Feb. 7, 2008
Greensboro, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference and Commissioner John D. Swofford announced Thursday, February 7, the honorees for this year's All-ACC Women's Soccer Academic Team. Florida State tied a league-high with six student-athletes on this year's squad as Becky Edwards, Marissa Kazbour, Erin McNulty, Katrin Schmidt, Sanna Talonen and Kirsten van de Ven were all recognized in 2007. Edwards, Schmidt and van den Ven are each repeat honorees from last year, while Schmidt has been named to the team in each of her first three seasons.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career. All 11 schools in the league competing in women's soccer are represented on the team.
The North Carolina Tar Heels tied the Seminoles with six academic selections to lead all schools. Duke and Miami followed with five apiece, while Clemson notched four picks and Boston College, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest each earned three. Both Maryland and Virginia collected a pair and NC State rounded out the 40-member squad with one nod.
"We are happy to see our players continuing to be recognized as outstanding student-athletes at Florida State," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "We put a premium on performance both in the classroom and on the soccer field and it's nice to see these young women recognized for their efforts."
Edwards earns her second nod on the All-ACC Academic Team. The junior forward is a three-time member of the Dean's List at Florida State and was a member of the 2007 ACC Academic Honor Roll. This past season Edwards tallied nine points on three goals and three assists in 2007 and was a solid force for the Seminoles as a middle back. She started and played in all 27 games for the Seminoles and has made 33 consecutive starts for the Garnet and Gold dating back to her freshman campaign. The Downingtown, Pa., native was also named a fourth team All-American by Soccer Buzz while being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III first team this year.
Schmidt is one of seven student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic Team that have been recognized every year since the inception of the academic award in 2005-06. The junior defender was named an NSCAA Scholar All-American and earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District second team, while being selected to the ACC All-Tournament team in 2007. Schmidt has started 61 consecutive games since arriving in Tallahassee and has played in all 30 ACC regular season games in her career. She finished the season with a career-high 10 assists with four coming in the NCAA Tournament. Schmidt is a four-time member of the Dean's List and this past fall was named to the President's List after earning a 4.0 GPA. She was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2006 and 2007.
Van de Ven graduated this past fall with a degree in psychology. The native from Heesch, The Netherlands started and played in 26 games for the Seminoles in 2007. She finished fourth on the team in points with 18 collecting seven goals and four assists. The senior midfielder joined Schmidt as an NSCAA Scholar All-American as well as earning a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District second team. Van de Ven earned President's List accolades in the spring and fall of 2006, while being recognized on the 2006 and 2007 ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Of the 11 freshman that made the team, Florida State and Miami each placed three to lead the ACC. Eight of the 11 rookies earned Freshman All-America status including all three Seminoles in Kazbour, McNulty and Talonen. Each of the three first-year Seminoles were named to the Dean's List following the 2007 fall semester.
Kazbour appeared in all 27 games last year tallying 11 points on three goals and five assists. She moved into the starting lineup against North Carolina and stayed in that role for 19 straight games. She recorded a point in her first three NCAA Tournament games including her first postseason goal against Texas in the third round. The Valrico, Fla., native was a Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American in 2007.
McNulty was one of two freshmen to start all 27 games for the Seminoles in 2007. She set freshman single-season records last year for wins (18), shutouts (8.0) and GAA (0.94). In her first season in net, McNulty broke the school record for wins in an NCAA Tournament with five while tying the school record for the most postseason shutouts with two. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, McNulty was named to the Soccer America All-Freshmen Team and a Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz.
Talonen had an outstanding freshman season for the Garnet and Gold as she finished the year with 42 points on 18 goals and six assists. Eight of those goals were scored in the NCAA Tournament as Talonen tied India Trotter, who tallied eight goals over four seasons, for the most goals scored all-time at Florida State in the postseason. The Tampere, Finland native finished the season as the all-time freshman leader for goals, points and game-winning goals surpassing Emma Breland who set all three marks in 2000. She led the team in game-winning goals, tied in game-winning assists and ranked second on the team in points, goals and shots. For her efforts, Talonen was named National Freshman of the Year by Soccer America.
As a unit, Florida State was honored with the NSCAA Team Academic Award posting a GPA of 3.00 or higher. The Seminoles finished the fall semester with a 3.193 team GPA.