Nov. 4, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
Just one year after establishing the best regular season record in school history (12-6-1) and just one game after setting the record for the highest finish and most wins in ACC play, the 24th-ranked Seminole soccer team has done it again. Behind Cindy Schofield’s record-setting 15th goal of the season and an 18-0 edge in corner kicks, Florida State (13-6-0, 4-3-0) staged one of its most dominating performances of the 2001 season in beating Jacksonville University (9-8-1, 6-3-1) 5-1 at the Ashley Sports Complex Sunday afternoon.
The Seminoles out-shot the Dolphins 27 to five, had 12 shots on goal compared to just four for JU and controlled the match from the start in picking up their record-setting 13th win of the season. In just two seasons, FSU has now amassed 25 regular season victories, which is one more than the team had recorded in the previous three regular seasons combined.
“Today was very exciting,” said senior captain Christy Peacock. “It is just unbelievable to finish out the regular season with that many wins and it is just so exciting for our team. I am excited for this senior class but even more so for what is in store for the girls next year and for years to come.”
The Seminoles controlled the game through the first 10 minutes taking two shots and four corners before the Dolphins even crossed midfield but on their first chance in the ninth minute the Dolphins took the lead. Sophomore Erin Bitterli collected a long ball sent in behind the Seminole defense and found junior Vanessa Illanes on the left wing. Illanes sent the ball to freshman Michaelene Cadiz inside the box who one timed it to Bitterli about 20 yards out. The St. Petersburg, Fla. native fired a blast that caught the underside of the crossbar and bounced over the goal line staking Jacksonville to a 1-0 lead.
“I think we had a little bit of an emotional let down after that big win versus Maryland,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “We came out and played some very good soccer but then the first time they broke across midfield they gain a shot and score putting us on our heels.”
The Seminoles weren’t on their “heels” for long though. Just 17 seconds after the Dolphins took the lead FSU immediately answered back, in record-breaking fashion. Off of the restart after the JU goal, sophomore Summer Corum found senior Maren Vik Edvardsen in the center of the Dolphin penalty box. The Oslo, Norway native got off a strong header to the left post beating JU keeper Stephanie Fowler. The goal was the 27th of Vik Edvardsen’s illustrious FSU career and her fifth in the last six games. The goal also set a new FSU record for the quickest goal answering an opponent’s score. It broke a record set last season when it took the Seminoles just 24 seconds to answer a goal by the Florida Gators in a season-opening win.
“I give our group credit because I don’t think they (Jacksonville) even touched the ball after the kick-off and we go and tie it up 1-1,” said Baker. “They didn’t get a chance to get comfortable or they couldn’t think about sitting on the lead. I thought we responded after their first goal fairly well.”
Despite holding a 10-3 edge in shots and a 9-0 edge in corner kicks, Florida State was unable to take the lead on the Dolphins in the first half. Florida State had numerous chances but was just unable to get one past Fowler.
“The last time I checked, shots don’t mean much,” said Baker. “It’s about creating good quality scoring chances and scoring goals. Today we created those chances but you have to give credit to their keeper. She was special today and Yvonna Rowinski in the back was phenomenal. She closed everything down. It was tough solving her.”
The Seminoles finally found a solution in the second half scoring four unanswered goals with the first, and eventual game-winner, coming in the 59th minute. Senior Heather Dyche lofted a ball into the JU box where Meredith Jones ran on to the pass. She sent the ball into Kristin Boyce who beat Fowler for her fourth goal and first game-winner of the year.
The score remained 2-1 for the next 15 minutes before the Seminoles mounted another, in what seemed like an endless amount of attacks. This one was started by Peacock who sent a great ball down the left wing to Corum who turned the corner on the JU defense and headed towards goal. As she pushed towards the endline, on the right side of the net, she sent a perfect pass back into the center of the box onto the waiting foot of Cindy Schofield. The junior striker went top-shelf grazing the crossbar and extending the Seminoles lead to 3-1.
“I think I am starting to get back into the swing of things,” said Corum. “I’m starting to get around people and hopefully this will continue as we enter the ACC Tournament next week. I think I am finding my groove now and it feels good to be contributing to the success we are having this season.”
The assist on Schofield’s 15th goal was Corum’s fifth in the last five games after being held pointless through the first fourteen games of the season. Schofield’s goal gave the Lakeland, Fla. native sole possession of the single season goal record for FSU breaking the mark of 14 set in 1996 by Kelley Poole. Schofield now holds the single season record for goals and points (37) at FSU and she is leading the ACC in both categories.
“It is exciting to get that record,” said Schofield. “We’ve had a good year as a team and I think there’s still more to come. I didn’t think I played my best today and it was pretty frustrating because it seemed like we either hit the post, crossbar or just missed on too many goals to remember. We came away with a good result and that is the most important thing.”
The Seminoles continued to build on their lead in the 82nd minute when redshirt sophomore Jenny Garcia recorded her third goal of the season and first since she scored at North Carolina. After Camie Bybee was pulled down near the JU goal, FSU was awarded a free kick just outside of the penalty box on the right side. The kick was cleared out of the penalty area and as the defense was pulling out, Garcia one-timed a low shot to the far post, which made its way through a maze of defenders and into the Dolphin net.
Florida State closed out the game in the 84th minute when freshman sensation Camie Bybee made a dangerous run right across the top of the JU box until she found some open space on the left side of the JU defense. She caught Fowler off of her line and launched an arching shot over the top for her seventh goal of the year. Bybee, the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year, now is second on the team with seven goals and 20 points. She is also third on the team with six assists.
“We knew it was going to be tough today,” said Baker. “Last year we were up 1-0 on them at half and then in the NCAA Tournament it was 0-0 at half but ultimately after 90 minutes we found a way to win. We got a chance to play everyone today and had five different players score our goals today. That is a credit to the versatility of this team.”
Florida State next travels to Winston-Salem, NC where they enter the ACC Tournament as the No. 3 seed for the first time in program history. The Seminoles locked up third place with Friday night’s 2-0 win over Maryland who they will face in the first round Thursday, November 8 at 12:00 p.m.
“Right now I think we need to rest up before we head to ACC’s where we’ll let it all out Thursday afternoon,” said Baker. “We are excited about the opportunities that are presented by going into the tournament after a third place finish but we have to face a very tough Maryland team for the second time in less than two weeks. We’ll be ready to strap it on and we’ll see what happens.”
For more information on the Seminole soccer team and next week’s ACC Tournament, please visit the official athletic website for Florida State at www.seminoles.com.