Oct. 15, 2003
Tallahassee, FL - Leah Gallegos, who tied records for all-time game-winners in ACC play and multi-goal games in a career and who set the record for multi-goal games in conference play last week, set another record Wednesday. The sophomore became the first Seminole to ever be named a two-time Soccer America National Player of the Week when she was awarded the honor after three goals in two games including two against then-No. 12 Duke. She was also named the ACC Player of the Week for the second time in her career, just the second FSU player to ever accomplish that feat.
"I am very honored. It is amazing to be mentioned in the same group with the other great players on the Soccer America Team of the Week," said Gallegos. "I had no idea I was the first player to be honored twice by the magazine. It feels great to be the first to do that and be acknowledged but it feels better to be a part of a team that is playing so well as of late."
Gallegos continues to dominate up top for FSU. The Los Angeles, CA native scored three goals last week, one versus UCF and two versus ACC rival Duke, as the Seminoles won back-to-back 3-0 games. Two of Gallegos' three goals were game-winners moving her into a tie for second place all-time at FSU for game-winners and into a tie for first place all-time for game-winners in ACC play. With Gallegos' two goals versus Duke, the sophomore has already tied the single season record at FSU with three two-plus goal games and she is now the Tribe's career leader for multi-goal games in ACC competition. She also is second all-time at FSU for goals scored in ACC play. Gallegos leads the squad with 10 goals and became just the sixth player in program history to record double-digit goals in a single season.
Against UCF, Amber Tollefson found Gallegos just to the left of the keeper about 10 yards out. The sophomore striker took a touch as the goalie rushed out. Before she could get to Gallegos, the Los Angeles, CA native hit it past her staking FSU to the 1-0 lead. She staked the Seminoles to another lead in the Tribe's huge battle versus Duke. As Duke was playing the ball out of the back, she took advantage of a pass that came a little too close to the sophomore. The Los Angeles, CA native got a touch and headed the other way. She was in alone with Helgadottir and beat her to the far post. Gallegos' second goal can only be categorized as an ESPN Top 10 play-type of goal. The goal began with a long free kick in FSU's defensive third by Teresa Rivera. The sophomore's kick found Julia Schnugg at the top of the 18. She flicked the ball on to Gallegos. The sophomore dipped inside the defender bringing the Blue Devil with her but allowed the ball to sail over her outside shoulder. She turned to free herself and ran onto the ball. She then chipped it over the next defender who was rushing at her. Helgadottir took off and came at Gallegos who then headed the chipped ball around the keeper as she ran on to the self-pass and volleyed it into an empty net.
The Seminoles (9-5-0, 3-1-0) continue conference play Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Winston-Salem, NC versus No. 16 Wake Forest (7-4-2, 1-2-0). For all the latest news on Seminole soccer please log on to the official athletic site for the Florida State University Department of Athletics at www.seminoles.com.