Sept. 19, 2002
For so many years, FSU soccer was the low-man on the ACC women’s soccer totem pole. When you get beat by everyone it is tough to really establish any sort of rivalry but that has all changed under Patrick Baker. The head coach has led his team to victories over every ACC
school since 1999 with the exception of Virginia and the Seminoles advanced past them in last season’s ACC Championship semifinals. As competitive as FSU has been with all of the ACC schools under Baker, the rivalry with Clemson is probably the Seminoles’ biggest in the conference. The beginnings of an FSU-Clemson rivalry began in just FSU’s second-ever season. In 1996, FSU downed No. 10 Clemson 1-0 for the Tribes first-ever ACC win and its first-ever win over a Top 10 team, as it was easily the biggest win in the young program’s history. The Tigers won the next three by a combined score of 8-1 before FSU heated up the rivalry again in 2000. The two teams met twice that season with Clemson getting a last minute victory in Tallahassee (3-2) during the regular season. The Tigers then ended FSU’s run in the NCAA Tournament as they defeated the Garnet and Gold 2-0 in the Sweet 16 in Clemson. The Tribe struck the next blow in 2001 as they opened their ACC season on the road in South Carolina and stunned the Tigers 3-2. The loss was represented just the 12th loss in 90 games for Clemson at Riggs Field. Things got even more heated when the Seminoles felt they were snubbed by the NCAA as they were not chosen as a first round host. To make matters worse they were sent back to Clemson for the second year in a row. Once again the Tigers ended FSU’s season this time by just one goal (1-0). Friday night’s match will mark the continuation of this budding rivalry.
RUNNING WITH THE BULLS
USF will come into Tallahassee Sunday 0-4-1 all-time versus the Seminoles. Florida State has won all four games versus the Bulls by just one goal. If you total up all the goals between the two teams, FSU leads 6-2. Last season, the Seminoles downed USF 1-0 in Tampa in a match dominated by the Seminoles but one in which goals were hard to come by. Florida State out shot the Bulls 27-6, took 17 shots on goal compared to none for USF and took 10 corners compared to just one for South Florida. After totally owning the match statistically, the Tribe got the game-winner in the 62nd minute. The USF defense had ended another FSU attack when they cleared the ball about 30 yards out from their own goal. Defender Katie Beal settled the ball on the left side of the field and then lofted a beautiful pass into Schofield behind a USF defense that was pushing up field after the clearance. Schofield collected the ball as the USF keeper, already nearly 18 yards out of the goal, charged in a last ditch attempt to end the break-away. Schofield beat the junior to the right side giving the Seminoles the only goal they would need on the night. The assist was the first for Beal, an Alexandria, Va. native, and represented her first point as a Seminole.
SUMMER’S HOT IN FLORIDA
When it comes to scoring goals, Summer Corum (Vero Beach, FL) loves to get them against teams from her home state. After scoring the game-winner versus Miami, four of her six career goals have now come against schools from the state of Florida. Corum has recorded goals against
Miami, UCF, FIU and Florida. Her goal against the Gators eliminated UF from the 2000 NCAA Tournament and sent FSU to its first-ever Sweet 16.
HALF THE SUM
Junior Summer Corum (Vero Beach, FL) is off to her best start ever in 2002. The wide midfielder is already halfway to her career total for goals in just seven games and she has already recorded five points, which is just two shy of the seven she recorded all last season (25 games). When Corum netted her first goal of the season versus LSU, it ended a goal-less streak of 29 games dating back to her game-winner in the 2000 NCAA Tournament versus the Gators. With that goal, Corum has recorded a point in three of the last four matches including a game-winning goal versus Miami, which doubled her career total in that category.
BY THE BYBEE
2001 All-ACC Rookie team selection Camie Bybee (Oklahoma City, OK) had a huge week for the Seminoles. The sophomore from Oklahoma scored two goals, one a game-winner, and recorded an assist in three games last week. After recording just one shot in a 2-1 road win over Miami, Bybee was a nightmare for opponents in the UM Soccer Invitational. All five of Bybee’s shots
in the two games were on goal and 40% resulted in points. Against Virginia Tech, the Seminoles dominated the Hokies for 86 minutes but were still deadlocked in a 0-0 game. With the possibility of going to overtime for the third time in six games looming, Bybee stepped up in the 87th minute. An FSU corner kick was driven in to the box by Amber Tollefson and hit off Jez Ratliff’s foot. After deflecting off a Hokie defender, Bybee picked the loose ball up, beat one player and fired a sliding shot into the side netting at the near post. It was her second game-winner of the season and fifth of her young career. She built on her momentum from the Virginia Tech game Sunday versus an undefeated (5-0-0) Charlotte team as she put FSU up 1-0 just 4:02 into the game. All-ACC first teamer Cindy Schofield split the Charlotte defense with a ball down the right side to Summer Corum. The sophomore got endline and sent a perfect cross through the 49er box to Bybee waiting at the back post. The Oklahoman took one touch and went the other way with the shot, beating goalkeeper Jenn Howell. Twenty minutes later, Bybee picked up her eighth point of the season and third point of the game as she helped extend FSU to a 2-0 lead. Bybee found Schofield making a run down a seam in the center of the 49er defense. Schofield gathered the pass and ripped a shot from 20 yards out that beat Howell for Schofield’s first goal of the 2002 season. The midfielder now leads the team in goals (3), game-winning goals (2), assists (2) and shot on goal percentage (.706).
JUST A MATTER OF TIME
Although it took longer than she wanted, All-ACC first team selection Cindy Schofield (Lakeland, FL) got her first goal of the 2002 season versus Charlotte. The senior broke the school’s single season record for goals (17) and points (42) in 2001 but had been terribly unlucky so far this season. The striker hit enough posts and crossbars and had enough near
misses to last a career trough just six games. Things changed in arguably FSU’s biggest game of the young season against a Charlotte team that was a perfect 4-0-0. Schofield recorded her first point of the season on an assist as she split the Charlotte defense and ended with Camie Bybee beating goalkeeper Jenn Howell. Twenty minutes later she staked FSU to a 2-0 lead. Bybee returned the favor and found Schofield making a run down a seam in the center of the 49er defense. Schofield gathered the pass and ripped a shot from 20 yards out that beat Howell for Schofield’s first goal of the 2002 season.
HITTING HER STRIDE
By now everyone knows about the prolific 2001 season by All-ACC first team selection Cindy Schofield (Lakeland, FL). After netting a school-record 17 goals in 2001, her one goal through seven games may have raised an eyebrow or two but this upcoming stretch is the time stretch in which Schofield hit her stride in 2001. The striker scored three goals in her first nine games in 2001 and two came in the season opener. In the middle part of last season, from game No. 9 to game No. 20, Schofield netted 14 goals. That is a good sign with five ranked teams and four ACC games scheduled for FSU’s next seven contests.
The second season begins for FSU when it opens up its ACC campaign versus Clemson Friday night. On top of playing its first ACC opponent of the year, five of the next seven games for the Tribe will be against ranked opponents. The toughest stretch of the season begins with No. 17 Clemson. After a Sunday tilt with USF, No. 24 Florida comes to town for another Friday night clash. The Seminoles then face 2001 tournament team UCF before facing three ACC teams ranked in the Top 15 of the latest poll. It starts with a game in Durham, NC versus No. 11 Duke October 8. Florida State then returns home to host No. 15 Wake Forest and consensus No. 1 North Carolina. After its best conference season ever in 2001, the Seminoles will host four of its seven ACC games at the Seminole Soccer Complex in 2002.
DOING THE BUSINESS
Jacksonville, Fla. native Erica Lewis had one of her best games of the season versus the Charlotte 49ers in Miami. The freshman midfielder not only scored a goal that put the
Seminoles in the lead at 3-2 but she made a big impact all over the field. Lewis took one of the most impressive free kicks in recent memory in the 37th minute of the match. She lined up for the free kick on the left side of the pitch and about 28 yards from goal. The freshman drove a low, line drive to the back post that caught the inside of the post and bounced back into play. It was an amazing strike that just missed being the first goal of her Seminole career. After the 49ers staged a two-goal comeback in the second half, Lewis got the two points that eluded her on her free kick. Freshman Leah Gallegos made a great run into the box on the left side of the pitch. She turned to goal and ripped a shot off the crossbar. The ricochet ended up at the feet of Lewis. The freshman one-timed the rebound past Charlotte keeper Jenn Howell to give FSU the 3-2 edge.
GIVE THEM THEIR DUE
After seeing Charlotte up close in the Hurricane Invitational, there is little doubt that this team is for real. The 49ers 4-3 comeback victory was aided by FSU playing with just ten players for more than 60 minutes but they did what they had to do to get the win. Charlotte staged two comebacks from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to get the win and in the process bucked some amazing trends. Under Patrick Baker, FSU has gone into halftime with a lead 24 times and Charlotte is only the second team to comeback and down the Tribe. They are also beat FSU when the Seminoles scored the first goal of the game, which is happened just twice in 36 contests. Most amazingly the 49ers handed the Garnet and Gold its first loss ever under Baker in 26 games when the Tribe scored three goals.