Dec. 12, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – Coming off the team’s second College Cup appearance in the last three years, the postseason honors are starting to roll in for Seminole players and in particular India Trotter. The junior from Ft. Lauderdale, FL was named just the second NCSAA All-American in school history and the first Seminole to ever garner second team honors from the NSCAA. She was also named to the NCAA All-Tournament team for the second time in her career on top of being named the player of the year in the state of Florida by SoccerFLA.com.
Trotter’s historic 2005 season just keeps getting more legendary with her NSCAA All-America selection. Leah Gallegos is the only other Seminole to garner All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America when she was named to the third team in 2003. Of the 20 All-America honors issued to Seminole players, only two have come from the NSCAA. Trotter, who made the team as a forward, is one of only three ACC players to be named to the first or second team and the only player from an ACC school besides North Carolina to make one of the top two squads.
“That is one of the highest awards you can get, I am surprised but completely honored,” said Trotter. “I wouldn’t be in this position without my teammates and coaches. I think everyone deserves this award because my success came from an unbelievable team effort.”
Florida State’s junior was not the only Seminole honored by the NSCAA as five other FSU players garnered All-Southeast region honors. Trotter was named first team all-region for the first time in her career and for just the second time for a Seminole. Last season she was named a third-team all-region selection and she now joins Cindy Schofield, Kelly Rowland and Joy McKenzie as the only FSU players to ever receive multiple NSCAA All-Region honors in a career. Sel Kuralay and Viola Odebrecht each joined Trotter as first team selections. With Trotter and Kuralay on the list FSU forwards comprised half the selections on the first team.
The Seminole defense was represented on the second team as both Kelly Rowland and Sarah Wagenfuhr were named all-region. This is the second straight second team selection for Rowland while Wagenfuhr joins Emma Breland as the only Seminole freshmen to ever be named NSCAA All-Region. Florida State’s five all-region selections were tied for the most with North Carolina.
For the second time in three seasons, Trotter was also named to the NCAA’s All-Tournament team after her five goal performance in the 2005 postseason. Trotter is the only Seminole to ever garner all-tournament honors from the NCAA and she joins UCLA’s Danesha Adams as the only two players in America to make the NCAA All-Tournament team twice in the last three seasons.
Trotter was one of six FSU soccer players named to the All-Florida team as Seminole players made up 55% of the 11-member squad. Three-fourths of the Seminole midfield was represented as Trotter, Odebrecht and Mami Yamaguchi all made All-Florida. Rowland enjoyed her second selection as the lone member of FSU’s back four while Ali Mims was pegged the top keeper in the state.
The entire Seminole squad was also recognized for their final four run when the NSCAA released its final top 25 poll of the season. Florida State equaled a program-best finishing the year ranked fourth in the coaches’ poll. The last time FSU finished a year ranked that high in the NSCAA poll was 2003 when the program made its first-ever trip to the College Cup. While the ranking ties a program high it is a first in another area as the Seminoles finished the season ranked ahead of North Carolina for the first time in the program’s 11-year history.