Sept. 24, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
It has been a good week for Florida State soccer with three wins and the program’s first-ever 2-0 conference start but things just seem to be getting better every day. Sophomore Amber Tollefson was named FSU’s first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week Monday after her two goal performance in first-place Florida State’s 3-2 win over conference rival and seventh-ranked Clemson. The Seminoles (5-2, 2-0) win over the Tigers started a week that saw Florida State win two ACC games in one week for the first time and equaled FSU’s season-high conference win total in just two matches.
“I am very excited for Amber,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “I thought she had an exceptional week and an exceptional game against a very talented Clemson squad. She scored two very important goals for us in a 3-2 win. Her first goal got us right back into the game at 1-1 and with the game in the balance under five minutes she was able to get in line and drop a cross in the face of the goal that was knocked in by one of the Clemson defenders. It was a great individual performance. It says a lot about her.”
Tollefson had a huge day against No. 7 Clemson Monday. After falling behind the Tigers 1-0 after just two minutes, the Seminoles had a long road ahead of them against a Tiger team that was 73-11-4 at home. In the 30th-minute, Tollefson collected a pass from freshman Camie Bybee just outside the Clemson 18-yard box and beat a couple of Tiger defenders. The Boca Raton native then launched a blast from the far edge of the box about 16 yards out. The shot found its way into the upper corner at the far post beating first team All-ACC keeper Katie Carson and marked the first goal scored against Clemson in 2001.
Tollefson wasn’t done yet. After FSU fell behind 2-1 and once again fought back to tie the contest at 2-2, it seemed the match was headed for overtime. A beautiful piece of combination play at the top of Clemson’s 18-yard box between Marte and Maren Vik Edvardsen sent Tollefson in behind the Clemson defense where she launched a dangerous cross in front of the Tiger’s net. The ball was headed for a waiting Jez Ratliff in the six-yard box before Tiger defender Sarah Turner came running back to clear the cross and ended up deflecting the ball past Carson into the Clemson net. Tollefson’ goal, the second game-winner of her career, helped FSU record its first-ever win in an ACC opener. Tollefson’s two goals nearly equaled her total of three from the entire 2000 season and her four points equaled a single season game high for FSU in 2001.
The win, combined with Sunday’s victory over NC State, propelled the Seminoles to their first-ever 2-0 start in the conference and while it is early, FSU sits atop the ACC standings alone for the first time in the seven-year history of the program. The conference road win against Clemson, last year’s ACC regular season champions, was just the second ever for FSU and marked just the program’s sixth ever conference victory before their defeat of the Wolfpack Sunday.