Aug. 18, 2006
Tallahassee, FL - With the start of the 2006 soccer season just a week away, the pre-season rankings and honors keep coming and Florida State continues to be among the elite in both categories. The Seminoles, who were ranked fourth in the first SoccerBuzz poll of the year, picked up two more top 10 rankings when Soccer America tabbed the team fourth and the NSCAA picked FSU sixth. All three rankings are program highs as far as pre-season polls are concerned. Two FSU players also picked up honors as India Trotter and Selin Kuralay were both named pre-season All-Americans by Soccer Buzz.
The high rankings are nothing new for an FSU program that has been to two of the last three College Cups but it is a little bit of a change for the Seminoles to be ranked so high this early. Last season FSU came into the year unranked in all four polls. There has been just one other season when Florida State was a unanimous top 10 pick and that came after another College Cup season in 2004. That year the Seminoles were named fifth (SoccerBuzz), fifth (Soccer America), sixth (Soccer Times) and seventh (NSCAA). Other than that year, FSU had received just one other top 10 preseason ranking and that came in 2002 when FSU was picked tenth by SoccerBuzz.
The individual honors for Trotter and Kuralay were the first for any Seminole players in 2006. Both Trotter and Kuralay earned national recognition last year in leading the record-setting Seminole offense. They are just the second and third SoccerBuzz preseason All-Americans in FSU history. Leah Gallegos is the only FSU player to earn that honor and that came before the 2004 season. Florida State and defending National Champion Portland were the only schools to place two players on the 12-member list from SoccerBuzz.
FSU's two star forwards combined to score 29 of FSU's record 65 goals. They also totaled 76 points, over 40% of the Seminoles point total. Trotter received numerous honors following her breakout 2005 season including NCAA All-Tournament team honors and second team All-American honors from the NSCAA and SoccerBuzz. Kuralay was one of just 12 players to receive MVP honors from Soccer America.
PRESEASON NOTE: After a grueling first week of practice, things will lighten up for the FSU soccer team this weekend. The squad will not practice at all today and will have just one session on Saturday and Sunday.