Sept. 24, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State's Kirsten van de Ven was named a candidate for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as announced on Monday, September 24. A total of 20 NCAA Division I college women's soccer players who excel both on and off the field were named to the list. Beginning this year the award will be presented annually, on both the men's and women's side, to college soccer's most outstanding senior student-athlete.
Van de Ven has started 44 games at Florida State and is now in her third and final season with the Garnet and Gold. She has tallied eight career goals and eight career assists as a Seminole including two goals and two assists in 2007. The senior midfielder will graduate this fall with a degree in psychology. Van de Ven is a two-time member of the President's List at Florida State which recognizes students for earning a 4.0 GPA during a semester. A native of Heesch, the Netherlands, van de Ven was named to the ACC Academic Team in 2006 as well as earning ACC Academic Honor Roll honors in 2006 and 2007.
"Kirsten is an outstanding student-athlete, one of the most outstanding student-athletes that I have come across," stated head coach Mark Krikorian. "She is well respected, hardworking and cares about her academics, athletics as well as her involvement in the community in a very positive way."
This year's list of 20 women's soccer nominees represented 19 different schools and 12 different conferences. The ACC has two student-athletes in the running for this award including FSU's van de Ven and North Carolina's Jessica Maxwell.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School (CLASS), the award is designed to honor the attributes of college senior student athletes who stay in school and pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring.
Candidates are selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student athlete. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate baseball careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus.
From the list of 20 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in October. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning October 16 and concluding November 21. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Soccer Championship, scheduled on December 7-9 in College Station, Texas.
2007 Women's Soccer Candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Aubrey Aden-Buie, Penn State
Stacey Bishop, Florida
Rachel Buehler, Stanford
Kelsey Carpenter, Texas
Amanda Cinalli, Notre Dame
Ashleigh Gunning, Coastal Carolina
Joanna Haig, Louisville
Valerie Henderson, UCLA
Courtney Hooker, California
Stephanie Lopez, Portland
Jillian Loyden, Villanova
Jennifer Manis, UCF
Ella Masar, Illinois
Jessica Maxwell, North Carolina
Yolanda Odenyo, Oklahoma State
Lindsey Ozimek, Charlotte
Kirsten van de Ven, Florida State
Sue Weber, Hofstra
Kari Weniger, Naval Academy
Angie Woznuk, Portland