Sept. 22, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – No player in FSU soccer history has received more national team of the week honors than sophomore Kelly Rowland (Wallingford, PA) and the center back added to her total Wednesday. The defender was named to Soccer Buzz’s Elite Team of the Week for the second time in her career. She has now been named to either the Buzz Elite Team or the Soccer America Team of the Week six times in her career, which is a new record at Florida State. Since Rowland enrolled at FSU, there has been national weekly honors handed out 14 times and she has been included six times and of four separate occasions.
“This is an honor but it is a little embarrassing to be singled out,” said Rowland. “I am grateful to Soccer Buzz but once again this is the result of a team effort. None of this happens without the team defending from Leah (Gallegos) and Julia (Schnugg) up top, through the midfield and back to us in the defense. This belongs to all 24 of my teammates.”
Not only anchored a defense that allowed just one goal in 270 minutes but she recorded a game-winning goal and an assist in FSU’s 3-0 week. Rowland and the FSU defense shutout two of the three opponents they faced and have now shutout four of the last six teams. The defense has allowed just one goal in the last 392:49.
The center back started the week with an assist Tuesday night in FSU’s 5-0 win over Jacksonville. The assist was a thing of beauty as she made an amazing read. Rowland saw a passing lane right across the field where she was able to feed Jez Ratliff with a long diagonal ball right on to her foot. The senior sent the ball to Sarah Rosseau in the middle of the box where the red-shirt sophomore one-timed the finish. Although Rowland didn’t point versus No. 7 Clemson, she and the back line held the potent Tiger attack off the board for 85 minutes allowing a late goal when FSU was already in command at 2-0. She then helped FSU pitch another shutout versus FIU and scored the game-winning goal. The goal came off a corner kick and was played to the backpost where Rowland blasted home the header goal. The goal was the only one scored in the match.
Florida State returns to action this Friday night when the squad hosts No. 3 Virginia (8-0-0, 1-0-0) at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Sunshine Network and as always, a live Internet broadcast and Game Tracker will be available exclusively through seminoles.com.