Oct. 18, 2001
THIS WEEK’S IN FSU SOCCER
The 2001 Florida State soccer team has the opportunity to do something that has never been done in the program’s history when they face Wake Forest University Saturday night. If FSU is able to down the Demon Deacons, that will be the squad’s fourth conference victory and would ensure FSU of it’s first-ever winning season inside the conference. The best mark previously was 2-4-1 and set by the 2000 squad. This year’s team already surpassed that mark when they defeated Duke 3-2 (OT) for their third ACC win of the season. Florida State has three conference matches remaining (@Wake Forest, Maryland and @Virginia). With just one win, the Seminoles could finish as high as third in the conference and two victories could place the Garnet & Gold in second place in the final ACC standings. That would be an amazing feat considering FSU has never finished higher than seventh and were picked to finish fifth this year in the pre-season coaches poll.
NO. 19 WAKE FOREST
Florida State has had more success against Wake recently than any other ACC squad. The Seminoles recorded their first-ever win over the Demon Deacons at the Seminole Soccer Complex last season (2-0). FSU then advanced past Wake in to the second round at the ACC Tournament in a classic tie game that was settled in sudden victory penalty kicks. After starting 5-0-0 against FSU, WFU has posted an 0-1-1 record in the team’s last two meetings…senior Emily Taggart once again leads the Demon Deacons offensively. After posting nine goals and six assists last season, the senior striker has already scored six goals and tallied two assists for a team-leading 14 points. She is now just two goals shy of becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer…senior Stacey Roeck is right behind Taggart with nine points on four goals and an assist. She is now just six points shy of equaling her total from 2000…Wake returns 97% of its scoring from the 2000 squad…head coach Tony da Luz posted the 100th win of his career when WFU downed UNC Greensboro October 3…after starting the season 0-3-0 with losses to three ranked opponents, Wake won six consecutive games, which included wins over BYU, NC State and Maryland. The Deacons have dropped their last two games versus No. 1 UNC and No. 13 Clemson…Wake is still waiting for junior Joline Charlton to get on track this season after a breakout 2000 when she posted 19 points including eight goals. The Stone Mountain, Ga. native has just six points so far on two goals and two assists…Erin Regan has made a triumphant return to the Wake net after missing the entire 2000 season due to injury. The junior was an All-ACC keeper in 1999 after posting an amazing 0.71 GAA and nine shutouts. She is threatening those stellar numbers in 2001. So far this season she has posted a 0.84 GAA and four shutouts.
In just a season and a half, Patrick Baker has established over 30 program firsts but he would love to establish one that has eluded the Florida State program since its inception in 1995. The Seminoles have never won a conference game in the state of North Carolina and FSU hopes to add that first to Baker’s list when the team faces Wake Forest Saturday. FSU is 0-16-3 in NC against North Carolina, Duke, NC State and Wake. Florida State has recorded ties at Duke (1998) and NC State (2000) and tied Wake Forest in last year’s ACC Tournament played in Durham, NC.
STRONG UP THE MIDDLE
Considering how important it is to be reliable through the middle of the field, it is amazing how much success FSU is having in 2001 considering four freshmen have started 46 games combined straight down the center of the pitch. Freshmen Kerry York and Ali Mims have started every game at keeper, Katie Beal has started 13 of 14 games in the middle of the Seminole defense, Camie Bybee has started 12 games in the central midfield and Jez Ratliff has seven starts up top for FSU. One of the keys with so many rookies in key positions has been that each field player is starting beside a key veteran. Fifth-year senior Heather Dyche joins Beal in the middle. Marte Vik Edvardsen, who has started 69 games for the Seminoles, plays with Bybee in the midfield and senior Maren Vik Edvardsen and junior Cindy Schofield provide support for Ratliff at the striker position. All four rookies have started at the same time in seven of FSU’s 14 games this season.
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. So it would be safe to assume that the two teams in the ACC with double-digit wins obviously come from that group. Not so fast my friend. While North Carolina is one of the teams that have already reached the 10 win plateau (12-0-0), the only other ACC team that has double-digit wins at this point is FLORIDA STATE. The Seminoles, at 10-4-0 join UNC as the top teams in conference as far as wins go. FSU’s 10 wins aren’t the product of a soft schedule either. The Seminoles have faced three of the country’s top 6 teams, all on the road, and four of the nation’s top 13 squads.
THAT HURTS TOO
A knee injury forced senior Marte Vik Edvardsen to the bench Tuesday night in Miami against FIU ending a streak of 69 straight starts dating back to her freshman campaign in 1998. Although the senior midfielder is expected to return when the Seminoles take the field against Wake Forest, it had to be strange for Marte not starting for the first in almost three years. Former Seminole star, and current team manager, Rachael Watkin can breath a little easier now that it seems like it will be quite a long time until another player threatens her consecutive start streak. A trio of sophomores, Amber Tollefson, Summer Corum and Kristin Boyce, will be the next group to threaten the ‘iron man’ streak.
When senior Maren Vik Edvardsen and junior Cindy Schofield play together up top for the Seminoles, FSU boasts a pair of forwards that have combined for 112 career points, 41 career goals and 30 career assists. Vik Edvardsen and Schofield are No. 1 and No. 2 in the history of FSU soccer for goals scored and points and rank first and third all-time in assists. At their current pace, it will be quite a while before FSU places such a potent combination up top OR WILL IT…
DON’T FORGET ABOUT US
While Schofield and Vik Edvardsen are the most potent point and goal scorers in FSU history, freshmen Jez Ratliff and Camie Bybee, while it is VERY EARLY in their careers, are on pace to top the veterans’ career numbers. Bybee is averaging 1.21 points per game in her 15 appearances, third best in FSU history, and that is better than the 0.86 points per game Schofield has posted in 56 games and the 0.83 points per game Vik Edvardsen has posted in 77 matches. Ratliff is ahead of Vik Edvardsen and tied with Schofield with 0.86 points per game. Bybee is also ahead of both upperclassmen posting a goal every 0.43 games while Schofield is scoring at a clip of one goal every 0.30 games and Vik Edvardsen is finding the net every 0.31 games. Ratliff is just behind them with a goal every 0.29 matches.
AND THE SEASON AIN’T OVER YET
With five regular season games and at least one postseason game (at the ACC Tournament) still left for FSU, there are quite a few players looking to set single season records for the Seminoles down the stretch. Cindy Schofield has posted 24 points already this season and is just eight points away from breaking the record for the most points recorded in one season in FSU history. Although her work would be cut out for her, Camie Bybee also has a chance to finish near the top for points scored in a single season. She currently has 17 and is just four points away from moving into the top 5. Schofield is already No. 1 in FSU history with an average of an amazing 1.71 points per game this season. While that number could decline over the final stretch, the junior from Lakeland, Fla. has a 0.26 edge over Kelly Poole who holds the No. 2 spot with an average of 1.45 points per game during the 1996 season. Bybee is also looking to up in that category currently averaging 1.21 points per game and ranking fifth on the single season record list.
Schofield is also chasing the single season goals record. She is currently in a three-way tie for third and is just five goals shy of tying Kelley Poole’s record, which was set during the 1996 campaign. Bybee is also in the hunt with six goals. She is just three away from moving into the top 3 for the most goals scored in one season. Schofield currently holds the second-best goals per game average at 0.64 and is sitting just 0.06 behind Kelley Poole for the single season record. Both Schofield and Maren Vik Edvardsen have a real shot to set a new single season record for assists. Vik Edvardsen has already moved into a five way tie for first with seven and Schofield is just one away with six. Both of those players and Bybee already hold the top three spots for assists per game in a single season. Vik Edvardsen is currently first (0.50 assists per game) while Schofield is second (0.43) and Bybee is third (0.36).
The Seminoles as a team also have the opportunity to take their place amongst the best statistical squads in FSU history. Through just 14 games, the 2001 team is already third all-time in points with 100, first all-time in points per game (7.14), fifth in goals with 33, second in goals per game (2.36), second with 34 assists, first with 2.43 assists per game and first with 15.57 shots per game. The team would need 40 points down the stretch to set the record for points in a season, 19 goals to establish the most goals scored in a single season and 16 assists to break the record set in 2000.
Ali Mims, Kerry York and Joy McKenzie also have the opportunity to set single season records for goals against average and most wins in a single season. The keepers already have the second best GAA at 1.68 and have the third most wins in team history with 10. In 2000, current team manager Sarah Crawford single-handedly set the single season mark in both categories with a 1.23 GAA and 14 wins.