Oct. 14, 2001
THIS WEEK IN FSU SOCCER
After playing very well against consensus No. 1 North Carolina in a loss Friday night, the 12th-ranked Seminoles (9-4-0, 3-1-0) head to South Florida to face FIU (7-3-0, 3-1-0) Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. Despite the loss to the Tar Heels, FSU is in incredibly good shape to finish in one of the top three spots in the ACC, which is something that has never happened in the history of Florida State soccer. With Clemsons loss to Maryland and UNC’s win over Wake Forest, the Seminoles and Cavaliers are in the driver’s seat to finish just behind UNC in the conference standings. Florida State is 1.5 games ahead of Clemson in the loss column (the .5 represents the tie-breaker edge FSU has due to its 3-2 win over the Tigers), 3.5 games ahead of Duke, 2.5 games in front of NC State and two games ahead of the Terrapins. With Maryland, Wake Forest and Virginia still remaining on the schedule, two wins in those three games could lock up second place for an FSU squad that has never finished higher than seventh in the ACC.
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
After recording the most wins in the history of the program in 2000 (15-6-0), FIU returns nine starters from last season’s Sun Belt Championship squad. The Golden Panthers swept the 2000 Sunbelt Individual Awards winning Coach of the Year (Everton Edwards), Player of the Year (Michele O’Brien) and Newcomer of the Year (Sasja Odenyo) and placed four players on the all-conference team…Sasja Odenyo is continuing the success of her breakout rookie season as she leads the squad in 2001 in goals (9), assists (4) and points (22). The Swedish striker scored an amazing 25 goals last season and was named a third-team All-Southeast region selection by the NSCAA…reigning Sunbelt Player of the Year Michele O’Brien isn’t far behind Odeyno statistically and is once again putting up some great numbers for FIU. The senior from Plainview, New York is tied for the team lead with nine goals in is second with three assists and 21 points…freshman keeper Amy Staley is leading the Golden Panthers in goal this season. The Boyton Beach, Fla. native has played over 683 minutes and has a sparkling 0.79 GAA. She has allowed just six goals and has a save percentage of .818…FIU already has one win over a top 25 team (Miami 2-1 OT) and almost pulled off another upset before falling just 2-1 to Duke.
LOVE THEM CONFERENCE GAMES
Few would argue that sophomore Amber Tollefson is having a great 2001 campaign but when you look at what she has done to help FSU move out to a 3-1-0 start in the ACC her contribution looks even more impressive. In four ACC contests, Tollefson is leading FSU in points (7), goals (1), shot percentage (.750) and shot on goal percentage (.750) and she is tied for the team lead with one game-winning goal in conference play.
NOTES FROM THE PITCH
In FSU’s 4-1 win over FIU last season, both Cindy Schofield and Summer Corum recorded goals for the Seminoles. Scofield also recorded an assist along with Jenny Garcia…one of Sunbelt Newcomer of the Year Sasja Odeyno’s 25 goals as a freshman came against Florida State pulling the Golden Panthers to within a goal (2-1) before FSU went on to the 4-1 win…FIU is just one of four teams that has played FSU three or more times 7yet never beat the Seminoles (0-3-0). The other three squads are South Alabama (0-4-0), South Florida (0-3-1) and Stetson 0-3-0)…Florida State will look to improve to 14-1 in its last 15 games played against teams from the state of Florida when they travel to FIU Tuesday night…FSU has allowed just one goal to FIU in three meetings between the teams…In 1999, senior Marte Vik Edvardsen scored one of her four goals on the season versus the Golden Panthers…the 2001 Seminoles’ 31 assists already ranks as the second most assists in a season. FSU set the record in 2000 when the team recorded 49.