Dec. 30, 2003
Tallahassee, FL - Super sophomore Leah Gallegos has been named to her second All-America (3rd Team NSCAA) team when College Sports Television (CSTV) named her a second team All-American. The Los Angeles, CA has now been included on both All-American teams released so far and she is the only Seminole to ever be named to two All-American teams. She is also the first Seminole to ever be named a second team All-American.
Gallegos, who had a stellar freshman campaign, burst on to the national scene in 2003. The Los Angeles, CA native led FSU in every offensive category except for assists. She set new Florida State single season records for goals (18), game-winning goals (7), golden goals (2), NCAA Tournament golden goals (2), multi-goal games in a season (5), shots (109) and shots on goal (60). She is the only player in FSU soccer history to be named to the SoccerBuzz and Soccer America Teams of the Week and ACC Player of the week in the same week and she has now done that twice.
Within the conference, Gallegos led the ACC in game-winning goals and was second to MAC/Hermann Trophy finalist and NSCAA First Team All-American Lindsay Tarpley of North Carolina in goals, goals per game and shots. She was also in the top five in the ACC for points (fourth) and points per game (fifth). Among the MAC/Hermann Trophy semifinalists, Gallegos would have ranked fifth for goals and points and been second among the group for game-winning goals. No sophomore in FSU history has ever accumulated as many points, goals, shots or shots on goal as Gallegos has in her first two seasons. She already ranks fourth for career points at FSU, third for career goals, second for career shots on goal and second for career game-winning goals.
Gallegos was one four sophomore forwards to fill CSTV's six slots on the first and second team. Six ACC players were named to the CSTV squad, more than any other conference in the nation. Gallegos is just the fourth FSU player ever to receive any All-American recognition. She is the second-youngest Seminole to ever garner a national All-American honor. Only Emma Breland, a freshman in 2000, was named an All-American in an earlier stage in her career.
Gallegos and a select group of other Seminoles could see more awards coming their way as the parade of postseason honors continues to roll. Check back to www.seminoles.com for the latest information on the fourth-ranked Seminole soccer team's postseason awards. For all the latest news on the Seminole soccer team please log on to the official athletic site for the Florida State University Department of Athletics at www.seminoles.com.