Oct. 25, 2002
Photo Gallery: FSU vs. Maryland
College Park, MD –
The weather was ugly in College Park, MD Friday night. It was raining and the temperature was hovering below 50 degrees but there was a ray of sunshine for the 24th-ranked FSU soccer team. Severna Park, MD native Kerry York (10-3-3, 3-2-1) shone in goal as she led the Seminoles (10-4-3, 3-2-1) past 16th-ranked Maryland (10-6-0, 3-3-0) 1-0 recording her second-ever ACC shutout while saving a career-high 12 shots.
“Kerry (York) had a very good night just as she did last year against Maryland,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “There is just something about playing in your home state. When you are the Gatorade Player of the Year from Maryland you want to come back and play well and she did tonight. She saw a little more action tonight than she saw a year ago and responded.
“When you play a nationally ranked team on the road you have to absorb some threats and we did. Maryland is very talented and very dynamic in certain areas. Kerry responded to all of those challenges and kept a clean sheet. That was awesome.”
The keeper, who was recruited by Maryland and grew up just 20 minutes away from Ludwig Field, was huge in the net for FSU all night as she collected 12 of the 16 shots the Terps fired. The sophomore is now 3-0-0 all-time versus Maryland and both of her conference shutouts have come against her hometown team.
“This was just awesome tonight,” said York. “At the end of the game I had this huge smile. For our team to come in here and get a win against my hometown team is just so nice. The team defended so well in front of me tonight and they deserve so much credit.
“I never played at Ludwig Field. The last time I was there was when FSU played against Maryland and I was still being recruited. I always wanted to beat Maryland and the feeling was just great.”
With the win, Florida State completed its ACC road scheduled undefeated (2-0-1) for the first time in program history and the team has now won three straight against a conference opponent for the first time ever. The Seminoles’ two ACC road wins this season match the program’s total from the previous seven years combined. The win over the Terps also gave FSU four wins against Maryland, the most against any ACC school. For the third time this season, FSU has won back-to-back regular season games versus an ACC foe (Clemson, Maryland and NC State).
“After going undefeated at home last year, including conference play, a lot of people including myself probably thought we would be better than 1-2-0 at home this year,” said Baker. “To go 2-0-1 in the ACC on the road though is something nobody would have predicted either.
“We beat a nationally ranked NC State team 5-1 at their place. We beat a nationally ranked Maryland squad at their home stadium tonight. We got a draw against a very good Duke team that has been ranked in the Top 15 this year. For us it has been wonderful to step out on the road and have a different mentality than we have ever had before. Ultimately you have to get results and we have been able to do that this year.”
For the third straight year under Baker, FSU has reached the 10-win plateau after only getting 10 victories once in the four years before his arrival. The Garnet and Gold are also assured of finishing at .500 or above in the ACC for the second consecutive season after never accomplishing that feat in the program’s previous six seasons.
The weather seemed to affect FSU early in the match as they struggled a little to get into a rhythm. The Seminoles had just three shots in the first frame and were held without a corner kick in the first half for the first time all season.
“I don’t think the weather was a big factor,” said forward Cindy Schofield. “Maryland came out in a 4-5-1 and they crowded the midfield and played around us. They didn’t get in behind us but they were pinging it around in the midfield. We couldn’t get control of the ball at times. We weren’t overly concerned because that didn’t get in behind our defense.”
“I think our players were emotionally very spent before we even stepped out on the field tonight,” said Baker. “We had to deal with a lot of things behind closed doors when deciding whether or not to even make this trip in light of recent events. A number of a lot of our players felt uncomfortable coming up to the area. I give our team a lot of credit because even though we didn’t play up to our capabilities, we defended well and played with a lot of heart. We played with energy and were committed to one another from beginning to end. Getting road wins in this conference isn’t about out shooting a team, its about getting results. They did that tonight.”
The Seminoles changed the complexion of the game almost immediately as they got on the board early in the match. Just 1:58 in freshman Leah Gallegos went after a loose ball in the Terp’s box and was pulled down by Lindsay Niehaus before she could get to the ball. After a little confusion, the referee signaled penalty kick and Florida State’s leading scorer Schofield stepped up to take the PK. The senior striker drove a hard shot into the side of the net past senior keeper Lynn Schraf (0-1-0, 0-1-0) who was making the first start of her career on senior night. With the goal, Schofield became the first FSU player to ever record 10 or more goals in two seasons at FSU.
“I wasn’t sure if the ref was signaling for the PK at first,” said Schofield. “I was standing right next to him and I just kept saying ‘that was in the box’. He never pointed to the PK spot and I had no idea. He eventually started walking to the spot.
“The tackle was definitely in the box. It was a hard tackle. I just stepped up and went to the same side I always do.”
After converting the penalty kick, the game was played mostly in the midfield until the 18th minute when the Terrapins almost equalized the game. Jen Biscoe went endline and found freshman Ali Andrzejewski in the middle of the box about eight yards from the goal. Her header shot was corralled by York and just one of the big saves the keeper came up with Friday night.
Ten minutes later the Terrapins almost struck again as Biscoe led the attack. The junior from Baltimore, MD found Katie Ludwig in the box. The New Jersey native weaved her way through the Seminole defense on the right side and sent a service to the backpost. The Florida State defense tried to clear the ball across the face of the goal but there were no Terps around to bury the chance.
York had another superb stop in the 40th minute. Maryland fired a bending shot from the left side of the pitch that seemed destined to score at the back post. York made a huge diving stop but the deflection went to Simone Dekker just three yards in front of an empty goalmouth. Dekker struck the ball but York got up and smothered the shot saving the shutout and the lead.
“I remember the initial save and I think that is the fastest I have ever gotten up,” said York. “I saw somebody’s foot heading toward the ball and I was just not going to let that ball into our net. Luckily I was in position and was able to get to the shot.”
The Florida State offense began to show signs of life in the second half. Just two minutes in sophomore Jez Ratliff made a dangerous run down the right flank. She turned into the box and beat two Terrapin defenders. As she was about to fire on keeper Kristen Barnhill, the ball was just knocked away from her at the last moment.
On the ensuing counter, York came up with another big stop. Lindsay Givens sent a deep throw-in into the penalty box where Mallory Mahar got a header shot on frame through a lot of traffic. The sophomore keeper went up for the ball and pulled it down despite the mass of bodies in front of her.
The Tribe really turned it on in the 73rd minute and had numerous chances to put the game away. Gallegos made a great run down the wing and turned to goal on the right side of the pitch. She dribbled past three defenders and went endline but couldn’t get a shot off.
Just moments later Ratliff and Gallegos combined and sent a ball backwards to Shannon Coe at the top of the 18. The freshman pulled the trigger and just missed her first career goal as she went upper 90 at the near post.
One minute later the Seminoles continued to attack as Schofield went after her second goal of the game. The Lakeland, FL native collected a long pass over the top of the defense from Amber Tollefson. Schofield was in behind the Terps defense and as Barnhill charged out the senior lofted the shot over the keeper but just wide of the post.
In the 78th minute Schofield and Tollefson almost got the Terrapins again. Schofield collected another ball from Tollefson behind the Maryland defense and this time when Barnhill came out to stop the breakaway, Schofield dribbled around her and into the box. As she was preparing to shoot, Givens dragged her down from behind. Schofield did her best to get the shot off but Mahar was in position to clear it off the line. No foul was called.
“Amber (Tollefson) played great ball in behind them and split the defenders,” said Schofield. “The keeper came out and I got a touch to put it around her. The defender coming from my left just got a hold of me. I don’t know how the referee didn’t see it because everyone in the stands even saw it. What can you do?
“I was able to get the shot off because if I am going to be taken down I’m not going to leave the ball sitting there. I am going to try to get something on it. The shot wasn’t very powerful but I did the best I could.”
Maryland pushed up in the hopes of a late equalizer and had a chance with less than 2:00 remaining in the second half. Kimmy Francis fired a dipping shot from more than 20 yards out that was directly on frame. York tracked the shot and then fisted it over the crossbar preserving the win.
“I feel good about those types of saves because after my wrist surgery coach (John) Galas and I have worked on that over and over again,” said York. “I know I can do than now without pain because of the work we have put in.”
The Tribe will complete their road schedule Sunday in Virginia versus George Mason at 12:00 pm. A win would improve FSU to 3-0-0 this week and most likely catapult the team back into all four national polls. Florida State finishes the regular season at home against Virginia Saturday, November 11. The Garnet and Gold is currently less than 1100 fans away from reaching the 10,000 fan mark for the first time in school history and will look to break that mark on Senior Night against the Cavs.
After facing Virginia, Florida State will host the 2002 ACC Women’s Soccer Championships for the first time in school history. The nation’s premiere conference tournament runs from Thursday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11 and tickets are now available on-line at www.seminoles.com or by calling the Seminole ticket office at 1-888-FSU-NoLE.