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#18 - FSU’s NCAA Tourney Debut
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Release: 09/02/2014
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Top 20 Moments: #18 – FSU's NCAA Tournament Debut

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Women’s Soccer program turns 20 in 2014! In conjunction with celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Seminole soccer team will countdown the top 20 moments over the last 19 seasons.

Join the Seminoles throughout the fall on Seminoles.com and through their social media outlets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as the program takes a look back in history to honor this monumentally occasion by unveiling the top 20 moments.

The countdown continues at No. 18 as the Seminoles made their NCAA Tournament debut in 2000 under the direction of head coach Patrick Baker. And Florida State did not disappoint advancing to the Sweet 16 with victories over Jacksonville and Florida.

The Seminoles opened the tournament at home defeating the Dolphins 4-1 behind a four-point effort from freshman sensation Emma Breland (1G, 2A). Florida State followed that victory with a 2-1 win over intra-state rival Florida in Gainesville as Summer Corum broke a 1-1 tie with the eventual game-winning goal early in the second half. FSU would go on to finish the 2000 season with a then-school record 14 victories including five wins over ranked opponents.

#18: FSU’s NCAA Tournament Debut

NCAA Tournament First Round – November 8, 2000
Florida State vs. Jacksonville

On November 8, 2000, Florida State hosted its first-ever NCAA Tournament soccer game when TAAC champion Jacksonville traveled to the Seminole Soccer Complex for a first round match. The two schools met earlier in the year in Tallahassee with FSU claiming a 3-0 shutout victory, but the Dolphins rebounded following the loss winning 16 straight matches.

After both teams played to a scoreless first half, the Seminoles broke the match open with four goals in the second half including three in a 22-minute span beginning with the game’s first goal by Amber Tollefson in the 50th minute of play. Emma Breland followed with the eventual game-winner in the 55th minute as the freshman from Sweden finished the match with four points on a goal and two assists.

Kristin Boyce and Cindy Schofield added to the scoring in the 72nd and 83rd minute, respectively, to round out the scoring as the Seminoles won their first NCAA Tournament game in their first-ever appearance.

Florida State’s Starting XI against Jacksonville:
#1 Sarah Crawford - GK
#2 Amber Tollefson
#4 Kristin Boyce
#6 Ashlee Fontes
#8 Marte Vik Edvardsen
#11 Cindy Schofield
#12 Meredith Jones
#13 Summer Corum
#15 Emma Breland
#20 Rachael Watkin
#24 Ashley Halter

Substitutions
#9 Maren Vik Edvardsen
#10 Jenny Garcia
#16 April Murphy
#18 Sarah Deacon
#22 Janet Burke
#25 Christy Peacock

  • Florida State outshot Jacksonville 20-7 for the match. The Seminoles recorded 12 shots in the first half followed by eight shots in the second half while four of those eight shots found the back of the net.
  • Emma Breland, who was credited with the game-winner against the Dolphins, was one of five players to start all 24 matches in 2000. Breland finished the year as the team leader in points (31), goals (12), shots (62) and game-winning goals (5), while tying for the team lead with seven assists.
  • Breland became FSU’s first All-ACC first team honoree in program history, while claiming Soccer America All-Freshman team honors in 2000.

NCAA Tournament Second Round – November 12, 2000
Florida State at Florida

Next up for Florida State was its old rival Florida in the second round – a team the Seminoles beat 3-2 in Tallahassee to open the 2000 campaign. But this time around the two schools would meet in Gainesville. The Gators entered the match with a 3-0 mark all-time against the Seminoles in Gainesville outscoring FSU 15-1 over that stretch.

Senior Rachael Watkin got the Seminoles off to a fast start finding the back of the net in the fifth minute of play to give FSU an early 1-0 advantage. UF answered right back with the equalizer just a minute and 34 seconds later on a goal by Robin Fulton.

As the teams took the field for the second half with the match tied at one, freshman Summer Corum scored the biggest goal of her young career when she volleyed a ball sent into the box by Marte Vik Edvardsen past Gator keeper Jordan Kelgren in the 48th minute.

Corum’s goal would hold up as the Seminoles withstood 10 second half shots by Florida to upset the Gators 2-1. After going 0-5 against the Gators in its first five years of existence, Florida State recorded two wins in 2000 to secure its first series win over Florida in program history. 

 Florida State went into the swamp and defeated Florida 2-1 in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

Florida State went into the swamp and defeated Florida 2-1 in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

Florida State’s Starting XI against Florida:
#1 Sarah Crawford - GK
#2 Amber Tollefson 
#4 Kristin Boyce
#6 Ashlee Fontes
#8 Marte Vik Edvardsen
#11 Cindy Schofield
#12 Meredith Jones
#13 Summer Corum
#15 Emma Breland
#20 Rachael Watkin
#24 Ashley Halter

Substitutions
#9 Maren Vik Edvardsen
#10 Jenny Garcia
#16 April Murphy
#22 Janet Burke
#23 Marisha Crowe

  • Freshman Summer Corum finished the match against Florida with a season-high three points on a goal and an assist.
  • Senior goalkeeper Sarah Crawford had an outstanding tournament finishing with 20 saves over three matches. Four of those saves came in the second half at Florida in helping the Noles pull off the upset. Crawford allowed just four goals in 270 minutes of action in the NCAA Tournament.

Although Clemson ended FSU’s postseason run less than a week later with a 2-0 victory in the third round, the 2000 season was a dream come true for the university and its fans. The 24 program firsts, 19 team records and 14 individual records were amazing feats setting the ground work for what has turned into a bright future for the Seminole Soccer program.

Wins over ranked opponents in 2000

August 25 – Home vs No. 10 Florida, 3-2
September 10 – Home vs No. 7 Texas A&M, 4-1
October 7, 2000 – Home vs No. 20 Wake Forest, 2-0
October 17, 2000 – Home vs No. 3 North Carolina, 3-2 (2ot)
November 12, 2000 – Away at No. 11 Florida, 2-1

Prior to FSU’s five wins over ranked opponents in 2000, the Seminoles recorded just two wins over ranked foes from 1995 to 1999 with both of those victories coming during the 1996 campaign.

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