Sept. 24, 2003
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State head coach Patrick Baker handed out his weekly Seminole Rookie of the Week and Player of the Week awards today. This week's recipients were both voted to the Nike Seminole Classic All-Tournament team this past weekend. Freshman forward Julia Schnugg, who was named the tournament's offensive MVP, took home rookie of the week honors while senior co-captain Kristin Boyce was named player of the week for the second time in two years.
Schnugg has been on fire as of late scoring four goals and recording three assists in her last three games and she made a huge impact in bringing Florida State back to .500 with two wins last week at the 2003 Nike Seminole Classic. The Alamo, CA native not only scored three goals and assisted two others in the two games but her golden goal versus No. 21 (SoccerBuzz) Ole Miss gave Florida State the tournament title. For her efforts she was named the tournament's offensive MVP with eight points. After her big weekend, the speedy freshman now leads the Tribe in goals (4), points (13) and assists (5).
"She started Friday night and went on to score early and often," said Baker. "She was really pumped up for the game and that carried over from warm-up into the first few moments of the Miami game. She got us going early by being really dangerous with the way she got around the corner, scored goals, served the ball in and assisted other goals. Julia was doing a lot for us. It was one of the more impressive individual performances we've had from such a young player.
"One of the lessons she learned from the Ole Miss game was that she probably wasn't having the impact against the Rebels that she had the game before but to her credit she stayed persistent. She waited for the opportunity to change the complexion of the game and sure enough she did that in overtime with a golden goal."
Schnugg started the tournament with a big game versus in-state rival Miami as she set the tone with two first half goals and an assist in the 7-1 rout. Her five first half points were the second-most ever scored by a Seminole in the first half of a game and her six total points were the third-highest single game total in FSU soccer history. Schnugg saved her best for last though against an Ole Miss team that came to Tallahassee tied for the nation's best record at 7-0-0. After giving up the equalizing goal to the Rebels with just 2:59 remaining in regulation, the Tribe was forced to go into overtime to try and get back to .500 for the first time in 2003. With just over six minutes gone in the first overtime period Schnugg fired a shot on frame that ricocheted to fellow freshman India Trotter. Trotter's shot was blocked right to the feet of Schnugg who turned and buried the game-winner. It was the first game-winner of the freshman's career and Florida State's first golden goal since Leah Gallegos' game-winner versus Clemson in 2002.
Player of he Week Boyce headed a Seminole defense that held No. 24 Ole Miss to its fewest goals in eight games and had the Rebels' offense shutdown for over 87:00. She and the Tribe backline also held Miami to only seven shots and two corner kicks in a 7-1 win. The only Cane goal came with just over five minutes on the clock and the FSU starting 11 primarily on the sideline. Versus a potent Ole Miss offense, the defense allowed just one corner kick and held the Rebel offense that was averaging over four goals a game to just one goal, which came with 2:59 left to play and that goal didn't even come in the run of play.
"I thought Kristin put together two great performances versus Miami and Ole Miss," said Baker. "Defensively, she did a great job of stepping when appropriate, delaying when appropriate, forcing the right players into the right channels and had a huge heading presence both nights, especially versus Ole Miss. Our entire backline was dominant in the air but Boyce did a great job in that regard.
"Also her ability to get forward was huge for us. She was causing unbalancing situations in our opponent's midfield and getting close to the restraining line. She also served some great balls in. She was a complete player in the back both on the defensive side and the offensive side of things."
Boyce's role in the offense was especially present in the game versus No. 21 Ole Miss when she played a key role in FSU's best goal-scoring chance in the first half. Katie Beal sent a short free kick across the field and wide to Boyce. The senior defender dribbled up the left sideline and swung a great cross into the box at the far post. The clearance ended up right at the feet of Schnugg a few yards in front of the goal at the near post. The Californian blasted the shot but Gillespie made a huge save to preserve the tie.
Boyce almost had another assist in the 51st minute as she once again put pressure on the Rebel defense. Beal and Boyce combined on another free kick; this one was sent down the left flank and onto an overlapping Boyce. The defender sent another brilliant cross into the center of the box and onto the head of Ratliff. The midfielder's shot just missed the mark as it sailed over the crossbar
Schnugg, Boyce and the Seminoles continue their home schedule this Friday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. versus the 14th-ranked University of Maryland (5-2-1). The game is Florida State's conference opener and there is no admission charge. For complete game coverage, log on to the official athletic website for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.