Nov. 15, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – The second-seeded FSU soccer team broke more new ground Tuesday with Soccer Buzz’s announcement of its national player and freshman of the year finalists. For the first time in school history, a Seminole is in the running for Buzz’s National Player of the Year and it isn’t just one FSU player. Both Sel Kuralay and Viola Odebrecht are finalists for Buzz’s top honor. They are joined by Katrin Schmidt who is just the second FSU player ever to be named a Buzz finalist for freshman of the year.
Florida State is one of just four schools to have multiple players nominated for national player of the year. Portland leads the way with three of the 15 nominees. FSU is joined by North Carolina, and UCLA as schools with two nominees. The Seminoles are one of only five schools with a total of three or more players on both the player and freshman of the year lists. Portland and UCLA each placed four players on the two lists. Notre Dame and North Carolina along with FSU have a total of three nominees.
Players from sixteen different teams are among the finalists for the top two honors for the 2005 season. Of the fifteen Player of the Year finalists, five are international stars including Odebrecht and Kuralay. With five selections, the ACC was tops among all leagues for player of the year finalists. For freshman of the year honors, ACC, Big East and Pac-10 schools led the selections with three players each. Seven schools, including FSU, had a finalist named for both Player and freshman of the year.
Florida State players and coaches have never won a national honor from Soccer Buzz but have been close on more than one occasion. Emma Breland was a finalist for freshman of the year in 2000 and former head coach Patrick Baker was the runner-up for national coach of the year honors in both 2000 and 2003.
Winners will be announced in December and decided on a vote open to all 306 Division I head coaches and the staff at Soccer Buzz.