Sept. 21, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – Florida State sophomore Kelly Rowland (Wallingford, PA) picked up FSU’s second Soccer America Team of the Week honor this season on Tuesday. The sophomore defender recorded a goal and an assist as FSU went 3-0 last week including an ACC opening win over then-No. 7 Clemson. This is the fourth Soccer America weekly honor for the center back, which is more than double any player in school history.
“It is really a cool honor to be named to the Soccer America Team of the Week,” said Rowland. “With defenders it is a shame only one of us gets recognized because Katie (Beal), T (Teresa Rivera), Marion (Cagle), Libby (Gianeskis), Joy (McKenzie) and Ali (Mims) deserve just as much credit as I do. I look at this is a recognition of the entire back line and overall team defending.”
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.