Oct. 26, 2005
Tallahassee, FL -Seminole junior Kelly Rowland was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week Wednesday for the fourth time in her career. Rowland, a Wallingford, PA native and Hermann Award candidate, was named to Soccer America’s National Team of the Week for a school record eighth time in her career last week and how has 12 weekly honors in her three-year career. Her four awards from Soccer Buzz are twice as many as any other Seminoles had collected in a career.
Just over seven days ago Kelly Rowland was still searching for her first goal of the season. Last week she and Teresa Rivera hooked up on a corner kick goal to down the Hurricanes in Miami. The formula worked again Friday in FSU’s 4-1 win over then-No. 18/23 Wake Forest. After the Demon Deacons took an early 1-0 just over 3:00 in to the game, FSU struggled for the next 70 minutes trying to get the equalizer. After hitting the post and crossbar on three occasions, the game moved into the 76th minute with FSU still trailing. That’s when Teresa Rivera and junior Rowland ended FSU’s frustration and finally brought the team level on a corner kick at 75:08. Rowland latched on to the service and headed it past Wake keeper Kaitlyn Doe. The goal was the 11th of Rowland’s career and she now holds both the career record for goals and assists by a defender. She is tied with current team manager Kristin Boyce with 11 goals and already owns the assist record by a back with 14. Her 36 career points are eight more than any defender in team history.
No other FSU player even has five career national weekly honors. Rowland has more than that total from Soccer America alone without counting her four Buzz awards.
The Seminoles’ wrap-up their 2005 regular season schedule versus No. 23 Clemson (9-6-2, 4-4-1) Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in South Carolina. Live Stats will be available for the game via Game Tracker, which is available at www.seminoles.com, the official athletic website for Florida State athletics.