Oct. 11, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – For the first time in what is turning into a stellar career, Florida State goalkeeper Joy McKenzie was named ACC soccer co-player of the week Monday. The Houston, TX native had a huge week in goal for Florida State shutting out back-to-back ACC teams and not allowing a goal in 225 minutes of action. She has now recorded six career ACC shutouts after blanking No. 22 Wake Forest and Virginia Tech in a three-day span. No other keeper in FSU history has ever recorded more than two ACC shutouts in a career and McKenzie equaled that in just one weekend.
“This is a huge honor,” said McKenzie. “The credit belongs to the team and not me. They did all the work and had a great week. Defending is a team effort from the front all the way back to me and every player on this teams deserves to be recognized for a great week of hard work and good results.”
This is the second ACC Player of the Week honor for a Florida State player this season. FSU is the first ACC school to receive the award twice this season. Julia Schnugg won the award September 20 and an FSU player has now won the award nine times in school history and seven times in the last four seasons.
McKenzie started the week off by playing a half in FSU’s 2-0 win over USF giving back-up keeper Ali Mims some meaningful minutes as the redshirt sophomore made her first start in over two years. McKenzie returned to the net in FSU’s showdown with No. 22 Wake Forest and the keeper was brilliant in the shutout victory. With the Tribe ahead 1-0, Wake had two great chances in the first half but could not figure out a way to solve McKenzie. The first Demon Deacon chance came in the 22nd minute on a shot by Kristen Kemp. Kemp bent a dipping ball to the back post that McKenzie had to dive backwards to save. The all-region keeper got a fist on the shot and punched it out of danger. Wake’s next chance came in the 28th minute as Kemp and Melanie Schneider combined to send Kemp in all alone with McKenzie. McKenzie immediately charged to try and cut down the angle on the 1v-1. Her sliding save preserved the 1-0 edge and ultimately the win. The keeper then extended her personal shutout streak to 237:28 with a perfect 90 minutes in another key ACC win versus the Hokies. The 225 minutes of shutout ball last week lowered McKenzie’s GAA to 0.78 for the season and improved her career shutout total to 11.5, just two away from setting a new career record at FSU.
McKenzie also was named SoccerFL.com Player of the Week today. It is the first award for an FSU player from the website that focuses on all levels of soccer in the state of Florida.
The Tribe will travel to College Park to face No. 23 Maryland (5-3-1, 2-3-1) Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles will finish off the week at NC State (7-4-2, 1-4-0) Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Game Tracker will be available for both matches through the official athletic website for Florida State University at seminoles.com.