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No. 22 Soccer Travels To 24th-Ranked Clemson For Tuesday Night Game

Oct. 13, 2003

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Sophomore Leah Gallegos has followed up an amazing rookie campaign with an even more remarkable sophomore season. Just 36 games into her career, the Los Angeles, CA is skyrocketing up the charts in the FSU record books. After scoring three goals versus UCF and Duke, two of which were game-winners, she moved into a tie for second place all-time at FSU for game-winners and into a tie for first place all-time for game-winners in ACC play. With her multi-goal game versus the Blue Devils, the sophomore has already tied the single season record at FSU with three two-plus goal games and she is now the Tribe’s career leader for multi-goal games in ACC competition. She also is second all-time at FSU for goals scored in ACC play. Gallegos leads the squad with 10 goals and became just the sixth player in program history to record double-digit goals in a single season. She is just the second player this season to score multiple goals versus the Blue Devils (Tarpley, North Carolina).

Schofield       6
Gallegos        4
Breland         3
Mrn Vik Ed.     3

MULTI-GOAL GAMES IN A CAREER (ACC) Gallegos 2 Four others tied with one

MULTI-GOAL GAMES IN A SEASON (INDIV) Gallegos 3 2003 Breland 3 2000 Schofield 3 2001, 2002

CAREER ACC GOALS Schofield 11 Gallegos 6

CAREER ACC GAME-WINNING GOALS Schofield 2 Gallegos 2 Tollefson 2

CAREER GOALS Schofield 40 Mrn Vik Edvardsen 28 Bybee 20 Gallegos 17

CAREER POINTS Schofield 102 Mrn Vik Edvardsen 75 Bybee 55 Osorio 48 Gallegos 42

After downing Duke 3-0, Florida State approved its record versus the Blue Devils to 2-0-1 in the last three regular season meetings, which shouldn’t really surprise anyone since it has become the rule more than the exception for Florida State as of late. The Seminoles have a winning record over the last three games versus four of the ACC’s seven teams. Versus Maryland, Duke, Clemson and NC State, FSU has gone 9-1-2 in its last three matches versus each of those schools. To put that in perspective, the Seminoles were 1-9-2 against those teams in the previous three matches.

Team            First 3   Last 3
Maryland        1-2-0     3-0-0
Clemson         0-3-0     2-1-0
Duke            0-2-1     2-0-1
NC State        0-2-1     2-0-1
TOTAL           1-9-2     9-1-2	

Junior keeper Joy McKenzie is enjoying a breakout year in the net for Florida State, which was capped off by her first career ACC shutout in a 3-0 win over Duke. Versus then-No. 12 Duke and UCF, the junior keeper recorded her first ever conference shutout and didn’t allow a goal in 135:00 of play. The Texas native led FSU to two wins and back-to-back shutouts in 3-0 victories over the Blue Devils and Knights. McKenzie faced 21 shots and was forced to make eight saves in her game and a half. After a relatively quiet night versus UCF, the junior came up huge on numerous occasions in FSU’s upset of Duke. The Duke shutout was FSU’s second in a row, just the seventh time that has ever happened, and McKenzie and the Tribe have now shutout three of the last four opponents, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 1996. With her success, McKenzie’s GAA has dropped to a miniscule 1.07. That GAA is the lowest single season GAA in FSU program history. In the past seven games McKenzie has cut her GAA in half from a season-high 2.15.

The Seminoles and Blue Devils play close games usually. Before FSU’s convincing 3-0 win, the teams had gone to overtime in four of the last six meetings but the largest margin of victory in the series wasn’t the only noteworthy accomplishment on the Seminoles behalf. The three goal win was the largest ever for FSU in a home ACC contest and was the Tribe’s first-ever conference shutout in Tallahassee. It was just the program’s second-ever ACC shutout and the school’s second-largest margin of victory in any ACC game.

Over 1,000 fans braved light showers and came out to watch the 22nd ranked Seminoles record the team’s first-ever shutout versus an ACC team at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Crowds of 1000 or more are becoming more common for a Florida State team that has been to three straight NCAA Tournaments and two Sweet 16s. One of the reasons fans keep coming back is that head coach Patrick Baker and the Seminoles make sure they leave happy. Every time FSU has played at home in front of 1,000 or more fans on a Friday night the Seminoles have won. With the win over Duke, FSU is now 6-0-0 all-time when 1,000 fans show up on Friday night. In those six games, the match versus the Blue Devils was FSU’s only shutout.

Florida (2002)    1603  2-1
Florida (2000)    1282  3-2
Maryland (2003)   1116  2-1
Miami (2003)      1084  7-1
Clemson (2002)    1051  4-3
Duke (2003)       1046  3-0

Florida State ranked in the top 10 for overall attendance last year and in the top 20 for per game attendance. The Tribe has averaged over 800 fans per game in two of the past three seasons but that has never happened in a year when both the Florida and North Carolina games were away games. That is about to change this year and in a big way. Not only is FSU drawing a school record 854 fans per outing but they have done it without the big draw of the Heels and Gators. With the 1,116 spectators that came out to see FSU down Duke 3-0, the Tribe tied a school record set in 2002 with its third game with 1000 or more fans. Even more impressively, that was the third straight game FSU drew over 1000 fans, which has never happened in the history of the program.

For the third straight season, the Seminoles have made a timely run through a key part of their schedule. With the win over Duke, FSU has now won seven of its last eight games. This year’s run is probably the most impressive because it included wins versus No. 21 Ole Miss, No. 14 Maryland and No. 12 Duke. Florida State has only won seven of eight once before and that came in 2001. That year the Tribe beat just one ranked team (No. 7 Clemson) but they did get wins over three ACC schools compared to two in this year’s run. Last year, the Tribe won six of seven with one ACC victory and two top 25 wins. In 2000 FSU went 6-0-1 in a seven game span. That run included two ACC wins and victories over No. 2 North Carolina and No. 20 Wake Forest. One thing all three of those streaks had in common, the Seminoles ended up in the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons.

2003    7-1-0   12, 14, 21    Duke, UMD
2002    6-1-0   17, 21        Clemson
2001    7-1-0   7             CLEM, NCSU, Duke
2000    6-0-1   2, 20         WFU, UNC 

Senior Amber Tollefson is the heart and soul of the Seminole soccer team. Her determination and passion for soccer carry over to the entire squad and there was probably never a better encapsulation of her career than the assist she had in the win over Duke. The Boca Raton, FL native got end line but had her service blocked. She chased the ball into the box where Icelandic National Team keeper Thora Helgadottir was charging. Tollefson continued to chip at the ball until she pried it away from the keeper and got it to Julia Schnugg. The freshman then pounded it into the net. It was Tollefson’s fourth straight game with an assist a first in her career and she now has six on the year. She is just the second Seminole ever to record six or more assists in three straight seasons. She has now moved into second place for career assists with 20 and is just three away from owning the record outright. She is currently second on the team in assists. Her three assists in ACC play this year have vaulted her into first as FSU’s all-time leader in assists in conference play and she is second at FSU for career points in conference games.

It may have taken a few video replays to determine but freshman Julia Schnugg was credited with an assist on Leah Gallegos’ second goal versus Duke. That gives the Alamo, CA native eight assists on the year, which is a new freshman record. She is just the third Seminole ever to record as many as eight assists in a season and she is now just two away from tying the single season record. Her five goals and eight assists now have her tied for fifth all-time on the freshman points list with 18.

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