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Learning The Seminole Way

Sept. 10, 2013

By Jonathan Schillace

Freshman year at Florida State for Kirsten Crowley did not go as she planned. Coach Mark Krikorian posed the idea to red shirt and not play her first year in college.

"I took some time to talk to my parents." Crowley said, "We trusted his decision and were like 'if this is what he thinks is best then we'll do it.'"

Crowley sat her first year observing and learning from a veteran group that made the College Cup for a second consecutive year... Now it is paying off as she has started five games for the seminoles this season. Getting the chance to start was a new experience, but one she was ready for from the lessons she learned a year ago.

"It was a whole different feel." Crowley said, "When I went in I knew I had to just do my part, not to do too much or too little, do what you've been practicing, you've been here for a year. Just be composed."

Crowley has stayed calm, cooled and collected on the field looking more as a veteran rather than a red shirt freshman.

"She has stepped in and done a very good job." Krikorian said, "She worked last year as hard as you can to improve having a red shirt and put herself in a position to compete for some playing time. She's come in and has done well on the defending side of the ball for sure and it's nice when a defender can go up and poach a goal and score one and enjoy that part of it as well."

That goal against UCF propelled Crowley to ACC Player of the week, but she credits her success and accolades to her teammates and coaches.

"I thought the UCF game was not an individual event at all." Crowley said, "It was a team effort and it came down to the wire and we were all in it together. It came out that it was me but it was a very humbling experience and I'm glad I got the accolade I guess but it's a whole team award. And team of the week is more important than player of the week."

Now the focus is long term hoping to get back to the College Cup. But as the season progresses and her career does as well, Crowley looks back knowing she wouldn't trade her red shirt year.

"It ended up being the best thing that could have happened." Crowley said, "Sitting out and making it less competitive and making it more about learning was the best thing for me and the other red shirts."

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