Dec. 7, 2006
Tallahassee, FL - India Trotter's record-breaking Florida State career may have come to an end in the College Cup last week but that hasn't stopped the All-American senior from continuing to reach new heights for an FSU soccer player. After joining Kelly Rowland as the first NSCAA first team All-Americans in school history, Trotter has established yet another first when she was named one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award for soccer. Trotter is joined on the list by North Carolina's Heather O'Reilly and Yael Averbuch and M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner Kerri Hanks of Notre Dame.
"The awards and nominations are flattering and I couldn't be more appreciative of the recognition but it is really a product of my team and the success we have had," said Trotter. "I have played with so many great players who have made me look good. Any accolades I receive are a credit to my teammates and the hard work they put in each and every day."
Trotter compiled one of the most impressive resumes of any player to ever wear the Garnet and Gold during her four seasons in Tallahassee. The Hollywood, FL native is the only Seminole to ever be named a two-time NSCAA All-American. She is the only player in America to be named to three of the last four NCAA All-Tournament teams as Trotter led FSU to College Cup appearances in 2003, 2005 and 2006. She was the first Florida State player to ever be named a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semi-finalist and has been named the player of the year in the state of Florida in 2005 and 2006. Trotter is also a three-time NSCAA All-Southeast Region honoree who has been named all-region first team in back-to-back seasons
Trotter has shown a penchant for playing her best in FSU's biggest games and that was the case once again in 2006. Among her eight goals were two versus National Champion North Carolina and three others versus 2005 National Champion Portland, 2006 National Champion runner-up Notre Dame and California. The midfielder is Florida State's all-time leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament. Trotter has more goals, points and game-winning goals than any Seminole in postseason play.
Trotter is one of just six players at Florida State to record more than 65 points in her career. She finished her career as the fifth-leading goal scorer in school history and with the second-most game-winning goals ever recorded by a Seminole. Despite spending a majority of 2006 playing in the midfield and even at times in the FSU backline but was still second on the team in points and goals scored and she ended the season in the top 10 in the ACC in goals scored and shots and also in the top 10 for goals scored in conference matches.
The winner after nationwide balloting will become a nominee for The Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. In addition to the honor of this selection, American Honda Motor Co. Inc will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's university. The winner's program will receive $5,000. The ballot will be emailed to all NCAA senior women administrators by Monday, December 11 with results of the balloting late Friday December 15.