Nov. 8, 2001
Winston-Salem, NC –
It seems that every time the FSU soccer team steps on the field as of late program firsts and records fall and that was the case again Thursday afternoon. Nineteenth-ranked Florida State (14-6-0, 4-3-0) used a seven-goal outburst to win its first-ever ACC Tournament game advancing past No. 7 seed Maryland (10-6-2, 3-4-0) by a score of 7-2. The win tied FSU’s record for the most victories in a single-season, broke the record for the most goals scored by an FSU team in a post-season game, helped to establish the record for the most goals and points scored by a Seminole team in a single season and sent FSU into the second round of the ACC Tournament for the second consecutive year.
“It was an interesting game because things never come that easy especially against a good Maryland team and even more so in the ACC Tournament,” said senior captain Heather Dyche. “We had a little bit of luck with us but when you finish that many chances it can’t be all luck. We came in confident due to our third place finish in the conference. To walk into that banquet last night and not be stuck in the back corner of the room with no awards is a confidence boost for us. This whole year has been awesome and it isn’t over yet.”
Coming into Thursday’s match, Maryland had allowed just 12 goals all season and just seven goals in ACC play. Starting keeper Ali Wolff had a 0.67 GAA ad UMd had allowed just three goals once all year and that was in a 3-1 loss to consensus No. 1 North Carolina. The last time any team scored seven goals on the Terrapins was October of 1998 when Florida beat the Terps by an identical 7-2 score and later won the NCAA Championship. The seven goals were also the most ever scored in an ACC Tournament game by a team besides the University of North Carolina.
“It was hard to figure out what was happening,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “There were five goals scored in the first 12 minutes and I was wondering what the heck is going on. We knew they could score off of set plays and they did but if anyone would have told me we would score seven goals versus that defense, I would not had believed it. This was a great win for our program. It is all about advancing and we found a way to do that today.”
In a game which featured five goals before the crowd even had a chance to arrive, Florida State struck first in the fourth minute. The ACC’s top goal scorer, Cindy Schofield, found Summer Corum in the right corner of the field on a pass that led Corum to the Maryland end line. Corum sent a deep cross to the back post where Maren Vik Edvardsen, the All-Time leading goal scorer in FSU history, stood all alone and tucked the ball in to put FSU up 1-0.
Maryland wasted no time evening the match in the sixth-minute. Off of a corner kick, Jenny Boyd picked up the ball in the box and sent it to Valerie Lawerence who scored the first goal of the junior’s career.
Just 1:44 after Maryland evened the match, FSU struck back and took a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Kristin Boyce sent a long cross from the left side of the pitch that Wolff came out and tried to save. The ball slipped through her hands to a waiting Camie Bybee who buried the goal. It was the eighth goal of the season for the All-ACC rookie team selection and her third against a conference opponent.
It wasn’t long before Bybee had her ninth goal of the season and moved into second place all-time amongst FSU’s freshmen goal scorers. All-ACC second team selection Amber Tollefson made a dangerous run down the left wing and made a perfect pass to Bybee at the back post. The Oklahoma native latched on to the cross, heading the shot in and staking the Seminoles to a 3-1 lead.
“It was just really exciting today,” said Bybee. “I wasn’t sure how this game would play out considering we just faced them last week but the way it unfolded was just so exciting. There were so many firsts for this program last year and this freshman class wanted to help this year’s team establish some also.”
After Maryland’s Kim King brought the Terps within a goal at 3-2 in the 12th-minute, the scoring slowed down somewhat before the Seminoles once again padded their lead in the 34th-minute. Tollefson, who led FSU in ACC assists during the regular season, got her second of the game when she fed sophomore defender Kristin Boyce who beat Wolff from close in on the left side of the box.
Florida State got on the board again just over seven minutes before half when Dyche found Schofield about 16 yards out from goal on the right side. The ACC’s leading point and goal scorer sent a shot to the far post scoring FSU’s fifth goal of the half. It was the first time in the last three years under Baker that FSU had scored five times in a half and also equaled the highest goal total for FSU in a game this season.
“We wanted to make a statement today and I think we did that,” said Baker. “I think this team can score goals. We have only been shutout once all season and we have been averaging two goals a game all season but to get five in the first half was amazing. We came in with confidence today.”
The Seminoles continued to build on their lead just over five minutes into the second half when FSU’s leading goal scorer in the conference, Tollefson, recorded her sixth of the year and fifth against an ACC opponent. Tollefson launched a deep-bending corner kick from the right side to the back post that Wolff got a hand on but was unable to stop from going into the net. It extended FSU to a 6-2 lead at the 50:27 mark of the game and was the fourth point of the match for the Boca Raton, Fla. native.
“I just tried to bend it in and test the keeper,” said Tollefson. “(Kristin) Boyce got in front of the keeper, which probably helped a little but I was very excited it got in.”
The Seminoles locked up the win in the 88th-minute when Schofield struck again off of an assist from Corum, her seventh in the last five games. The Vero Beach, Fla. native found Schofield on the right side of the box and she fired a shot to the back post increasing her single season goal record to 17 for the season.
“This was a fun game to be a forward,” said Schofield. “This was a good start to the post-season for us. That was a huge momentum game and gave us so much confidence. We are finding ways to win and to break down other teams. Everything is just starting to click for us.”
The Seminoles have now advanced to the semi-finals for the second straight year after tying Wake Forest last season but advancing on sudden-victory penalty kicks. Florida State had been knocked out in the first round of the tournament the previous five years before the 2000 season. Florida State will face the winner of the match between No. 2 seed Virginia and No. 7 seed Duke tomorrow evening at Spry Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest University.
“We are excited by the opportunity to play either Duke or Virginia,” said Baker. “Hopefully we can produce again offensively tomorrow because we will need to. We feel good about the way we played and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to play in the semi-final game again this year. To know that we are 90 minutes away from playing for the ACC Championship is exciting.”
Tomorrow’s semi-final match is slated for a 5:30 p.m. start and live stats for the game will be available at www.seminoles.com. For more information on the Seminole soccer team and this week’s ACC Tournament, please visit the official athletic website for Florida State at www.seminoles.com.