. During the Garnet and Gold’s current four game streak, they have beat two Top 25 teams and once ACC opponent.
Florida State is averaging three goals a game during the last five matches up from the 1.3 goals the team averaged in the first six games of the season. On top of the increase in goal production, FSU has allowed an average of just under four corners a game to opposing teams during the streak while taking more than eight corners a game itself.
Strikers Cindy Schofield and Leah Gallegos have been driving the Seminole offense during the four game win streak. The two have combined for eight of the 12 goals the team has scored during this stretch. Sophomore Camie Bybee and junior Amber Tollefson have each recorded three assists over that span also. Between the four players, they have recorded 18 of the squad’s 37 points.
Another key factor in the Seminoles’ offensive output during the streak has been the production from FSU’s defenders. Kristin Boyce, Shannon Coe and Teresa Rivera have combined to score one goal and assist on three others. Before the four-game win streak, none of the defenders had recorded a point during the 2002 season.
Last season the Seminoles got off to the squad’s best-ever ACC start as they opened conference play 3-0-0 and finished the year with the school’s all-time best conference record at 4-3-0. The Tribe used its third place finish to advance to the school’s first-ever ACC Championship final.
The Blue Devils come into Tuesday night’s match heading in the opposite direction of FSU as Duke has lost four straight matches. Two of the Devil’s losses have come to Top 25 teams (No. 14 Marquette and No. 24 Clemson) and all four defeats have come in one goal games. Three weeks ago Duke was ranked No. 15 in the NSCAA coaches poll.
The last time the two teams met, FSU recorded the only two goal comeback in program history and the school’s first-ever win over the Blue Devils. After losing 45 straight games when falling behind an opponent by two goals, FSU staged its largest come-from-behind win by downing the Devils in Tallahassee, FL 3-2 in OT. A second consecutive regular season win over Duke would mark just the second time ever an FSU squad has won back-to-back regular season games versus a conference opponent. The last time that happened was just two weeks ago when FSU downed Clemson for the second straight year.