Sept. 27, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
It might be an under statement, but this has been a good week for the 12th-ranked Seminole soccer team. Florida State (5-2, 2-0) defeated two conference opponents in a week for the first time ever, started 2-0 in the conference and moved into sole possession of first place, garnered ACC player of the week honors and placed three players on national team’s of the week. Thursday, head coach Patrick Baker handed out his weekly awards and named Maren Vik Edvardsen the team’s player of the week and Ali Mims and Jez Ratliff co-rookies of the week.
Senior forward Maren Vik Edvardsen had two great games for the Seminoles this weekend by recording three assists and setting up an equalizing penalty kick in wins over Kansas and NC State. After FSU fell behind Kansas 1-0 just 11 minutes into the match, Camie Bybee sent Maren Vik Edvardsen into the Kansas 18-yard box where she beat a defender and was then pulled down by the Jayhawk defense. The Seminoles were awarded a penalty kick and evened the game at 1-1. Florida State eventually took the lead in the 67th-minute when the senior played a ball back to freshman Camie Bybee about 20 yards out. Bybee made a little space for herself and then launched a shot to the far post that beat Jayhawk keeper Meghan Miller for Vik Edvardsen’s first assist of the match. Just four minutes later Vik Edvardsen sent a corner kick into the box that sophomore defender Kristin Boyce headed home and gave Florida State the 3-1 lead. Her second assist of the match and fourth of the year equaled her total assists from all of last year. Vik Edvardsen recorded her career-high fifth assist in just the third minute of FSU’s second consecutive conference win over NC State putting the Seminoles up 1-0 just three minutes into the match.
“I thought Maren had an exceptional weekend,” said Baker. “When the Kansas game was in the balance at 1-1, she dropped a great ball off for Camie that put us up 2-1. A couple minutes later she provided great service into the box that Boyce latched onto to put us up 3-1. She is continually getting better and better at the things we ask of her. She is finding ways to lift us. I’m sure she would like to score a goal but we are successful and she is a part of that and right now she is doing a great job of setting others up.”
Ratliff moved into the starting line-up Friday after a solid start to the 2001 campaign and an impressive outing against No. 7 Clemson Monday. The move seems to have paid off against Kansas. The standout newcomer responded immediately by recording her second assist of the season on an 80th-minute goal to extend FSU to a 4-1 lead over the Jayhawks. Ratliff found Schofield at the top of the 18-yard box as she used an inside-outside move to free herself from the KU defense and blasted a shot to the upper corner at the back post.
The real fireworks came Sunday for the runner-up player of the year in Oklahoma as FSU moved into sole possession of first in the ACC against NC State with a 2-1 OT win. Ratliff got FSU off to a great start when she scored her second goal of the year just over two minutes into the game to put Florida State up 1-0. Senior Maren Vik Edvardsen found Camie Bybee who sent Jez Ratliff in behind the NC State defense. Wolfpack keeper Gretchen Lear came off of her line to make the save but Ratliff pushed it past her and buried the ball into an open net on the right side of the field. After NC State tied the game just before the end of the first half, the game went to overtime for the third consecutive season. The last two meetings between the teams were both ties but Ratliff made sure that wasn’t the case this time. After both teams exchanged corner kicks, the Seminoles pushed up field where Cindy Schofield broke down the NC State defense and played a perfect ball between two defenders into Ratliff. Ratliff collected the pass 10 yards in and beat the keeper as she came off of her line to close down the angle. The goal was the first game-winner of the Oklahoma native’s career and pushed her point total to eight for the season. She is now tied for the team lead with three goals.
“Jez got her first start Friday and created a lot but maybe didn’t get the productivity she was looking for,” said Baker. “On Sunday, in a big conference game, she created once again but this time got the productivity against a good NC State team in our second ACC game of the season. Those were two great goals that were well taken. Her pace got her in behind the defense and she remained very composed and finished her chances.”
Mims, a freshman from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, had a huge impact in the Seminoles 2-1 OT victory against NC State. Starter Kerry York, who seemed to injure herself during pre-game warm-ups, found a way to start the game for the Seminoles but may have re-aggravated her knee in the 57th-minute when she covered up a loose ball off of an NC State corner kick. Back-up keeper Ali Mims came in and made back-to-back big saves in the 78th-minute that kept FSU alive. German National team player Annika Schmidt tested Mims with a blast from the top of the box that Mims charged and punched out of danger and she then saved a header shot by Erin Bushey on the ensuing corner. Mims also made a sprawling save in OT that preserved the tie and less than two minutes later Ratliff’s goal secured FSU’s second ACC win in a row.
“Both of these rookies played such a huge roles in our two wins over the weekend that you’d be hard-pressed to say which one was more deserving,” said Baker. “Ali was put in the unique situation of entering mid-game for an injured goalkeeper. It was a big game and when she came in we weren’t really playing well, we were tired and fatigued from Friday night and she came in and gave an unbelievable performance. She showed that she has been getting her self mentally and physically ready by the way she preformed Sunday. She has stayed sharp and was just looking for a chance. She got a chance Sunday and made the absolute most of it. She kept us in the game and then gave us the opportunity to win.”