Oct. 6, 2002
After her 17th-minute goal against UCF, senior and All-ACC first teamer Cindy Schofield became the most productive offensive player in the history of Seminole soccer. Of the four major categories (goals, points, assists and shots), Schofield is first in every single one except for assists. Her 28 goals, 76 points and 172 shots are unmatched and with just two more assists she will own all four records.
The Lakeland, FL native has four goals and two assists this year and has now posted double digit points for the third straight season. She is just the second FSU player to ever record three straight seasons with 10 points or more.
Last season was a breakout year for 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 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.
“That was just awesome to see Cindy get that record. I didn’t know she was that close,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “It is a wonderful accomplishment and justifiably deserved. She has had a wonderful career up to this point and hopefully she will continue to add on to those numbers.”
WANNA SEE THAT COME TO AN END
There are very few things head coach Patrick Baker hasn’t accomplished since coming to Florida State in 1999. The school’s second-ever coach has turned the program into a national power, taken FSU to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, finished the last two campaigns with a Top 25 ranking and has already played for an ACC Soccer Championship. He has pulled FSU from the bottom of the ACC and taken his team to at least the semifinals of the last two conference tournaments (the only other team to accomplish that in 2000 and 2001 was UNC) but there is one hurdle Baker wants to get over. Since his arrival in 1999, Baker has never won an ACC road game in the state of North Carolina. FSU did defeat Maryland in the ACC Tournament at Wake but is 0-5-1 in NC versus Wake, UNC, Duke and NC State.
COMING BACK AGAINST THE TOP 20
In the eight-year history of Florida State soccer, the Seminoles have won 12 games versus ranked opponents and 10 of those wins have come in just the last three seasons. In FSU’s 12 victories against Top 25 competition, the Tribe has staged 10 comebacks in six wins. In one-third (4) of the Seminoles’ Top 25 wins, FSU has had to stage two comebacks. The Seminoles defeated No. 10 NC State (1996), No. 6 Florida (2000), No. 7 Clemson (2001) and No. 17 Clemson again (2002) by coming from behind on two occassions. The Garnet and Gold has also comeback from one goal defecits to record wins over No. 2 North Carolina (2000) and No. 21 Florida (2002),
LAST TIME WE SAW DUKE
Florida State has staged some amazing comebacks under coach Patrick Baker but none compared to the one FSU staged at home versus Duke in 2001. After losing 45 straight games when falling behind an opponent by two goals, FSU staged its largest come-from-behind win ever downing the Devils 3-2 in OT. Not only was the comeback unprecedented but FSU 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 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. When you combine all those facotrs, FSU was staring right at a 23-50-3 record. All that wasn’t enough though to outweigh five of Baker’s most impressive stats though. At that point in time, when the Seminoles played at home (23-5-2), took more corners (29-6-4), were in a one goal games (15-11-0), scored 3+ goals (25-0-0) and went to OT (4-0-5) they are almost unbeatable and that was the case in FSU’s historic win. Amber Tollefson and Camie Bybee evened the game and Cindy Schofield scored one of her most memorable goals in the extra period.
THE OTHER GUYS
DUKE Conference: ACC Record: 5-6-0 ACC Record: 0-2-0 Home: 2-2-0 Away: 1-3-0 Neutral: 2-1-0 Coach: Robbie Church Series: Duke leads 5-1-1 Last meeting: FSU 3 Duke 2 OT (Oct. 7, 2001) Ranking: NA
BUMP IN THE ROAD
Just a few weeks ago, the Blue Devils had a 5-2-0 record, a Top 15 ranking and wins over over two Top 20 teams (Tennessee and Florida). Now the Blue Devils are below .500, 0-2-0 in the ACC and in the midst of a four game losing streak. The Blue Devils have lost all four of those games by just one goal and the loss to Clemson came in OT. Losses to Marquette, Maryland, Georgia and Clemson have left Duke in a must-win situation with FSU coming to town.
HARD TO MATCH
The Seminoles had never started an ACC campaign at 1-0 before the 2001 season. With their conference opening win over the Tigers this season, FSU has now accomplished that feat twice in-a-row. This year’s Seminoles have their work cut out for them if they want to continue to match the 2001 squad’s ACC success. Last year, FSU started the conference campaign with three straight wins (Clemson, NC State and Duke). With the Tribe’s next four matches coming against Duke, No. 6 Wake Forest, No. 2 North Carolina and an NC State squad that is undefeated in the conference, the 2002 Seminoles have a very tough road ahead.
PLAYING IT CLOSE TO THE VEST
Through the first 10 games of the 2002 season the Seminoles were 6-2-2 with every game, except for the two ties, being decided by just one goal. That has never happened in the eight-year history of FSU soccer. While the Tribe posted a sterling 6-2 record in those one goal games, you have to believe all those close games were giving the Florida State coaching staff a few grey hairs. While it speaks volumes about this team’s mental toughness, it would be nice to be able to win by a couple of goals every now and then. The Seminoles did just that for the first time in 2002 against UCF in their last match. Leah Gallegos and Kristin Boyce scored back-to-back goals within :55 of one another to give FSU a 3-1 win. It was the first two goal win of the season and something the coaching staff would love to see more of as the team enters its final nine regular season games.
AT A LOSS FOR LOSSES
With Friday night’s win over UCF, FSU kept pace with the two best starts in program history set in 1996 and 2001. All three teams have a .727 winning percentage through 11 games but the 2002 squad is the only team in Seminole history that has played as many games and lost just two matches. The 1996 team lost three times in its first 13 matches (9-3-1) and the 2001 squad charged out to a 9-3-0 mark before losing its fourth match 13 games into the regular season.
RECORDS THROUGH 11 GAMES 2002 7-2-2 1998 3-6-1 2001 8-3-0 1997 4-7-0 2000 7-4-0 1996 8-3-0 1999 6-5-0 1995 4-6-1
Shannon Coe, the defender/forward from California, got her first point of the season versus UCF. The rookie settled a ball after a corner kick clearance and sent a service into the six-yard box. Both Kristin Boyce and Camie Bybee were there waiting for it and the junior defender headed it home.