Dec. 7, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla –
After their unprecedented run to the Sweet 16 of the 2000 NCAA Women’s Soccer College Cup, the 14th-ranked Florida State soccer team continues to garner post-season awards and honors. Three members of the 2000 squad were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Southeast Region Team Wednesday. Freshman Emma Breland and seniors Sarah Crawford and Rachael Watkin were all named All-Southeast Region and they are the first Seminole soccer players to ever garner the honor.
“It is very nice to see some of our individual players getting recognized for their part in our season,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “I think all three players were very deserving and we are very happy for all three of them.”
Breland was named to the All-Southeast region second team and was one of only three freshmen to be named to the first or second team. Breland is a finalist for SoccerBuzz Freshman of the Year and she was the Seminoles first-ever All-ACC first team selection. Breland broke every freshman record for FSU and she also captured the school record for points in a season (31), shots in a season (62) and assists in a season (7).
“Emma had about as good of a freshman year as any newcomer can hope for,” said Baker. “She had a fantastic season but all of the individual success was a product of the way we played as a team all year long.”
Watkin, a senior midfielder from Boca Raton, FL, and senior goalkeeper Sarah Crawford both received third team honors. Watkin set the record for career starts (83) and scored goals against FIU, the game-winner against No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 5 Clemson, No. 23 Wake Forest in the ACC Tourney and against No. 19 Florida in the second round of the NCAA’s.
Crawford shattered the record for minutes played in a season (2,273:02) and played every minute of every game in the net for the Seminoles in 2000. She led the ACC in saves per game, was second in save percentage and fourth in goals against average.
“Watkin and Crawford both had very special senior seasons,” said Baker. “They both went off on fantastic individual streaks and really provided leadership for us all season long. Getting these individual awards at the end of the year is very exciting for our players and team.”