Seminoles Lead The Conference With Three First Team All-ACC Selections
Oct. 31, 2006
Greensboro, NC - On the eve of the 2006 ACC Women's Soccer Tournament in Cary, NC, the second-place FSU soccer team had five players honored by the conference coaches Tuesday. Three Seminoles were named to the All-ACC first team, tying the school record set last season. Four Seminoles were named either first or second team, which also ties a program-best set in 2004. Florida State led all ACC schools in first team selections and was second to only conference champion North Carolina in overall All-ACC honorees.
"I think getting three of our players on the first team is certainly a good feeling," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "It was nice that the coaches recognized these three players for their performance on the season. They have all had good years and deserved to be recognized in that fashion."
In the last three seasons no team has more first team All-ACC selections then Florida State. The Seminoles lead the ACC with eight first team members since 2003 followed closely by North Carolina at seven. UNC has had 13 players make first or second team over that stretch followed by Florida State's 11. The Seminoles are also second to only North Carolina when it comes to All-ACC freshmen selections all-time as the Seminoles now have 13 compared to Carolina's 15.
India Trotter became the first FSU player to ever receive three first team honors from the conference as she was joined on the first team by Katrin Schmidt and Selin Kuralay. Kelly Rowland was named to the second team and Becky Edwards was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.
Trotter was named to the first team for her third straight season. Since the ACC began giving first and second team honors in1994, the Seminole is just the 16th player in conference history to receive three career first team selections. She joins UNC's Heather O'Reilly as the only two players on the 2006 All-ACC first team to receive the honor three or more times in their careers. Trotter is the only Seminole to ever receive an All-ACC honor four times in her career as she was named to the all-freshman team in 2004. The Plantation, FL native is second on the team in goals, points and game-winning goals this season.
"This is quite an honor," said Trotter. "This conference is loaded with talented players every year and to be recognized is amazing. My main focus right now is to help this team keep winning and that is what we are all concerned with but this is still a great recognition for me and Florida State University."
Kuralay picked up first team honors for the second straight season. The midfielder from Melbourne, Australia joins Trotter and Cindy Schofield as the only Florida State players to be named to the first team twice in their careers. Kuralay is having more of an impact for FSU in 2006 than she did in 2005 when she was named one of 11 Soccer America MVP's. Kuralay has six game-winning goals this season which is more than the five she had in the regular season last year. In 2005 her goals won 31% of FSU's games this year that number is up to 46%. Another key to Kuralay's importance in 2006 has been the percentage of FSU's total goals which she has accounted for. Last season she accounted for 26% of FSU's regular season goals this year that number is up to almost 36%. Once again she leads FSU in goals, points and game-winning goals as she is just the second player ever at FSU to record 10 or more goals in back-to-back seasons.
"It is always nice to be recognized but all awards are the result of a team effort," said Kuralay. "Your teammates allow you to perform at your best and win awards. Right now it is great to get this award but we really are looking at a trying to win a team award in the ACC Championship."
After receiving All-ACC Freshman team honors in 2005, Schmidt jumped right to the All-ACC first team in her sophomore season. The Seminole left back never played in the defense in her career before coming to Florida State but has blossomed into one of the best in the nation in her second season. She is part of an FSU defense that has recorded a regular season record 10 shutouts and enters postseason play with a team GAA of 0.64. She and the FSU backline also posted a school-record six ACC shutouts this season. On top of her success in the back, Schmidt is one of the most dangerous attacking defenders in the conference and has already set new career bests for goals and points in 2006.
"I am very glad I was selected and it is special for me," said Schmidt. "This is a team honor and that is reflected by three of my other teammates getting recognized as well. It really is shared with Wags (Sarah Wagnefuhr), Libby (Gianeskis), Ali (Mims) and Becky (Edwards) because our success as a defense is a collective effort."
After establishing herself as one of the ACC's top defenders for the first three years of her career, Rowland has played up top, in the midfield and in the back in 2006. She has been primarily a central midfielder and despite a new role the ACC coaches recognized Rowland with the second All-ACC honor of her career. In 2004 she was named a second team All-ACC selection and this year she received the honor once again but this time as a midfielder. Rowland started a school record 87 consecutive games and after three years of playing in the back she leads all FSU defenders with the most goals, assists and points in team history.
"I am grateful the ACC coaches though highly enough of me and our team to include me on this list," said Rowland. "It was an interesting year for me personally with some position changes but that makes this all the more special. I am very appreciative."
In 2000 the ACC added an all-freshman team category and for the seventh straight year at least one Seminole has been on that list. This season defender Becky Edwards was honored as she is the only freshman to start every game for Florida State this season. The Downingtown, PA native has played a major role in the Seminoles' defensive success but has also been asked to commit to the attack like her teammate on the left side Schmidt. The results have been impressive as Edwards has twice as many assists as anyone on the team and also leads the squad in game-winning assists. She is one game-winning assist away from tying the single season record at FSU and she could become just the fifth FSU freshman to ever lead the team in assists in 12 seasons.
"I m really honored," said Edwards. "I want to thank everyone around me for helping me be recognized. The whole team has made me feel comfortable in my first season. I came to FSU not expecting anything. I was just hoping to do well. I didn't even know if I would be starting. My only goal was to help the team be as good as it could."
The sixth-ranked Seminoles (13-2-3) open ACC Championship play at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday versus Duke (9-7-2, 5-4-1). The game will be played at the SAS Soccer Complex in Cary, NC. All the games from the ACC Women's Soccer Championship can be viewed on ACC Select and live stats will also be available via GameTracker. For more information on how to follow the Seminoles, please log on to the official athletic website for Florida State University at Seminoles.com.