March 18, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2011 spring soccer exhibition schedule will continue this Sunday, March 20 as the Florida State women’s soccer team will travel to Columbus, Ga. to play the Atlanta Beat of the Women’s Professional Soccer League at Columbus State University’s Walden Soccer Complex at 3:00 p.m.
“We are looking forward to it,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “When looking at our calendar I feel we have several quality opponents scheduled throughout the course of the spring season, but obviously this game will be a little different because we will be playing against a professional team. It’s fun for the team because we will be playing against a team that competes at a level many of our players aspire to reach, so I think it’s a good opportunity for them to measure themselves on an individual level. It will also be an opportunity for us as a team to measure ourselves and evaluate our progress by playing against them. Hopefully we can put in a good, competitive game out there and make it worth-while for the Atlanta Beat as well.”
Last year, the Garnet and Gold played two professional opponents at home during the spring, falling to the defending league champions, Sky Blue 3-0 before defeating the Atlanta Beat 2-1 at the Seminole Soccer Complex. While the Seminoles pulled off the incredible feat of defeating a professional team last year, it’s not about winning or losing according to Krikorian.
“To be honest in the spring we are not focused on winning or losing,” said Krikorian. “We are going to go in and limit certain players minutes, and allow everyone the chance to play. Right now it’s more about the progress for each player individually. The collection of players we have right now probably will not be the same when the fall comes around. At this point in time it’s more of an opportunity for us to give our players information on a daily basis in regards to ways for them to improve their performance. Then they get the opportunity to go into these spring games and show whether or not they have applied the information and see if they are better for it.”
The match will have an interesting twist as former Seminole soccer standout India Trotter is a member of the Atlanta Beat. Trotter was the first player in school history to be named either a first or second team All-American by the NSCAA. She led the Seminoles to three appearances in the NCAA College Cup in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Trotter ranks second in both games appeared and started at Florida State.
“India was a wonderful college player at Florida State and has gone on to have a very nice professional career,” said Krikorian. “It’s always nice to see her and the other Florida State alums that are playing in the league, so it will be great to catch up with her and know that we will face some pretty good competition. I look forward to seeing India again and for the team to have the opportunity to grow by playing against players such as her.”
The ‘Noles have put together a solid spring record thus far posting a 3-0 victory over South Carolina and followed by a scoreless tie against Georgia during a Feb. 26 double-header played in Athens.