Oct. 30, 2002
Tallahassee, FL –
Seminole soccer player Cindy Schofield is in the midst of an amazing season in which she has set FSU’s all-time records for points (97), goals (39), multi-goal games (8), game-winning goals (8) and shots (195). After scoring a program-high 17 goals last season, the 2001 All-ACC first team selection is back at it again as she is tied for the ACC lead with 12 goals and her five goals and an assist in three games last week has landed her two national awards. The senior was named Wednesday to the Soccer America Team of the Week and SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week. This is the second time Schofield’s has been named to the SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week and she is the first Seminole ever to garner that honor twice in her career.
The striker had a huge week for FSU as the Seminoles went 3-0 including a huge road win at No. 16 Maryland. The Lakeland, FL native scored five goals, recorded an assist and scored two game-winners. She led the team in goals (5), points (11), shots (13), shot pct (.385), shots on goal (10), shots on goal pct (.769) and game-winning goals (2). With her five goals, she also moved into a tie for the most goals scored by any ACC player in 2002 and is one of just four ACC players with 10 or more goals. On top of that, her assist moved her into a tie for the all-time lead in FSU soccer history and she recorded the seventh and eighth multi-goal games of her career, which is an all-time FSU record also. The forward has now scored all 12 of her goals in the last 12 games including five in ACC competition. In the three games, Schofield set season highs for points, goals and assists.
In FSU’s first game of the week, Jacksonville University traveled to Tallahassee in the midst of a 15-game unbeaten streak. The Seminoles took a 1-0 lead but the Dolphins fought back to tie the contest at 1-1. Just over 10 minutes later Schofield put FSU back in front. The play started when Amber Tollefson befuddled three JU defenders on the left side of the pitch as she worked herself into open space. She served a beautiful ball towards the far post where Schofield was waiting. The most prolific goal scorer in Seminole soccer history headed it into the empty side of the net pushing the Tribe back into the lead. With under 10:00 remaining in the half, Schofield was at it again. Sophomore Katie Beal made a run down the center of the pitch and split the JU defense with a pass down the seam right onto Schofield’s foot. The striker took a couple of steps and then drove a shot to the far post beating Fowler.
Florida State next traveled to a cold and wet Ludwig Field for an ACC showdown with No. 16 Maryland. The Terps, who were 3-2-0 in the ACC, were looking to lock up one of their best conference records ever against FSU. Just 1:58 into the match, 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. With the goal, Schofield became the first FSU player to ever record 10 or more goals in two seasons at FSU. Schofield’s PK was the only goal of the match and her second game-winner in two games. The win gave FSU its second road win in the ACC this season and an undefeated ACC road record (2-0-1). The Lakeland, FL native had two more close calls against the Terps as she continued to pressure the Maryland defense. In the second half, Schofield collected a long pass over the top of the defense from Amber Tollefson. Schofield was in behind the Terps defense and as the keeper charged out the senior lofted the shot over her 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, Maryland defender Lindsay Givens dragged her down from behind. Schofield did her best to get the shot off but Mallory Mahar was in position to clear it off the line. No foul was called.
The senior kept her hot streak going Sunday versus George Mason. Less than 10 minutes in, the Seminoles got the go-ahead goal. Gallegos started the play off by dribbling into the box. The keeper came out to cut the angle off but the forward dribbled around her. The Los Angeles native couldn’t get off a shot due to a group of Mason defenders rushing back to cover the open net so she sent a pass across the box to Schofield. She found the senior at the backpost and Schofield tucked it into the open net. FSU went on top 2-0 as Schofield recorded her first assist of the week. She found Gallegos behind the defense on the right side of the pitch. Gallegos immediately turned to goal and made a move on the keeper. Her shot found the back of the net and was the seventh goal of the year for the freshman. GMU closed FSU’s lead t0 2-1 and the Seminoles went back on the attack in search of a cushion. In the 90th minute they got another one, this time off a Katie Beal free kick. The Virginia native, playing in her home state, sent a perfect service down the center of the pitch to Schofield in the box. The senior pushed the header past the keeper for the eighth multi-goal game of her career staking FSU to a 3-1 lead.