Sept. 24, 2003
Tallahassee, FL - For the second consecutive week a Florida State Seminole soccer player has been named to a national team of the week. Last week Katie Beal garnered honors from Soccer America and this week it was freshman Julia Schnugg's turn. The Alamo, CA native was named to the SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week Wednesday marking just the sixth time an FSU player has been selected to the team. Schnugg is the third Seminole freshman to garner the honor.
"I am really surprised. I never held myself up to that standard before," said Schnugg. "I am thrilled and honored and especially to make it on in my freshman season. It feels nice to spend a day up with college soccer's big leaguers."
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.
"The game Friday night versus Miami was a lot of fun and I think everyone had a good time," said Schnugg. "They are a good team but it was just one of those crazy nights where everything went our way and we built a 7-0 lead. It was a big win. I came back Sunday and was really tired. I was driven because I knew how bad we needed a win over a ranked and undefeated Ole Miss team. Overall, the whole weekend was really exciting for me and the team."
Schnugg 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.