Feb. 6, 2003
Tallahassee, FL –
Just one day after inking arguably the best class in program history, the good news continued to roll in for the Florida State soccer program as four players were awarded postseason honors by SoccerBuzz. Cindy Schofield, the top offensive player in the program’s history, led the way as she equaled Emma Breland as the only FSU players to ever receive third team All-American honors. Californian Leah Gallegos was named to the Southeast region All-Freshman team while Schofield received first team All-Southeast region honors. Defender Kristin Boyce and midfielder Amber Tollefson were both named to the All-Southeast third team.
This year’s four postseason honors bring FSU’s total to 26 postseason SoccerBuzz awards since 2000. Every single postseason accolade from the magazine has come since head coach Patrick Baker took over the program in 1999 and only one FSU player ever won an All-Region or All-American award of any kind before his arrival.
“I am excited for all of our players that were honored,” said Baker. “I thought based on the year we had in going to the Sweet 16 that our players were deserving to be recognized and especially Cindy Schofield. It was great to see her get All-American honors.
“I think one of the great things about SoccerBuzz is that you can vote for the best people around the country whereas with the NSCAA you can only vote for those kids you play against. I understand that thinking but I think this really allows the best players to be recognized. They do a wonderful job at SoccerBuzz and we feel fortunate that our players and our program have been recognized this past fall.”
Schofield put together the two best seasons in FSU soccer history the last two years and owns every conceivable offensive record at Florida State. A year after receiving honorable mention All-American honors, the Lakeland, FL native joined Clemson’s Deliah Arrington, Connecticut’s Kristen Graczyk and Marquette’s Kate Gordon as third team All-American forwards. The striker who scored 17 goals and recorded eight assists in 2001 turned around and scored another 15 goals this season giving her 78 points in the last two seasons with 32 goals. Even more impressive was who Schofield scored against and when Schofield scored. In 2002, the senior scored seven goals versus top 20 teams, five against ACC teams and eight against NCAA Tournament teams. She also scored twice in the NCAA Tournament with both of those goals being game-winners.
In her four year FSU career, Schofield set more than 30 career, single season and postseason records for the Seminoles. She became the first FSU player to ever break the 100-point mark with her NCAA Tournament goal versus Auburn sending FSU to the Sweet 16. She is now the only Seminole to ever record 80 or more points, 20 or more assists and 30 or more goals. She also ranked amongst the nations best last season. When you compare Schofield to the finalists for the prestigious Hermann Award, only two players on that list had more points than Schofield and only three scored more goals.
“I am excited for the program and the team at Florida State because this honor is a direct reflection on this program,” said Schofield. “I know this is just one of many awards that FSU soccer will be receiving in the coming years. It is really an honor for everyone on our team because they all work so hard. This is a great way to finish my career and it is just something I have always dreamed about. It goes to show that hard work does pay off.”
Junior’s Amber Tollefson and Kristin Boyce are both repeat All-Region selections. Boyce continued her stellar defensive play and was once again FSU’s top threat from the back. She has led FSU defenders in scoring every year and now holds the career record for points, goals and assists by an FSU defender. Tollefson, who was an honorable mention All-American in 2001, had another stellar campaign in 2002. The wide midfielder finished second on the team in assists with six and five of her assists were game winners, which is an FSU single-season record.
“We feel strongly about Amber and Boyce as great players,” said Baker. “I felt like Kristin was one of our unsung heroes throughout the fall. She has meant so much to our team in the back and the dimensions she provides in our system.
“Amber is just such a skillful player and so unselfish. She was willing to do anything it took to help our team this year and that is what we have come to expect from our two-time captain.”
Gallegos is now the fourth Seminole rookie to receive freshman honors from SoccerBuzz. The Californian had a breakout season for the Tribe scoring seven goals, three game winners and leading the team with seven assists. She was named to the 2002 ACC All-Rookie team and set a new FSU freshman record for shots and tied the record for assists. She finished the year fifth for goals by an FSU rookie, fourth in points and tied for second in game-winning goals. Her hat trick versus Clemson was the first ever scored by a Seminole in an ACC game and led to ACC Player of the Week honors. She was the first Seminole rookie to ever garner that award. She also was named to the SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week and Soccer America Team of the Week after her performance versus the Tigers.
“It was exciting to see Leah get recognized for a remarkable freshman year,” said Baker. “She was a force for us up top creating chances and scoring goals. She is a wonderfully talented player and it was great to have her join a great group of FSU freshmen that have been recognized by SoccerBuzz.”