Nov. 6, 2002
Tallahassee, FL –
One FSU soccer tradition was continued and a new one was started at the 2002 ACC Women’s Soccer Banquet Wednesday night. Senior striker Cindy Schofield was named to the All-ACC first team for the second consecutive season, which is a first in the program’s eight-year history. She is not only the first Seminole to ever garner the award in consecutive seasons but she becomes the first two-time honoree also. Freshman sensation Leah Gallegos was named to the All-ACC rookie team marking the third consecutive season an FSU freshman has been so honored. Over the last three seasons, only North Carolina has placed more freshmen on the All-ACC rookie team than Florida State.
“It is such an accomplishment for her (Cindy Schofield) to be our first-ever back-to-back All-ACC first team selection,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “She has worked so hard and she has been through so much on and off the field in the last year and a half. It is just remarkable what she has done. After a breakout season in 2001, she is probably one of the first names talked about in scouting reports against us but she still finds ways to create opportunities for herself and her teammates. Especially down the stretch run in and out of the conference, which is a huge reason we have been successful.
“I think Leah’s award is so well deserved also. If you look at what she has been able to do throughout the entire year but also since she was inserted into the starting line-up, she has had a wonderful season. What she is able to create, produce and finish in the final third all year and in ACC play is remarkable. Outside of North Carolina’s Lindsay Tarpley, she may be the best and most dynamic rookie front-runner in the ACC.”
Schofield has backed up her amazing junior year with an All-American caliber performance again in 2002. She id the first Seminole to ever record back-to-back seasons of 10 or more goals and just the second FSU player to ever record 10 or more points in three seasons. The Lakeland, FL native has accounted for 33% of FSU’s goals this season and 25% of the team’s points. She leads FSU in goals, points, shots, shots on goal and multi-goal games. The striker has started every match this season and has scored 13 goals in the final 13 games of the season and during that stretch she tied the record she set herself last season for the most consecutive games with a goal as she scored in the last five matches of the 2002 regular season. In 10 of the last 13 matches FSU has played, Schofield has recorded at least one point and she has already broken the single season record she established for shots on goal and is just two shots away from breaking her own single season mark in that category also. After the 2002 regular season, she holds two of the top three places in the Florida State single season records for points, goals and goals per game. She holds first and second place in single season records for points per game, shots, shots per game, shots on goal and shots on goal per game and has established seven career records this season (points, goals, assists, shots, shots on goal, game-winning goals and multi-goal games). Schofield also became the first Seminole player to ever be named to the SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the week twice in her career and was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week this season.
On top of all her records, the forward has been simply amazing in ACC games this season scoring six goals including a game-winner versus Maryland. She has increased her goal and point production in conference games every season she has been at FSU and in 2002 she set the FSU single season record for goals and points scored in conference games. Schofield also holds the career goal and points record in ACC games and will finish her career having scored at least one goal against every team in the conference. Entering the 2002 ACC Women’s Soccer Championships Thursday, she is third in the conference in goals per game, fourth in shots per game and fifth in points per game and joins 2002 ACC Player of the Year Deliah Arrington and UNC’s Alyssa Ramsey as the only three ACC players to score 10 or more goals in each of the last two seasons. Schofield is currently amongst the top three in the ACC for goals scored and in the top four for points and if she is able to finish the 2002 season with the most goals in the ACC (she is currently two behind Arrington), she will join Mia Hamm (UNC) and Charmaine Hooper (NCSU) as only the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in goals scored in back-to-back seasons.
“It was really exciting,” said Schofield. “I feel I am representing our whole team. I don’t feel this is an individual honor because every one of my teammates deserved to be recognized. They only reason I have been honored the last two years is because of the great players around me.
“This is such an honor because this is one of, if not the best soccer conference in the country. There are so many amazing players in the ACC that never get honored and that especially applies to our team.”
Gallegos is in the midst of one of the most prolific offensive seasons by any Seminole rookie in FSU program history. The Los Angeles native has started 10 straight games to end the regular season and appeared in every game this year. She leads the team in game-winning goals and is tied for the team lead in assists. The striker is second in points, goals, shots and shots on goal. Gallegos’ 51 shots are second all-time by an FSU freshman and she is fifth all-time in goals scored, fourth in points, second in assists and game-winning goals. After just 19 matches, she is already amongst the top five for shots, shots on goal and game-winning goals in a single season and is approaching the top five for goals and assists. This season she became the first FSU player to ever record a hat trick in an ACC game and received ACC Player of the Week, Soccer America Team of the Week and SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week honors. Not only was Gallegos the first freshman to accomplish that feat but she became the only Seminole to ever record three goals in a conference match and also became the first FSU freshman to ever garner ACC Player of the Week honors. The forward he leads all freshmen in every offensive category and she scored five goals and recorded four assists in an eight-game span in the middle of the season. Her success allowed FSU to move Jez Ratliff to her natural position in the wide midfield and opened the door for fellow freshman Alli Ferreri to contribute along side her on FSU’s front line.
She also leads all FSU freshmen in ACC starts with six and she has appeared in all seven conference games this season. Gallegos is second amongst all ACC freshmen in assists and is in the top five in the conference for goals scored amongst first year players. She is among the top five in the ACC for game-winning goals and is tied for first in that category amongst rookies and is one of just three rookies to be named ACC Player of the Week this season. She came up huge in the middle of the conference campaign as she recorded assists in three straight games versus Wake Forest, North Carolina and a game-winner versus NC State.
“I never expected anything like this so it is really a surprise,” said Gallegos. “All the credit has to go to my teammates who made this possible. I think this is recognition for what they do more than what I have done. There are so many members of this freshman class that could have been standing up there next to or instead of me.”
Gallegos, Schofield and their 19th-ranked Seminole teammates open conference tournament play Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. versus the 16th-ranked Maryland Terrapins (11-6-1, 3-3-1). The battle between the 4th and 5th seeds marks the second consecutive season the two teams have met in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. Florida State defeated Maryland 7-2 in the opening round in 2001 and with a win in College Park, MD this year, has won three straight games versus the Terps.
Florida State’s opening round game with the Terrapins will be broadcast live on the Sunshine. This year’s 2002 ACC Women’s Soccer Championships will be held in Tallahassee 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.