Jan. 7, 2005
Sophomore Kelly Rowland has made a huge impact since arriving at Florida State just two seasons ago. She already has the most points ever recorded by a Seminole defender and is the most decorated player in program history as far as national player of the week awards go. Now she has done something no other defender in FSU history has ever done. Rowland was named a second team All-American by Soccer Buzz Friday making her the first FSU defender to ever garner such an honor. She is only the second FSU defender to ever be named an All-American joining her mentor Katie Beal who was named a third-team selection in 2003.
“This is such a huge honor and I am so thankful but the credit belongs to my teammates,” said Rowland. “The girls who play beside me on the back line like Katie (Beal), Marion Cagle, T (Teresa Rivera) and Joy (McKenzie) in goal deserve to be recognized. This whole team defended all season long from our forwards back. This is an award every player on our team can share in.”
Arguably FSU’s team MVP in 2004, Rowland was the only defender in the entire ACC to make either All-ACC team when she was named All-ACC second team this fall. Rowland is the only defender in the 17-year history of the ACC to be the lone defender named to either the All-ACC first or second team. After a stellar freshman season, Rowland became one of just five players to be a 2003 All-ACC freshman team selection and then make All-ACC as a sophomore in 2004. She was named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week twice and the SoccerBuzz Elite Team once in 2004 and has now been named to a national team of the week a school record seven times in her two-year career. She led the team with seven assists and 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 short but already stellar career as she and her defensive mates completed a second record-setting season as the Tribe allowed just 21 goals this year, seven fewer than the team record set in 2003. The team’s 1.02 GAA was 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.
In ACC play, she was third on team with three points, one goal and one assist, second on team with 16 shots and tied for second with eight shots on goal. The Tribe had the second best season in team history when it comes to goals allowed in ACC play as well as the FSU defense allowed just 11 goals in nine games for a GAA of 1.19 in conference action. After scored the fourth ACC Tournament goal of her career, she is now FSU’s all-time leading goal scorer in ACC Tournament history.