Florida State began the 1997 season on the road with the season opener at #15 Wake Forest (8/29), followed by Appalachian State (8/31). The ‘Noles were narrowly defeated in the opener by the higher ranked Demon Deacons 2-1, after Ann Shropshire rallied Wake Forest to the victory with a goal and a game-winning assist. Not to be over-shadowed, the Tribe fought hard taking the early lead 1-0 after Erin Grimsley scored just 41 seconds into the game, a new Seminole record. Both teams were held scoreless the entire second half. FSU shut out Appalachian State 2-0 on Sunday to earn their first win of the new season. Once again, the ‘Noles were led by Erin Grimsley’s goal at the 26:44 mark of the first half, the eventual game-winner. Also, Alex Osorio had two assists over the two-game spread, with Grimsley in the first game and Janna Walkup in the second half against Appalachian State. FSU is 1-2 in season opener’s (lost to Florida 4-0 in 1995, defeated West Florida 4-1 in 1996).
Sophomore Erin Grimsley has emerged as the team’s leader during FSU’s season-opening two-game road trip. She set a new FSU record by quickly scoring the game’s first goal at 41 seconds into the match with #15 Wake Forest. She then scored the game’s first goal and eventual game-winner against Appalachian State in FSU’s 2-0 shut out win.
Junior’s Janna Walkup and Alex Osorio, both three-year veterans of the Seminole Soccer program, are the only other point scorers other Erin Grimsley so far this season. Walkup scored the game’s final goal in the second half of the 2-0 win over Appalachian State, she also tabbed the game-winning assist on the game’s first goal with Grimsley. Osorio assisted on Grimsley’s score against Wake Forest and again on Walkup’s score against ASU.
As the Seminoles move closer into the national spotlight the 1997 schedule reflects a tougher base of opponents, other than those located within the prominent ACC. In fact, all but two opponents (Maryland and Virginia) are More regional teams were added to strengthen the Tribe’s regional position.
The new teams added from the Southeast region are: UNC-Greensboro, Wofford, Elon, Stetson, South Alabama, Louisiana State, South Florida, UAB and Tennessee.
So far, six of FSU’s eight 1997 signees have made their debut’s in the season’s first two games. Junior transfer Jill Ford and Freshmen April Murphy, Danielle Foard and Rachael Watkin have started both games. Freshmen Sally Shelgren and Ashley Halter have appeared in both contests. Senior transfer Taryn Cervi is sidelined with a mild knee injury.41 AND COUNTING
Juniors Janine Lavoie and Alex Osorio remain the only two players within the Seminole soccer program who have started in FSU’s 41 total games through current (1995-97).
Junior Melissa Juhl would have started in every game behind goal, but she was sidelined the last two games of the 1995 season with an injury.
Other than winning 12 games in 1996, as compared to 1995’s four wins, FSU had three players who received national honors following the season. Melissa Juhl was a second team All-ACC and All-Southeast Region goalkeeper, while earning a spot on Soccer America’s team of the week after FSU shut out 10th ranked Clemson. Kasey McCall was an All-Southeast Region freshman, while placing second on the team with 24 points in 1996. Kelley Poole was recognized on Soccer America’s team of the week after her game winning goal against nationally ranked NC State.