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Two Big Challenges Await No. 17 FSU This Week

Oct. 24, 2001

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After getting off to a 6-1-0 start in 2001, the University of Miami has posted just a 2-5-1 record over its last eight games. The Hurricanes have already faced four ranked opponents this season (#12 Florida, #13 Connecticut, #8 Notre Dame and #20 West Virginia) and are 1-3-0 versus that group. The Seminoles will be the second consecutive team UM has faced after falling 5-1 to West Virginia Sunday…Laura West, a junior from Allen, TX, is leading UM offensively with 21 points on nine goals and three assists. She has two game-winning goals on the season and is fourth in the Big East in scoring…sophomore Vonda Matthews is second on the team with 13 points and she has scored five goals this season…junior keeper Rachel Elsby has posted a 7-3-0 record in the net for the Hurricanes and is sporting a 1.67 GAA. She has recorded two shutouts and allowed just 16 goals on 100 shots this season…like FSU, the Hurricanes have been very strong in the second half of games this season. UM has outscored its opponents, taken more corners and shots in the second half of matches than its opponents…UM is tied for third in the BIG EAST in goals but is last in GAA.


Virginia is in the midst of the best season in program history. The Cavaliers have only finished a season with three losses or less once and that came in 1990 when the team went 18-3-0. UVa is currently sitting in second place in the ACC but have three conference games remaining against three ranked opponents all at home. The Cavaliers host consensus No. 1 North Carolina Thursday evening before welcoming No. 17 Florida State Sunday afternoon. Virginia then closes out its season against No. 20 Wake Forest…the Cavaliers have already seen the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2001 start to pay dividends. Freshman Lindsay Gusick has burst on to the scene and is not only leading UVa offensively, she is leading the entire conference. The NSCAA All-American has scored 10 goals and tallied 1 assist despite starting in just nine of the Cavs 14 games and she is the reigning ACC Player of the Week…after leading Virginia last season with 21 points and garnering ACC Player of the Year honors, senior Lori Lindsey is close to eclipsing her numbers from a stellar 2000 season. Her 8 goals and 3 assists have her second on the team with 19 points and she is just behind Gusick with 3 game-winning goals…sophomore Jodi Clugston is having an amazing year for UVa. The Red Hill, Pa. native has an eye-popping 0.34 GAA this season and has allowed just one goal in five starts and has already recorded 3.7 shutouts.


When you consider the amount of offensive talent in the ACC, it is really amazing how well FSU stacks up in the nation’s premier power conference. Only one team, consensus No. 1 North Carolina, is scoring more per game than FSU. UNC is averaging 3.69 goals per game while the Seminoles are posting an average of 2.33 goals per game. Much of that has to do with the production FSU has gotten up front from Jez Ratliff, Maren Vik Edvardsen and especially Cindy Schofield. The junior striker is second in the conference in points (24), second in scoring average (1.60), tied for second in goals (9) and is fourth in goals per game (0.60). Those numbers are stunning when you consider the likes of Alyssa Ramsey, Lori Lindsey, Lindsay Gusick, Lindsay Browne, Anne Remy, Deliah Arrington and Casey McCluskey (just to name a few) play in the ACC. Schofield is making a strong bid to become just the second Seminole ever to be named to the All-ACC first team.


With Miami coming to town this Thursday, you can’t help but think about FSU’s home-winning streak (in soccer not football). It has been 16 straight games since a non-conference opponent has come into the Seminole Soccer Complex and beaten FSU. The last team to do that was the University of Miami in 1999. It does seem a little familiar doesn’t it? Our football team had gone 54 straight games without a loss at Doak Campbell Stadium. A streak, which started and ended at the hands of the University of Miami. The Seminole soccer team hopes to avoid the same fate.


After a fantastic rookie campaign where she scored four goals and posted five assists, sophomore Summer Corum posted her first point of the 2001 season against Wake Forest, which was the 15th game of the season. The wide-midfielder from Vero Beach, Fla. has played very well this season but hasn’t seen the points coming as freely as last year when she recorded an assist and scored the game-winning goal over the Gators that propelled FSU into the Sweet 16 for example. The Seminoles will need her scoring if they want to make a repeat run to the Sweet 16.


When Wake Forest downed FSU 4-2 at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC, the Demon Deacons bucked a few trends that usually signal a victory for FSU. Florida State was 20-6-3 under Patrick Baker in games where they went to half tied and in games where they scored two goals. When the Garnet & Gold took a 2-1 lead on Jez Ratliff’s goal just three minutes into the second half, things looked good for the Seminoles statistically speaking. The Deacons though, playing with extra emotion on senior night, fought back and ended up downing the Seminoles and pulling into a third place tie in the ACC.


The Miami-Florida State game was originally scheduled for September 12, 2001 but was postponed due to the terrorist attacks on the USA…senior Marte Vik Edvardsen had her biggest game of the year against Miami in 2000. The Oslo, Norway native scored two goals in leading FSU to a 3-1 win at Coral Gables, Fla. The win assured FSU of a sweep of its in-state rivals and was a key regional victory heading into tournament selection time…the Cavaliers have lost just one game at home in 2001. The loss came early in the season to the Auburn Tigers (1-0) of the SEC.


If you can hang with Virginia through the first half, you have a shot at beating them. The Cavaliers are notorious for fast starts having out scored their opponents 17-1 in the first half but holding just an 11-10 edge in the second period. The Seminoles will hope to weather that early storm and pick-up their first-ever win against Virginia and the team’s third-ever ACC road win.


FSU faces six teams in 2001 that they have never played in the six-year history of the program and four of those matches took place during the first two weekends of the season (George Mason, Loyola, Portland and Santa Clara). FSU downed George Mason and Loyola (Md), recorded another first time win against Kansas September 21 and then its fourth of the season against Louisville September 30. FSU added another team to that list when it downed Duke 3-2. The win against the Blue Devils was the Seminoles first and now leaves Virginia as the only ACC opponent Florida State has never beaten. Considering that FSU is one of only four ACC teams to beat UNC, if the Seminoles were able to down the Cavaliers (a tough task) they would have accomplished a feat that three of the conferences long-time members never have. With a win over the Cavaliers, it would have taken FSU just seven seasons to record a win over every conference member. That is something Maryland hasn’t done in 13 years, NC State is yet to do in 15 years and Virginia has been unable to accomplish in 15 years either. The Seminoles recorded first-time victories over eight teams in 12 chances during the 2000 season (Oregon, Oregon State, Miami, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Florida, UCF and Wake Forest) and four of those eight victories came against ranked opponents.

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