Sept. 15, 2002
FSU vs Charlotte Photo Gallery
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Seminole soccer team dropped a 4-3 heart-breaker to Charlotte (5-0-0) Sunday afternoon. The 49ers scored four goals in 17 minutes as they fought back from a 2-0 and 3-2 defecits to remain perfect on the season. Florida State (3-2-2) played with just ten players for 61 minutes as sophomore Katie Beal was red carded in the 29th minute.
Florida State got going early and scored its quickest goal of the season at the 4:02 mark. All-ACC first teamer Cindy Schofield split the Charlotte defense with a ball down the right side to Summer Corum. The sophomore got endline and sent a perfect cross through the 49er box to Camie Bybee waiting at the back post. The Oklahoman took one touch and went the other way with the shot beating goalkeeper Jenn Howell. The assist was the first point of the year for Schofield, FSU’s leading scorer in 2001.
The lead was almost extended just moments later as Schofield, Jez Ratliff and Corum combined to run a give and go and get in behind the 49er defense. Bybee was once again the beneficiary as she collected the pass just six yards out from goal. Her point blank shot was saved by Howell.
Sophomore Kerry York, who has been strong in goal all season, came up huge again in the 24th minute and denied Charlotte the equalizer. All-everything freshman Courtney Crandell picked up a loose ball off a deflection and charged in at the top of the 18. York cut down the angle and made a huge sliding save.
The Tribe added to its lead and scored two goals in the first half for the first time this season in the 25th minute. Bybee found Schofield making a run down a seam in the center of the 49er defense. Schofield gathered the pass and ripped a shot from 20 yards out. Howell looked to have the shot but couldn’t hang on and the ball ended up in the net. It was the first goal for the All-American in 2002 after netting 17 as a junior in 2001.
Charlotte’s Crandell almost made the FSU defense pay for a mistake in the 29th minute. Beal, playing in just her second game of the season, had a mistouch about 20 yards out from goal that went right to Crandell. The striker, who was behind Beal, was pulled down resulting in a red card for the sophomore. The 49ers couldn’t capitalize on the free kick.
The Garnet and Gold almost had their third of the game just eight minutes after the red card. Erica Lewis lined up for a free kick on the left side of the pitch and about 28 yards from goal. The freshman drove a low, line-drive to the back post that caught post and bounced back into play.
Despite being a player down, FSU came out and pressured Charlotte as soon as the second half began. Bybee started things off in the second period as she made a dangerous run into the Charlotte box but was taken down from behind. No foul was awarded.
Corum and Schofield looked to extend FSU to a 3-0 lead moments later. Both had open looks at the 49er net just minutes apart but neither was aqble to score just missing wide of the post.
Playing a player down seemed to start to affect FSU on the 90-plus degree afternoon and Charlotte took advantage. The 49ers evened the game on a pair of goals in an eight minute span, both on headers. The first came from Kim Moore at 61:02 and the second at 69:01 from Mikel Casey.
The Seminoles charged back and took the lead again in the 72nd minute. Freshman Leah Gallegos made a great run into the box on the left side of the pitch. She turned to goal and ripped a shot off the crossbar. The ricochet ended up at the feet of Lewis. The freshman one-timed the rebound past Howell to give FSU the 3-2 edge.
Just 90 seconds later the 49ers got even for the second time in the game. Defender Tiffany Ross took a deep shot from about 40 yards out on the right side of the field. The ball took a bad hop and beat York.
Charlotte cashed in on its third header goal of the afternoon in the 79th minute. The goal, the first of the year for Mikel Casey, gave Charlotte its first lead of the game and they held on for the next 10-plus minutes for the school’s first-ever victory over FSU.
For the match, Florida State took seven corners to just one for Charlotte, the Seminoles outshot the 49ers 22 to 15 and FSU also fired 10 shots on the Charlotte goal.
The Seminoles return home to face No. 18 Clemson September 20 at 7:p.m. as they open their conference schedule versus the Tigers for the third straight season. The Seminoles and Tigers have each won an ACC match on their opponent’s field the last two seasons with Clemson winning 3-2 in Tallahassee in 2000 and the Seminoles returning the favor by an identical score last season in Clemson. For more information on FSU soccer, please visit www.seminoles.com.