Nov. 16, 2006
Tallahassee, FL - The good news continues for Seminole players this week. After Selin Kuralay and India Trotter were named the first two semi-finalists for the M.A.C. Hermann Award in program history, internet magazine Soccer Buzz has selected two Seminoles as finalists for their National Player of the Year award. Kuralay is on the list for the second straight year and is joined by sophomore Katrin Schmidt, who was up for Buzz's National Freshman of the Year in 2005. FSU is one of just three schools to place two players on the list of 14 finalists.
"I am happy for both Sel and Katrin," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "I think both of these players have played a significant role in the success of our team this season. Sel obviously has garnered attention due to what she brings to the game as an offensive presence. It is nice to see Katrin receive the recognition she deserves, which is sometimes more difficult for a defender. Both are worthy candidates for this award."
Kuralay followed up one of the best offensive seasons in school history in 2005 by once again leading Florida State in every statistical category. She leads the Seminoles in points (27), goals (12) and game-winning goals (5). Kuralay has accounted for 30% of Florida State's goals this season and 31% of the game-winners scored by a Seminole. She has scored the first goal of a game seven times this season and Florida State is 6-1 in those matches. The Australian has a goal in 48% of Florida State's matches this season and she has never gone more than two games without a goal in her career in regular season play. Kuralay is a semi-finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, was named to the first team of Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Year and is a first team All-ACC selection.
Schmidt's contribution to the best defensive season in the history of Florida State soccer is immeasurable. The left back has been stellar all season long as FSU has set a single season record with 13 shutouts and will post the lowest GAA in school history, which currently stands at 0.62. The Seminoles allowed just 12 goals in 18 regular season games, which was also a new school record. Schmidt's role in the Seminole attack has launched her into the national spotlight among collegiate defenders. The German has five goals on the season and has been responsible for sparking the FSU attack all year. She leads all FSU defenders in goals, points and game-winning goals. Last week she recorded the first postseason hat trick in school history with three goals versus Jacksonville. Schmidt was named to the first team of Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Year and is a first team All-ACC selection.
The Seminoles return to NCAA Tournament play this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Florida State will host Illinois at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The game will be broadcast live on SUN Sports and there will also be a free Internet radio broadcast available at Seminoles.com.