Oct. 25, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla –
The 17th-ranked Seminole soccer team used an offensive explosion in the second half and a record-setting night from junior Cindy Schofield to down in-state rival Miami 3-1 in front of a season-high 706 fans. The win kept the Seminoles (11-5-0, 3-2-0) undefeated at home as they notched their seventh straight victory at the Seminole Soccer Complex while sending the Hurricanes (8-7-1, 3-2-0) to their seventh loss in their last 10 games. The win was also the 15th for Florida State in its last 16 games against teams from the state of Florida.
“Very happy with tonight’s win,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “We needed this win badly. Their coaching staff did a great job and was well prepared for us. It was just a huge night for us though. Cindy Schofield and Jenny Garcia had two great individual performances. Our midfield played very well and the defense played much better than they did our last time out. We play really well at home and to have the opportunity to be 7-0 after seven home games is great.”
It was a big night for Schofield as the Lakeland, Fla. native recorded her first collegiate hat trick, moved into sole possession of first place for game-winning goals in a career (7), moved into second place for points in a career (54) and for goals in a career (20). Her three goals and six points Thursday night also moved her within one point of tying the FSU record for points in a season (31) set by FSU’s first-ever All-American Emma Breland last season and two goals away from tying the single season record for goals (14) set in 1996 by Kelley Poole.
“I am very happy for Cindy,” said Baker. “A lot of people felt we would be in trouble without the Southeast Freshman of the Year and FSU’s first All-American (Breland). Everyone felt she (Breland) was going to shatter every record and she may have but we don’t have her. We have to go out and play with who we have. I am so proud of our team for responding this way. To think we could have an even better season without Emma is a credit to our team.
“For someone like Cindy with her ability to score goals…I am just very happy for her.”
The two teams played to a 0-0 standstill in the first half with both squads taking five shots and Miami holding a slim 2-1 edge in corners. Florida State had the first real chance at breaking on top in the 21st minute when sophomore Amber Tollefson had a sliding shot at the far post that she pushed just wide. Summer Corum also had a chance to put the Seminoles up but she was knocked off of the ball in the Miami penalty box by the last UM defender with a shot of stopping her breakaway.
The Hurricanes had a dangerous opportunity in the 35th minute when Deidre Bass picked up a loose ball inside the FSU penalty box off of a Miami corner. The senior was surrounded by Seminole defenders and wasn’t able to get off a strong shot, which freshman keeper Ali Mims smothered.
Florida State came out aggressive and determined in the second half and went on to dominate the second period of the match. The Seminoles out shot the Hurricanes 13 to six and outscored the Canes 3-1 out of the locker room recording their eighth win in the second half or overtime this season. Florida State also added to its goal differential in the second half, which now stands at +10 (22-12) for the season.
“Personally I felt we wanted it more in the second half,” said Baker. “We came out more refined in the second half and in the locker room we said we have to come out and we have to score that early goal. We had to put them away and the team responded. It was similar to what we did last week against Wake Forest but we let that game get away.”
It took less than 10 minutes for FSU to break on top in the second half. Senior Maren Vik Edvardsen had just crossed midfield on the left side of the pitch when she sent a long diagonal ball to a streaking Schofield. The junior wasted no time after collecting the pass and immediately took a shot from about 23 yards out. She lifted the ball over UM keeper Elizabeth Swinson to the back post scoring her 10th goal of the season. The assist was the eighth of the season for Vik Edvardsen and moved her into first place for both assists in a single season and in a career (17).
Just over four minutes after their first goal, FSU struck again in the 54th minute. Sophomore Summer Corum was in the midst of a dangerous run through the middle of the Miami penalty box when she was pulled down. The Seminoles were awarded the penalty kick and Schofield recorded her 11th goal of the year on a low line drive to the lower right hand corner of the net.
Schofield wasn’t done yet. In the 80th minute she collected a ball on the right side of the field from freshman Jez Ratliff who was out pacing the Miami defense along the far side. Schofield then launched a high shot over Swinson that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced inside the line for her third goal of the evening.
“That was exciting,” said Schofield. “After that second goal, Ashlee (Fontes) came up to me and said ‘You always wanted to get a hat trick so go out there and get that third goal’ and luckily enough I was able to do it. Jez has such amazing pace and she just beat a couple of their players on the right side and she got end line. I saw her look up and I went near post but there were two Miami defenders there. I really don’t know how I got a foot on the ball but I was lucky to get it on frame and it hit the bottom of the crossbar and went in.”
“Our team is really playing well together and I think the success I have had is result of the hard work of this entire team. We are defending well and things are just coming together for us now.”
The Hurricanes did get on the board in the 84th minute when freshman Britney Butcher picked up a loose ball and drilled a shot to the lower corner at the near post for her fifth goal of the season but t wasn’t enough to spark the Canes as FSU went on to close out the match.
The Seminoles have one of the biggest games of the season up next when they head to Charlottesville, VA to face the 8th-ranked Cavaliers. Virginia (11-3-1, 3-2-0) fell to consensus No. 1 North Carolina at home Thursday night and dropped into a three-way tie for second place at 3-2 with FSU and Wake Forest.
“We got to 11-5 tonight and now we have a great opportunity to go up and face Virginia for a possible second place finish in the conference,” said Baker. “If anyone was to say at the beginning of the year that with two ACC games left we would be playing for second place in the conference, we would have said where do we sign up for that. We are in the unique position to do something in the conference that we’ve never done before in our program’s history and play a fantastic opponent in Virginia at the same time.”
The Seminoles have never beaten the Cavaliers but after a win over Duke earlier this season, UVa remains as the only ACC team Florida State has never beaten. If the Seminoles were able to go to Charlottesville and get the win, they would become just the fifth team in the conference to have a win over every ACC school and would have done it in just seven seasons. It is a feat that Maryland hasn’t accomplished in 13 seasons and neither Virginia nor NC State has been able to achieve in 15 years. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start Sunday, October 28, 2001.
Florida State will play its final regular season home game of 2001 next Friday, November 2 as it honors its seniors before taking on ACC foe Maryland in a game scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. For all the information you could ever want or need on Seminole soccer visit the official athletic website for FSU at www.seminoles.com.