Oct. 22, 2008
By Britney Wright
FSU Sports Information
At first glance, Katrin Schmidt is a quiet, unassuming figure. At 5-foot-5 the German native doesn’t necessarily stand out from the crowd. But when she takes to the soccer field she is never less than impressive. It’s in the FSU record books that Schmidt really stands out. This game marks the 92nd game started by Schmidt, placing her third all-time for career starts in Florida State history. By the end of the regular season she should be tied for first all-time. She is sixth all-time in game appearances (all of which she has started). She ranks among the top ten in assists and game-winning assists in a career. Her 10 assists last season tied for the third most assists in a single-season by a Seminole.
In the postseason Schmidt takes her play to an even higher level. She ranks in the top 5 in four postseason Seminole soccer categories including game-winning assists (1st), assists (2nd), multi-goal games (t-2nd) and points (5th). She had a career day against Jacksonville in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament when she became the first Seminole to record a hat trick in the postseason. Schmidt also became just the second Seminole at that time to score six points in the first half of a game and the first to score three goals in the first half of a game.
While her on the field accomplishments speak for themselves, Schmidt takes her studies just as seriously. Off the field, she excels in the classroom as an International Affairs major. Schmidt has been named to the All-ACC Academic Team three times and is a five-time member of the Dean’s List at Florida State. The only time she didn’t make the Dean’s List was in the fall of 2008 when she was named to the President’s List after earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She was also on the ACC Academic Honor Roll and was an NSCAA Academic First Team All-American in 2007.
With all the time she devotes to soccer and her studies, many would be surprised that the German has time for one of her greatest passions, traveling. While she does get to travel for soccer matches, Schmidt values those times where her trips are for pure enjoyment. When asked if she has time to travel, with soccer being a year round sport, she responded “Yes, but I usually try to find some time in the summer and I like to get away from soccer for a little.”
In 2007, Schmidt traveled to Spain for two months during the summer with former teammate Kirsten van de Ven. This past summer she spent time in Canada while playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League with teammates Erin McNulty and Sanna Talonen. Over the years she has also traveled to Mexico, Guatemala and throughout Europe. As for her future vacation destinations,
“I really want to go to New Zealand or Australia,” she said.
The first time she came to the United States she was a young girl when her family took a camper and traveled around the west coast of the U.S. Her early childhood travels left her with the desire to experience different cultures and countries which ultimately led her to Tallahassee.
“I knew I wanted to go abroad after high school and experience a different culture,” Schmidt said.
So when the time came for her to leave home, Schmidt packed her bags and traveled over 4,700 miles to Florida State University. For Schmidt, who had never visited Tallahassee prior to enrolling at Florida State, there was some apprehension but that quickly faded away. As Schmidt recalled, “everyone was so welcoming and really nice.”
Now as a senior, Schmidt is embracing every moment as her career as a Seminole draws to a close, but she is also looking forward to the future. After graduation Schmidt plans to travel for at least a few weeks before returning to Germany to spend time with her family. After that she hopes to move to Sweden to attend graduate school and continue soccer.
“I really like the country and the culture and they have really good soccer teams.”
Not to mention that for the first time in four years she will live on the same continent as her family. Schmidt has also found good fortune in Sweden as part of the U-21 German National team that won the 2006 Nordic Cup Championship.
Beyond soccer Schmidt hasn’t made any definite plans.
“I have no idea what I will be doing,” she admits. “Working probably, hopefully at a job I like.”
But whatever she decides there is no doubt Schmidt will give it her all and be as successful as she is every time she steps onto the field or into a classroom at Florida State University. And no matter how near or far she ends up from Tallahassee, Schmidt will leave behind a legacy of excellence that won’t soon be forgotten.