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Seminoles heading to Sweet 16

By JASON SCHNEIDER
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 18, 2002

TALLAHASSEE -- Cindy Schofield had the winning goal and an assist to lead Florida State 2-1 past Auburn and into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women's tournament for the second time in three years.

Freshman forward Leah Gallegos set up Schofield's goal after taking a pass from Jenny Garcia. Gallegos drew two defenders, and the resulting hole allowed Schofield to slip in and beat Megan Rivera in the 87th minute.

"Really, it was an easy goal," Schofield said. "The defenders converged on Leah and I saw that she had her back to the goal, but she played an unbelievable ball and I just got into the seam."

The goal was Schofield's second of the tournament as was her assist when FSU took a 1-0 lead early in the first half.

Gallegos drew a foul and set up a free kick. Schofield sent the ball to the far post, allowing Camie Bybee to boot her fifth of the season.

"This team can do so well when we play to our abilities," Schofield said. "We are capable of doing a lot of things because everyone has worked so hard since preseason."

Auburn came back in the 64th minute when Christina Culver took a feed from SEC player of the year Sarah Steinmann and beat Kerry York.

FSU faces Connecticut, which beat Rhode Island 2-1 in overtime. No date or time has been set.

ACC MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: Abe Thompson scored three as Maryland beat Virginia 3-0 to win in Cary, N.C. The second-seeded Terrapins won their second ACC title. Thompson's goals tied a tournament record set by Wake Forest's Ihor Dotsenko in 1997.

ATLANTIC SUN MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: Central Florida beat Stetson 1-0 in Boca Raton, advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time.

-- Information from Times wires used in this report.

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