2001: The Seminoles’ senior captain and undisputed leader in the back, Heather Dyche has a calming and steadying effect on a team that sometimes starts four freshmen right down the center of the field. Dyche is finally getting to enjoy the fruits of her hard work after rehabbing from 11 surgeries since transferring from the University of Nebraska. After making just eight starts in three years since transferring from Nebraska, the center back is having a great senior season. She won a starting spot in the preseason and has already started 21 matches, besting her career high set during the 2000 season and almost tripling the amount of starts she made during her entire FSU career. She entered the season with three goals but without a single assist. All that changed at the Wake Forest/Nike Invitational where she recorded the first two assists of her career off of set pieces against Santa Clara and Portland. She then notched her third assists against Clemson when she sent a corner kick to the far post, which resulted in FSU’s second goal of the game bringing Florida State even with Clemson at 2-2. Dyche’s point streak continued against Kansas with her first goal of the season. In the 19th-minute freshman Camie Bybee sent Maren Vik Edvardsen into the Kansas 18-yard box, where she beat a defender and was then pulled down by the Jayhawk defense. Dyche sent the penalty kick into the lower corner at the left post to even the match at 1-1. Dyche then tied her career point total of six when she sent a perfect free kick to Amber Tollefson’s head that got the Seminoles going in the biggest comeback win in school history versus Duke. Dyche struck again in FSU’s ACC Tournament quarterfinal win over No. 21 Maryland. She assisted on the fifth goal of the game in one of FSU’s most impressive wins of the year. The senior found Cindy Schofield about 16 yards out from goal on the right side. The ACC’s leading point and goal scorer sent a shot to the far post scoring FSU’s fifth goal of the half. It was the first time in the last three years under Baker that FSU had scored five times in a half and also equaled the highest goal total for FSU in a game this season. Dyche is also lethal when taking FSU’s free kicks. She can strike a dangerous from anywhere on the field and has pinpoint accuracy when serving the ball into the box.
Baker on Dyche: Eight ankle surgeries later, she is out on the field for her senior season. A player we hope stays healthy and will challenge for a starting position probably in the back. How she plays and the chemistry during the preseason will determine where we play her. But no matter what happens, she will be a wonderful leader for us in 2001. She has a lot of experiences and insights that our younger players can gain from.
2000: Named captain of the 2001 squad by her teammates…appeared in 17 matches for Florida State and made five starts…started the season by scoring FSU’s first goal of the year in a 3-2 opening night win against in-state rival and 7th-ranked Florida…the goal was just the second the Seminoles had ever scored against the Gators and it came just :24 after Florida took a 1-0 lead setting the FSU record for the shortest span between goals…garnered a place on Soccer America’s Team of the Week after her goal against UF.
1999: Suffered an injury during the first match of the season versus Florida.
1998: A tough defender who saw action in 11 matches, starting in three...took two shots on goal and scored the game-winning goal against Mercer.
At Nebraska: Played one year for the Cornhuskers.
High School: Lettered four years...was named all-city, all-district, and all-state all four years...was a two-time District Player of the Year...earned Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior...was an honorable mention All-American her senior year... also played basketball all four years...second team All-American her senior year.
Personal: Honor roll student...member of Young Life. Born September 30, 1978