Aug. 13, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
In 2003 Seminole striker Leah Gallegos became the first ever first team All-American and consensus All-American in school history. In 2004 she is already on the watch list for the MAC Herman Trophy and today she was named one of just 12 preseason All-Americans by Soccer Buzz. This is the first preseason All-American honor for Gallegos and the first ever received by a Seminole soccer player.
“I am pretty surprised with all the preseason attention but it really is a credit to my teammates,” said Gallegos. “I am once again included on a list with players that I have so much respect for. What’s most important to me is that this team has the same type of success we had last season not that I am singled out.”
A consensus All-American in 2003, Gallegos is the first Seminole player in school history to garner first team All-American honors when she was named one of the top forwards in the nation by Soccer Buzz last year. She was named FSU’s first CSTV All-American (2nd Team) and first Soccer Times All-American (2nd Team) as well. Gallegos was also the first Florida State player that ever received an All-American honor from the NCSAA (3rd Team) and the first Seminole to ever be named first team all-region by the coaches association. Gallegos also earned first team all-region honors from Soccer Buzz and last year she became just the third Seminole in school history to be named All-ACC first team.
Gallegos had a record-breaking season in 2003 as she led Florida State to its first College Cup. The Los Angeles native established new marks for goals (18), game-winning goals (7), multi-goal games in a season (5), shots (109) and shots on goal (60). Her 39 points were the second-most ever recorded by a Seminole player in a single season and 40% of Gallegos’ 25 career goals have been game-winners. Last year she tied an FSU record with four goals in a game and eight points in a contest versus FAU. Gallegos produced throughout the season as she recorded points in 12 of FSU’s 26 games and six of the games came against NCAA Tournament teams. In just two years at FSU Gallegos has scored more goals in her first two seasons than any player in FSU history and of the players who have more than one year at FSU, no player has averaged more points per game than Gallegos (1.25/game). Entering her third season, Gallegos is already second all-time in career game-winning goals (10) and is tied for first in career multi-goal games (6). She is also second all-time for shots, third all-time for goals and fourth all-time for points
Gallegos is one of seven juniors on the 12-player list. She is also one of four ACC players to garner preseason All-American honors from Soccer Buzz. The ACC has more players on the watch list than any conference in America.
Florida State wraps up three-a-days later this afternoon. The team will depart for Alabama Saturday where they will face preseason C-USA favorite UAB in a scrimmage Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Orange Beach. Live stats are expected to be available for the match.