Aug. 20, 2006
Tallahassee, FL - Last season Florida State forwards Selin Kuralay and India Trotter combined to score 29 of FSU's school-record 65 goals. The duo also tied for the team lead with nine assists a piece giving them 76 points on the year. The two had either the game-winning goal or assist in 16 games and it seems they caught the attention of the soccer world. Kuralay and Trotter have both been named to the 2006 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list and both have also been named Soccer America pre-season All-Americans.
This is the third consecutive season that FSU has had a player named to the Hermann watch list. In 2004 it was striker Leah Gallegos. Last season that honor went to defender Kelly Rowland. This is the first time though the Seminoles have placed multiple players on the list as FSU is one of just four schools (Portland, Notre Dame and UCLA) with more than one player up for the honor. Coming into the 2004 season, FSU had never placed a player on this prestigious list but now four Seminoles have earned that distinction in just the last three seasons.
"I think being on this list with India is really great," said Kuralay. "We play so well together. The contributions from our teammates help me and India get a lot of recognition but if it wasn't for the midfielders, backs and keepers doing their jobs, there wouldn't be the same opportunities for us to score up top."
This is the third major pre-season honor for Trotter and Kuralay. The two were previously named to SoccerBuzz's pre-season All-American list and they have now picked up Hermann nominations and spots on the Soccer America pre-season All-American list as well.
"These are great honors," said Trotter about the Hermann nomination and pre-season All-American nods. "I am thankful to be recognized but this really comes from the great players all around me on the field and playing next to Sel. This is all a credit to our team. They did so well last year and me and Sel are getting the recognition for that. Our names are on the radar solely because of the team's success."
"It is a great honor to see your name on that list with those talented players," said Kuralay. "It is especially nice to see my name on that list next to India's. There are so many of the greatest college players on that list. It is flattering to think that people associate me with that group.
CALLED TO DUTY: With Sarah Wagenfuhr over in Russia for the U-20 World Championships and Kirsten van de Ven and Melissa Samokishyn still recovering from injuries, FSU expected to be short-handed for the season opener with defending National Champion Portland. Head coach Mark Krikorian didn't expect to be without his pre-season All-American though but he just might be. Senior India Trotter has been called in to duty with the full U.S. Women's National Team. She is expected to be with the team when they face China in Bridgeview, IL August 27. The same day that FSU opens its 2006 versus Portland. Trotter will leave Tallahassee Tuesday.
"Missing that game with Portland is a very difficult decision," said Trotter. "Being here for my teammates at Florida State is so important to me but, on the other hand, it is an honor to play for your country. I was a little surprised to get the call but it was a good surprise. I am going to try and do my best, play well hopefully and then comeback and play with my friends and teammates here at Florida State."
BACK IN THE USA: Selin Kuralay returned to Tallahassee this weekend after travel arrangements back from Australia got a little complicated. The junior had a little more trouble than expected with her flights after the renewed terrorist threats but she touched down safely and is back working with her teammates today.
"I am happy to be back," said Kuralay. "I really feel like I never left. I am really excited for the new season."
Even though she has only been training for a day or two, Kuralay already likes what she sees in the 2006 team.
"It looks like we have a lot more depth in our team this year in comparison to last year," she said. "I think this team as a whole can be even better than last year's squad. We have loads of players that can come off the bench and contribute. That gives us a bit more of an extra spark. I really believe we will be a better team. I am so excited to work with all these talented players."