Oct. 28, 2001
For the fifth time in their last five regular season meetings, Virginia got a goal within the last 10 minutes of the match to down the Seminoles in ACC play. This year the Cavaliers’ game-winner came with just 1:56 on the clock as they downed Florida State 3-2 dropping FSU to 11-6-0 and 3-3-0 in the ACC. Virginia (12-3-1, 4-2-0) now takes over sole-possession of second place in the conference. The loss moves FSU into a fourth place tie with Maryland and Wake Forest, who lost 2-0 to Duke Saturday night.
“Just like all of our ACC game’s this season, it was a very entertaining match,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “After they scored very early, I thought we responded well scoring two good goals and missing two great chances on breakaways. We had a chance to be up 3-1 or 4-1 but after that the game evened out.
“You have to give them credit. They found a way to win late in the game for the third straight year since I’ve been here. It is frustrating to give up late goals two straight years to lose to such a great team.”
Virginia, who had outscored its opponents 18-2 in the first half of games this season, came out of the gate fast taking a 1-0 lead just 2:25 into the match. Meredith Rhodes scored her second goal of the season on a lofting shot to the back post from the left side of the field. It was just the third career goal for the junior from Falls Church, VA.
The Seminoles wasted little time getting back in the game. Just 2:20 after the Cavaliers broke on top, Cindy Schofield picked up a loose ball about 27 yards from the goal and sent a pinpoint pass to Maren Vik Edvardsen who broke away from the UVa defense. The Oslo, Norway native beat Cavalier keeper Jodi Clugston from the right side at the back post. The goal was the fourth of the year for the senior and extended her lead as FSU’s All-Time goal scorer to 26 for her career.
Less than a minute later, FSU almost broke on top when Schofield’s shot from the right side of the box hit the far post and bounced into the penalty box. The Seminoles’ were unable to follow up the rebound keeping the match tied at 1-1.
It was only tied for five more minutes though, as FSU took a 2-1 lead at the 10:36 mark of the match on Schofield’s ACC-leading 13th goal of the year. The play started on an Amber Tollefson corner kick that was headed to the near post by Camie Bybee. Before the shot went on goal, Schofield redirected the ball with a blast past Clugston giving the Seminoles the 2-1 advantage.
The goal brought Schofield within one goal of tying FSU’s record for goals in a season (14) and raised her point total to 33 on the year. The junior striker from Lakeland, Fla. broke the single season record for points set by Emma Breland last season.
Florida State almost extended its lead again when Schofield sent Ratliff in down the left side of the pitch. Ratliff blasted a shot from about 10 yards out that Clugston got a hand on and pushed just wide of the net.
Virginia threatened to tie the game just before half when Kelly Worden blasted a shot from the left side of the box off of a rebound. The ball was headed towards the net but sophomore Kristin Boyce stopped the shot on the line keeping FSU in front.
Florida State headed to the locker room with a 2-1 lead and had posted an 18-0-1 record under head coach Patrick Baker when leading at the break but Virginia came out and began to dictate play for much of the half. In the 69th minute, Ali Mims came out to cover a UVa cross and collided with two Cavalier players, which left the ball loose in the box with Mims scrambling to get back into position. Sophomore Erin Englehardt picked up the ball and put it into the net evening the match at 2-2.
After almost 30 minutes with out a serious chance, Florida State began to look for the game-winner and controlled play for the next 10 minutes but couldn’t seem to make the final pass on numerous penetrations deep into Virginia territory.
Virginia looked like they might win the match in the 84th minute when reigning ACC Player of the Year Lori Lindsey sent a dangerous bending shot into the box that was headed for the back post before Mims was able to get a hand on it and knock it down for her eighth save of the match.
With just 2:00 remaining on the clock before FSU and its 4-0-3 overtime record headed into the extra period, senior Laura Gaworecki sent a cross from the left side of the 18-yard box to the back post where Taylor Wood got a foot on the pass and stuck it in the back of the net. The goal was the first of the freshman’s career and marked just the second time this year that FSU has lost a match in the second half. Florida State had lost just one match this season when leading or tied at half time before Sunday’s match with the Cavaliers.
“I thought we were the better team in the first half and they were the better team in the second half,” said Baker. “We knew they were going to come at us and we were a little tired. We tried to weather the storm and just couldn’t do it.”
The Seminoles return home for what is the biggest match of the regular season against Maryland (9-4-2, 3-3-0) Friday, November 2, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. The Terrapins and Seminoles are tied for fourth in the conference but the winner of that match could move into third place in the final standings. A win would also secure Florida State’s first-ever winning mark in the nation’s top soccer conference. Admission to the match is free and there will be a ceremony before the game to honor FSU’s 2001 senior class.