Oct. 18, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
It was a long hard stretch for senior Maren Vik Edvardsen. After scoring 22 goals in 54 games, Vik Edvardsen, and her all-time goals record, was stuck on 22 for 23 straight games but all of that changed Tuesday night against Florida International. The senior watched more shots than she cared to count bounce of posts and crossbars, get pushed just wide of the net by diving keepers and merely missing by inches here and there before she netted two goals against the Golden Panthers in FSU’s 4-1 win. For the effort, Vik Edvardsen was named FSU’s player of the week by head coach Patrick Baker Thursday.
“Maren put together two strong performances for us last week,” said Baker. “Against North Carolina, she held on to the ball well, she helped us combine and generally did a lot of good things that help a team be successful. Then in a tough mid-week game on the road in Miami, she was able to finally break her goalless streak and gave us a huge lift.”
The Seminoles, who had given up the first goal of the game on seven different occasions, wasted little time breaking on top of the Golden Panthers Tuesday thanks to Vik Edvardsen. Just eight minutes into the game, Cindy Schofield picked up a loose ball at midfield and sent a perfect pass to Vik Edvardsen streaking down the center of the field. She collected the pass and dribbled around FIU goalkeeper Adrienne McWilliams before firing a shot into an empty FIU net. The goal was the 23rd of the Oslo, Norway native’s storied career but was her first goal since October 5, 2000 when she put the Seminoles up 2-0 over Wake Forest.
“That first goal, just 10 minutes into the match showed great sophistication on her part,” said Baker. “She rounded the goalkeeper and then finished into the open net. That gave us a great lift at the beginning of the match.”
Vik Edvardsen then helped Florida State finish off the Golden Panthers when she recorded her second goal of the night in the 66th minute. After Summer Corum sent a pass into the FIU penalty box, Vik Edvardsen picked up the ball that was misplayed by the Golden Panther defense. She then beat FIU’s keeper at the near post putting the Seminoles up 4-1.
“Even though the score was 3-1 when she netted her second goal of the night, it was a very well taken goal,” said Baker. “She pounced on a half-chance and finished very well. Hopefully this is the type of performance that will boost her confidence as we head down the stretch.”
The Oslo, Norway native, with her performance Tuesday, increased her status as the most prolific offensive player in Florida State history. She has now scored 24 goals and posted 64 points in her career. She also has seven assists this year to go along with her two goals.