Oct. 6, 2003
Tallahassee, FL - The 21st ranked FSU soccer team (6-5-0, 1-1-0) recorded its first shutout of the year versus USF Wednesday and came close to its biggest regular season road win in program history Saturday. On the heels of a 1-1 week, head coach Patrick Baker handed out weekly honors Monday afternoon. Senior co-captain Amber Tollefson was named player of the week while midfielder Rachel McDowell took home rookie of the week honors.
Tollefson assisted on three of FSU's five goals last week in a 3-0 win over USF and a last-minute 3-2 loss to No. 4 Virginia. Her three assists gave her 18 in her career, which is third all-time and just four away from the all-time Florida State record. Two of the assists came against Virginia and she is now tied for first all-time at FSU with six assists in ACC games.
The senior wide midfielder started the week off by assisting on the Tribe's second goal versus USF. Freshman Julia Schnugg made a great run into the box but didn't find much room so she dropped back and dribbled across the 18. She sent a great ball to the back post that found Tollefson. The senior took one touch and played Leah Gallegos who was sitting in the middle of the box in front of the keeper. She scored to the lower right corner. Against No. 4 Virginia, the only ACC squad Tollefson and fellow senior Kristin Boyce have never beaten, Tollefson did everything in her power to help FSU record its first-ever win versus the Tribe. She brought FSU back from a 1-0 deficit with an assist off a great corner kick that was flicked on by Boyce and finished by Camie Bybee. Tollefson then staked FSU to a 2-1 lead on another corner. This time Boyce scored the goal giving Tollefson her second assist off a corner.
"Amber had a very good game versus Virginia. The Cavaliers are a very skilled team and you have to be balanced. She solved some pressure in some tight situations and allowed us to get forward," said Baker. "Her decision making process on set pieces and the quality of the service really allowed Boyce to gain an assist and latch on to a combination on the other set piece that resulted in us taking the lead on the road. She has been so close up to that point on set pieces and a lot of us getting the lead was due to Amber and her technical ability."
McDowell, a midfielder, took home rookie of the week honors after making the first start of her young career at Virginia. The Lakewood, CO native stepped into the holding midfield spot for FSU in front of 1,249 at No. 5 Virginia and played very well. She and her Seminole teammates held serve against a potent UVa attack and also helped spring the Tribe's offense.
"Rachel (McDowell) came in and provided some good things in the middle. It was her first college start and I thought she did a good job," said Baker. "Nothing she did will appear in a box score but she provided us with great energy, work rate and vision. She also did a nice job of possessing versus a very possession oriented team."
The Seminoles are back on the road for their third straight road contest Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. The Tribe will face 2002 NCAA Tournament team UCF (9-3-0) who is in the midst of a five game win streak and is sitting just three spots behind FSU in the latest SoccerBuzz regional rankings.