Defender Kelly Rowland Sweeps National Weekly Honors
Nov. 12, 2003
Tallahassee, FL - Freshman Kelly Rowland is having a remarkable rookie campaign. The Wallingford, PA native has started every game for FSU this season and since her move into the middle of the Seminole defense, FSU has gone 12-3-1 and allowed just 0.76 goals per game. She led the ACC Championships this past weekend in goals scored (3) and she and her FSU defensive mates allowed just one goal in the run of play as Florida State played for the ACC Title versus Carolina. For her efforts she was named to the Soccer America and SoccerBuzz National Teams of the Week.
Rowland is now the first FSU player ever to be named to Soccer America's Team of the Week three times in a career and all three of her honors have come since September 30, which is the record for Soccer America weekly honors in a season. This is Rowland's first-ever weekly honor from SoccerBuzz and she has now garnered four weekly honors this year. No player in FSU history has ever received four national team of the week honors in one season and she is now tied with Leah Gallegos for the most national team of the week honors in her career. Rowland was also named to the ACC All-Tournament team Sunday becoming just the second FSU freshman to ever garner that award.
"That is pretty amazing. I didn't expect this at all," said Rowland. "I am honored and am really happy that people who follow the women's college game think that highly of me but this is a credit to everyone on the team. This type of award is always special no matter how many times you get it. I guess receiving this award for the fourth time is a little more special. I am just happy to receive the award no matter how many times I get it. It always feels really good. Hopefully I can keep up this level of play and maybe exceed it as we enter the NCAA Tournament versus a very good Dartmouth team."
Rowland is proving herself to be one of the premiere freshman defenders in the nation and despite being left off the ACC All-Freshman team she showed she was worthy of selection at the ACC Tournament in Cary, NC by leading the tournament in goals scored. During the Seminoles run to the tournament final the Wallingford, PA center back scored three of FSU's five goals on top of playing a key role in the middle of an FSU defense that allowed just one goal in the run of play all tournament.
She entered the ACC's with one goal all season and tripled that in just three days with the game-winner versus Maryland (1-0) and two versus Carolina (2-3). She is the first player in 29 games to score two goals in a game versus UNC. She is also the only FSU player to ever score a goal in two games of a single ACC Tournament despite entering the weekend with just one career goal. The freshman was one of three finalists for ACC Tournament MVP honors after a stellar weekend.
Florida State opens NCAA Tournament play versus Dartmouth Friday at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students (3-18) and anyone 50 or older. They can be purchased by calling the Seminole Athletic Ticket Office at (850) 644-1830 or toll free at 1-800-FSU NoLE. A limited number of students will be able to attend the Florida State match for free by just showing their student ID cards. For more information on the 2003 NCAA Soccer Tournament, please log on to the official athletic website of Florida State University at www.seminoles.com