Dec. 3, 2004
“This is a great honor for these players,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “Each one of these young ladies is deserving of recognition for the type of season they had this year. I know that none of our players and staff are satisfied with the way our season ended in the NCAA Tournament but it shouldn’t take away from some great individual performances and the best regular season in school history.”
For McKenzie, an All-ACC first team selection, she is now just the second Seminole player ever to receive NSCAA all-region honors twice in her career. She joins Cindy Schofield in that elite club. This is the first NSCAA recognition for the other three Seminoles. Rowland joins her mentor Katie Beal as the only two FSU defenders to ever be named a second team NSCAA All-Region selection.
Arguably FSU’s team MVP in 2004, Rowland was the only defender in the entire conference to make either All-ACC team when she was named All-ACC second team. She joins Seminole freshman Libby Gianeskis as the only two defenders in the entire conference to garner any type of All-ACC honor. She is one of just five players to be a 2003 All-ACC freshman team selection and then make All-ACC as a sophomore in 2004. Rowland was named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week twice and the SoccerBuzz Elite Team once in 2004 and she has now been named to a national team of the week a school record seven times. Rowland led the team with seven assists and she was one of just five Seminoles to start all of the Seminoles’ regular season games. The Pennsylvania native led all defensive players with 13 points and was third on the team overall. She ranked second on the team with 36 shots and tied for third on team with 13 shots on goal. She played the best soccer of her young career in 2004 as she and her defensive mates allowed just 21 goals this season, seven fewer than the team record set in 2003. The team’s 1.02 GAA is the lowest in team history and no defense in FSU history has ever allowed fewer goals in a two-season span than the 2003-2004 FSU defense and Rowland was a big key.
When 2003 consensus All-American Leah Gallegos was lost for the season, the burden of the FSU offense fell on the shoulders of Schnugg and the Californian responded. She was named All-ACC second team, garnering All-ACC honors for the first time in her young career. Schnugg was one of just five players to be a 2003 All-ACC freshman team selection and then make All-ACC as a sophomore in 2004. Schnugg was named ACC Player of the Week September 20 and she led the squad in points, goals, shots and shots on goal. She was also second on team in game-winning goals, third in assists and fourth in shot percentage. In 2004, Schnugg set new career highs for goals, game-winning goals and game-winning assists.
Named the ACC’s top keeper in 2004 garnering her first-ever All-ACC first team honors, McKenzie finished her career as the most celebrated goalkeeper to ever wear Garnet & Gold. Named ACC Player of the Week October 11, the first such honor of her career and she was also named soccerFLA.com Player of the Week. The senior recorded every decision for FSU except for the win against USF and posted an 11-5-3 record with a 1.09 GAA and five shutouts. McKenzie’s 1.09 GAA ranks second all-time in a single season and she now holds the top two single season GAA’s in program history. Her 11 wins are the fifth-most in a single season in school history and McKenzie’s 26 wins in two seasons are the most of any keeper over a two-year span and is tied for the career victory record. With McKenzie’s shutout win over Miami, the keeper tied the FSU career record for wins (26) and her blanking of BC in the NCAA Tournament gave her the career shutout record as well.
Trotter was named All-ACC first team, garnering All-ACC honors for the first time in her young career. She is just the second sophomore in FSU history to be named to the All-ACC first team and just one of two sophomores to be named an All-ACC freshman team selection in 2003 and then make All-ACC first team in 2004. Only 11 of 55 eligible players in ACC history have ever accomplished that feat. Once again one of the most underrated Seminoles due to what she does best not being able to be measured by statistics. The holding midfielder has as much to do with the Seminoles best defensive season ever as the back four and goalkeeper McKenzie. She is a disruptive force in the middle of the pitch to opposing offenses starting 19 of the Seminoles’ 20 games this season. Trotter played more minutes than any player on the 2004 squad and recorded one goal on the season, which was a game winning goal versus Miami.
A complete list of the NSCAA’s All-Southeast region squad can be found on the official athletic website for Florida State University at www.seminoles.com.