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Sept. 5, 2002

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THAT SAYS IT ALL


Now in his fourth season, head coach Patrick Baker has done so much for soccer at Florida State that is really hard to fully grasp the makeover this program has undergone. There are some streaks and notes that do give you a better understanding of how much he has accomplished. The 134 program firsts, team and individual records that have been set in just the last two seasons is amazing. The fact that Baker was named a finalist for the SoccerBuzz National Coach of the Year in 2000 is impressive. Taking FSU to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments for the first-time ever and beating Florida and North Carolina in one season is amazing but none of those really encompass the complete turnaround. The fact that Baker’s teams have been above .500 for 50 straight games now is amazing! Before his arrival, the FSU soccer program was .500 or below for 52 of its 80 games. Since Baker took over in 1999, he has led FSU in 70 games and his squads have been .500 or below on just 11 occasions. That means a Baker-led team has been above .500 84% of the time compared to 23% of the time in the program’s first four years.


WE OWE THEM


The 2000 season was one of the most amazing in the history of the Seminole soccer program but if there was any disappointment it was a pair of road losses to Ohio State and Missouri. The Seminoles had beaten Florida and were 3-0 when the headed to the Ellis Copy/Tiger Invitational in Columbia, MO. Florida State dropped a 2-1 decision to Mizzou to open the weekend. The Tribe will get a chance at revenge this Friday when the Tigers join LSU and Miami at the Seminole Invitational. The Tigers opened the season with a win over preseason No. 23 Illinois in double overtime and then fell to Indiana in another double OT match.


THE SERIES WITH MISSOURI AND LSU


Florida State comes into this weekend’s Seminole Invitational Tournament with a 1-1-1 record versus its two opponents. In 2000, FSU lost 2-1 to Missouri (see above note) and the Tribe is 1-0-1 all-time versus LSU. The LSU Tigers and Seminoles tied 1-1 in FSU’s inaugural season (1995) when the match, played in Baton Rouge, was suspended in the second overtime. The Seminoles came back in 1997 and got a decisive 3-0 win in Tallahassee.


FIRST TIME WITH FOUR


The 2002 season marks the first time in FSU history that the soccer team has opened a season with four consecutive home matches. In 2000, FSU started the year by playing three straight home games before traveling to Missouri for the Ellis Copy/Tiger Invitational. Florida State better savor this weekend though because it leaves Tuesday for Miami where the squad will play three games in five days.


2000 vs 2002


One can’t help but notice some striking similarities between Florida State’s schedule from its magical 2000 season and the 2002 campaign. This season, 15 of Florida State’s 19 games are against teams they played during the historic 2000 campaign including eight non-conference opponents. The Seminoles will be hoping to capture the success they had against this group in 2000. The last time FSU played North Carolina, Florida and Wake Forest at home, the Seminoles defeated all three teams en route to the squad’s first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles are off to a good start on that front as they went undefeated against Oregon and Oregon State just as they did in 2000. During the 2000 campaign, 8,799 fans came to the Seminole Soccer Complex to watch FSU. The top two all-time attendances were set that season when 1,582 fans watched FSU down the Tar Heels and 1,282 fans saw FSU open the season with a win over the Florida Gators. Through two games this year, FSU is on pace to match or break that all-time mark.


SHINING ON SUNSHINE

Camie Bybee


Sophomores Jez Ratliff and Camie Bybee are special players but when the Sunshine cameras come on they take their game to an even higher level. In just three games broadcast by the Sunshine Network, the two Oklahomans have combined to record five goals and two assists. Two of those five goals have been game-winners and one evened up a crucial ACC match versus Duke. After now playing in a combined 50 matches, Ratliff and Bybee have recorded almost a third of their 17 career goals in just three Sunshine games. That bodes well for the pair with both Florida and UCF still on the TV schedule this year.


STREAKS IN TACT


The 15th-ranked FSU soccer team bolstered two impressive streaks opening weekend. After going undefeated at home last year (8-0-0) the Seminoles have now not lost a home game in 11 straight matches dating back to an NCAA tournament win over Jacksonville in 2000. The Tribe also upped its undefeated home streak versus non-conference opponents to 19. The last time FSU lost a game at home to a non-ACC squad was the home opener versus Miami in 1999. Included in that group are teams like Texas A&M, Florida, Georgia and Miami just to name a few.


In the past two seasons, FSU has compiled an impressive home record of 18-2-1 including that perfect 8-0 record in 2001. Against the ACC in Tallahassee, the Seminoles have gone 5-2 over a two-year span, which looms large for Florida State as they play host to four ACC teams in the regular season on top of hosting the conference tournament. The Seminoles have also won back-to-back conference games at home for the second time under Patrick Baker and for just the third time in the program’s history. In the four years before Baker’s arrival, FSU posted a 2-11 at home versus ACC foes.


THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT


Sophomore Jez Ratliff had an outstanding freshman campaign that landed her on the All-ACC rookie team but if the opening weekend of 2002 was any indication, the forward from Oklahoma could be poised for an even bigger year in 2002. Ratliff was dominant all weekend for FSU as she scored a goal, recorded a game-winning assist and put four of her six shots on frame at the Nike/FSU Invitational. The front-runner combined the pace that made her freshman year so successful with even more adept skill on the ball, which was the result of a vigorous off-season program. Ratliff worked for an hour to an hour and a half once a week on individual training in the spring on top of sessions with the full squad. She began to show that her hard work was paying off in the spring as she scored a goal in every spring game except one coming into her sophomore season. Combined with All-ACC first team selection Cindy Schofield up top, the sophomore is primed for a huge season.


GOOD START


One of head coach Patrick Baker’s biggest concerns after the 2001 season was the team’s defense. The Seminoles set a program record by allowing just 31 goals in 2000. Baker saw that record low increase by nine goals in 2001 as FSU gave up 40 last season. Add to that the loss of Ali Mims and he had to be concerned coming into opening day. The Seminole defense and starting keeper Kerry York probably eased Baker’s concerns with their performance in the first two matches of the season. Florida State recorded the first season-opening shutout in program history and allowed OSU just 10 shots in 110 minutes. York made big saves when she was called upon to do so and seven different Seminoles played in the back. The Seminoles then went on to allow just one goal in 90 minutes versus Oregon in the second match of the year. For the opening weekend, FSU allowed just one goal in 200 minutes of action and York finished the two games with a sparkling 0.45 GAA. If FSU continues to get that type of defensive effort, this could be a very special year in Tallahassee.

Kristin Boyce


Although head coach Patrick Baker isn’t looking for excuses for last year’s 40 goals allowed, there are some factors that definitely played into that increase. First, the Seminoles played nine games against teams in the Top 30 for offense in the final NCAA stats including three games against two of the top three scoring offenses in the nation. Second, FSU freshman started in positions straight down the center of the field 76 times in 2001 including two freshmen in net and a rookie center back in Katie Beal. Three, Florida State played 10 of 11 games against ranked teams away from home in 2001. With a year of experience behind them, only one starter lost and a 12-game home schedule in hand, the FSU defense is poised to return to the form they displayed in 2000.


FRESHMAN PLAYING A DIFFERENT ROLE


For the third-straight season, head coach Patrick Baker brought in a Top 25 recruiting class but the 2002 group is already playing a different role than freshmen in the past. After seeing freshmen make a start nine times on opening day over the last three seasons, only one started when the Garnet and Gold took the field against Oregon State. That doesn’t mean the 2002 group is less talented but it does speak volumes about the quality and depth Baker has at his disposal this season. Six of the nine freshman played this weekend but unlike the past, they will be relied upon to provide depth rather than fill starting roles.


ONE DOWN THREE TO GO


Barring injury, senior All-ACC first teamer Cindy Schofield will own every offensive career record when the 2002 season is complete. Of the four major categories (goals, points, assists and shots), Schofield has already moved into first in shots after taking 11 shots in two games opening weekend. The honorable mention All-American has now taken 143 shots in her career, which moved her past Marte and Maren Vik Edvardsen (132 and 137 shots respectively) and into first place.


Last season was a breakout year the honorable mention All-American. Schofield had the most productive offensive season in the history of Florida State soccer as she scored 17 goals, had eight assists and recorded 42 points after starting 18 of FSU’s 24 matches. She helped drive an FSU offense that ended the year as the 29th-best in all of Division I soccer and was named an honorable mention All-American and first team All-Southeast Region selection by SoccerBuzz, NSCAA All-South Region second team selection and became just FSU’s second-ever All-ACC first team selection. Schofield was in the top 30 in the country in scoring offense and goals per game as she finished No. 28 in the nation with an average of 0.71 goals per game, which led the conference. Schofield also finished No. 27 in scoring offense with 1.75 points per game and was the only player in the ACC to appear on the NCAA leaders list for both goals and points. She was the first Seminole to ever lead the ACC in goals scored and finished the season second in the conference in points, second in goals per game, second in scoring average and fourth in assists.

Cindy Schofield


After her record-breaking year, Schofield is on the verge of setting every career mark in the history of the Seminole soccer program and she could own them all before the calendar flips to October. She is currently closing in on taking over first on three other career record lists and already owns the career mark with seven game-winning goals. She is six shots away from the top of that list, four goals away from becoming the most prolific goal scorer in FSU history, 10 points away from taking over the title as the most productive offensive player to ever don a Seminole uniform and four assists away from the top of that category also. If Schofield even comes close to her record setting junior year, it might be a long time before anyone threatens her career marks.


STATISTICAL DOMINANCE


While everyone knows that when it comes to winning or losing the only stat that matters in soccer is goals scored, but Florida State showed just how much they controlled play at the Nike/FSU Invitational with their statistical performance opening weekend. The Tribe recorded 47 shots, 21 shots on goal, took 20 corners and forced the opposing keepers to make 16 saves in two games. Comparatively, FSU took 26 more shots than its opponents, 16 more corner kicks and eight more shots on goal.


THEY DID IT AGAIN


For the second consecutive season under Baker, FSU opened a campaign undefeated. While most observers thought the Seminoles played well enough to get a season opening victory against Oregon State, the Tribe’s 1-0-1 record is still impressive especially when you look at what happened to ranked teams during the opening weekend of the season. Eight teams ranked in the preseason NSCAA poll were upset, three others lost two games (No. 4 Portland, No. 13 Florida and No. 23 Illinois) and last year’s Final Four (Santa Clara, North Carolina, Portland and Florida) went a combined 1-5-1.


THE STANDS WERE PACKED

Opening Day record crowd.


Florida State opened the 2002 campaign in front of the sixth-largest crowd in program history and the second largest opening day crowd ever. The 954 fans were treated to 110 minutes of action packed soccer as FSU took 23 shots, 10 shots on goal, 11 corners and they racked up 15 shots from inside the Oregon State 18-yard box. The record crowd was followed up with another 572 fans two days later. That two-day total of 1526 was more than double the size of the rain-soaked opening day crowds in 2001 (747). After just two games the Seminoles are averaging 763 fans, which is just 37 fans off of the record-setting attendance of 2000 (800/game). While it is early in the season, with Florida, UNC, Virginia, Clemson and Wake Forest still on the home schedule, the Seminoles could be in for a record-breaking year in the stands.


STANDING TALL IN GOAL


Sophomore Kerry York had a stellar weekend in goal for the Seminoles. After recording the first-ever opening day shutout in FSU history, she allowed just one goal to Oregon and had a GAA of just 0.45 after 200 minutes. In two games, York registered 10 saves and a .909 save percentage. After the Seminoles set a program record by allowing just 31 goals in 2000, they saw that record low increase by nine goals in 2001 as the Seminoles gave up 40 in 2001. Add to that the loss of Ali Mims for the year and the coaching staff had reason to be concerned coming into opening day. The Seminole defense and York probably eased Baker’s concerns with their performance this weekend.


SHE SHOOTS, SHE…


Well maybe she didn’t score but that will come for honorable mention All-American Cindy Schofield. The senior forward had a big time game in the season opener and you would expect nothing less from an All-ACC first team selection. The senior from Lakeland, FL put herself in position to score over and over with dangerous runs and skilled moves. She was in alone with OSU keeper Jo Fletcher on numerous occasions but just couldn’t find the back of the net. Schofield’s six shots were one shy of tying her career high and her four shots on goal were just two away from also tying her career high in that category.


SENT’EM PAC-ING


After going 1-0-1 against Oregon and Oregon State to open the 2002 season, Florida State is now a perfect 3-0-1 against teams form the Pac-10 in program history. The only two previous matches against the Pac-10 came in 2000 when the Seminoles traveled to Oregon and defeated both the University of Oregon and Oregon State.


RANKINGS


For the second consecutive season, the FSU soccer team opened their campaign as a consensus preseason Top 20 selection. After receiving their first-ever consensus preseason Top 20 ranking in 2001, the Seminoles managed to spend every week of the season ranked in two of the five college soccer polls last year. Florida State will look to go wire-to-wire again this year as the entered 2002 ranked in the Top 17 of all four preseason polls.


After a 1-0-1 week, the Seminoles remained a consensus Top 17 pick. The Tribe held its ground in the NSCAA poll and dropped a spot or two in the SoccerTimes.com, SoccerBuzz and Soccer America polls. The ACC also bounced back into the national spotlight as UNC became the consensus No. 1 team in the land and Duke and Wake Forest made their first appearances of the year in the polls.


PLAYING THE BEST EVERY YEAR


Since starting the soccer program at FSU in 1995, the Seminoles have established quite a legacy for competing against the best in the nation. That point has never been as clear as when you look at just the amount of games they have played against the last eight National Champions. The Seminoles have faced a defending National Champion in six of the last seven seasons and have faced the eventual National Champion six times in a row. The Tribe has played nine games against the last six National Champions and has faced every National Champion over that span. The Tribe has recorded two wins in the last two years against that group.


Year National Champion Games versus FSU
1996 North Carolina Two games
1997 North Carolina Two games
1998 North Carolina One game
1999 Florida One game
2000 North Carolina Two games
2001 Santa Clara One game

BEATING THE BEST


For the second straight year under head coach Patrick Baker, FSU posted a winning record against NCAA Tournament teams in 2001. Over the last two seasons, the Seminoles have gone 13-10-1 during the regular season against NCAA Tournament teams. In 2000, FSU posted a 5-3 record against tourney teams during the regular season including wins over National Champion North Carolina (3-2 2OT), Florida (3-2) and Sweet 16 participant Texas A&M (4-1).


The trend continued last season. Of the 24 games FSU played in 2001, 16 were against NCAA tourney teams. The Seminoles battled to an 8-7-1 record and during those 16 games, they outscored their opponents 35-32 while accumulating five shutouts. The Garnet and Gold was the only team in the nation last year to compete against all four teams who made it to the College Cup (North Carolina, Portland, Santa Clara, Florida) during the regular season.


DOING IT FOR ALI


Ali Mims, who was competing for the starting job in goal, was lost for the season after fracturing her tibia just 4:26 into the Georgia scrimmage. The Jacksonville, Fla. native worked as hard as anyone this summer and her teammates are thinking of her everyday as she recovers.

Ali Mims

“This is a huge loss for us and Ali’s loss leaves us with a huge void to fill,” said team co-captain Amber Tollefson. “It was so upsetting to see that happen to her. We are going to get through this as a team and by winning for her. She worked so hard all summer and in preseason and her injury is just going to cause us to work harder for an even larger purpose than individual success.”


THE REAL BEAL


Freshman All-American Katie Beal had as good of a year as any freshman in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2001 but, as is usually the case, defenders often have a tough time getting publicity due to a lack of stats. Luckily for the talented center back, the coaches in the ACC recognize more than numbers and they voted Beal on to the 2001 All-ACC Rookie team. The Alexandria, VA native showed why she was named a Parade All-American and spent two seasons with the U-16 National Team. She is as good as any Seminole defender at solving pressure in tight spaces and was a rock against some of the nation’s premier players. Beal started 23 of Florida State’s 24 matches and missed her only start due to a concussion suffered before the North Carolina game.


AWAITING HER RETURN


If the FSU defense is to improve the way everyone in Tallahassee expects it to, they will need to keep things together until freshman All-American Katie Beal returns to the mix. The sophomore center back is just the second FSU player to ever garner freshman All-American honors but has been sidelined with mono since returning to campus for fall practice. She was a rock in the back for FSU and is one of the most talented defenders to ever play in the Seminole back line. Senior Meredith Jones who has appeared in every match for FSU over the last two seasons and Florida’s Gatorade Player of the Year and Seminole newcomer Teresa Rivera will handle starting duties in the center of the FSU defense until Beal returns to the line-up.


COMEBACK KIDS


With all of the records and turnarounds that have come under the guidance of head coach Patrick Baker there is one other trend that speaks just as loud as any of the others. In the last two seasons, the Seminoles have staged nine come-from-behind victories and five of those have come in some of the biggest games against NCAA Tournament teams. FSU has recorded comeback victories over teams who were ranked or made it to the NCAA Tournament twice in 2000 (Florida and North Carolina) and three times in 2001 (Clemson, Kansas and Duke). The comeback against Duke was the first-ever two-goal comeback victory in the history of the program. FSU outscored opponents 30-17 in the second half and overtime in 2001 and the Seminoles won nine games in the second half or overtime. FSU went to the half tied with Clemson, Kansas, NC State, Louisville, FIU, Jacksonville, South Florida and Auburn in the NCAA Tournament but outscored those opponents 16-1 in the second 45:00 and OT winning every one of those matches. For the 2001 season, the Seminoles once again dominated opponents in the second half of games and during OT. Under Baker, FSU is now 15-6-3 when tied at half and 4-0-5 in OT games.


After losing all 10 games when an opponent scored first in 1999, Baker instilled a new attitude in the 2000 Seminoles. During their record breaking 2000 campaign, Florida State came back to win four games when an opponent scored first including the two biggest wins in the history of the program. After losing 14 straight games to North Carolina and Florida, FSU fell behind to both opponents during its regular season meetings with these two national powerhouses. FSU had to comeback on two occasions to notch its first-ever win against UF in the 2000 season opener. Florida took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before FSU opened the nation’s eyes with a stunning 3-2 victory on a last minute goal by April Murphy. The defending national champion Tar Heels came to Tallahassee with a No. 2 ranking and 9-0 record against Florida State and the trend seemed like it would continue when North Carolina took a 1-0 lead after just 12 minutes. FSU answered just 2:17 later and they eventually sealed the victory in the 113th minute on Kristin Boyce’s game-winner. Not only did FSU stage three comebacks in these two huge victories but they did it in unprecedented fashion. The Seminoles evened their games with UNC and UF by answering their opponent’s goals in 2:17, 1:30 and a school record :24.


The trend continued in 2001 as FSU fell behind No. 7 Clemson 1-0 and 2-1 before making two comebacks and downing the Tigers in Clemson 3-2. The Seminoles also came back against Kansas by rallying from a 1-0 deficit to beat the Jayhawks 4-1 and against Louisville rallying to a 3-2 win. Those comebacks were nothing compared to what the Seminoles staged at home versus Duke. After losing 45 straight games when falling behind an opponent by two goals, FSU staged its largest come-from-behind win ever downing the Blue Devils 3-2 in OT. Not only was the comeback unprecedented but FSU once again bucked some impressive statistical trends. When Duke went to half with a 2-0 lead FSU was staring some intimidating trends right in the face. Under Patrick Baker, FSU was 2-6-1 when trailing at half, 7-20-0 when an opponent scored first, 9-17-1 when they were out shot and 5-7-1 when they allowed two goals. All that wasn’t enough though to outweigh five of Baker’s most impressive stats. When the Seminoles play at home (23-5-2), take more corners (29-6-4), are in a one goal game (15-11-0), score 3+ goals (25-0-0) and go to OT (4-0-4) they are almost unbeatable and that was the case in FSU’s historic win.


CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’


When head coach Patrick Baker brought in the first two Californian’s to ever play soccer at FSU this year, few in the Southeast may have heard of freshmen Shannon Coe and Leah Gallegos. That should all change very soon. Coe and Gallegos showed incredibly well in the preseason scrimmage against No. 24 Georgia and their year’s of experience with one of the nation’s top club teams (Santa Anita Strikers) seemed to pay off as neither looked the least bit intimidated against a very physical Bulldog team.

Shannon Coe and Leah Gallegos


Their quality play continued at the Nike/FSU Invitational as both of the California kids made an immediate impact. Coe and Gallegos played extensive minutes in the 200-minute season opener and Coe made her first-ever start as a Seminole against Oregon State in the second game of the year. Gallegos opened eyes all weekend and as soon as she stepped on the field and had an immediate impact on the game. Then against Oregon, Gallegos displayed a beautiful piece of individual brilliance in the 38th minute, which just missed putting FSU in the lead. The Los Angeles, CA native beat three defenders about 12 yards from goal and fired a low liner that the Duck’s keeper was able to slide and knock out of bounds.


MARCH OF AGES


Every season you can bet there is going to be on little, unexplainable quirk on a team’s roster and that is no different when it comes to the FSU soccer team. Of the 26 roster players that make up the 2002 Seminole soccer squad, eight or 31% were born in March. While they aren’t all Pieces, it is still a pretty amazing coincidence. Katie Beal, Jessica Bell, Kristin Boyce, Camie Bybee, Shannon Coe, Ashlee Fontes, Jenny Garcia and Amber Tollefson are all March babies. On top of that, assistant coach John Galas was also born in March (the 25th). When you include coaches and support staff, 11 of 39 people involved with FSU soccer celebrate their fortuitous birth in March.


PROLIFIC SEASON


The 2001 season was prolific for the Seminole offense. The team broke one record after another and set the standard for what a Patrick Baker coached offense is capable of. After having just two players in six years ever record 10 or more goals in a season, the 2001 FSU squad equaled that mark in one year as Cindy Schofield (17) and Camie Bybee (10) each reached double digits for goals scored. For the first time ever, FSU scored two goals against every ACC team during the regular season except for UNC and they weren’t shutout in conference play once in 2001. For the first time ever, FSU finished in the Top 30 in the nation in scoring offense and FSU was second to only UNC in scoring in the ACC.


WORKING OVERTIME


Another streak that continued against OSU was Baker’s mastery of overtime. With the tie versus Oregon State, the fourth-year Seminole coach remained undefeated in extra time. In nine OT games, Baker has a record of 4-0-5 all-time at Florida State. Last season the Garnet and Gold played three OT games and went 2-0-1 and they didn’t play their first minute of OT until the seventh game of the season. Of the nine overtime games, seven have come against teams from the ACC and no two teams are more familiar with playing extra soccer than NC State and Florida State. In the last three meetings, the Wolfpack and the Seminoles have battled to a combined five overtime periods with the Noles holding the advantage at 1-0-2.


Two of the overtime games have come during the ACC Championships with the Garnet and Gold prevailing in penalty kicks in both. In 2000 Florida State and Wake Forest battled through two extra periods before the Noles won in penalty kicks. Then in 2001 Florida State and Virginia fought through 150 minutes of scoreless play before the Seminoles won 3-2 in penalty kicks and advanced to their first ever ACC Championship game.


ONLY TWO


Coming into the 2000 season, FSU had never come close to winning an ACC Tournament game. In five trips to the ACC Tournament, FSU had been outscored 22-0. What a difference a few years make. Not only did the Tribe advance to the semifinals in 2000 and to the championship game in 2001, but besides North Carolina, no team has advanced to the semis or beyond the last two years except for Florida State. That’s what I call improvement.


MOVIN’ ON UP


After receiving their highest-ever preseason ACC coaches’ ranking last season at No. 5, the Seminoles exceeded those expectations and finished third in the regular season and advanced to the ACC Championship finals. What does 2002 have to hold considering FSU has once again set a new mark in the preseason coaches’ poll as they were tabbed to finish fourth this year? That is the highest preseason ACC coaches’ ranking in the history of the program and marks the first time the Seminoles have ever been predicted to finish in the top half of the conference standings.


FOUNDERS CUP

FSU at the Founders Cup

After downing No. 24 Georgia 2-1 in a preseason scrimmage, the Seminole soccer team stopped off in Atlanta to take in the second-ever WUSA Founders Cup. The WUSA Championship was held at Herndon Stadium and the Seminoles were part of a crowd of more than 15,000 that saw the Carolina Courage defeat the Washington Freedom for the 2002 title.


A BAKER’S DOZEN


Since the arrival of head coach Patrick Baker three years ago, the Seminoles have increased their regular season win total in each of those seasons with 9, 12, and 13 victories respectively. Baker’s 2000 Seminoles tied the best regular season mark that was originally set back in 1996 at 12-6-1 and then topped that in 2001 with a 13-6-0 record, the best regular season win total in team history. Before the Baker Era, Florida State had only one winning season in the previous four years.


125


Anytime you win an NCAA Tournament game it is a big deal and that was the case last year when the Seminoles downed Auburn in the first round of the NCAA’s. Not only was it Baker’s third tourney win in two years but it was his 125th win as a head coach. This is the third major milestone Baker has reached since arriving at Florida State. FSU’s win over Duke earlier in the season was the 32nd of head coach Patrick Baker’s FSU coaching career. The win moved him into first for all-time coaching victories at FSU. It took Heather Kerby-Nelson four seasons (80 games) to reach 31 victories while Baker passed her in just 56 games. Just two seasons ago, Baker notched his 100th career victory against South Alabama.


YOUNG GUNS


Florida State started the youngest line-up in the ACC in 2001 with four freshmen and three sophomores starting almost every game. Two freshmen stepped in and made an immediate impact on the offensive side and were an integral part in the most successful season in team history. Camie Bybee threatened every rookie record set in 2000 by FSU’s Emma Breland by posting 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists. Bybee would accumulate three game winning goals with one coming in a 1-0 victory over Auburn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She finished the season in the top three of every offensive category for the Seminoles.


Fellow Oklahoman Jez Ratliff was equally impressive compiling 16 points on five goals and six assists. She appeared in all 24 matches for the Seminoles on her way to earning a spot on the All-ACC Rookie team as one of the top freshmen in the conference. The two freshmen helped each other’s cause on the season with Bybee assisting twice on goals scored by Ratliff, while Ratliff returned the favor once.


IN THE NET


In 2001 the Seminoles were led in goal by the combined efforts of freshmen Ali Mims and Kerry York. The two keepers went on to finish first or second in every category except one for freshmen goalkeepers at FSU. The two also made the all-time Top 5 for wins and GAA in a single season at Florida State. York was the opening day starter for the Seminoles and went on to start seven games in goal before injuring her knee against NC State. For the season she posted a 7-3 record and accumulated a rookie record 3.0 shutouts with a 1.67 GAA. She played 969

Kerry York

minutes and recorded 54 saves on 141 shots, good for a .750 save percentage. Mims took over the starting role eight games into the season and had a record setting freshman year. She posted an 8-5-1 record and compiled 2.5 shutouts with 1.59 GAA. Mims played 1246 minutes and recorded 62 saves on 170 shots good for a .738 save percentage. Her 1.59 GAA set the freshman single season record at FSU. Mims also set a record for the third most wins by a Seminoles keeper in one season. In one of the most historic games in team history, York and Mims combined to shutout Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Championships for 150 minutes. Together the goalkeepers made 20 saves on 35 shot attempts by UVA.


IT TAKES TWO


In the 2001 regular season, the Seminoles amassed one of the best finishes (3rd) in the ACC with a 4-3-0 record and a trip to the ACC Championship Final thanks impart to the play of Cindy Schofield and Amber Tollefson. Tollefson, a junior midfielder and 2nd-team All-ACC selection, enters 2002 coming off her most productive season as a Seminole last year and no one was more dominant in conference play then the Boca Raton native. Tollefson scored five goals on just seven shots on goal, while collecting six assists against the ACC. She also helped FSU collect their first-ever ACC road victory against Clemson at historic Riggs Field when she collected two goals, one a game-winner with less than five minutes remaining. Tollefson also contributed to the largest comeback in school history with a goal and an assist in a 3-2-overtime victory against Duke.


Schofield, an honorable mention All-American and 1st-team All-ACC selection, was just as impressive accumulating 14 points in conference play on five goals and four assists. She scored the game winner in overtime against the Blue Devils, capping the largest come from behind victory (2) in Florida State history. Schofield had her most productive season as a Seminole in 2001 as she posted 42 points on 17 goals and eight assists. She became the first Seminole to ever lead the ACC in goals scored and finished second in the conference in points, goals per game and scoring average, and fourth in assists. Schofield was also the only player in the ACC to appear on the NCAA leader’s list for both goals and points.


TOURNAMENT SUCCESS


Before head coach Patrick Baker arrived in Tallahassee, the Seminoles had never experienced NCAA Tournament play and had never won a game in the ACC Tournament either. Since his arrival, not only did the Seminoles win a first round match in the ACC but the Garnet and Gold are the only team in the conference, along with North Carolina, to make it to the semifinals of the ACC tournament in consecutive years. Last season FSU made it to the ACC Championship game for the first in school history. Along with the recent success in the ACC, the Seminoles have showed they belong in the NCAA Tournament also. Florida State is 3-2 over the last two seasons in NCAA play and Baker’s .600 winning percentage in the tournament is second to only Anson Dorance in the ACC.


In 2000, Florida State clinched its first ever berth in the postseason and made it through to the Sweet 16 defeating Jacksonville and Florida in Gainesville before falling to Clemson. Last season, FSU made a run through the NCAA Tournament beating Auburn in the first round but fell victim once again to their ACC rival Clemson. The Seminoles embark on the 2002 season seeking a possible ACC Championship in the friendly confines of the Seminole Soccer Complex and a third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.


LUCKY 7


Even though Summer Corum wears a number most consider unlucky (13) a case can be made that lucky number 7 holds more of a superstitious edge for the junior midfielder than number 13. For the 2001 season, Corum posted seven points on seven assists while taking seven shots.

Summer Corum

Her seven assists were the third most in a single season in FSU history; she currently sits at fifth on the all-time list in FSU history with 12 assists. Down the stretch, Corum posted back-to-back double assist games against Jacksonville and in the first round of the ACC Championships against Maryland.


WALKING ON SUNSHINE


Since the arrival of Patrick Baker, Florida State has been very successful when playing other teams from the state of Florida. From 1999 to 2001, the Seminoles have posted a .850 winning percentage, going 17-3-0 against their in-state rivals. Baker has a record of .500 or above versus every in-state team he has faced in his three years. During those three seasons, FSU posted undefeated records against Jacksonville (4-0-0), South Florida (3-0-0), Florida International (3-0-0), UCF (2-0-0), and Stetson (1-0-0). The Seminoles only blemishes came against Florida (2-2-0) and Miami (2-1-0). Before Baker’s arrival, the Seminoles posted a 9-7-1 record against teams from the Sunshine State. That is an increase of 291 percentage points since he was hired.


WHAT A TRIP


Last season was a record-breaking year in many ways for FSU highlighted by the team?s magical run in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles took advantage of their highest seeding in program history as they not only won their first-ever ACC Tournament game in 2001 but they also played for the school?s first conference title. On their way to the finals, third-seeded Florida State scored seven goals in a quarterfinal win over Maryland and then advanced past Virginia in a shootout after an epic 150-minute battle ended in a scoreless draw. Three Seminoles were named to the ACC?s All-Tournament team and the championship match was broadcast live throughout the Southeastern United States.


2002 ACC Tournament Notes


No ACC team besides North Carolina has ever scored more goals in an ACC Tournament game than FSU?s seven in an opening round 7-2 win over Maryland…Before their 7-2 quarterfinal loss to FSU, the Terrapins had allowed just 12 goals all year, just seven goals in ACC play and had allowed more than two goals in a game just once all season…Florida State and second-seed Virginia played an epic 150-minute game that moved into a shootout tied at 0-0. Ali Mims saved three penalty kicks to send the Seminoles to their first-ever ACC Championship final versus North Carolina…For the second consecutive year, Florida State advanced to at least the second round of the ACC Championships. The Seminoles are the only team besides North Carolina to make it into the semifinals the last two seasons…Florida State scored more goals in the 2001 ACC Championships than in its previous six tournament appearances combined…The Seminoles placed three players on the ACC All-Tournament team for the first time in school history and all five of the program?s All-Tournament selections have come in the last two seasons.


COULD THAT BE TRUE


When you think of the ACC you probably think of North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia and Duke as the traditional conference powers over the last five years but Patrick Baker is doing his best to get the Seminoles included in that group. FSU reached ten wins faster than anyone in the conference with the exception of consensus No. 1 North Carolina last season. FSU’s 10 wins weren’t the product of a soft schedule either. The Seminoles faced four of the country’s top 6 teams, all on the road, and played eight games against the nation’s top 25 squads. Over the last two year’s FSU is only behind North Carolina for total wins in the ACC.


WE TOLD YOU THEY WERE SPECIAL


When Florida State landed the nation’s eighth-ranked recruiting class in 2001, we knew they were going to be a special group but we had no idea just how special. When Jez Ratliff,

Katie Beal

Katie Beal and Camie Bybee were named to the second-annual All-ACC Rookie team, FSU became the first and only school to ever place three freshmen on the All-ACC Rookie team. Despite the fact that Virginia and North Carolina landed the top two classes in the nation in 2001, Florida State was the only school to have three freshmen named to the prestigious team.


IT’S OUR TURN


For the first time in conference history, Florida State University has been selected to host the 2002 ACC Women?s Soccer Championships. The tournament, which runs from Thursday, November 7 to Sunday, November 10, will be played at the Seminole Soccer Complex on the FSU campus. This marks just the second time in conference history that the prestigious championship will be played in the state of Florida and just the fourth time in 14 years that it will be staged outside of the Carolinas.


“We are very excited about the opportunity to host the premier women?s conference tournament in America,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “We have seen first-hand what a wonderful job the other ACC schools have done in a hosting role and we want to keep up that great tradition. I am also really excited for the fans in Tallahassee, North Florida and South Georgia who get to come out and see some of the nation?s best players taking part in a wonderful event.”


The three-year old Seminole Soccer Complex is the newest women?s soccer stadium in the ACC and seats 1,500 fans. Florida State has hosted an NCAA Tournament game at the complex but this will mark the first time the complex has played host to one of the most respected conference tournament?s in women?s college soccer.


“Our administration built this complex with the vision of hosting events like this,” said Baker. “We want to host more and to be able to host a tournament of this caliber is something this complex was built for and something we as a university are prepared for.”


For more information on the 2002 ACC Women?s Soccer Championships, please visit the official athletics website for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com. Media members seeking credentials can contact FSU Assistant Sports Information Director Elliott Finebloom at (850) 644-5656.


I SPY SPRY


After playing six games at Wake Forest’s Spry Stadium last year compared to eight games at home, the Seminoles won’t be returning to Wake’s complex until 2003 unless the teams meet up there in the NCAA postseason. Florida State made its first road trip of 2001 to Spry where they played eventual national champion Santa Clara and College Cup participant Portland. After a single game against Wake, FSU made its magical run to the ACC Championship final by playing three more games at their home away from home.


Wake Forest should probably give head coach Patrick Baker a call and get some advice about playing so many games at an opposing stadium since the Deacons will play at least four games at the Seminole Soccer Complex this season. Wake opened the season with two games in Tallahassee at the Nike/FSU Invitational, they will travel to Tallahassee for a conference game versus the Tribe in October and then will return for the ACC Championships in the beginning of November. The Demon Deacons will hope to replicate FSU’s success at Spry from 2001 as the Seminoles downed Maryland, advanced past Virginia and then faced UNC for the school’s first-ever ACC Championship.


WELCOME TO THE ACC FSU


It is hard for Florida State to have ever really felt like a complete member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in women’s soccer before Patrick Baker’s arrival. Florida State had won three conference games in four years, had been awarded just two players of the week, had never won a conference tournament game, had won just one conference road game, had never finished anywhere but seventh or eighth in the standings and had just one winning record overall in four seasons. Although none of those things changed immediately upon Baker’s arrival, Florida State has made great strides over the last three seasons to gain respect in the conference.


In 2000, FSU began to make a move towards respectability in the nation’s premier soccer conference. The Seminoles got a win over the greatest program in the history of the sport, North Carolina, and also upset Wake Forest. Despite all the amazing records the 2000 Seminoles set, they still finished seventh in the ACC with a 2-4-1 record. FSU didn’t garner a single ACC Player of the Week and the only postseason recognition they received was for Emma Breland. Even though FSU did advance in the conference tournament for the first time ever, they still had never won an ACC Tourney game due to advancing past Wake Forest last year by virtue of a tie. What a difference a year makes.


After the 2001 season, it is fair to say FSU has gained its membership in the conference. The Seminoles finished third in the ACC, garnered 25% of the player of the week awards (three of 12), placed a player on the All-ACC first team, the All-ACC second team, three freshmen on the All-ACC Rookie team, came within one win of equaling the total number of conference wins in program history, had a player lead the conference in goals and made a trip to the championship game of the ACC Tournament. 2001 was the first season in Florida State history that the Seminoles scored a goal in every regular season ACC contest and on top of that, FSU scored more than one goal in every ACC match with the exception of North Carolina.


THAT HAPPENED ONCE, JUST ONCE


The Clemson Tigers went 9-1 at home in 2001 and the only team to beat the Tigers at Historic Riggs Field was Florida State University. Clemson isn’t used to losing at home and have posted a 80-12-4 record there in eight seasons. The Tigers avenged that loss in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Tournament in 2001.


ROLE REVERSAL


One of the main reasons FSU had an unprecedented 4-3 record in the ACC in 2001 was because of its reversal of fortunes against NC State, Clemson, Maryland and Duke. FSU went from a 0-3-1 mark against this group in 2000 to a mark of 4-0-0 versus the same group last year. In 2000, FSU lost by identical 3-2 scores to Duke and Clemson. In 2001 the Seminoles won both of those matches 3-2. Which leads to…


WHAT IS IT ABOUT 3-2


The score 3-2 holds a special place in Seminole soccer lore since Patrick Baker took over the program in 1999. In the last two seasons, four of the biggest wins in program history have all come via a 3-2 score. FSU opened the 2000 season with a 3-2 win over then No. 6 Florida. Later in the year, Florida State upset eventual national champion and then second ranked North Carolina 3-2. Last season, FSU got it’s biggest conference road victory at then No. 7 Clemson by a score of…you guessed it 3-2. The infamous score popped its glorious head up again when FSU staged its largest comeback ever to down ACC rival Duke 3-2 and move to 3-0-0 in the ACC.


AGAINST ALL ODDS


Florida State’s ACC opening win versus Clemson in the 2001 regular season was a huge victory on many levels. The Seminoles had never started a season with a 1-0 conference record and the best start to an ACC campaign came in 2000 when FSU began 1-2 and went on to even their record at 2-2-1. The victory was Clemson’s first-ever loss on a Monday and the Tigers came into the match with a record of 73-11-4 at Riggs Field.


What is even more amazing about the victory was the amount of statistical trends the Seminoles bucked to get the 3-2 win. Entering the Clemson game, FSU’s combined all-time record on the road (25-37-4), outside of the state of Florida (16-32-4), when an opponent scores first (8-56-2), when the Seminoles take fewer shots (10-54-2), when FSU allows two goals (7-19-2), on the road versus ACC teams (3-26-3) and when facing a ranked opponent (6-43-1) was 75-267-18. Despite the heavy odds, Florida State not only played even with a Tiger team that was a top four seed in the 2000 NCAA Tournament but dictated play for large stretches of the match. Amber Tollefson’s game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining, her second goal of the day, came in the face of all the previously mentioned trends and helped FSU avenge a 2-0 loss to the Tiger’s in the 2000 Sweet 16.


DREAM SESON II


With wins over No. 2 North Carolina, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 11 Florida (in the NCAA Tournament) in 2000, it would be hard to imagine that Baker and his Seminoles could top that magical season but what the 2001 team accomplished may be even more impressive. Despite 2000’s great wins and run to the Sweet 16, the Seminoles still found themselves in a familiar place in the ACC standings. Florida State posted a 2-4-1 record in the conference in 2000 and once again finished near the bottom of the standings in seventh place.


One of the main goals Baker set coming into 2001 was to move into the upper echelon of the ACC and after losing three senior starters and the Southeast Region Freshman of the Year and the school’s first All-American, Emma Breland, few believed the Seminoles would reach that goal. When FSU opened their conference schedule by downing No. 7 Clemson in South Carolina, it marked the first time FSU had ever won an ACC road game or, for that matter, a conference opener and it set the tone for the rest of the year. The Seminoles went on to win their next two conference games (Duke and NC State) and with their conference-ending victory over No. 21 Maryland, FSU wrapped up third place in the eight-team conference with a 4-3-0 record. The win also moved FSU to 4-3-0 at home versus ACC teams under Baker compared to 2-9-0 before his arrival. Florida State had never finished higher than seventh in the ACC before 2001 and was predicted to finish fifth by the ACC coaches before the season began. With its four ACC wins this season, FSU came up just one victory shy of equaling the five ACC wins the program had amassed in its previous six years COMBINED. The success in the ACC regular season seemed to pay off as Baker guided his team to its first-ever appearance in the ACC Championship game by downing No. 21 Maryland 7-2 and then advancing past No. 8 Virginia in a shootout after four overtime periods. FSU surpassed it’s season-high for ACC wins and its third-place finish established another record for the program.


SMART AND GOOD


Florida State soccer players don’t only excel on the field but they are amongst the schools best in the classroom. During the 2001-2002 academic year, 81% or 17 of the 21 FSU soccer players made it on the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Only women’s tennis placed a higher percentage of their total athlete’s on the list than the soccer team.


WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?


Considering FSU had never won an ACC Tournament game in its six-year history, they sure got that first win in amazing fashion. When the Seminoles downed Maryland 7-2 in the 2001 ACC Tournament, it was the most goals Florida State had scored in a game since an 11-0 win over Jacksonville in 1996. In fact, last season’s FSU team scored three of the six highest single game goal totals posted in the last five years. Florida State scored seven against Maryland and five goals against UCF and Jacksonville in 2001. Since the 1997 season, only two Seminole squads have ever scored five or more goals in a game and those came in 5-1 wins over Wofford in 1997 and South Alabama in 1998 and a 6-1 win over Auburn in 1998.


A CLOSER LOOK


There are some interesting distinctions between the record-breaking 2000 Seminole soccer team and the 2001 squad, which surpassed many of the superlatives from the 2000 dream season. The teams had almost identical records of 14-8-2 and 15-8-1. The 2000 team finished the regular season 12-6-1 while the 2001 team finished its regular season 13-6-0. The 2001 squad finished 4-3-0 in the conference while the 2000 team was 2-4-1. Considering that FSU played its toughest ACC competition at home in 2000 (North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson and Wake Forest) the fact that the 2001 squad finished with its best-ever conference record and first winning season in the ACC is an amazing accomplishment in itself.


In 2000, FSU played four top 7 teams, all at home, a Top 20 squad on the road and two Top 20 teams at home. Last season, FSU played six of the nation’s top 10 teams nine times (No. 2 UNC twice, No. 1 Santa Clara, No. 3 Portland, No. 4 Florida and No. 8 Virginia twice) all away from home and No. 10 Clemson twice on the road. Just like last season, FSU finished the season with a top 25 team at home this year it was No. 21 Maryland. In 2001 they lost to No. 16 Virginia in 2001 they defeated then-No. 21 Maryland 2-0.


Last season’s success was even more amazing considering who Florida State lost. All teams lose seniors so the Seminoles knew they’d have to make up for the loss of starters Rachael Watkin, Sarah Crawford and Ashley Halter but the unfortunate loss of Emma Breland due to a death in her family was unexpected. It was also something the team had no time to address in the recruiting process. Many predicted that losing the 12 goals and seven assists that the Southeast Region Freshman of the Year and the school’s first All-American provided would be too much to overcome. That’s why it so amazing that last years team shattered every offensive record set in 2000 despite a much tougher non-conference schedule and a more challenging road schedule. Cindy Schofield picked up much of the slack by scoring 12 more goals than she did in 2000. She finished five goals and one assist ahead of where Breland ended up in 2000. Midfielder Camie Bybee tripled the goals and more than doubled the assists (10G and 7A) former midfielder Rachael Watkin posted in 2000. Jez Ratliff out paced where last year’s offensive leader, Cindy Schofield, was in 2000 with five goals and six assists compared to Schofield’s four goals and six assists. With Amber Tollefson and Kristin Boyce almost quadrupling their goal production from 2000 to 2001 (11 G in 2001 compared to 3G in 2000) it is easy to see how much everyone on last year’s squad stepped up to fill the shoes of the players who graduated in 2000 and they ensured FSU’s most successful regular season, conference season and ACC Tournament in school history.


AMBER’S BIG DAY


Sophomore Amber Tollefson had a huge day in FSU’s road win over then No. 7 Clemson. 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.

Amber Tollefson

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 was credited with the goal, the second game-winner of her career, and FSU recorded 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 were a single game high for FSU in 2001. For her efforts in the Seminoles win against Clemson, Tollefson was named the ACC’s Player of the Week and named to the Soccer America Team of the Week.


ACC WATCH OUT FOR AMBER T


All-ACC second teamer Amber Tollefson was deadly in 2002 against ACC teams. The wide midfielder from Boca Raton, Fla. is led FSU in points (16), was tied for the lead in goals (5), was first in game-winning goals (2), first in assists (6) and first in shot percentage (.625) in games against ACC teams. As amazing as that is, it wasn’t even close to her most impressive stat. Tollefson has took seven shots on goal versus ACC teams and scored five times.


A DIFFERENT LEVEL


Sophomore Amber Tollefson has two big game-winning goals for the Seminoles in 2001. Her first of the season was part of a two-goal day that gave FSU’s its biggest win of 2001 over then-No. 7 Clemson in South Carolina. Her second came against No. 21 Maryland locking up third place in the ACC and putting the end to a perfect regular season (8-0-0) at home.


NOT IN OUR HOUSE


The Seminoles did it! With the season-ending win over Maryland, Florida State completed its first-ever undefeated home season. FSU finished the season 8-0-0 at home and secured that elusive undefeated home campaign. Since Patrick Baker took over the program in 1999, the Seminole Soccer Complex has become a very tough place to play. Florida State is 22-5-1 in three seasons in their state-of-the-art complex under Baker. The Seminoles have downed Texas A&M, Florida, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, NC State and now Maryland at home in the last two seasons. The final regular season win of 2001 over Maryland was probably the most important though because it gave FSU a winning conference record for the first time ever and placed them third in the ACC standings after never finishing higher than seventh before.


SUM-THINGS HAPPENING


After a fantastic rookie campaign where she scored four goals and posted five assists, Summer Corum posted her first point of the 2001 season against Wake Forest, which was the 15th game of the year. After that, she recorded six more assists and finished 2001 with seven points over the last eight matches. All seven of her assists came over a six game stretch at the end of the regular season and the beginning of the ACC Tournament. During that run she also recorded two multi-assist games. She played one of her best matches of the season in a 5-1 win over Jacksonville and also posted her first multi-point game of the season recording two assists. Got two more assists in 7-2 quarterfinal drubbing of Maryland. The wide-midfielder from Vero Beach, Fla. has played very well this season but hasn’t seen the points coming as freely as last year when she recorded an assist and scored the game-winning goal over the Gators that propelled FSU into the Sweet 16 for example. The Seminoles will need her scoring if they want to make a repeat run to the Sweet 16.


TEAM GOALS


The 2001 squad broke all of the amazing offensive records set during the historic run to the Sweet 16 in 2000. Last year’s Seminoles already established a new single season points record (168) and a new single season assists record (58). They hold the record for points per game (7.00) and assists per game (2.42). Last year’s keepers set the record for most wins (15), which was set single-handedly by former FSU team manager and new Arizona State assistant coach Sarah Crawford in 2000 (14).


WHAT A STREAK


When Florida State went to the locker room with a 2-1 lead over the Cavaliers in a key ACC battle, you couldn’t blame the Seminoles for feeling pretty good about their chances. Under head coach Patrick Baker Florida State had posted an 18-0-1 record when heading to halftime with a lead. The last time FSU lost a game when leading going into the second 45 minutes before falling 3-2 to Virginia was October 10, 1998 when Jacksonville staged a two-goal comeback to down FSU 2-1 after the Seminoles went to halftime up 1-0. The only other time Baker’s Seminoles didn’t win a game when leading at half was in his first season with the team. The Seminoles took a 2-0 halftime lead over NC State October 10, 1999 only to see the Wolfpack stage a two-goal comeback to tie the match. Under Baker, FSU is still 20-1-1 when going into the half in front.


HOME COOKIN’


If you are looking for reasons why FSU went 8-0-0 at home last year, look no further than what Cindy Schofield, Amber Tollefson and Jez Ratliff did in front of the friendly crowds. The three-some led the team in points, goals and game-winning goals. Schofield was unquestionably the team’s offensive leader. She scored nine of her 15 goals at home, recorded 21 of her 37 points and recorded three of her seven assists at the Seminole Soccer Complex.


Ratliff had three goals, four assists and 10 points in home games last season and she ranked second on the team in all three of those categories. The Oklahoma native played especially well at the Seminole Soccer Complex scoring 60% of her goals, recording 80% of her assists and 67% of her points in the complex.


Tollefson was third on the team with eight points at home, was tied for second with three goals, is second with two game-winning goals and also had two assists. All three of her goals at home were huge. She had game-winners versus Louisville and Maryland and another key goal in a win over Duke.


DON’T FORGET ABOUT US


While Cindy Schofield and Maren Vik Edvardsen are the most potent point and goal scorers in FSU history, after just one season freshmen Jez Ratliff and Camie Bybee are on pace to threaten the veterans’ career numbers. Bybee is averaged 1.12 points per game in her 24 appearances, third best in FSU history, and that is better than the 1.00 points per game Schofield has posted in 66 games and the 0.86 points per game Vik Edvardsen has posted in 87 matches. Ratliff is just behind Vik Edvardsen with 0.68 points per game. Bybee is also ahead of Vik Edvardsen (0.32) posting a goal every 0.42 games and just ahead Schofield who is scoring at a clip of one goal every 0.38 games. Ratliff is behind both Schofield and Vik Edvardsen with a goal every 0.21 games.


I LOVE GOLD


Cindy Schofield’s golden goal against Duke was just the sixth in the history of FSU soccer with four coming in the last two seasons under Baker. Four of FSU’s six overtime game-winners have come surprisingly enough during ACC competition. FSU had two Golden Goals in 1998, two in 2000 and two in 2001. During the 1998 season, Sally Shelgren netted one in a 1-0 win over FIU and Alex Osorio got another in a 3-2 win over Maryland. In 2000, Marte Vik Edvardsen scored a golden goal to beat USF 2-1 and Kristin Boyce got the most famous one in FSU history to down UNC 3-2. Last season, freshman Jez Ratliff accounted for one against NC State (3-2) and Schofield had the other.


THE SECRET TOU OUR SUCCESS


Not to tip our hat or anything but if an opponent wants to get a win against the Seminoles under Patrick Baker, there are three things they should avoid. When FSU scores first, goes to the half with the lead or scores 2+ goals, the Seminoles have a combined record of 85-6-3 a winning percentage of.920. Florida State accomplished at least one of those three things in 17 games last season and won 15 of those matches! The trend held true versus Oregon State as FSU scored first and scored two goals.Duke almost bucked that trend in 2001 by scoring first against FSU and going into the half with a 2-0 lead but once the Seminoles evened the game at 2-2 the percentages were on their side. FSU went on to take the game 3-2 in OT to keep this incredible statistical streak alive. The only two times FSU scored two goals in 2001 and lost was against Wake Forest (4-2) and Virginia (3-2).


8 IN 10


The 2001 Seminoles set the mark for the best streak in program history over a stretch of ten games. After losses to two top five teams in Santa Clara (No. 1) and Portland (No. 3), FSU went on an 8-2 run while winning three ACC games including one on the road at No. 8 Clemson. The Tribe’s .800 winning percentage over the ten game stretch ranked first amongst all similar stretches in FSU soccer history. The 2000 squad had the second best run in team history going 7-2-1 while posting a .750 winning percentage. In 1996, Florida State put together a 7-3 stretch (.700 winning percentage), which stood as the all-time best before Patrick Baker took over the team. The 2000 squad did go 6-0-1, including a win over UNC, for an amazing .929 winning percentage. That seven game unbeaten streak is still a record.

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