Dec. 5, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State junior Cindy Schofield and sophomore Amber Tollefson were named second-team NSCAA All-South Region selections Wednesday afternoon by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The players are just the third and fourth Seminoles ever to be named to the NCSAA All-Region squad and there selection marks the first time in school history that two FSU soccer players have been named to the second team in one season.
“I’m very excited that both of those players received post-season recognition,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “They both had wonderful seasons individually, which helped our team have a great season. It’s great to see two of our players recognized in the toughest region of the country.”
Schofield had the most productive offensive season in the history of Florida State soccer and was named FSU’s second-ever All-ACC First Team selection. After posting three goals and three assists in the first eight games of the season, the Lakeland, Fla. native had a season in just 11 games. Between September 21 and October 25, she scored 10 goals and recorded four assists, which alone would have placed her fourth on the all-time single season point scorers list. Against Kansas, NC State, Louisville, USF, UCF, FIU, Miami, Virginia and Duke, she scored 10 goals with five of those ten goals being game-winners. She scored the golden goal in an overtime win over Duke that helped FSU establish a program-best three ACC wins in a season. Schofield then went on to record her first-ever collegiate hat trick in a 3-1 win over the University of Miami. The six points were a career high in a single game for Schofield, which broke her previous best set against UCF (2G 1A) less than three weeks before the Miami match. In the last nine matches of the season, Schofield scored eight goals and racked up 21 points, including multi-goal games against Miami (three goals) and Maryland (two goals) in the quarterfinals at the ACC Tournament. She broke the single-season record for goals in the final game of the regular season in a dominating 5-1 win over Jacksonville University.
Schofield led the team with 42 points, surpassing the 24 she totaled for her entire career before 2001. Her 42 points also stand as the best single season point total in Florida State soccer history shattering the previous record of 31 set by Emma Breland last year. She holds the single season record for goals (17) and moved into second on FSU’s career goal list with 25. She is now first all-time with seven game-winning goals and she also moved into a tie for second place for career assists with 16. Her seven assists are just two shy of the record set by Maren Vik Edvardsen this year for assists in a single season. Her average of 1.75 points per game this year is almost a third of a point higher than the previous record (1.45) and her goals per game average of 0.71 is also a single season high. Schofield is also appearing with the nation’s best players in the ACC and NCAA. She is currently 15th in the nation in points scored, tied for third for goals scored in a single game and in the top 20 for goals scored. In the conference, Schofield finished the regular season first in points scored, first in goals scored, second in scoring average and first in goals per game.
“When you lead the No. 1 women’s soccer conference in scoring, it says a lot about the type of season you’ve had,” said Baker. “Cindy did it in great fashion and especially down the stretch when it counted the most and against both teams in and out of conference. She worked extremely hard in the off-season and it paid off in the type of season she had and I’m glad she received some accolades.”
An All-ACC second team and All-ACC Tournament team selection in 2001, Tollefson followed up a solid rookie campaign with an even better sophomore season. Florida State’s most dominant player in conference games this year, Tollefson led the team in points (12), goals (4), assists (4), game-winning goals (2) and shot percentage (.667) in regular season ACC games. She had her biggest game of the season in one of Florida State’s most important victories at then-No. 7 Clemson after which she was named ACC Player of the Week and was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week. Her two goals against the Tigers helped FSU recorded its first-ever win in an ACC opener and nearly equaled her total of three from the entire 2000 season and her four points were a single game high for the sophomore. Tollefson had another huge ACC game in the program’s first-ever win over Duke. The trend continued for Tollefson in conference play as she recorded another assist against a ranked ACC opponent, helping stake FSU to a 2-1 lead just 10 minutes in against No. 8 Virginia. With third place in the ACC and a perfect home record on the line, Tollefson showed well again in another big game against a ranked conference foe. Just 22 minutes in against then-No. 21 Maryland, Tollefson broke open a defensive game with her fifth goal, and third game-winner of the year, staking the Seminoles to a 1-0 lead. Tollefson equaled her season high for points with four in FSU’s ACC quarterfinal win over Maryland with a goal and two assists. Her two assists against the Terrapins were a season high. For the entire ACC Tournament, she was second on the team in points (4), second in goals (1), tied for the team lead in assists (2), second in shots (4) and first in shots on goal (3). She is fifth on the team in points (14), tied for third in goals (5), second on the team in game-winning goals (3), tied for fifth in assists (4) and first in shot percentage (.278).
“I think Amber is one of the best wide midfielders in the southeast region,” said Baker. “Her performance this year, not just in terms of goals and assists, was consistently high night in and night out. The level in which she performed all season long is truly reflected in why she received this honor.”
For the second straight year, Florida State soccer finished its campaign with the best record in program history (15-8-1). The 2001 Seminoles also set a record for the best conference season (4-3), best ACC Tournament run (ACC Championship game) and best regular season record in the seven-year history of the program (13-6-0). Florida State soccer made its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and established more than 40 records and program firsts this year including an undefeated season at home, its first-ever winning record in the conference, the most points scored in a season and the most goals scored in an ACC Tournament game.