Oct. 23, 2002
10/25 @ No. 16 Maryland 7:00 pm
— The Terps 10-5 mark through 15 games is the program’s best record at that point since the 1996 season, when the team got off to a 14-0-1 start. Also, in winning their 10th game on Oct. 20, the Terps have reached the 10-win plateau earlier than any season since that 1996 campaign, when they won their 15th on Oct. 13.
— The Terps are currently ranked in the top 25 in three of the four major polls for the first time this season. Along with the No. 22 mark from the NSCAA, the Terps are No. 16 in the Soccer America poll and No. 25 in the Soccer Times poll. Previously, Maryland has been No. 25 in the NSCAA poll for the week of Sept. 9 and No. 23 for the week of Sept. 30.
10/27 @ George Mason 12:00 pm
— With the Patriots win over UNC-Wilmington last week, GMU head coach Jac Cicala tied Hank Leung for the most coaching victories in the program’s 21-year history. Currently in his 11th season as the Mason head coach, Cicala has a career record of 126-85-16, while Leung had a 10-year mark of 126-58-19.
— Sophomore Caroline Renkin leads UNC Wilmington with six goals and 15 points, adding three assists. Junior Ann Weaver has five goals and one assist for 11 points, and sophomore Kristine Mengle has three goals and four assists for 10 points. The Seahawks have scored 29 goals in 13 games.
Seminole soccer fans can keep up with all of Friday night’s action between the 24th-ranked Seminoles and 16th-ranked Terps thanks to our friends in the Maryland Sports Information Office. The game will not only be broadcast over the Internet with Live Stats but their also will be a live audio broadcast live audio broadcast over the web. To listen or see all the action, log onto seminoles.com and follow the links on the soccer page to the Live Stats or audio broadcast.
GOING FOR THREE IN-A-ROW
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. Not only will the Tribe have the opportunity to do that again versus Maryland Friday night but they could also go one step further. After beating Maryland twice last season, once during the season and once in the ACC quarterfinals, the 2002 squad could become the first team to ever win three consecutive games versus an ACC foe. A win would also put FSU in the driver’s seat for locking up at least a third place finish in the conference.
IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE SO YOU BETTER SCORE SOME GOALS
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 nine goals in the last 10 games. She has scored multiple goals in two of the last four games and has scored at least one goal in four of FSU’s last six matches.
FOUR ON THE FLOOR
Besides looking for its third straight win over the Terps, the FSU soccer team could establish an even more impressive record with a win. This season, FSU notched its third all-time win over Clemson and NC State, which equaled the most wins against any ACC team. With its two wins versus UMd last year, the Terps were the first ACC team Florida State ever recorded three wins against. A victory in College Park Friday night would set a new gold standard as FSU would have four wins versus a conference opponent for the first time ever.
PICKS TO CLICK
If you are looking for some players who might click against the Terps Friday night, look no further than Cindy Schofield, Amber Tollefson and Camie Bybee. Those three players combined to score seven of the nine goals the Seminoles scored against Maryland in two games last year. In a 2-0 regular season win, Tollefson scored the game-winner and then assisted on the second goal. She then turned around and scored another goal and handed out two more assists in a 7-2 win over UMd in the ACC quarterfinals. Two goals and three assists against a tough conference foe ain’t too bad. Schofield was on the receiving end of two of those Tollefson assists as she scored one in the regular season versus the Terrapins and two in the ACC Tournament. She also assisted on the first goal of the game in the ACC quarters. Bybee had a huge game versus Maryland in the tournament. After Maryland tied the Tribe just 2:29 after FSU took the lead, Bybee responded by scoring FSU’s second goal just :44 later. Just :46 after her first goal, Bybee struck again scoring the eventual game-winner. Those three players accumulated 21 total points in those two matches.
YOU THINK THEY WANT TO GET EVEN?
Besides being Maryland soccer’s senior night Friday, the Terps will come into the game with a little extra motivation dating back to the ACC Tournament quarterfinals in 2001. Few in attendance that day would have ever guessed that FSU would beat the Terps 7-2. While the outcome may not have been a shock, the way it happened certainly was. 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, Florida State became the only team besides North Carolina to score that many goals in an ACC Tournament game in conference history.
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 more than doubled that win total in a third of the games. Florida State has gone 7-0-1 in the last eight meetings with those ACC schools posting an amazing winning percentage of .938. 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?
HONOR THY SENIORS
As if it won’t be tough enough for the Seminoles to travel to face two good opponents on the road, both Maryland and George Mason will be honoring their seniors before they face FSU. The 16th-ranked Terps, who are already out for revenge after a 7-2 ACC Tournament loss to FSU in 2001, will be doubly emotional after saying goodbye to six seniors.
THE YORKS OF MARYLAND
Sophomore goalkeeper Kerry York has preformed very well versus her hometown team. The Millersville, MD native has played 135 minutes versus the Terps, posted a 2-0 record, recorded a shutout and made four saves. She also has a GAA of 1.33 in those two matches. Florida State’s home finale versus Maryland in 2001 was the first start for the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year after suffering a knee injury almost a month before against NC State, Not only did she get the victory over the school form her home state but it wound up being the her first career conference shutout.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL
When you come from a city that’s yearly average temperature is 78 degrees, the weather Friday night in Maryland will probably feel more like Alaska than anything else to the warm-blooded Seminoles. The game time forecast calls for rain and lows in the lower 40’s. The Tribe will need to pull out their long sleeve jerseys and winter jackets for the meeting in College Park, MD. The Garnet and Gold should feel a little more at home Sunday at George Mason where the game time forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-60’s.