Oct. 16, 2001
MIAMI, Fla. –
For the second consecutive season, No. 17 Florida State (10-4-0, 3-1-0) secured its tenth win by downing FIU (7-4-0, 3-1-0) 4-1 Tuesday night in Miami, Fla. This is the first time in program history the Seminoles have posted back-to-back 10-win campaigns after posting just one 10-win season in the program’s previous five years. Maren Vik Edvardsen, Florida State’s all-time leading goal scorer, ended a 23-game scoreless draught with two goals and Cindy Schofield added to her team lead with her ninth of the season as the Seminoles tied a school record by reaching 10 wins in just 14 games.
The win over Florida International was the 14th in FSU’s last 15 games against in-state competition and moved the Seminoles to 22-0-0 under head coach Patrick Baker when the team scores three or more goals. It also raised the squad’s record to 25-1-1 under Baker when Florida State scores the game’s first goal.
“I told our team that I feel getting to double digit wins is one of the toughest things a college team can accomplish in a season,” said Baker. “Tonight was proof of that and it is a great credit to our team. This sophomore class came to FSU with a dream two years ago to turn our program around and they have done that. Along with our juniors and seniors who have embraced the program’s new direction A number of them came here when nobody else wanted to and they have helped to make things much easier for us now.”
The Seminoles, who had given up the first goal of the game on seven different occasions, wasted little time breaking on top of the Golden Panthers. Schofield picked up a loose ball at midfield and sent a perfect pass to Maren Vik Edvardsen streaking down the center of the field. Vik Edvardsen collected the pass and dribbled around FIU goalkeeper Adrienne McWilliams before firing a shot into an empty FIU net. The goal was the 23rd of the Oslo, Norway native’s storied career but was her first goal since October 5, 2000 when she put the Seminoles up 2-0 over Wake Forest.
“It felt great to finally get a goal,” said Vik Edvardsen. “It is obviously something I have been thinking about even though I have been trying not to. I think this will help me down the stretch run because I think not scoring had a lot to do with my mindset. I hit the post and just missed so many goals so I have to think it was mental.”
The Golden Panthers almost evened the match in the 23rd minute when Sasja
Odeyno sent a dangerous header on goal off of a free kick but freshman keeper Ali Mims made the save. FIU did however find the back of the net in the 41st minute when Ifeoma Dieke scored her first goal of the season off of an FIU set piece. The free kick was sent into the FSU box where the Seminoles were unable to get a clearance when Dieke picked up the loose ball and scored at the near post evening the match at 1-1 just before half.
The Seminoles and Golden Panthers went to half in a 1-1 tie but FSU felt comfortable knowing they had posted an 11-4-1 record under Baker when they head into the locker room tied. Florida State wasted little time distancing themselves from FIU as the second half started.
“The fact we were playing our fourth road game in the last five matches was evident tonight,” said Baker. “I didn’t think we came out of the gate impressively and give FIU credit because they created some great chances in the first half. I thought the second half was a whole different story. We came out and put three goals together. We finished much better and it was nice to see Cindy (Schofield), Maren (Vik Edvardsen) and Camie (Bybee) come through and score big goals for us.”
Just five minutes into the second period, freshman Jez Ratliff and junior Schofield combined on a beautiful combination play that freed Ratliff down the far sideline where she sent a perfect cross back to Schofield at the top of the penalty box. The Lakeland, Fla. native then launched a low line drive to the right post beating McWilliams for her team-leading ninth goal of the season. Combined with her assist on the first goal, Schofield tallied three points on the evening improving her team-leading total to 24 on the season. She also moved into second place on FSU’s all-time point scorer’s list with 48 career points.
Camie Bybee scored one of the nicest goals of the season in the 62nd minute to put the Seminoles up 3-1 when Ashlee Fontes sent a long ball to the freshman about 30 yards from the FIU goal. Bybee collected the pass, beat three defenders on her way to the top of the 18 and fired a shot to the lower right corner for her sixth goal of the season. The Oklahoma native is now tied for fourth in the history of FSU soccer for goals scored by a freshman.
Florida State finished off its three goals in 15-minute barrage when Maren Vik Edvardsen recorded her second goal of the night in the 66th minute. After Summer Corum sent a pass into the FIU penalty box, Vik Edvardsen picked up the ball that was misplayed by the Golden Panther defense. She then beat FIU’s keeper at the near post putting the Seminoles up 4-1.
The win over FIU was Florida State’s fifth in the last six games and moved FSU to 8-2-0 in its last 10 matches. Florida State will need to remain hot as it enters the most important stretch of the season with the three conference games in the next four matches. The Seminoles currently sit second in the ACC and have already
on more conference games this season than in any of the program’s previous six campaigns.
“I know we will be up for our conference games because this team always comes to play against ACC opponents,” said Baker. “Our focus right now is on Wake and that game means a lot to us. We have never beaten an ACC team in the state of North Carolina and we only have two road wins ever in a conference game. When you know you are going to play two conference road games in that state every season you have to find a way to win there. We are going to challenge our players to get a win and ensure us of our first-ever winning record in the conference. That would be huge for us since we have always finished either last or next to last in the ACC.”
Florida Sate starts its stretch run in the conference when they travel to Winston Salem, N.C. Saturday, October 20, 2001 to face Wake Forest (6-4-1, 2-1-0) at 7:30 p.m. The Seminoles then face Virginia and Maryland after a home match against the University of Miami. Two wins in its final three ACC matches could place FSU as high as second in the conference after never finishing higher than seventh in conference play.
Soccer Game Summary (Final) No. 17 Florida State vs Florida Int'l (Oct 16, 2001 at Miami, FL)
No. 17 Florida State (10-4-0, 3-1-0) vs. Florida Int'l (7-4-0, 3-1-0) Attendance: 350
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- No. 17 Florida State 1 3 - 4 Florida Int'l....... 1 0 - 1
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 8:24 FSU Maren Vik Edvardsen (1) (Cindy Schofield) 2. 40:49 FIU DIEKE, Ifeoma (LOPEZ, Carmen) 3. 50:09 FSU Cindy Schofield (9) (Jez Ratliff) 4. 61:38 FSU Camie Bybee (6) (unassisted) 5. 65:49 FSU Maren Vik Edvardsen (2) (Ashlee Fontes)