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No. 24 Florida State Fights No. 21 Maryland For Possible Third Place Finish

Nov. 1, 2001

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Maryland is in the middle of an incredible streak and it’s at the right time. The Terrapins are 5-0-1 over their last six games and are charging towards a third place finish in the conference. During this six game stretch, the Terps have beaten No. 15 Clemson (1-0 OT), tied James Madison (0-0) and won four straight over William & Mary (2-1), Rutgers (3-2 OT), NC State (2-0) and Mount St. Mary’s (2-0)…During its 5-0-1 stretch, Jenny Boyd has been Maryland’s hottest player. The senior has recorded six points in the last four games including her first career goal against NC State, which was the game-winner…Ali Wolff is second in the ACC with a 0.59 GAA. The senior keeper is the backbone of a Maryland squad that believes in playing strong defense combined with solid net play. The Terps, after their 2-0 win over Mount St. Mary’s, moved into the Top 10 in the nation for team GAA. With Wolff also moving into 10th place in the NCAA for GAA…Maryland is led by Jen Biscoe offensively. The sophomore from Baltimore leads UMd with five goals, is second on the team with four assists and is first with 14 points. She has four game-winning goals this season and she has obviously recovered from her second surgery on a torn ACL…Junior Kim King is right behind Biscoe with 12 points on four goals and four assists.


The Dolphins, much like Florida State, are searching for their second-consecutive NCAA bid after appearing in the Tourney for the first time ever in 2000. FSU and JU met in each school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament game last season with the Seminoles downing the Dolphins 4-1…JU is having another strong season after finishing 2000 19-3-0. Jacksonville is 6-2-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference and is currently sitting in fourth place. The Dolphins have a key conference battle with first place UCF Friday before hosting the Seminoles Sunday at 2:00 p.m….freshman Michaelene Cadiz leads JU with 16 points this season. The Lutz, Fla. native has twice as many goals (8) as does anyone else on the team…junior Vanessa Illanes is second on the team with 12 points on three goals and six assists. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native had just two career goals and eight career points coming into 2001 but has blossomed into one of the Dolphins top offensive threats this season…another freshman is playing a huge role for JU in 2001. Goalkeeper Stephanie Fowler did not play prep soccer at all but is boasting an amazing 1.05 GAA and has started every game for Jacksonville this season. She has five shutouts on the season and has logged over 1461 minutes.


Cindy Schofield is having the most productive offensive season in the history of Florida State soccer and it doesn’t look like she is slowing down anytime soon. The Lakeland, Fla. junior holds the state record for the most goals ever scored by a high school soccer player and is second nationally with 238 goals but had a somewhat slow start to her FSU career. She had just three goals and one assist during her freshman season while playing in 18 matches but starting just one game. Schofield really began to blossom as a sophomore when she started 19 of 24 matches and set a single season record for assists (7) to go along with her five goals, which was tied for second on the team. What the striker has done in 2001 is amazing and seems to be indicative of the finishing touch that helped her score 238 goals while playing at George Jenks High School.

After posting three goals and three assists in the first eight games of the season, including a game-winning goal and game-winning assist, Schofield has had a season in just nine games. Since September 21, Schofield has scored 10 goals and recorded four assists, which alone would place her fourth on the all-time single season point scorers list. Against Kansas, NC State, Louisville, USF, UCF, FIU, Miami, Virginia and Duke, she scored 10 goals with five of those ten goals being game-winners. She scored the golden goal in an overtime win over Duke that helped FSU establish a program-best three ACC wins in a season. She then went on to record her first-ever collegiate hat trick in a 3-1 win over the University of Miami later this season. The six points were a career high in a single game for Schofield, which broke her previous best set against UCF (2G 1A) less than three weeks before the Miami match.

Schofield now leads the team with 33 points, surpassing the 24 points she totaled for her entire career. Her 33 points also stand as the best single season point total in Florida State soccer history. She is second all-time for Florida State with 57 points. She holds the team lead in goals (13) and moved into second on FSU’s career goal list with 21. She is now first all-time with seven game-winning goals and she also moved into third place for career assists with 14. Schofield is just two goals shy of establishing the record for goals scored in a single season at FSU and her seven assists puts her just one shy of equaling a record set by Maren Vik Edvardsen this year for assists in a single season. Her average of 1.94 points per game this year is almost a half of a point higher than the previous record (1.45) and her goals per game average of 0.76 is also a single season record. Schofield has the best single season average for shots per game (3.00) and shots on goal per game (0.76) in FSU history.

Not only is she ranking amongst the best in FSU history, Schofield is appearing with the nation’s best players in the ACC and NCAA stats. She is currently 15th in that nation in points scored, tied for third for goals scored in a single game and in the top 20 for goals scored. In the conference, Schofield is tied for first in points scored, first in goals scored, second in scoring average and first in goals per game. Pretty impressive considering she is ahead of three Hermann Award finalists (Lori Lindsey, Jena Klugel and Danielle Borgman), Alyssa Ramsey (UNC), Lindsay Browne (Clem), Anne Remy(UNC), Deliah Arrington (Clem), Elizabeth Ball (UNC) and Emily Taggart (WFU) to name just a few. Schofield will have AT LEAST three more games to try to break the single season goals record and pad her other single season stats. With another season to go, Schofield should leave FSU as the top offensive player in the history of the program.


After a fantastic rookie campaign where she scored four goals and posted five assists, sophomore Summer Corum posted her first point of the 2001 season against Wake Forest, which was the 15th game of the year. She then came back and recorded another assist against Miami recording points in back-to-back games. The wide-midfielder from Vero Beach, Fla. has played very well this season but hasn’t seen the points coming as freely as last year when she recorded an assist and scored the game-winning goal over the Gators that propelled FSU into the Sweet 16 for example. The Seminoles will need her scoring if they want to make a repeat run to the Sweet 16.


FSU’s three ACC wins this season represent a giant leap for a program that had previously won just five conference matches in six seasons. Florida State has already surpassed it’s season-high for ACC wins in six games and still has Friday’s game with Maryland to try to add to that record and improve on its postseason position. Before Baker took over the program, Florida State had amassed just three conference victories in four seasons. The 2001 squad has already matched the total from that four-year period. In the last two seasons under Baker, FSU has won five ACC matches compared to just three the previous five years. If the Seminoles are able to secure a win against the Terrapins Friday (a very tough task), it will mark the program’s first-ever winning record in the ACC and could place them as high as third in the ACC standings. That deserves a WOW!


With just two major conference games left to be played, there is still a lot up in the air as far as the ACC soccer standings go. North Carolina has already clinched the regular season title with a perfect 6-0 record thus far. Even a loss to NC State wouldn’t change that. Speaking of the Wolfpack, they are locked into last place due to their 0-6 ACC record and will face UNC in the first round of the conference tourney. Duke, who started slow but came on strong by winning its last two conference games of the season, are locked into seventh place. Here are the rest of the scenarios:


The Cavaliers would lock up second place at 5-2 and face Duke in round one.

The winner of FSU/UMd would finish third due to both teams having the tie-breaker over Clemson.

The loser of FSU/UMd would finish sixth due to the fact both teams lost to Wake.

No matter what happens, if UVa wins FSU and Maryland will meet in the first round of the tourney.

Clemson would finish fourth and take on fifth place Wake Forest.

If Wake does fall at Virginia, they are locked into fifth due to the fact that they beat both FSU and UMd.


There would be a four-way tie for second between Maryland, Wake, Virginia and Clemson.

The tiebreaker would come down to the best record within the group.

Clemson would finish second due to a 2-1 record against that group and a head-to-head win over Wake.

Wake Forest would finish third with a 2-1 record and open up the tournament against Florida State.

Virginia would wind up fourth due to a 1-2 record and head-to-head win over Maryland.

Maryland, with a 1-2 record, would finish fifth due to the loss to UVa and open up with the Cavaliers.

FSU would finish sixth and get a rematch with a Wake team they lost to by a 4-2 score.


There would be a four-way tie for second between Florida State, Wake, Virginia and Clemson.

Clemson would vault all the way to second after winning the ACC regular season title last year.

WFU would finish third due to a head-to-head loss vs. Clemson and face Maryland in the first round.

Florida State would finish fifth and end up facing fourth-seeded Virginia in the first round.

The Terrapins would finish sixth and end up facing third-seeded Wake Forest.


When Florida State went to the locker room with a 2-1 lead over the Cavaliers in a key ACC battle, you couldn’t blame the Seminoles for feeling pretty good about their chances. Under head coach Patrick Baker, Florida State had posted an 18-0-1 record when heading to halftime with a lead. The last time FSU lost a game when leading going into the second 45 minutes was October 10, 1998 when Jacksonville staged a two-goal comeback to down FSU 2-1 after the Seminoles went to halftime up 1-0. The only other time Baker’s Seminoles didn’t win a game when leading at half was in his first season with the team. The Seminoles took a 2-0 halftime lead over NC State October 10, 1999 only to see the Wolfpack stage a two-goal comeback to tie the match.


The Seminoles are off to one of the best starts in team history and it has come against one of the most difficult schedules an FSU squad has ever faced. In it’s first 17 matches, Florida State has faced three of the nation’s top 4 teams and six of the nation’s top 15. FSU will face its seventh ranked opponent Friday when No. 21 Maryland comes to town. MARYLAND WILL BE THE FIRST RANKED OPPONENT FSU HAS FACED AT HOME THIS SEASON. So far, Florida State’s 17 opponents have a .619 winning percentage and it doesn’t get any easier with No.21 Maryland (10-4-2) and Jacksonville (9-6-1) still remaining down the stretch.


Freshman Katie Beal is having as good of a year as any freshman in the Atlantic Coast Conference but, as is usually the case, defenders often have a tough time getting the publicity due to a lack of stats. The Alexandria, VA native is showing why she was named a Parade All-American and spent two seasons with the U-16 National Team. She is as good as any Seminole defender at solving pressure in tight spaces and has been a rock against some of the nation’s premier players. Beal has started 16 of Florida State’s 17 matches and missed her only start due to a concussion suffered before the North Carolina game. With stellar sophomore Kristin Boyce and junior Ashlee Fontes also starting in the back, the Garnet & Gold should be a formidable defense for many years.


The Seminoles are almost there. With a win against Maryland Friday, Florida State will complete its first-ever undefeated home season. FSU is currently 7-0-0 at home and are within one victory of securing that elusive undefeated home campaign. Since Patrick Baker took over the program in 1999, the Seminole Soccer Complex has become a very tough place to play. Florida State is 21-5-1 in almost three seasons in their state-of-the-art complex under Baker. The Seminoles have downed Texas A&M, Florida, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke and NC State at home in the last two seasons. A win Friday might be the most important though because it would give FSU a winning conference record for the first time and place them third in the standings after never finishing higher than seventh before.


Looking for reasons why FSU is 7-0-0 at home this year, look no further than what Cindy Schofield and Jez Ratliff have done in front of the firendly crowds. The two-some is leading the team in points, goals and game-winning goals. Schofield is unquestionably the team’s offensive leader this year. She has scored eight of her 13 goals at home, recorded 19 of her 33 pointsand recorded three of her seven assists at the Seminole Soccer Complex. She leads the team in shots and shots on goal and is first amongst all starters in shot percentage and shot on goal percentage.

Ratliff has three goals, four assists and 10 points in home games this season and she ranks second on the team in all three of those categories. The Oklahoma native plays especially well at the Seminole Soccer Complex scoring 60% of her goals, recording 80% of her assists and 67% of her points in the complex. The Seminoles will need production from their two forwards if they want to close out the season with a win over Maryland and wrap up third place in the conference.


With only two regular season matches remaining, there are some interesting distinctions between the record-breaking 2000 Seminole soccer team and the 2001 squad, which is in line to equal or surpass many of the superlatives from last year’s dream season. The teams have almost identical records through 17 matches. The 2000 team was 11-5-1 at this point while the 2001 team is 11-6-0. The 2001 squad is 3-3-0 in the conference while last year’s team was 2-3-1. Considering that FSU played its toughest ACC competition at home in 2000 (North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson and Wake Forest) the fact that this year’s squad will finish with a better conference record in 2001 no matter what happens against Maryland is an amazing accomplishment in itself.

In the first 17 games of 2000, FSU played four top 7 teams, all at home, and a top 20 squad on the road and at home. This season, FSU has played three of the nation’s top 4 teams (No. 1 UNC, No. 3 Portland and No. 4 Santa Clara) all on the road and also faced three top 20 teams (No. 9 Virginia, No. 11 Florida and No. 14 Clemson) with all of those games being played on the road also. Just like last season, FSU will get the opportunity to finish with a top 20 team at home when No. 20 Maryland comes to town.

This seasons success is even more amazing considering who Florida State lost last year. All teams lose seniors so the Seminoles knew they’d have to make up for the loss of starters Rachael Watkin, Sarah Crawford and Ashley Halter but the unfortunate loss of Emma Breland due to a death in her family was unexpected. It was also something the team had no time to address in the recruiting process. Many predicted that losing the 12 goals and seven assists that the Southeast Region Freshman of the Year and the school’s first All-American provided would be too much to overcome. That’s why it so amazing that this years team is five goals ahead of last year’s squad despite a much tougher non-conference schedule and a more challenging road schedule. Cindy Schofield has picked up much of the slack by already scoring eight more goals than she did last season. She is three goals and two assists ahead of where Breland was at the same point last year. Marten Vik Edvardsen is just one goal behind where she was but has contributed four more assists than she had at the same point last year. Freshman midfielder Camie Bybee has already doubled the goals and assists (6G and 6A) former midfielder Rachael Watkin posted at the same point last year. Jez Ratliff is out pacing where this year’s offensive leader, Cindy Schofield, was last season with five goals and five assists compared to Schofield’s four goals and five assists. With sophomores Amber Tollefson and Kristin Boyce more than doubling their goal production from 2000 to 2001 (7G in 2001 compared to 3G in 2000) it is easy to see how much everyone on this year’s squad has stepped up to fill the shoes of the players who aren’t back in 2001 and still have FSU on course for the team’s most successful regular season in history.


Florida State and Maryland have faced eight common opponents in 2001 while the Seminoles and Dolphins have only one opponent in common so far this season. FSU and JU have both played South Florida with FSU winning 1-0 and JU losing 3-1. FSU and Maryland have almost identical 5-3-0 (FSU) and 4-3-1 (UMd) records against the eight common opponents and have won and lost to the exact same teams with George Mason being the lone exception.


If you were wondering how different Florida State and Maryland are, just take a look at the most basic of stats goals scored and goals allowed. The Terrapins have gotten to where they are this year with excellent play at the keeper position and a great defense while the Seminoles have relied more on a strong offense. Florida State has scored 40 goals compared to just 22 for Maryland. FSU’s top scorer, Cindy Schofield (33), is just one point shy of equaling the combined total of UMd’s top three point scorers this season (Jen Biscoe 14, Kim King, 11 and Courtney Beirne 9). While the Seminoles have a huge advantage offensively, Maryland holds an even bigger advantage defensively giving up just 10 goals compared to FSU’s 35. Friday’s match should feature each team’s strength in a battle for 3rd.


Maryland has won seven of its nine games in 2001 via a shutout and only two teams this season have scored more than one goal on keeper Ali Wolff and the Terp D. Consensus No. 1 North Carolina scored three goals against UMd and Rutgers scored two goals in a 3-2 OT win for the Terps, It will be interesting to see what happens when a team allowing just 0.59 goals a game and a team scoring at a clip of 2.35 goals a game meet with third place in the ACC on the line…Ali Wolff now has 19.5 career shutouts and is Maryland’s all-time leader in that category…the meeting between Jacksonville and Florida State was originally scheduled for October 24 but was pushed back when the FSU-UM match was rescheduled due to the terrorist attacks…this will be the first meeting between JU and Florida State since the Seminoles eliminated the Dolphins from the 2000 NCAA Tournament by a score of 4-1…the Dolphins are getting hot at the right time as JU has won three of its last four games including three straight conference victories…in two matches last season, the Seminoles outscored the Dolphins 7-1 and out shot JU 45-13. Florida State also held an 17-6 advantage in corner kicks.


FSU as a team also has the opportunity to take their place amongst the best statistical squads in FSU history. Through 17 games, the 2001 team is already third all-time in points with 122 and just eight points away from moving into second place. They are first all-time in points per game (7.18), third in goals with 40, second in goals per game (2.35), second with 42 assists, first with 2.47 assists per game and first with 14.65 shots per game. The team would need 17 points down the stretch to set the record for points in a season, 12 goals to establish the most goals scored in a single season and 8 assists to break the record set in 2000.

Ali Mims, Kerry York and Joy McKenzie also have the opportunity to set single season records for goals against average and most wins in a single season. The keepers already have the third-best GAA at 1.85 and have the third most wins in team history with 11. In 2000, current team manager Sarah Crawford single-handedly set the single season mark in both categories with a 1.23 GAA and 14 wins.


With FSU’s 3-2 OT win over Duke at the Seminole Soccer Complex, Florida State continued some amazing home streaks. Baker started to establish the Seminoles’ home field advantage when he took over the program in 1999 and lead FSU to a 5-3-1 record at the Seminole Soccer Complex. In 2000, he and the Seminoles had a program-best 9-2-0 record at home, which included an all-time best 4-0 start. The win over Duke brought the Seminoles 2001 home record to 6-0-0 and established a new record for the best start ever. The Seminoles extended that unbeaten streak to seven with a 3-1 win over the University of Miami and it has now been 17 straight games since a non-conference opponent has come to Tallahassee and defeated FSU. The last team to accomplish that feat was Miami who downed FSU 3-0 August 29, 1999. Included in that group are teams like Texas A&M, Florida, Georgia and Jacksonville just to name a few. The Seminoles have now won back-to-back conference games at home for the second time under Patrick Baker and for just the third time in the program’s history. In the last season and a half, Baker’s Seminoles have gone 3-3-0 at home against ACC opponents. An incredible mark considering in the previous five seasons Florida State had won a total of three conference games.


Sophomore Amber Tollefson had a fantastic freshman campaign for the Seminoles in 2000 and that was never more evident than in the Seminoles two matches against Jacksonville University. She scored her first collegiate goal, a game-winner, against the Dolphins in just the second game of the season as FSU downed JU 3-0. Tollefson then recorded the first-ever postseason goal in Florida State history in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament as the Seminoles downed Jacksonville 4-1.


When you consider the amount of offensive talent in the ACC, it is really amazing how well FSU stacks up in the nation’s premier power conference. Only two teams, consensus No. 1 North Carolina and No. 15 Clemson, are scoring more per game than FSU. UNC is averaging 3.69 goals per game and the Tigers are averaging 2.53 while the Seminoles are posting an average of 2.35 goals per game. Much of that has to do with the production FSU has gotten up front from Jez Ratliff, Maren Vik Edvardsen and especially Cindy Schofield. The junior striker is tied for first in the conference in points (33), second in scoring average (1.94), first in goals (13) and is first in goals per game (0.76). Those numbers are stunning when you consider the likes of Alyssa Ramsey, Lori Lindsey, Lindsay Gusick, Lindsay Browne, Anne Remy, Deliah Arrington and Casey McCluskey (just to name a few) play in the ACC.


As good of a season as upperclassmen Cindy Schofield and Maren Vik Edvardsen are having, its a trio of young players who are leading the Seminoles to the promised land in conference play. Sophomore Amber Tollefson and freshmen Camie Bybee are FSU’s top two point scorers in conference play this year and fellow freshman Jez Ratliff is tied for the lead in conference goals. In four ACC contests, Tollefson is leading FSU in points (9), tied for the lead in goals (3), shot percentage (.750) and shot on goal percentage (.600) and she is tied for the team lead with three assists and one game-winning goal in conference play. Her two goal performance against Clemson gave FSU just its second-ever conference road win and her game-winning assist secured FSU’s largest comeback and first-ever win over Duke. Bybee’s goal against Clemson evened the contest at 2-2 and allowed FSU to secure its biggest conference road win. Bybee also evened another big ACC match when she equalized the Duke game at 2-2 after FSU fell behind the Blue Devils 2-0. Ratliff scored both goals including the golden goal in FSU’s 2-1 overtime win against NC State and she gave FSU a 2-1 lead against the Demon Deacons on her fifth goal of the year. The freshman is now tied for the team lead in goals (3) in ACC play.


Considering how important it is to be reliable through the middle of the field, it is amazing how much success FSU is having in 2001 considering four freshmen have started 52 games combined straight down the center of the pitch. Freshmen Kerry York and Ali Mims have started every game at keeper, Katie Beal has started 15 of 16 games in the middle of the Seminole defense, Camie Bybee has started 14 games in the central midfield and Jez Ratliff has seven starts up top for FSU. One of the keys with so many rookies in key positions has been that each field player is starting beside a key veteran. Fifth-year senior Heather Dyche joins Beal in the middle. Marte Vik Edvardsen, who has started 69 games for the Seminoles, plays with Bybee in the midfield and senior Maren Vik Edvardsen and junior Cindy Schofield provide support for Ratliff at the striker position. All four rookies have started at the same time in seven of FSU’s 14 games this season.


With four regular season games and at least one postseason game (at the ACC Tournament) still left for FSU, there are quite a few players looking to set single season records for the Seminoles down the stretch. Cindy Schofield has posted 33 points already this season and has already smashed FSU’s record for the most points recorded in one season in FSU history. Although her work would be cut out for her, Camie Bybee also has a chance to finish near the top for points scored in a single season. She currently has 18 and is just three points away from moving into the top 5. Schofield is already No. 1 in FSU history with an average of an amazing 1.94 points per game this season. While that number could decline over the final stretch, the junior from Lakeland, Fla. has a 0.49 edge over Kelly Poole who holds the No. 2 spot with an average of 1.45 points per game during the 1996 season. Bybee is also looking to move up in that category currently averaging 1.06 points per game and ranking fifth on the single season record list.

Schofield is also chasing the single season goals record. She is currently in a two-way tie for second and is just two goals shy of tying Kelley Poole’s record, which was set during the 1996 campaign. Bybee is also in the hunt with six goals. She is just three away from moving into the top 5 for the most goals scored in one season. Schofield currently holds the best-ever goals per game average at 0.76 and is 0.06 ahead of Kelley Poole for the single season record. Maren Vik Edvardsen has already set a new single season record for assists with eight and Schofield is just one behind with seven. Both of those players already hold the top two spots for assists per game in a single season. Vik Edvardsen is currently first (0.50 assists per game), Schofield is second (0.38) while freshman Camie Bybee is fifth (0.31). Schofield is also sitting in first place for shots per game in a single season with an average of 3.00 per game.


Not only are the Seminoles having their most successful conference ever but the Garnet and Gold is also faring rather well statistically compared to ACC foes. In the most recent ACC release, Cindy Schofield ranks first among the conference leaders in points (33), goals (13) and goals per game (0.94). She is also second in scoring average (1.94). Maren Vik Edvardsen is tied for second in assists (8) and is fifth in assists per game (0.47). Florida State as a whole is third in the ACC in scoring offense at 2.35 goals per game and ranks sixth in shutouts with a .176 average. Ali Mims currently ranks fifth in the ACC with 3.75 saves per game.


When you think of the ACC you probably think of North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia and Duke as the traditional conference powers over the last five years. FSU reached ten wins faster than anyone in the conference with the exception of consensus No. 1 North Carolina. FSU’s 10 wins aren’t the product of a soft schedule either. The Seminoles have faced three of the country’s top 5 teams, all on the road, and six of the nation’s top 25 squads.


Although coach Baker doesn’t like falling behind, he has definitely established a team that can comeback and plays well in the second half of games. FSU outscored opponents 29-16 in the second half in 2000 and the Seminoles have already won seven games this season in the second half or overtime. FSU went to the half tied with Clemson, Kansas, NC State, Louisville, FIU and South Florida but outscored those opponents 10-1 in the second 45:00 and OT winning every one of those matches. The Seminoles then outscored Duke 3-0 in the second half and OT after falling behind 2-0 in the first period. For the season, the Seminoles are once again dominating opponents in the second half of games and during OT out scoring the competition 22-14. Under Baker, FSU is now 12-5-2 when tied at half and 4-0-3 in OT games.


In two plus years under head coach Patrick Baker, the Seminole soccer team has NEVER lost an overtime game. Baker’s squads are 4-0-3 in overtime contests after ACC wins over NC State and Duke this season. Four of those seven overtime contests came during the historic 2000 season where FSU posted a 2-0-2 record. Florida State recorded two of the program’s most historic accomplishments in overtime games last season. The Seminoles advanced to the second round of the ACC Tournament for the first time ever when they moved past second-seeded Wake Forest in sudden victory shootouts after a double overtime match. Florida State recorded the biggest win in the history of the program when it defeated 17-time national champion North Carolina 3-2 in a double overtime game that saw both teams have a golden goal disallowed. Baker’s only overtime game in 1999 was a 2-2 tie against NC State. The Seminoles record in overtime contests is so vital when you consider whom Baker has faced in OT games in his tenure at FSU. Florida State has compiled OT wins against USF, NC State, North Carolina and Duke and has tied NSCU twice. Baker’s other OT tie came against Wake at the ACC Tournament.


After facing two of the country’s best squads at the Wake Forest/Nike Invitational, the Seminoles record stood at 2-2 with then No. 7 Clemson looming on the horizon. The Tiger’s came into the match undefeated, hadn’t allowed a goal in 2001 and were fresh off of a berth in the Elite 8 after posting a 5-1-1 record in ACC play so even the most positive Seminole fan had to think about the possibility of FSU falling to 2-3 on the 2001 season. Florida State’s upset of the Tigers kept the Seminoles above the .500 mark and it has now been almost two years (37 games) since Florida State had a losing record. That is a huge change for a team that finished with a sub-.500 record three of the four years before Patrick Baker’s arrival. Under Baker, the last time the Seminoles had a losing record was in 1999 when a season-ending loss to UNC at the ACC Tournament left FSU at 9-10-1 for the season. It has now been 41 games since FSU was below the .500 mark.


A knee injury forced senior Marte Vik Edvardsen to the bench against FIU ending the longest consecutive start streak in Florida State history (57 straight starts) which dated back to her sophomore campaign in 1999. It had to be strange for Marte not starting for the first in almost three years. Former Seminole star, and current team manager, Rachael Watkin formerly held the record with 54 consecutive starts but the Oslo, Norway native moved into first with her 55th consecutive start at UCF October 5th. It will be a long time before any one threatens Vik Edvardsen’s record. A trio of sophomores, Amber Tollefson, Summer Corum and Kristin Boyce, will be the next group to threaten the ‘iron man’ streak with each of these players currently holding a 21 game consecutive start streak.


When Florida State fell behind Duke 2-0, FSU fans had a reason to worry. Prior to its two-goal comeback win against the Blue Devils, FSU had posted an 0-45-0 record when falling behind an opponent by two goals. The only other time the Seminoles had ever come from that far back was against Virginia in 1998. Florida State fell behind UVa 2-0 and then charged back to take a 3-2 lead but couldn’t hold on and ended up falling 4-3 to the Cavaliers.


FSU’s 10-4-0 start to the 2001 season tied the record for the quickest an FSU team has ever reached 10 wins (1996 and 2000) and their 11-6 record has the Seminoles in the hunt for the best regular season mark in the history of the program. Baker’s 2000 Seminoles tied the best regular season mark that was originally set in 1996 at 12-6-1. In his two seasons at FSU, Baker has two of the three best regular season records in Seminole soccer history.


One of the main reasons FSU is off to an unprecedented 3-2 start in the conference is because of its reversal of fortunes against NC State, Clemson and Duke. FSU went from an 0-2-1 mark against this group last season to a mark of 3-0-0 versus the same group this season. Last year FSU lost by identical 3-2 scores to Duke and Clemson. This season the Seminoles won both of those matches 3-2. Which leads to…


The score 3-2 holds a special place in Seminole soccer lore since Patrick Baker took over the program in 1999. In the last season and a half, four of the biggest wins in program history have all come via a 3-2 score. FSU opened the 2000 season with a 3-2 win over then No. 6 Florida. Later in the season, Florida State upset eventual national champion and then second ranked North Carolina 3-2. This season, FSU got it’s biggest conference road victory at then No. 7 Clemson by a score of…you guessed it 3-2. The infamous score popped its glorious head up again when FSU staged its largest comeback ever to down ACC rival Duke 3-2 and move to 3-0-0 in the ACC.


When senior Maren Vik Edvardsen and junior Cindy Schofield play together up top for the Seminoles, FSU boasts a pair of forwards that have combined for 126career points, 47 career goals and 32 career assists. Vik Edvardsen and Schofield are No. 1 and No. 2 in the history of FSU soccer for goals scored and points and rank first and third all-time in assists. At their current pace, it will be quite a while before FSU places such a potent combination up top OR WILL IT…


While Schofield and Vik Edvardsen are the most potent point and goal scorers in FSU history, freshmen Jez Ratliff and Camie Bybee, while it is VERY EARLY in their careers, are on pace to top the veterans’ career numbers. Bybee is averaging 1.06 points per game in her 17 appearances, third best in FSU history, and that is better than the 0.97 points per game Schofield has posted in 59 games and the 0.86 points per game Vik Edvardsen has posted in 80 matches. Ratliff is ahead of Vik Edvardsen with 0.88 points per game and is just behind Schofield. Bybee is also ahead of Vik Edvardsen (0.32) posting a goal every 0.35 games and just behind Schofield who is scoring at a clip of one goal every 0.36 games. Ratliff is just behind both Schofield and Vik Edvardsen with a goal every 0.29 games.


Not to tip our hat or anything but if an opponent wants to get a win against the Seminoles under Patrick Baker, there are three things they should avoid. When FSU scores first, goes to the half with the lead or scores 2+ goals, the Seminoles have a combined record of 75-6-3 a winning percentage of over .911. Florida State has accomplished at least one of those three things 12 times this season and has won 11 of those games! Duke almost bucked that trend by scoring first against FSU and going into the half with a 2-0 lead but once the Seminoles evened the game at 2-2 the percentages were on their side. They went on to take the game 3-2 in OT to keep this incredible statistical streak alive. The only two times FSU has scored two goals and lost this year were against Wake Forest (4-2) and Virginia (3-2).


Two of the brightest spots in the Seminoles’ 2001 recruiting class, offensively speaking, have been Oklahomans Jez Ratliff and Camie Bybee.

Freshman Jez Ratliff continues to be a major force for FSU during her freshman campaign. Against Louisville, FSU fell behind just nine minutes in before Ratliff evened the game. In the 14th-minute the Oklahoma connection, freshmen Camie Bybee and Ratliff, once again hooked up on a play that freed Ratliff behind the Louisville defense. Ratliff lifted the ball to the far post scoring her fourth goal of the year and evening the match at 1-1. Ratliff then helped the Seminoles pull into a 2-1 lead in the 34th-minute when she fed Cindy Schofield who buried a shot to give Ratliff her third assist of the year. For the week, Ratliff led FSU in points (3), was tied for the lead in goals (1), assists (1) and shots on goal (3), was tied for second in shot on goal percentage (.750), was tied for third in shots (4), and was second in shot percentage (.250), Against NC State, Ratliff recorded the game’s first goal in the opening moments and the game’s last goal six minutes into overtime. She already has a game-winning assist and a game-winning goal under her belt. For the season, she fourth on the team with 15 points, third with five goals, tied for third with one game-winning goal, fourth with five assists, third in shot percentage (.238), fourth in shots on goal (14) and second in shot on goal percentage (.667). Not too bad.

Camie Bybee recorded a game-winning assist during the first tournament of the year and then went out and scored FSU’s lone goal against Santa Clara. Bybee’s goal against the Broncos was the first goal scored against the SCU all season. Bybee is off to a strong start to her career at FSU. Oklahoma’s Gatorade Player of the Year scored and recorded an assist against No. 7 Clemson and scored a goal in the Seminoles big ACC win over Duke. She also picked up an assist versus Louisville. She is currently second in goals (6) and points (18), third on the team in assists (6), second in game-winning assists (1) and third in game-winning goals (1). She is second in shots (36) and third in shots on goal (18). Although it is early, Bybee is on pace to finish her freshman campaign in the top 5 for every FSU freshman record. She is already fifth in shots by a freshman (36), tied for third for points scored by a freshman (18), tied for third in freshman assists (5) and entered the top 5 in goals when she netted her sixth of the season against FIU. She has also been named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and SoccerBuzz’s Elite Team of the Week this season.


One of the biggest changes in the Seminole soccer program under Patrick Baker has been the turnaround in goal differential since he took over. The program had a goal differential of -38 in the four seasons before Baker took over the program. In the last two years plus under Baker, the Seminoles have a goal differential of +19. That 57-goal swing is one of the reasons Florida State soccer has gone from a perennial doormat to a top 20 program.


The 2001 Seminoles set the mark for the best streak in program history over a stretch of ten games. Since facing two top five teams in Santa Clara (No. 4) and Portland (No. 3), FSU went on a 8-2 run while winning three ACC games including one on the road at then No. 7 Clemson. Their .800 winning percentage over the ten game stretch ranked first amongst all similar stretches in FSU soccer history. The 2000 squad had the second best run in team history going 7-2-1 while posting a .750 winning percentage. In 1996, Florida State put together a 7-3 stretch (.700 winning percentage), which stood as the all-time best before Patrick Baker took over the team. The 2000 squad did go 6-0-1 last year, including a win over UNC, for an amazing .929 winning percentage.


The Seminoles were dominant within the confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex setting a record for wins (9) and fewest loses (2) in 2000. Florida State set a new single season attendance record with 8,799 fans, surpassing the previous record of 5,106. The new single game attendance record (1,582) was also set in 2000 during a 3-2 double overtime win over defending National Champion North Carolina. The previous mark of 1,282 was set earlier that season in a 3-2 win over Florida.


When Florida State downed UCF 5-0, the win represented the Seminoles’ largest margin of victory since they downed Auburn 6-1 November 1, 1998 and was the first time FSU has scored five goals since a 5-1 victory over South Alabama October 3, 1999. Combined with their performance against South Florida and the previous match against Louisville, FSU out shot its three opponents that week 66-15, had a 33-8 advantage in shots on goal and a 29-3 edge in corner kicks. By virtue of the 5-0 win and its 1-0 win over USF, Florida State recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since October 5 and October 14, 2000 when the team held Wake Forest and NC State scoreless in consecutive games.


Freshman keeper Ali Mims has had a huge impact for FSU since Maryland’s Gatorade Player of the Year and starter Kerry York went down with a knee injury. After York re-aggravated the injury in the 57th-minute against NC State while covering up a loose ball, Mims came in and made back-to-back big saves in the 78th-minute that kept FSU alive. German National team player Annika Schmidt tested Mims with a blast from the top of the box that Mims charged and punched out of danger, she then saved a header shot by Erin Bushey on the ensuing corner. Mims also made a sprawling save in OT that preserved the tie and less than two minutes later Jez Ratliff’s goal secured FSU’s second ACC win in a row. Mims then made her first start at eighth-ranked Florida in front of almost 3,500 fans. Although FSU lost 2-0, Mims made numerous big stops and finished the night with five saves. After downing Louisville 3-2, Mims came back and helped post back-to-back shutouts for FSU in road wins at South Florida and UCF. Despite four starts, including a big one at Gainesville, Mims probably made her biggest statement in FSU’s third ACC win over Duke. After falling behind 2-0 early in the match, the Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. native made two point-blank saves and a diving one-hander to keep her team alive while the Seminoles fought back to tie the game and send it into overtime. In OT, she saved the game for FSU when she made a diving stop on Katie Heaps’ penalty kick, which allowed FSU to play on and get the golden goal just two minutes later. For the season, Mims has a 7-4 record and a 1.82 GAA. She has recorded 1.5 shutouts and has a .729 save percentage. With York healthy again, the Seminole coaching staff has to feel confident with two keepers who have proven themselves in tough situations.


Since head coach Patrick Baker took over the program, the Seminoles winning percentage against ranked teams has increased by an amazing 273 percentage points coming into 2001 but what his teams have done against opponents ranked in the Top 7 in 2000 and 2001 is amazing. In the four seasons before Baker’s arrival, the Seminoles had never defeated a team in the Top 7 but over the last two seasons FSU has four wins against the nation’s best teams. The Seminoles downed No. 6 Florida (3-2 in 2000), No. 7 Texas A&M (4-1 in 2000), No. 2 North Carolina (3-2 in 2000) and No. 7 Clemson (3-2 in 2001). It seems that FSU will get a chance to add to that total with the ACC Tournament on the horizon and North Carolina, Virginia and Clemson either in the Top 7 or getting close.


When Florida State beat NC State 2-1 in OT in its second conference game and then downed Louisville 3-2, it brought Baker’s record in one-goal games to 13-10. That is a major accomplishment for a team that was 11-14 in similar situations before his arrival. Many of FSU’s one-goal wins have come in the biggest games in program history. The Seminoles recorded a one goal win over No. 7 Clemson in South Carolina this year, over No. 2 North Carolina in 2000, two one goal victories over Florida last season and two huge one goal wins on a road trip through Oregon downing the Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers in 2000. One goal wins over the Wolfpack and Duke moved FSU to an unprecedented mark of 3-0 in ACC play.


Although the up-start FSU soccer program has yet to place a player on the Hermann Trophy award list, FSU will have a lot to say about who finally wins soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy. The Seminoles faced almost half of the finalists (7 of 15) for the award this season. The Tribe has already faced all of the Hermann Candidates on their schedule after seeing North Carolina’s Danielle Borgman and Jena Klugel on the road October 12 when they faced the Tar Heels. The Seminoles have already seen Lori Lindsey (Virginia), Abby Wambach (Florida), Aly Wagner (Santa Clara), Lauren Orlandos (Portland) and Danielle Slaton (Santa Clara). All of the Seminoles’ games against Hermann Trophy candidates this season were on the road.


Cindy Schofield’s golden goal against Duke was just the sixth in the history of FSU soccer with four coming in the last two seasons under Baker. Four of FSU’s six overtime game-winners have come surprisingly enough during ACC competition. FSU had two Golden Goals in 1998, two in 2000 and two in 2001. During the 1998 season, Sally Shelgren netted one in a 1-0 win over FIU and Alex Osorio got another in a 3-2 win over Maryland. Last season, Marte Vik Edvardsen scored a golden goal to beat USF 2-1 and Kristin Boyce got the most famous one in FSU history to down UNC 3-2. This season, freshman Jez Ratliff accounted for one against NC State (3-2) and Schofield had the other.


There is no doubt about how well Patrick Baker’s Seminoles play inside the friendly confines of the Sunshine State. After their win over UM, Baker’s teams are now 15-1-0 in their last 16 games versus opponents from Florida. The win over FIU also improved Baker’s record playing in the state of Florida (including home games) to 26-7-1.


Sophomore Amber Tollefson had a huge day in FSU’s road win over then No. 7 Clemson. After falling behind the Tigers 1-0 after just two minutes, the Seminoles had a long road ahead of them against a Tiger team that was 73-11-4 at home. In the 30th-minute, Tollefson collected a pass from freshman Camie Bybee just outside the Clemson 18-yard box and beat a couple of Tiger defenders. The Boca Raton native then launched a blast from the far edge of the box about 16 yards out. The shot found its way into the upper corner at the far post beating first team All-ACC keeper Katie Carson and marked the first goal scored against Clemson in 2001.

Tollefson wasn’t done yet. After FSU fell behind 2-1 and once again fought back to tie the contest at 2-2, it seemed the match was headed for overtime. A beautiful piece of combination play at the top of Clemson’s 18-yard box between Marte and Maren Vik Edvardsen sent Tollefson in behind the Clemson defense where she launched a dangerous cross in front of the Tiger’s net. The ball was headed for a waiting Jez Ratliff in the six-yard box before Tiger defender Sarah Turner came running back to clear the cross and ended up deflecting the ball past Carson into the Clemson net. Tollefson was credited with the goal, the second game-winner of her career, and FSU recorded its first-ever win in an ACC opener. Tollefson’s two goals nearly equaled her total of three from the entire 2000 season and her four points were a single game high for FSU in 2001. For her efforts in the Seminoles win against Clemson, Tollefson was named the ACC’s Player of the Week and named to the Soccer America Team of the Week.


It is hard not to notice how similar the start of the 2001 season was to the beginning of FSU’s historic 2000 campaign. In the first five games of 2000, FSU recorded a win over a Top 7 team (No. 6 Florida 3-2), lost two games on the road at the Ellis Copy/Missouri Tiger Invitational (Missouri 2-1 and Ohio State 2-1) and won two games in the Seminole Soccer Tournament (South Florida 2-1 and Jacksonville 3-0). In 2001, the Seminoles downed a team ranked No. 7 (Clemson 3-2), lost two games at another tournament, the Wake Forest Nike Invitational (Portland 3-1 and Santa Clara 4-1) and beat both teams at their own Seminole Soccer Tournament (George Mason 3-2 and Loyola 2-0). In 2000, the Seminoles sixth and seventh games were against a non-conference opponent from the Big 12 (Texas A&M 4-1) and a conference game against Clemson (2-3). This season, FSU’s sixth and seventh games are against a non-conference foe from the Big 12 (Kansas 4-1) and their second ACC opponent of the year (NC State 3-2 OT).

If that wasn’t strange enough, look at the Seminoles conference opener against Clemson in 2000 and in 2001. In both games, Clemson took 1-0 and 2-1 leads and in both games FSU came back on two occasions to tie the matches at 2-2. In the 2000 game, the Tigers got the game-winner with less than 3:00 on the clock while FSU scored the game-winner in 2001 with just over 4:00 remaining.

The situation got even creepier when FSU downed Kansas by the same 4-1 score that they beat last year’s Big 12 opponent (Texas A&M) but that is where the trend ended. FSU won it’s conference game this year over NC State (2-1 OT) and moved to 2-0 in the ACC.


After never being nationally ranked before the 2000 season and never appearing in a preseason poll, the 12th-ranked Seminole soccer team was ranked in all four preseason polls. Florida State was ranked No. 12 by Soccer America and also appeared at No. 18 in the coach’s poll. Earlier this year, the Seminoles were preseason No. 13 in the SoccerBuzz poll and No. 16 in the NSCAA coach’s poll. Before FSU’s remarkable run in 2000, the closest the Seminoles ever came to a national ranking was in 1996 when they received votes in all four polls after downing No. 10 Clemson 1-0. Florida State did make an appearance in the regional rankings during Baker’s first season in Tallahassee as the Seminoles spent four weeks as the No. 10 team in the Southeast region in 1996.


Sophomore Amber Tollefson has two big game-winning goals for the Seminoles in 2001. Her first of the season was part of a two-goal day that gave FSU’s its biggest win of 2001 over then-No. 7 Clemson in South Carolina. Her second came against Louisville in a game that FSU couldn’t afford to lose. The Boca Raton native has already surpassed her career total of one GWG.


FSU’s win over Duke was a big one for the Seminoles but was also huge in what it represented in head coach Patrick Baker’s FSU coaching career. The ninth win of the 2001 season was the 32nd win of Baker’s FSU career and it moved him into first for all-time coaching victories at FSU. It took Heather Kerby-Nelson, four seasons (80 games) to reach 31 victories while Baker passed her in just 56 games.


Seminole seniors Marte and Maren Vik Edvardsen enter the final season of their storied Florida State careers on the verge of appearing in every all-time record category. After posting identical 5 goal, 4 assist campaigns in 2000, the sisters are continuing their assault on the record books. The twins combined for a goal and three assists against George Mason and Loyola to lead FSU to its second consecutive 2-0 start and have continued to impress since then.

Maren is already the most prolific offensive player in the history of Florida State soccer and after a slow start statistically she is poised to re-write the FSU record book. She is already the school’s all-time leader in points (69), goals (26) and game-winning goals (6). After posting eight assists, 34 shots and 22 shots on goal this season, the senior from Oslo, Norway is now second in all-time shots, increased her lead as the greatest point and goal scorer in Seminole soccer history and moved into first place amongst FSU’s all-time assist leaders,

Marte is already FSU’s all-time leader in shots and she increased that lead with 18 shots this season. Her 13 starts in 2001 have brought her career total to 69 and moved her into sole possession of fourth place amongst FSU’s all-time starts leaders. After scoring a goal and recording an assist versus GMU and Loyola and adding two more assists against Clemson and UNC, Marte is now sixth on the all-time point scorer’s list with her career total now at 37. Her header goal against Loyola placed her as one of the top six goal scorers in Florida State history. She is now also amongst the top five in career assists. Marte’s game-winner against George Mason and assists versus Clemson and UNC gave her 11 assists in her career. Marte also entered the top five all-time game-winning assist leaders after picking up a game winning assist against George Mason and she should finish her career in among the career leaders in game-winning goals and game-winning assists. She also holds the longest consecutive start streak at 57 straight matches.


Florida State’s ACC opening win versus Clemson was a huge victory on many levels. The Seminoles had never started a season with a 1-0 conference record and the best start to an ACC campaign came in 2000 when FSU began 1-2 and went on to even their record at 2-2-1. The victory was Clemson’s first-ever loss on a Monday and the Tigers came into the match with a record of 73-11-4 at Riggs Field.

What is even more amazing about the victory was the amount of statistical trends the Seminoles bucked to get the 3-2 win. Entering the Clemson game, FSU’s combined all-time record on the road (25-37-4), outside of the state of Florida (16-32-4), when an opponent scores first (8-56-2), when the Seminoles take fewer shots (10-54-2), when FSU allows two goals (7-19-2), on the road versus ACC teams (3-26-3) and when facing a ranked opponent (6-43-1) was 75-267-18. Despite the heavy odds, Florida State not only played even with a Tiger team that was a top four seed in last season’s NCAA Tournament but dictated play for large stretches of the match. Amber Tollefson’s game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining, her second goal of the day, came in the face of all the previously mentioned trends and helped FSU avenge a 2-0 loss to the Tiger’s in the 2000 Sweet 16.


Junior Cindy Schofield had a breakthrough season in 2000 as evidenced by her five goals and record-setting seven assists but her play in the Seminoles’ most important games really speaks volumes about the type of season she had. Five of her seven assists came in games away from the Seminole Soccer Complex. Her road assists versus Florida (NCAA’s), Oregon State, Miami, Missouri and Duke helped FSU post a 3-2 record in those five games including a trip to the Sweet 16. Four of her five goals came in FSU’s biggest games in 2000. She scored in wins over No. 2 North Carolina, No. 7 Texas A&M and in the Seminoles’ first-ever NCAA Tournament game against Jacksonville. She also scored against No. 5 Clemson and had a goal and an assist against FIU.


Hindsight is usually 20/20 but FSU’s run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament shouldn’t have been such a surprise to many soccer fans in Tallahassee and all over the country. Even though it was their first trip to the tournament, the Seminoles were very prepared for what laid ahead of them. Florida State played eight NCAA Tournament teams in 2000 including the last two National Champions (Florida in 1998 and North Carolina in 1999 and 2000). Florida State posted a 4-4-1 record against the 2000 NCAA Tournament field including an outstanding 3-3 mark against the tournament’s top 16 seeds. They also outscored the 2000 field 17-14 during the regular season.


Fifth-year senior and Seminole captain Heather Dyche is having a remarkable season. After too many ankle surgeries to count and just eight starts in three years since transferring from Nebraska, the center back is having a great senior season. She won a starting spot in the preseason and has already started 16 matches, besting her career high set during the 2000 season. She entered the season with three goals but without a single assist in her career. All that changed at the Wake Forest/Nike Invitational where she recorded the first two assists of her career off of set pieces against Santa Clara and Portland. She then notched her third assists against Clemson when she sent a corner kick to the far post, which resulted in FSU’s second goal of the game bringing Florida State even with Clemson at 2-2. Dyche’s point streak continued against Kansas with her first goal of the season. In the 19th-minute, freshman Camie Bybee sent Maren Vik Edvardsen into the Kansas 18-yard box where she beat a defender and was then pulled down by the Jayhawk defense. Dyche sent the penalty kick into the lower corner at the left post to even the match at 1-1. Dyche then tied her career point total of six when she sent a perfect free kick to Amber Tollefson’s head that got the Seminoles going in the biggest comeback win in school history versus Duke.


Florida State’s 2-0 win over Loyola College of Maryland was one of the most dominating performances in the history of the program even if the scoreboard only read 2-0. Besides being the first shutout of the 2001 campaign for FSU, the Greyhounds only recorded three shots and didn’t have a single corner kick in the 90 minute match. Loyola didn’t even take its first shot until the 25:00 mark. Florida State came within four shots of tying the single game record for shots in a game, which is 41 and was set in 1999 against Mercer. The Seminoles had a season-high 12 corner kicks on three occasions in 2000 (South Florida, Ohio State and Florida Int’l) but they never had a 16-0 advantage in 2000. Loyola hardly threatened the Seminole’s defense after playing to a 1-1 tie with the University of Miami for 60:00 minutes to start the tournament.


After losing all 10 games when an opponent scored first in 1999, Baker instilled a new attitude in the 2000 Seminoles. During their record breaking 2000 campaign, Florida State came back to win four games when an opponent scored first including the two biggest wins in the history of the program. After losing 14 straight games to North Carolina and Florida, FSU fell behind to both opponents during its regular season meetings with these two national powerhouses. FSU had to comeback on two occasions to notch its first-ever win against UF in the 2000 season opener. Florida took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before FSU opened the nation’s eyes with what seemed to be a stunning 3-2 victory on a last minute goal by senior April Murphy.

The defending national champion Tar Heels came to Tallahassee with a No. 2 ranking and 9-0 record against Florida State and the trend seemed like it would continue when North Carolina took a 1-0 lead after 12 minutes. FSU answered just 2:17 later and they eventually sealed the victory in the 113th minute on Kristin Boyce’s game-winner. Not only did FSU stage three comebacks in these two huge victories but they did it in unprecedented fashion. The Seminoles evened their games with UNC and UF by answering their opponent’s goals in 2:17, 1:30 and a school record :24.

The trend continues in 2001 as FSU fell behind No. 7 Clemson 1-0 and 2-1 before making two comebacks and downing the Tigers in Clemson 3-2. The Seminoles also came back against Kansas by rallying from a 1-0 deficit to beat the Jayhawks 4-1 and against Louisville rallying to a 3-2 win. Those comebacks were nothing compared to what the Seminoles staged at home versus Duke. After losing 45 straight games when falling behind an opponent by two goals, FSU staged its largest come-from-behind win ever downing the Blue Devils 3-2 in OT. Not only was the comeback unprecedented but FSU once again bucked some impressive statistical trends. When Duke went to half with a 2-0 lead FSU was staring some intimidating trends right in the face. Under Patrick Baker, FSU was 2-6-1 when trailing at half, 7-20-0 when an opponent scored first, 9-17-1 when they were out shot and 5-7-1 when they allowed two goals. All that wasn’t enough though to outweigh five of Baker’s most impressive stats. When the Seminoles play at home (17-5-1), take more corners (22-5-3), are in a one goal game (12-9-0), score 3+ goals (20-0-0) and go to OT (3-0-3) they are almost unbeatable and that was the case in FSU’s historic win.


Redshirt sophomore Jenny Garcia’s game-tying goal versus No. 1 North Carolina was just the sixth goal allowed in 14 games by the defending National Champions. UNC has scored 54 goals and allowed just six this year. The goal was the second in a week for Garcia after scoring no goals all of last season.


The 2001 NCAA women’s soccer tournament is expanding and will start to look more like the vaunted men’s basketball tournament this season. The field will be expanded from 48 teams to 64 teams. The addition of 18 teams means that there will be a record-high 28 automatic qualifiers in 2001 compared to 21 last year with six teams playing three ‘play-in’ games. Another major difference between the 2000 and 2001 tournaments will be the way the first and second rounds of the tournament are staged. Last season, Florida State hosted Jacksonville in the first round and then traveled to Florida for its second round match-up with the Gators. Under the new format, Florida State, Florida, Jacksonville and a fourth team would all be playing at one site with the winner advancing to the Sweet 16. Third and fourth round matches will still be played at individual sites and the winners will advance to the College Cup, which is being held in Dallas, Texas this year.

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