Sept. 26, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After winning their first two conferences games of the season and downing Kansas 4-1 last week, the Seminole soccer team (5-2, 2-0) reaped the benefits of going 3-0 and moving into first place alone atop the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sophomore Amber Tollefson and freshman Camie Bybee were named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week and Bybee was also named to SoccerBuzz’s National Elite Team. Florida State also moved up in three of the four national polls this week peaking at No. 12 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) latest rankings.
Tollefson had a huge day for FSU 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 intended 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 game high for FSU in 2001.
Bybee, a highly touted freshman from Oklahoma City, OK, recorded points in all three of FSU’s big wins this week including a game-winning goal versus Kansas and a big goal against No. 7 Clemson to move into a tie for first in total points for FSU in 2001 with nine (3G and 3A).
She started her big week when the Seminoles traveled to Clemson to face the defending conference regular season champions in a re-scheduled match. After the Tigers broke on top after just 2:52 had elapsed, Bybee helped bring the Seminoles back into the game by assisting on Amber Tollefson’s first goal of the match to even the score at 1-1. The Seminoles fell behind once again in the second half and Bybee once again stepped up and brought the Seminoles back. Twelve minutes after Clemson went ahead 2-1, Bybee took a pass from Marte Vik Edvardsen off of a corner and headed in her second goal of the season bringing FSU even with the Tigers at 2-2. Florida State went on to win the game and recorded just the second-ever conference road win in the history of the program.
Against Kansas Friday night, the Seminoles once again fell behind 1-0 before tying the game eight minutes later in the 19th-minute. A Bybee pass freed Maren Vik Edvardsen inside the KU box behind the Jayhawk defense setting up the equalizing goal, which came on a penalty kick. After dictating play for the next 50 minutes but being unable to find the back of the net, Bybee changed all of that in the 67th-minute. Senior Maren Vik Edvardsen played a ball back to the freshman 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 to the top corner of the net. The goal was the team-leading third of the season for the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year and wound up being the first game-winner of her Seminole career.
Bybee wasn’t done yet as the Seminoles looked to improve to 2-0 in the conference for the first time ever against NC State. After falling behind in the last four consecutive games, Bybee helped reverse that trend in the 2-1 OT win by assisting on the game’s first goal just 2:02 into the first half. For the week, Bybee scored two goals and recorded two assists to lead the team for the week with six points.
The win over Clemson, 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 conference win in seven seasons. Due to its 3-0 record and win at then-No. 7 Clemson, FSU returned to the NSCAA poll at No. 12 after a week-long absence. The Seminoles also moved from No. 17 to No. 13 in Soccer America’s poll, from No.17 to No. 14 in the SoccerBuzz poll and remained at No. 15 in the latest soccertimes.com poll.