2002: The senior co-captain doesn’t often see her name in the box score but she is one of the most important pieces of the Seminole puzzle…one of only five Seminoles to start every game this season…the central midfielder drives Florida State both offensively and defensively…sixth on the team in shots on goal and seventh in shots…has now started 34 straight matches after assuming starting duties, which is one of the longest streaks on the team.
IN THE NCAA’S: Probably the most overlooked player in the Seminole starting 11…one of seven Seminoles that has played in every NCAA Tournament game in team history…the central midfielder played brilliantly in the first two games of the NCAA Tournament and was a key part of two of FSU’s four goals…recorded the first postseason point of her career as she assisted on FSU’s game-winning goal versus Auburn. Her pass to Leah Gallegos started a play that saw Cindy Schofield record the game-winner one pass later and with less than four minutes remaining in the game…in the opening round versus Ole Miss, it was Garcia’s work in the midfield that put Schofield in position to assist on Jez Ratliff’s 72nd-minute goal.
IN THE ACC: Started every conference game for FSU this season…recorded her only assist of the season in a 5-1 win over NC State…tied for third on the squad with one conference assist…fourth on the squad in shots on goal in ACC games.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Helped FSU break on top of Miami just eight minutes into the first period. Garcia made a great run down the left wing. Her centering pass was deflected by a UM defender straight to Leah Gallegos at the top of the box. The Los Angeles native collected the ball with two Canes marking her. She spun 360 degrees and lost both defenders and then launched a low shot to the far post for the first goal of her Seminole career…against Virginia Tech, Hokie keeper Katie Hancock charged a ball sent into the box and was unable to come up with the save. Garcia took an opportunistic shot at the open net but the ball sailed just wide at the far post. Later in the match she blasted a free kick, awarded just inches outside of the 18-yard box, off the crossbar just missing her first goal of the season…singled out after the overtime win against Clemson by head coach Patrick Baker for her play in the central midfield…in a home match versus UCF, Garcia sent a brilliant service through the box from deep on the right side of the 18. The cross sailed to the back post and right to a waiting Jez Ratliff. The forward trapped the ball and ripped a volley with just the keeper to beat but it sailed just over the crossbar… helped FSU complete a two-goal comeback versus Wake Forest as Ashlee Fontes served a dangerous ball from just inside of midfield into the Wake 18. Garcia went up to burry the header from about seven yards out but was pulled down before she had the opportunity and FSU was awarded a penalty kick. Cindy Schofield stepped to the spot and buried the PK…on an FSU corner kick versus NC State, Garcia headed a low bouncing shot at Gretchen Lear. As the ball was heading through Lear’s legs and into the net, it just caught the back of the keeper’s calf and deflected along the goal line where Schofield tapped it in to the open net. Later in the match versus the Wolfpack, Garcia collected the ball in the middle of the pitch and laid the pass off to Erica Lewis standing about 25 yards away just to the right of goal. She blasted a shot over the top of Lear and it fell in over the keeper’s head staking the Tribe to a 5-1 lead.
2001: Garcia started the last twelve games of the 2001 season at center mid and was counted on to replace one of Florida State’s all-time greats after Marte Vik Edvardsen was sidelined due to injury… voted by her teammates as a captain in 2002…appeared in all 24 games and played a crucial role especially once she assumed starting duties…scored the first three goals of her career and established a new season-high with six points…despite limited starts, Garcia had the eighth-highest point total on the squad, scored the fourth-most goals and was fourth on the team with .200 shot percentage…recorded the first goal of her career and her first career points in a 5-0 win over UCF. Her goal came just 44 seconds before half and put FSU up 3-0…garnered the first start of her career against defending National Champion North Carolina and scored just the fifth goal of the season against the Heels. Garcia snuck in behind the UNC defense and got her foot on a Marte Vik Edvardsen pass before UNC keeper Kristin DePlatchett could pick the ball up. Garcia sent a high arching shot over the head of the keeper for the second goal of her career and the second goal in just over a week…continued her offensive production against Jacksonville as she helped FSU build on their 3-1 lead in the 82nd minute, recording her third goal of the season and first since she scored at North Carolina. After Camie Bybee was pulled down near the JU goal, FSU was awarded a free kick just outside of the penalty box on the right side. The kick was cleared out of the penalty area and as the defense was pulling out, Garcia one-timed a low shot to the far post, which made its way through a maze of defenders and into the Dolphin net.
2000: Appeared in 20 matches for Florida State… played in some of FSU’s biggest wins versus North Carolina and Texas A&M…appeared in every postseason game for the Seminoles.
1999: Missed season due to injury.
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner...all-county, all-conference and all-state selection her sophomore, junior and senior years...member of state champion team all four years...received the Coaches Award as a junior and Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior... MVP of Senior All-Star Classic...team captain junior and senior years...honor roll and first honors all four years...member of the National Honor Society as a senior... member of the National Latin Honor Society and Junior Classical League as a sophomore, junior and senior...member of S.A.D.D.
ODP EXPERIENCE: Member of the Florida state U-15, U-16 and U-17 teams.
CLUB: Margate Blitz...team captain for six years...a member of Florida state champion teams from 1995- 98.
ACADEMIC: Member of the Dean’s List, Golden Key International Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Honors Program, three time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.