Nov. 7, 2001
Winston-Salem, NC –
Finishing near the top of the conference has its perks and the third-place Seminole soccer team found that out at the annual ACC Soccer Awards Banquet Wednesday night. For the first time in the school’s history, more than one Seminole was honored when the nation’s top soccer conference handed out its accolades.
Cindy Schofield, the ACC’s leading goal and point scorer, became the second consecutive FSU player to be named to the first team after Emma Breland was named All-ACC first team in 2000. Sophomore Amber Tollefson became just the second Seminole ever to be named to the All-ACC second team and FSU became the first school in conference history to ever place three players on the All-ACC rookie team.
“As much as I was excited for Emma a year ago, I am much more excited for Cindy,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “What she has done in the off-season and how hard I have seen her work first-hand, it is great to see it pay off. It is nice to see that her work is paying off in goals and assists but even nicer that it is getting her much deserved recognition. When you lead this conference in the categories she leads the ACC in, it just speaks volumes about the kind of year she is having.”
Schofield leads FSU with 37 points, surpassing the 24 points she totaled for her entire career. Her 37 points also stand as the best single season point total in Florida State soccer history. She is second all-time for Florida State with 61 points. She holds the team lead in goals (15) and moved into second on FSU’s career goal list with 23. She is now first all-time with seven game-winning goals and she also moved into third place for career assists with 15.
With her two goals against Maryland and Jacksonville on the final weekend of the regular season, she established the record for goals scored in a single season at FSU and her seven assists puts her just two shy of equaling a record set by Maren Vik Edvardsen this year for assists in a single season. Her average of 1.95 points per game this year is half of a point higher than the previous record (1.45) and her goals per game average of 0.79 is also a single season record.
Not only does 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 first in points scored, first in goals scored, second in scoring average and first in goals per game.
“Everyone was making me really nervous saying I was going to make it but I didn’t think so,” said Schofield. “It was so exciting and so unexpected. It was one of the individual goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year so it was nice to see the work in the off-season paid off. It’s a great ending to this phase of the season but we have so much more in us and it begins tomorrow.”
Tollefson is leading FSU in points (12), goals (4), game-winning goals (2), assists (4) and shot percentage (.667) in ACC play. Her two-goal performance against Clemson gave FSU its first-ever conference road win and her game-winning assist secured FSU’s largest comeback and first-ever win over Duke. She then secured Florida State’s most important victory of the season against Maryland. Her game-winning goal secured the Seminoles’ best-ever ACC record and the most conference wins in a season.
“Amber was my first true recruit here at Florida State and I am just so proud of her,” said Baker. “She has worked so hard and come so far and she took a leap of faith to come to FSU and to see all her hard work and efforts rewarded is just so special. It was a great night for her and for us.”
Tollefson probably had her biggest game of the season in one of Florida State’s most important victories at then-No. 7 Clemson after which she was named ACC Player of the Week and was also named to the SoccerAmerica Team of the Week. She is fifth on the team in points (14), tied for third in goals (5), second on the team in game-winning goals (3), tied for fifth in assists (4) and first in shot percentage (.278). Tollefson has scored five goals on just eight shots on goal and in ACC play, she has scored all four times she has fired a shot on frame.
“I was very surprised,” said Tollefson. “To be honored in the ACC is quite an accomplishment considering this it is the best soccer conference in the nation. To be recognized amongst all of those other great players is a huge honor. It is even more special when you consider this is just my second season. I always want to become a better player and to be recognized at this early stage in my career is such an honor. My mom was in tears when I told her.”
Forward Camie Bybee, midfielder/forward Jez Ratliff and defender Katie Beal were all named to the ACC All-Rookie team and they became the first trio from one school to ever be named to the conference’s All-Rookie team. Despite the fact that Virginia (No. 1) and North Carolina (No. 2) both had recruiting classes rated ahead of the Seminoles’ eighth-ranked class, FSU placed more freshman on the team than either of those schools.
“Our class was top 10 but when you are able to put three players on that team in this conference, that speaks for itself,” said Baker. “It is such an accomplishment when you consider the other talented freshmen on every team in the ACC. I think all three of our freshmen who were selected have produced. Camie and Jez from an attacking standpoint and I believe Beal is one of the best defenders in the conference even as a freshman. She is the kind of player we will try to build our defense around for years to come.”
Beal is having as good of a year as any freshman in the Atlantic Coast Conference and was recognized Wednesday night despite the fact that it is usually tough for defenders to get 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 18 of Florida State’s 19 matches and missed her only start due to a concussion suffered before the North Carolina game.
Bybee, Oklahoma’s Gatorade Player of the Year, is currently second in goals (7) and points (21), third on the team in assists (7), second in game-winning assists (1) and third in game-winning goals (1). She is second in shots (42) and third in shots on goal (21). She is already fifth in shots by a freshman (36), tied for third for points scored by a freshman (18), tied the record for freshman assists (7) and entered the top 4 in goals when she netted her seventh of the season against JU. She has also been named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and SoccerBuzz’s Elite Team of the Week this season.
Ratliff has started seven games this season and appeared in 18 for the Seminoles. She is one of the top offensive freshmen in the ACC this year and has provided an unbelievable spark for FSU all season whether she plays up top or wide in the midfield. 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 has scored 60% of her goals, recorded 80% of her assists and 67% of her points in the Seminole Soccer Complex.
In just her second start for FSU against NC State, Ratliff helped move FSU to 2-0 in the ACC for the first time ever with a overtime win. Ratliff staked the Seminoles to a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the game and then ended the game in the 96th minute tallying the first game-winner of her career. For the season, she is fourth on the team with 15 points, tied for third with five goals, tied for third with one game-winning goal, tied for fourth with five assists, third in shot percentage (.217), fourth in shots on goal (15) and third in shot on goal percentage (.652).
“I was really excited we got more freshman on the All-Rookie team than any other school,” said Ratliff. “It is a statement about the strength of our class. I knew Katie and Camie were going to make it but I was so surprised I made it too. It is such a big honor considering the strength of players in this conference and I am just so honored.”
Florida State enters the ACC Tournament as the No. 3 seed for the first time in program history. The Seminoles locked up third place with last week’s 2-0 win over Maryland who they will face in the first round Thursday, November 8 at 12:00 p.m. For more information on the Seminole soccer team, live stats and information on this week’s ACC Tournament, please visit the official athletic website for Florida State at www.seminoles.com.