Aug. 29, 2000
In an effort to reward the hard work and dedication of his players, coach Patrick Baker will be awarding player-of-the-week and rookie-of-the-week honors to deserving Florida State soccer players.
“I think it is great when players can get recognized for their efforts because a lot of people don’t see how hard they train and the time they put in at the weight room,” said Baker. “People don’t see the players banged-up and hobbling around.”
The Seminoles have had a difficult time garnering individual honors in the nation’s best soccer conference. The ACC placed five teams in the NCAA Tournament last season.
“It has always been difficult for our players to get recognition in a conference with defending national champion North Carolina,” said Baker. “They get a majority of the individual awards. We want to promote our individual players when it is warranted.”
“Both of these young ladies were huge and were big reasons why we had such a successful weekend,” commented Baker. They both brought certain intangibles that were a key ingredient to us being successful.”
Please come back every week to check on the new Seminole Soccer players-of-the-week and rookies-of the-week.
PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK: Ashlee Fontes
Ashlee Fontes had an unbelievable weekend. She was the lone player, outside of goalkeeper Sarah Crawford, who didn’t come off the field in either game. She did a great job defending against Florida’s formidable front line and then played about 110 minutes in the heat on Sunday. Ashlee did a great job. She was someone we challenged and didn’t insert her in to the starting line-up until the day before we played against Florida. She rose to the occasion and we were very proud of her performance.
ROOKIE-OF-THE-WEEK: Emma Breland
What a great first two games of Emma’s college career. We thought we were going to use her wide but she played up front in both games. Her pace, her quickness, her defending ability and her ability to close down and run at opponents helped her make an immediate impact. She was instrumental in our win over Florida although it won’t show up in the box score that much. She was one of our most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, players going forward against South Florida. She almost had her first career college goal Sunday.