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Mark Krikorian Named FSU’s First ACC Soccer Coach Of The Year

Nov. 1, 2005


Greensboro, NC – The 2005 soccer season has been full of broken records and program firsts for the fifth-ranked Florida State Seminoles and the trend continued Tuesday with the announcement of All-ACC honors. For the first time since joining the conference in 1995, the Seminoles led the entire league in All-ACC First Team selections and also took home the first major individual award in school history. First year head coach Mark Krikorian was named ACC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year becoming the first FSU soccer coach to garner that honor. Florida State also tied a school record with three freshmen named to the All-ACC Freshman Team, which was tied with Virginia for the most from any school.

India Trotter was named to the All-ACC First Team for the second year in a row and was joined by teammates Viola Odebrecht and Sel Kuralay, who were both honored in their first season as Seminoles. Freshmen Katrin Schmidt, Sarah Wagenfuhr and Mami Yamaguchi were all selected to the All-Freshman team.

It didn’t take Krikorian long to start breaking records in Tallahassee. In his first game as Seminole boss he upset No. 23 USC 3-0 in becoming the first FSU coach to win his inaugural game. Krikorian didn’t just win he did it on the road by upsetting a ranked opponent. The successes have continued ever since. The Seminole boss came into the 2005 season with more questions than answers and after beginning the year unranked, his Seminoles are a consensus top six squad. He led FSU to its best regular season, to its best conference season, to two record win streaks, to a second place finish in the conference and to wins over five teams ranked in the NSCAA top 25.

Krikorian has guided the Seminoles into uncharted territory with win streaks of seven and eight games. He is only the second coach in ACC history to lead his team to a seven game win streak inside the conference and he did one thing this season that no other ACC coach in this week’s tournament was able to do. Krikorian’s Seminoles were the only team in the ACC Tournament to finish higher than they were predicted in the preseason coaches’ poll. Florida State was pegged to finish sixth and wound up in second place. The only other ACC teams to exceed expectations were Miami who was picked 11th and finished 10th and NC State who was tabbed 10th and finished ninth. Every other team in the conference either finished where they were predicted or lower.

This is the 10th coach of the year honor for Krikorian. In 2002 he was named WUSA Coach of the Year. He has twice been honored as the Division II National Coach of the Year and on six other occasions Krikorian was named a regional or conference coach of the year.

“This is flattering of course,” said Krikorian. “We all recognize the ACC to be a quality conference with quality coaches. It feels good that my peers and colleagues would recognize the season we’ve had.

“Everyone knows these types of awards are team awards. It is foolish to think you can do anything alone. The administrative support I have received from Florida State on top of the job my staff, Mick (Statham), Erica (Walsh), Lisa (Cole) and everyone else has done are all big factors. I think the award is a reflection of a combination of efforts by each and every one on this staff.”

Trotter was one of four players to be named an All-ACC First Team selection in each of the last two seasons. She is just the second Seminole to be named a two-time first teamer joining Cindy Schofield who did it in 2001 and 2002. This is the third All-ACC honor for Trotter who was named to the all-freshman team in 2003.

The junior from Ft. Lauderdale is playing at an All-America level in 2005 and was a candidate for ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors. Trotter is in the midst of the best season of a stellar three-year career where she has surpassed her career totals for goals, assists and points in just 18 games. This season Trotter became just the second player in FSU history to record eight assists and as many as eight goals. She is the fourth leading goal scorer among ACC players, fifth in points and seventh in points per game. The midfielder leads the team in assists, with the third-highest single season total in school history, is second on the team in points, goals and shots on goal, third in shots and shot percentage.

Kuralay is one of the nation’s top newcomers in 2005. She finished the regular season ranked 16th in the nation in scoring, one of only two ACC players to finish in the top 20 in scoring. The Australian Olympian was named ACC co-player of the week (9/12), ACC Player of the Week (10/29) Top Drawer Soccer National player of the week (9/12), to Soccer America’s Team of the Week (8/30) and SoccerFLA.com’s player of the week (8/30). The striker had the most productive offensive season of any first-year Seminole in team history. Her 14 goals, seven assists, 35 points and six game-winners all rank in the top five for single season numbers at FSU and are each the most ever by an FSU player in her first season. Kuralay’s 35 points are the fourth-most in one season and she is just one point away from moving into third place. Kuralay recorded either the game-winning goal or assist in eight of Florida State’s 16 wins and with her 14 goals, Kuralay ranks fourth in single season goals and is also just one shy of moving into third place. The Melbourne native is just one game-winning goal away from tying the single season record in that category as well. Her four multi-goal games on the year, which is the second-most ever in a single season and already second on the career list as well.

Odebrecht is the engine that drives one of the most successful offenses in FSU school history. She started every game in 2005 as the holding midfielder and logged more minutes than any FSU player outside of the backline. The German Olympian was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s National team of the week (10/4) and SoccerFLA.com’s player of the week (10/4). She scored eight goals and recorded six assists for a total of 22 points. Odebrecht scored either the game-winning goal or assisted on the game-winner in seven games this season. Her four game-winning goals were the second-most on the team and rank as the fourth-most ever in a single season at FSU. She tied for second among ACC players in game-winning goals, was fourth in goals and sixth in goals per game and points. The German was third on the team in points, second in goals, third in assists, third in shots and fifth in shots on goal. She recorded the ninth hat trick in school history three goals versus Virginia Tech recording just the second ever hat trick by an FSU player in an ACC game. This year seven of her eight goals came in conference games or against ranked teams as she scored goals versus No. 18 USC, No. 23 Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, No. 18 Wake Forest, the Citadel and No. 23 Clemson.

“I think getting three of our players on the first team is certainly a good feeling,” said Krikorian. “It was nice that the coaches recognized these three players for their performance on the season. They have all had good years and deserved to be recognized in that fashion.”

With the selection of Schmidt, Wagenfuhr and Yamaguchi to the all-freshman squad, FSU placed three players on the team for the first time since 2001. The Seminoles are one of only three schools to ever place three players on the All-ACC freshman team in a season and they have now done it twice, which is tied with Virginia for the most in ACC history.

“I am very pleased for our freshmen as well,” said Krikorian. “We all feel pretty good about our group. We feel we are going in the right direction. Some of these young players have come in and established themselves as good players not only on our team but in the conference as well. It is a credit to them.”

Schmidt quietly put together one of the most solid rookie seasons at Florida State. The Seminole left back started 17 of 18 games and was a rock despite never playing in the backline in her life before coming to FSU. She scored one goal and recorded two assists that came in back-to-back games versus two of the best teams on the FSU schedule (North Carolina and Florida). Her first career goal came in a 3-1 win over Maryland. She was sixth on the team in minutes played among field players and part of a defense that has allowed the fewest regular season goals in team history and set the record for shutouts in the regular season with nine.

One of the top freshmen in the ACC this year, Wagenfuhr started every game of the 2005 season in the middle of the Seminole backline. The Colorado native was the first defender to start every game of her freshman year since fellow center back Kelly Rowland did it in 2003. She was the only freshman to start every game for FSU in 2005 and one of only four Seminoles to record over 1500 minutes this season as she was third on the squad with 1576 minutes played. No first year player spent more time on the field than Wagenfuhr. She recorded 10 shots, five shots on goal and one goal. Her only goal of the season was the game-winner in Florida State’s win over No. 18 Wake Forest. She and the FSU backline have allowed an average of 0.71 goals per game and are attempting to become the first group in FSU history to allow less than a goal per game. Wagenfuhr and the defense allowed just three goals in eight non-conference games and allowed just two opponents all season to score more than one goal the previous record in that category was five. FSU’s defense has also allowed just 139 shots this season, 62 shots ahead of the single season record for shots allowed set in 1996.

Florida State’s left midfielder, Yamaguchi started 17 of 18 games this season sitting out only FSU’s game versus the Citadel. The Tokyo native is eighth in the ACC for assists and assists per game. She recorded double digit points on the season as she scored two goals and assisted on seven others. Her seven assists were the second-most on the team and led the squad with three game-winning assists. Yamaguchi was fifth for points scored and tied for third in game-winning goals. She had one of her biggest games of the season at then-No. 7 Florida as Yamaguchi recorded two assists. The first brought FSU back from 1-0 down and the second was on the game-winning goal. She scored her biggest goal of the year in double overtime against Duke. The golden goal was the 13th in team history.

Florida State will return to action Wednesday in Cary, NC at the 2005 ACC Soccer Championships. The Seminoles will be the third seed and open with Clemson at 2:30 p.m. Game Tracker will be available for the match at theacc.com.

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