Dec. 10, 2002
Tallahassee, FL –
For the second consecutive season, FSU striker Cindy Schofield (Lakeland, FL) has been named a second team All-South region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The senior scored 15 goals in 2002, she recorded six assists and scored five game-winners. She finished second in the ACC in goals per game, second in game-winning goals and fourth in points per game. Schofield has scored 32 goals and recorded 78 points over the last two seasons and she is now the first Seminole to ever be named to the NSCAA All-Region team two times in her career.
“Cindy is arguably one of the best goal scorers in the country,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “There is a difference between a goal scorer and a forward. She is a very good forward but she finds the net no matter who we face. She finds the net and scores goals for us in the conference, in the NCAA Tournament and everywhere else. She is one of the best players I have ever been allowed to coach.”
Schofield established every single-season and career record at Florida State over the last two seasons. In 2002, she became the first Seminole to ever surpass 100 points, 200 shots, 40 goals, 20 assists, 10 game-winning goals and 5 multi-goal games in a career. This past year, Schofield became the first Seminole to ever record 30 points in two seasons during her career and she did it back-to-back. She is the first FSU player to ever be named All-ACC first team twice and she is the only Florida State player to ever score at least on goal versus every ACC team. She also joined Deliah Arrington and Alyssa Ramsey as the only three ACC players to score 10 or more goals in each of the last two regular seasons.
In 2002, the All-American candidate scored goals versus seven Top 20 teams, five ACC foes and eight teams that made the NCAA Tournament. She scored twice in the NCAA’s this year with both goals being game-winners. Schofield is also third amongst the 15 Hermann Award finalists in points and she has the fourth most goals amongst that group.
“This is an honor for me especially since there are so many players on this team that could have easily been recognized,” said Schofield. “There are so many players on this team deserving of this honor but I think what our team did in the postseason speaks volumes about the quality of our players and of this team. I am thankful I was recognized but can’t help feeling a lot of great players on this team were overlooked.”
Despite advancing further than any team in the South region in the NCAA Tournament with the exception of North Carolina, Schofield was the only Florida State player to earn recognition from the region’s coaches. Five teams FSU defeated in 2002 and advanced further than in the NCAA Tournament placed more players on the All-Region team than did the Seminoles (UCF-4, Auburn-3, Florida-2, Clemson-2 and Jacksonville-2). Five teams in the South region that didn’t qualify for the 2002 NCAA’s either equaled or surpassed the amount of players that were recognized from a Tribe team that made its second Sweet 16 appearance in the last three years.
NOTES – Florida State received its second-highest final ranking ever from SoccerBuzz this week as the Tribe was tabbed 14th in the nation in the final 2002 poll. The ranking represents the second-highest all-time final ranking in team history and the only other time FSU was ranked higher was when SoccerBuzz placed FSU at No. 12 in its final poll in 2000. The Seminoles finished second in the southeast region according to SoccerBuzz, which is an all-time high for Florida State. This is the first time in program history that FSU has finished a season ranked ahead of every ACC school with the exception of North Carolina.