Aug. 22, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The 13th-ranked Seminole soccer team concluded two-a-days Wednesday and the team will now shift its focus towards Friday’s preseason opener against the University of Georgia. The preseason scrimmage will take place at the Seminole Soccer Complex and is set for a 7:00 p.m. start. According to head coach Patrick Baker, last season’s 13th-ranked recruiting class might surprise some with their level of play as they begin their sophomore campaign.
“The sophomore class has been lost in the shuffle a little between the highly ranked freshmen and the attention focused on some of the individual position battles this fall,” said Baker. “Summer Corum, Amber Tollefson and Kristin Boyce are starting to emerge as personality players for us. It has been exciting to see those players who started as freshmen step up and elevate their games and not rest on their freshmen accomplishments.”
According to Baker, Tollefson has made the coaching staff stand up and watch in almost every session she has been in, while Corum has become very dangerous and very dynamic out wide. Baker believes Austin, Texas native Boyce is the team’s best back right now whether she is playing centrally or wide. She will join a formidable back four for the Seminoles which includes two players that combined for 48 starts last season in juniors Ashlee Fontes and Meredith Jones.
“Boyce is making great decisions with and without the ball,” said Baker. “She is closing down players and has been very sharp.”
After an inconsistent freshman campaign, former Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year Janet Burke has learned from the experiences of some of FSU’s older players who had somewhat disappointing freshman seasons and then went on to fantastic sophomore campaigns. Her play over the summer with her club team gave the coaching staff a reason to believe Burke would return to the form she displayed in high school and she has done nothing to change their minds.
“Janet is making a huge statement right now,” said Baker. “We have to make sure she continues to make that statement once the regular season starts.”
The Seminole coaches see a similarity between the way last year’s freshmen entered their sophomore season and the class before them. Baker felt this year’s junior class made one of the biggest off-season turnarounds he’s seen between their first and second years on the team.
“The juniors have elevated their game but they made such a huge leap from the time they were freshmen to the time they were sophomores that it is hard to improve on,” said Baker. “We just wanted them to maintain the level they achieved last season. I think each and everyone of them is a little fitter and the level of their play has not dropped off.”
Baker believes the senior class set the tone for the manner in which all of the Seminole’s returnees came into fall practice. Christy Peacock and Maren Vik Edvardsen came back this fall and led the team in almost every fitness test while senior co-captain Heather Dyche continues to set an example by playing through injuries and pain.
“When you have two seniors like Maren and Christy setting an example the way they did in fitness, it is very exciting,” said Baker. “As a coach, you want your seniors to lead in that regard.”
SEMINOLE SOCCER NOTES: The complete 2001 Seminole soccer media guide is now available online at FSU’s official athletics website www.seminoes.com…a live stats broadcast of Friday’s scrimmage with UGA will be available online at www.seminoes.com…the Seminoles broke up the strain of three-a-days and two-a-days by spending part of the day Wednesday bowling and will spend Thursday afternoon at the movies. “We had unbelievable laughs at the bowling alley since, for the most part, none of us take our selves too seriously,” said Baker. “Its fun to get out there as a team and spend some time together away from the field. That’s the same type of thing we want to accomplish when we go to the movies tomorrow.”