Oct. 8, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After Amber Tollefson garnered FSU’s first ACC Player of the Week honors in at least three years just two weeks ago, the Seminoles pulled in their second award in less than a month when junior Cindy Schofield was named ACC Co-Player of the Week Monday. The junior from Lakeland, Fla. had an amazing stretch for Florida State scoring four goals, including two game winners and a golden goal in an overtime win over Duke, tallied two assists and piled up 10 points in three games. She split the honors with goalkeeper Katie Carson of Clemson.
In three games this week, Schofield led the team in points, goals, assists, shots and shots on goal. The junior striker now leads FSU with 21 points, surpassing the 17 points she totaled for the entire 2000 season, leads the squad with eight goals, equaling her total from her first two seasons combined, and her five assists are just two away from tying the record for the most assists in a single season.
“It is such an exciting honor,” said Schofield. “I don’t think I played a great game against Duke Sunday but I was fortunate to find a way to help my team with a goal and an assist. That was a huge win for us and I was just excited I could play a role in that.”
The Seminoles started the week facing the University of South Florida Tuesday night in Tampa. Florida State and USF were in a scoreless tie as the game entered the 62nd-minute. Freshman defender Katie Beal settled the ball on the left side of the field and then lofted a beautiful pass into Schofield behind a USF defense that was pushing up field after the clearance. Schofield collected the ball as goalkeeper Valerie Wetzel charged in a last ditch attempt to end the breakaway. Schofield beat the keeper to the right side giving the Seminoles the only goal they would need on the night. The game-winner was her second of the season, which surpasses her total from the rest of her career combined.
In Friday night’s match against UCF, Schofield scored two goals and recorded an assist in what was the biggest game of her career. Florida State took a 1-0 lead in the 30th-minute when freshman Camie Bybee sent an arching pass into Schofield inside the UCF 18-yard box. The junior collected the ball on the left side and beat a Golden Knight defender in the middle of the box before lofting a perfect shot over the keeper from about 12-yards out. The goal turned out to be the third game-winner of the season for Schofield and the second in just two games. Schofield struck again just under 10 minutes later when Shane Gallo split the UCF defense on a run to the center of the field where she fed Schofield a perfect pass at the top of the 18-yard box. Schofield took the pass and moved into the box where she beat UCF’s keeper for her second goal of the game. Schofield added an assist on the game’s third goal as FSU went on to a 5-0 win.
Schofield saved her best for last though as FSU looked to move to 3-0 in the conference for the first time in school history against Duke Sunday afternoon. She picked up her fifth assist of the year on FSU’s equalizer after falling behind the Blue Devils 2-0. The assist put her just two assists shy of tying the single season mark she set in 2000. Schofield then got the golden goal in the 12th minute of overtime to give FSU its first-ever two-goal comeback in the Patrick Baker era. Just two minutes after freshman Ali Mims saved a Duke penalty kick, Amber Tollefson and Maren Vik Edvardsen combined on a beautiful give-and-go that freed Vik Edvardsen down the left wing where she sent a cross in front of the Duke goal to a waiting Schofield. Schofield collected the ball, made one sidestep to free herself and fired the game-winner from four yards at the near post. Cindy’s three game-winning goals this week upped her career total to five, which is the second-best mark in the history of FSU soccer.
After 12 points, five goals and two assists in her last four matches, Schofield has made an immediate jump into Florida State’s career record books. The junior’s 45 points place her third on the All-Time point scorer’s list, her 16 goals rank her as the second most prolific goal scorer in Seminole history and she is now third on the All-Time assist list with 13 in her career. As far as single season marks go, Schofield is fifth in goals scored (8), one point and one assist away from entering the top 5 in each category and has already established the second-best season for shots on goal with 23.
The Seminoles continue conference play October 12, 2001 when they travel to Chapel Hill, NC to face the undefeated and top-ranked Tar Heels (10-0-0, 1-0-0). North Carolina is looking for its third consecutive NCAA Championship in 2001 and they are off to an impressive start. Friday night’s game between the Seminoles and Tar Heels is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start.