Nov. 1, 2004
Greensboro, NC – In one afternoon, the Florida State soccer program wiped out eight years of history. Florida State garnered four All-ACC honors Monday afternoon matching the total All-ACC honorees the program received in its first eight years of existence. Florida State garnered two first team selections, equaling a program high, and two second team selections, which matches the total second team picks in school history. Only Virginia received more All-ACC team selections than FSU, who also outdistanced North Carolina, which had three players named All-ACC.
Senior goalkeeper Joy McKenzie was named the conference’s top keeper as she was the only net minder named All-ACC first team. She was joined on the first team by midfielder India Trotter who received the first All-ACC honors of her career. Kelly Rowland was named to the ACC’s second team. While the sophomore was not named defensive player of the year, she was the only defender to garner All-ACC honors. Sophomore Julia Schnugg was FSU’s other All-ACC recipient picking up second team honors as well. Libby Gianeskis was named the Tribe’s only All-ACC freshman team player and she and Rowland were the only two defenders to receive any All-ACC accolades on any of the three teams.
League coaches obviously felt highly about the FSU defense, which not only received two honorees in Rowland and Gianeskis but keeper McKenzie and defensive midfielder Trotter who were also recognized. Florida State came within one goal of tying the record of the 2003 squad for the fewest regular season goals allowed in team history this year. Even more impressive was the amount of shutouts the Seminoles recorded. The eight regular season shutouts posted by this defense is a new regular season record at FSU. The all-time single season record for shutouts is nine and that was set by the 2003 team. Schnugg was the only offensive player from Florida State to garner an All-ACC honor.
Third-seeded Florida State (12-5-1, 5-3-1) opens ACC Tournament play this Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. versus sixth seed Clemson (11-6-1, 4-4-1). The game will take place at the SAS Soccer Stadium in Cary, NC. Fans can follow all the action through live stats through Game Tracker brought to you by theACC.com and seminoles.com.