Oct. 31, 2002
THIS WEEK'S MATCH
NO. 15 FLORIDA STATE vs. NO. 25 VIRGINIA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2002
7:00 PM AT THE SEMINOLE SOCCER COMPLEX
Since Patrick Baker took over the program, the Seminoles have recorded their first-ever victory against three different ACC schools and FSU has a win over every conference foe with the exception of this weekend's opponent Virginia. The Seminoles are 0-8-1 all-time versus the Cavaliers but have come so close to beating them on numerous occasions. In the previous seven meetings, Virginia has won by an average on one goal per game. In five of FSU's eight losses to Virginia, the Cavs have either tied or won the game with less than 10:00 on the clock and on three occasions the goal came with under two minutes remaining in the match. Florida State recorded its first-ever tie versus UVA last season in the ACC Championship Semi-Finals. The two teams played to a scoreless draw through four overtimes before FSU advanced into the title game in a shootout. Although the Tribe did advance, the game was officially a draw. During the regular season in 2001, FSU held a 2-1 lead over the Cavs in Charlottesville before Virginia evened the match with just over 20:00 remaining. The Cavaliers then got the game-winner with less than two minutes left in regulation. In 2000, FSU and UVA were tied at 0-0 before the Cavaliers scored another 89th minute goal to record a 1-0 win. The meeting between the two schools in 1999 was another tough one for the Tribe. Once again the game was scoreless going into the final 10:00 before UVA scored to win 1-0. The regular season meeting in 1998 might have been the most heartbreaking of all the losses FSU has suffered at the hands of the Cavs. The Garnet and Gold took a 3-2 lead in to the 89th minute before UVA once again tied the match and won the game just six minutes in to OT. In 1997 Virginia used another 80th minute goal to beat Florida State. With the game tied 1-1, UVA got the game-winner in the 85th minute of the game.
BACK WHERE SHE BELONGS
In 2001, senior Cindy Schofield tied for the ACC lead in goals scored (17) and was second in points with 42. After opening 2002 on a six-game scoreless streak, the All-ACC first team selection had her work cut out for her if she wanted to reach those lofty heights again. With five goals this past week and 12 in the last 12 games, Schofield is once again sitting near the top the conference as she is just two goals off the conference lead and is just one of five conference players with 10 or more goals on the season. The Lakeland, FL native is also right near the top of the pack for points. Her 27 points ranks her third in the ACC and just three off the lead. If Schofield is able to finish the 2002 season with the most goals in the ACC, she will join Mia Hamm (UNC) and Charmaine Hooper (NCSU) as only the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in goals scored in back-to-back seasons.
As if there aren't already enough stats, trends and records to indicate how far FSU has come in the ACC, here is another one. As of November 1, the Seminoles have the second-fewest losses of any ACC team, the second-fewest conference losses of any ACC team, the second-best conference winning percentage and the second-best overall winning percentage. The only team FSU is behind in all of those categories is perennial national power North Carolina.
OUR FATE IS IN OUR OWN HANDS
The 15th-ranked Seminoles couldn't ask for much more as they enter the final regular season game of the 2002 season. With a win against Virginia Saturday, Florida State would finish the regular season in second place in the ACC, the highest conference finish in program history. While beating Virginia will be no easy task, the Tribe controls its own destiny and doesn't need anyone's help to finish second. There is still an outside possibility that FSU could share the regular season conference title with North Carolina. If the Tar Heels lose to Maryland, something that has never happened in 21 previous meetings, the Seminoles would finish in a tie for first with the most dominant soccer program in the history of the sport. Florida State would still be the No. 2 seed due to a head-to-head loss to Carolina during the regular season. On top of what is at stake in the conference, a season-ending win would assure FSU of the fewest regular season losses in team history, the the first season ever with a winning percentage above .700 (.711), the fewest ACC losses in team history and the most successful regular season in FSU soccer history.
JUST WHEN WE NEEDED HER THE MOST
After a little bit of a slow start for senior Cindy Schofield, the All-ACC first team selection is heating up at the right time. The All-American, who scored 17 goals last season, didn't find the back of the net once in the first six matches of the year. Since then, she has scored 12 goals in the last 12 games. She has scored multiple goals in three of the last six games and has scored at least one goal in six of FSU's last eight matches.
THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
The 2001 FSU soccer team was the first to ever record an undefeated home season going 8-0-0 on the year. While the 2002 team won't be able to match that amazing feat they accomplished something this year even more spectacular. For the first time ever, Florida State finished a season undefeated on the road (4-0-1) after beating Maryland and George Mason. Before Patrick Baker's arrival, the Seminole soccer program had posted an all-time road record of 13-23-2 for a winning percentage of just .368. In those four seasons, FSU was .500 or above on the road just once. Since Baker came to FSU in 1999, Florida State has been at .500 or above in road games for three straight seasons, has posted a .562 road winning percentage and has increased its winning percentage every season. While FSU has lost away from the Seminole soccer complex in 2002, that one loss was in a neutral site game to No. 10 Charlotte. In true road contests, FSU has defeated Miami, then No. 19 NC State, then No. 16 Maryland, George Mason and tied Duke.
ROAD RECORDS UNDER BAKER
1999 5-6-0 .455
2000 3-3-1 .500
2001 5-4-0 .555
2002 4-0-1 .900
When Florida State swept its two-game road trip through Maryland and Virginia, the two victories were huge wins in so many ways. On top of completing an undefeated road season and upsetting a conference opponent on the road the wins marked a significant milestone in Patrick Baker's career. The two wins moved Baker to 20-19-3 all-time at Florida Sate in games played away from home. Before his arrival at FSU, the Seminoles never had a winning record away from home at any point in the first four years of the program's history.
JOINING AN ELITE GROUP
If the Seminoles are able to defeat the Cavaliers at home Saturday night, they will become the sixth ACC team to record a conference victory over every school in the ACC. Maryland and Virginia are still looking to accomplish that feat after 16 years of ACC competition. The Seminoles would have done it in half the time it took NC State (16 years) and the same amount of time it took Clemson. Wake Forest needed seven seasons to record a win over every team and Duke did it in six. The Tar Heels were the first to sweep the conference winning their first meeting with every ACC foe.
Saturday night, Florida State will honor five seniors who have changed the complexion of the school's soccer program. The 2002 senior class has been to two NCAA Tournaments, an ACC Championship final, recorded the most conference wins in school history and will leave the program with the best winning percentage of any senior class (.610). No senior class has ever won more games and this group takes the field Saturday night having lost just eight home games in their four years at FSU. They are the first Seminole seniors to leave FSU with a winning record against Florida, Maryland and NC State and they have compiled an amazing 21-3-0 record versus teams from the state of Florida. Since their arrival in 1999, they have defeated 12 ranked opponents and helped to establish almost 200 records and program firsts in four seasons. They have also been a major reason this program has been at or above the .500 mark for 65 straight games.
With three wins last week including a road upset of then No. 16 Maryland, FSU made its largest jump in the rankings in team history. The Seminoles moved from receiving votes (No. 27) to No. 15 in the NSCAA poll, which is a jump of 12 spots. Florida State's No. 15 ranking is its highest of the season from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The previous record was set in 2000 when FSU entered the NCAA Tournament ranked 22nd by SoccerBuzz and after a run to the Sweet 16, garnered a final ranking of No. 12.
CONFIDENCE IN THE CONFERENCE
When the Seminoles battle Virginia Saturday night, FSU will have the opportunity to finish second in the ACC, which would be the highest finish in program history. They could also set the record for the fewest losses in an ACC season and tie the record for the most wins. A lot of this year's success has to do with Cindy Schofield. The 2001 All-ACC first teamer has scored five of her 12 goals in ACC play and has scored in four of FSU's six conference matches. She now holds the record for the most ACC goals in a single season and a career (8) by a Seminole soccer player. The senior, who has scored at least one goal versus every ACC team, hasn't done it alone. Two freshmen have made a big impact also. Leah Gallegos is right behind Schofield with nine points in ACC play on three goals and three assists. Besides her hat trick versus Clemson, the Los Angeles native has recorded assists against Wake Forest, North Carolina and a game-winning assist versus NC State. Sophomore Jez Ratliff had the game-tying goal in a 1-1 game versus Duke and two assists, including the game-winner, versus NC State. Freshman Erica Lewis is third on the team with three points in ACC play after her two-goal performance versus NC State.
CHASING YOUR TAIL
When you have set as many records as Cindy Schofield has eventually you start chasing your own accomplishments and that is what the senior is doing right now. While she is still in the running to catch her single-season records for goals, points, and game-winning goals there are three records she can break versus Virginia Saturday night. The senior is just six shots away from re-setting her record of 69 shots in a single season and only two shots on goal away from re-writing the single-season record in that category also. If Schofield is able to score against Virginia, she will equal the all-time FSU record for consecutive games with a goal that she set last season with five. The striker has recorded six goals in the last four games. She set her record last season at almost the exact same time in a very similar fashion. In the last four games of the 2001 regular season and the first game of the ACC Tournament, Schofield scored eight goals in that five game span. The senior has rallied down the stretch for FSU the last two seasons scoring 12 goals in the final eight games of the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Is there any doubt 2001 first team freshman All-American Katie Beal is recovered from a battle with mono that almost robbed her of her entire sophomore season? The central defender has returned to the FSU starting line-up and is getting better every game as she gets healthier. In the three games since Beal has returned to the starting line-up, FSU has recorded just its third shutout of the season, allowed just two goals and limited opponents to the second-fewest shots over any three-game stretch this season. On top of her defensive work, Beal has already recorded three assists in her three starts including the first multi-assist and multi-point game of her career. Coming into 2002, the Alexandria, VA native had recorded just one assist. This season she has tripled that number with three on the season.
BACK ON BOARD
Freshman Leah Gallegos is having an ACC Rookie of the Year type season. The Los Angeles native is third in the conference amongst freshman in goals scored (7) and in assists (6). After scoring six goals in a seven game stretch, the freshman was held without a goal for six straight games before she got back on the board versus George Mason. She broke out in a big way against the Patriots as she recorded a goal and an assist. Her assist put FSU up 1-0 and her goal was the freshman's team-leading third game-winner of the year. She is now tied third in the conference and tied for first amongst freshmen in game-winners.
Florida State has had a complete reversal of fortune against Maryland, Duke, Clemson and NC State over the past two seasons. From 1995 to 2000 (six seasons), FSU recorded just three wins against this group in 25 meetings for a winning percentage of .107. During the last two seasons under head coach Patrick Baker, the Seminoles have almost tripled that win total in 17 fewer games. Florida State has gone 8-0-1 in the last nine meetings with those ACC schools posting an amazing winning percentage of .944. Looking at those numbers, is it any wonder how the Seminoles have gone from perennial cellar dwellers to competing for a top spot in the ACC since Baker arrived?
When the FSU soccer team defeated NC State and Clemson earlier this season, it marked the first time in program history that the Seminoles had won-back-to-back conference games versus an ACC opponent. Now you can add Maryland to that list also. After beating Maryland last week and twice last season, the 2002 squad became the first team to ever win three consecutive games versus an ACC foe. Those back-to-back conference wins against three teams that have been or are currently ranked tell you just how far FSU soccer has come since Patrick Baker took over the program just four years ago.
Since a 0-0 double overtime tie to Oregon State opening day, FSU has gone 17 straight games without being shutout. That 17 game stretch with at least one goal is an all-time record for consecutive games with a goal, which surpassed the record 14 game streak set by the 2000 team. The Seminoles will have an opportunity to add on to that record on senior night versus Virginia Saturday, which could be a tough task. The Seminoles have been shutout by the Cavs in four of their last five meetings.
FOUR FOR THE FIRST TIME
The Tribe's victory in College Park last week over Maryland set a new gold standard as FSU now have four wins versus a conference opponent for the first time ever. With its two wins versus UMd last year and regular season win this year, the Terps are the first ACC team Florida State ever recorded three wins against also.
HOW'D WE LET HER GET AWAY?
Sophomore goalkeeper Kerry York came into this years meeting with the Terps with a very impressive record versus her hometown team. The Severna Park, MD native who grew up just 20minutes away from Ludwig Field had played 135 minutes versus the Terps, posted a 2-0 record, recorded a shutout and made four saves. She outdid herself in 2002. The sophomore netminder, who was recruited by Maryland, registered a career-high 12 saves and recorded her second-ever ACC shutout both coming against UMD. In three games versus Maryland, York is 3-0 and has allowed just two goals in 225 minutes. She has two shutouts and a GAA of just 0.80.
REACHED OUR LIMIT
The Seminoles have done a stellar job the last four games holding their opponents to 10 or fewer shots per game. Florida State limited NC State to just six shots, a season-low, and then turned around and held a Jacksonville team that was unbeaten in 15 straight games to just seven shots. Florida State then allowed George Mason just 10 shots in a 3-1 win. The 39 shots allowed in the last four games are the fewest FSU has allowed over any four game stretch this season. For the season, FSU has limited its opponents to 10 or fewer shots on seven occasions.
The Tribe has also done a much better job of limiting its opponent's shots on goal. In the first eight games of the season, FSU's opponents took 68 shots on frame for an average of more than eight per contest. Over the last 10 matches, opponents are now averaging just 5.3 shots on goal per game and FSU has held its opponents to six shots on goal or less eight time in that 10 game span.
LAST WEEK'S PEAK PERFORMERS
CINDY SCHOFIELD, SENIOR, LAKELAND, FL FORWARD
Senior striker Cindy Schofield had a huge week for FSU as the Seminoles went 3-0 including a huge road win at No. 16 Maryland. The Lakeland, FL native scored five goals, recorded an assist and scored two game-winners. She led the team in goals (5), points (11), shots (13), shot pct (.385), shots on goal (10), shots on goal pct (.769) and game-winning goals (2). With her five goals, she also moved into a tie for the most goals scored by any ACC player in 2002 and is one of just four ACC players with 10 or more goals. On top of that, her assist moved her into a tie for the all-time lead in FSU soccer history and she recorded the seventh and eighth multi-goal games of her career, which is an all-time FSU record also. The forward has now scored all 12 of her goals in the last 12 games including five in ACC competition. In the three games, Schofield set season highs for points, goals and assists. In FSU's first game of the week, Jacksonville University traveled to Tallahassee in the midst of a 15-game unbeaten streak. The Seminoles took a 1-0 lead but the Dolphins fought back to tie the contest at 1-1. Just over 10 minutes later Schofield put FSU back in front. The play started when Amber Tollefson befuddled three JU defenders on the left side of the pitch as she worked herself into open space. She served a beautiful ball towards the far post where Schofield was waiting. The most prolific goal scorer in Seminole soccer history headed it into the empty side of the net pushing the Tribe back into the lead. With under 10:00 remaining in the half, Schofield was at it again. Sophomore Katie Beal made a run down the center of the pitch and split the JU defense with a pass down the seam right onto Schofield's foot. The striker took a couple of steps and then drove a shot to the far post beating Fowler. Florida State next traveled to a cold and wet Ludwig Field for an ACC showdown with No. 16 Maryland. The Terps, who were 3-2-0 in the ACC, were looking to lock up one of their best conference records ever against FSU. Just 1:58 into the match, Gallegos went after a loose ball in the Terp's box and was pulled down by Lindsay Niehaus before she could get to the ball. After a little confusion, the referee signaled penalty kick and Florida State's leading scorer Schofield stepped up to take the PK. The senior striker drove a hard shot into the side of the net past senior keeper Lynn Schraf. With the goal, Schofield became the first FSU player to ever record 10 or more goals in two seasons at FSU. Schofield's PK was the only goal of the match and her second game-winner in two games. The win gave FSU its second road win in the ACC this season and an undefeated ACC road record (2-0-1). The Lakeland, FL native had two more close calls against the Terps as she continued to pressure the Maryland defense. In the second half, Schofield collected a long pass over the top of the defense from Amber Tollefson. Schofield was in behind the Terps defense and as the keeper charged out the senior lofted the shot over her but just wide of the post. In the 78th minute Schofield and Tollefson almost got the Terrapins again. Schofield collected another ball from Tollefson behind the Maryland defense and this time when Barnhill came out to stop the breakaway, Schofield dribbled around her and into the box. As she was preparing to shoot, Maryland defender Lindsay Givens dragged her down from behind. Schofield did her best to get the shot off but Mallory Mahar was in position to clear it off the line. No foul was called. The senior kept her hot streak going Sunday versus George Mason. Less than 10 minutes in, the Seminoles got the go-ahead goal. Gallegos started the play off by dribbling into the box. The keeper came out to cut the angle off but the forward dribbled around her. The Los Angeles native couldn't get off a shot due to a group of Mason defenders rushing back to cover the open net so she sent a pass across the box to Schofield. She found the senior at the backpost and Schofield tucked it into the open net. FSU went on top 2-0 as Schofield recorded her first assist of the week. She found Gallegos behind the defense on the right side of the pitch. Gallegos immediately turned to goal and made a move on the keeper. Her shot found the back of the net and was the seventh goal of the year for the freshman. GMU closed FSU's lead t0 2-1 and the Seminoles went back on the attack in search of a cushion. In the 90th minute they got another one, this time off a Katie Beal free kick. The Virginia native, playing in her home state, sent a perfect service down the center of the pitch to Schofield in the box. The senior pushed the header past the keeper for the eighth multi-goal game of her career staking FSU to a 3-1 lead.
KERRY YORK, SOPHOMORE, SEVERNA PARK, MD GOALKEEPER
The sophomore keeper stepped up big for the Seminoles last week as she allowed just two goals in 270 minutes and led FSU to a 3-0 record. York recorded the second ACC shutout of her career, posted a stellar .895 save percentage and recorded a career-high 12 saves in a road upset of No. 16 Maryland. Against a Jacksonville squad in the midst of a 15-game unbeaten streak, the 2001 Gatorade Player of the Year from Maryland was forced to make just one save but came up big early in the contest. Jacksonville's Inge Heiremans sent a dangerous cross from the far left side through the FSU 18-yard box. The ball was headed to Vanessa Illanes, JU's leading scorer, but York made a tremendous dive to cut off the cross and end the threat. The sophomore played her best game of the year a few days later as FSU traveled to College Park, MD, which is just 20 minutes from York's childhood home. The keeper, who was recruited by Maryland, was huge in the net for FSU all night as she collected 12 of the 16 shots the Terps fired. She improved to 3-0-0 all-time versus Maryland and both of her conference shutouts have now come against her hometown team. York had her first superb stop against Maryland in the 40th minute. Maryland fired a bending shot from the left side of the pitch that seemed destined to score at the back post. York made a huge diving stop but the deflection went to Simone Dekker just three yards in front of an empty goalmouth. Dekker struck the ball but York got up and smothered the shot saving the shutout and the lead. After an FSU attack, Maryland countered and York came up big again. Lindsay Givens sent a deep throw-in into the penalty box where Mallory Mahar got a header shot on frame through a lot of traffic. The sophomore keeper went up for the ball and pulled it down despite the mass of bodies in front of her. With under 2:00 remaining Maryland had one last great chance but the FSU keeper was up to the task again. Maryland pushed up in the hopes of a late equalizer and had a chance with less than 2:00 remaining in the second half. Kimmy Francis fired a dipping shot from more than 20 yards out that was directly on frame. York tracked the shot and then fisted it over the crossbar preserving the win. Two days later FSU finished its road trip at George Mason where the keeper made another four saves giving her 17 for the week.
KATIE BEAL, SOPHOMORE, ALEXANDRIA, VA DEFENDER
A SoccerBuzz 2001 first team freshman All-American, Katie Beal has returned to the Seminole line-up in a big way after battling since August. The central defender started all three games this week and was a key component in holding FSU's opponents to just two goals. Those three teams came into the matches combining to average over six goals a game. On top of her stellar defense, Beal recorded three assists this week after recording just two in the first 32 matches of her career. Beal recorded the first multi-point and multi-assist game of her career in just her second start versus Jacksonville. Beal started FSU's scoring against the Dolphins by sending junior Summer Corum endline. Corum looked up and found Jez Ratliff making a run at the back post. The Oklahoma native sent her header shot back to the other side of the net easily beating the keeper and staking FSU to the 1-0 lead. With under 10:00 remaining in the half, the defender helped FSU score again. Beal made a run down the center of the pitch and split the JU defense with a pass down the seam right onto Cindy Schofield's foot. The striker took a couple of steps and then drove a shot to the far post putting FSU up 3-1. Beal was simply awesome on a wet, cold night in College Park as she and the Seminole defense recorded their third shutout of the year over a Maryland team that was coming of a huge win at No. 12 Clemson in which they scored three goals. Despite Maryland fighting from one goal down for 88 minutes, Beal and the defense kept the Terps off the board. Returning to her home state, Beal had another great game versus George Mason two days later. In the 14th minute the Beal gave the Tribe its first serious challenge on the GMU goal. She served a free kick from about 23 yards out to the backpost. The ball was headed back to the center of the box by Schofield to a waiting Jez Ratliff. Ratliff got a look at the goal but her shot was blocked. Beal served another ball, this one off a corner, to Ratliff at the near post just a few minutes later. The sophomore volleyed a shot on frame but Patriot defender Kerri Beck saved the ball as it was heading into the net. The sophomore defender not only spurred the offense but she came up big defensively also when she blocked a GMU shot that was put on frame after a Kerry York save. In the 88th minute it looked as if Beal would get their third assist of the week. Her corner kick service landed right at the feet of Ratliff in front of the GMU keeper but Coughlin came up with a big save. The rebound went to Katie Talley who dug the ball out from a group of defenders but couldn't get it into the net. Just two minutes later, Beal's efforts were rewarded. With under a minute remaining, Beal sent a perfect service off a free kick down the center of the pitch to Schofield in the box. The senior pushed the header past the keeper for the seventh multi-goal game of her career staking FSU to a 3-1 lead.