Jan. 6, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – For the fifth consecutive season, at least three Seminole soccer players were named All-Southeast Region by SoccerBuzz when the Internet Magazine released its awards list today. Sophomore defender Kelly Rowland led the way as she was named to the first team. It is the Pennsylvania native’s first all-region honor from Buzz. India Trotter was named second team all-region for the second consecutive season and goalkeeper Joy McKenzie received her first ever nod from Soccer Buzz garnering second team honors as well.
Arguably FSU’s team MVP in 2004, Rowland was the only defender in the entire ACC to make either All-ACC team when she was named All-ACC second team this fall. Rowland is the only defender in the 17-year history of the ACC to be the lone defender named to either the All-ACC first or second team. After a stellar freshman season, Rowland became one of just five players to be a 2003 All-ACC freshman team selection and then make All-ACC as a sophomore in 2004. She was named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week twice and the SoccerBuzz Elite Team once in 2004 and has now been named to a national team of the week a school record seven times in her two-year career. She led the team with seven assists and led all defensive players with 13 points and was third on the team overall. She ranked second on the team with 36 shots and tied for third on team with 13 shots on goal. She played the best soccer of her short but already stellar career as she and her defensive mates completed a second record-setting season as the Tribe has allowed just 21 goals this year, seven fewer than the team record set in 2003. The team’s 1.02 GAA was the lowest in team history and no defense in FSU history has ever allowed fewer goals in a two-season span than the 2003-2004 FSU defense and Rowland was a big key. In ACC play, she was third on team with three points, one goal and one assist, second on team with 16 shots and tied for second with eight shots on goal. The Tribe had the second best season in team history when it comes to goals allowed in ACC play as well as the FSU defense allowed just 11 goals in nine games for a GAA of 1.19 in conference action. After scored the fourth ACC Tournament goal of her career, she is now FSU’s all-time leading goal scorer in ACC Tournament history.
Senior McKenzie was the ACC’s top keeper in 2004 garnering her first-ever All-ACC first team honors. She was named ACC Player of the Week October 11, the first such honor of her career and also named soccerFLA.com Player of the Week. McKenzie recorded every decision for FSU except for the win against USF while posting an 11-6-2 record with a 1.09 GAA and six shutouts. Her six clean sheets are the third-most in single season history and McKenzie’s 1.09 GAA ranks second all-time in a single season and she now holds the top two single season GAA’s in program history. The native Floridian’s 11 wins were the fifth-most in a single season in school history and McKenzie’s 26 wins in two seasons are the most of any keeper over a two-year span and is tied for the career victory record. With McKenzie’s shutout versus BC in the NCAA Tournament, the keeper broke the FSU career record for shutouts as well. The senior played every minute for FSU in goal during ACC play and posted a 5-3-1 record in leading FSU to a third place finish in the conference. She posted three shutouts in ACC play, which is the second most ever in a single season. McKenzie now holds the top two records for single season shutouts in ACC play and now holds FSU career records for wins and shutouts in ACC play. After posting a shutout streak of 311:55 and 226:55 in ACC games, McKenzie has two of the top four all-time shutout streaks and two of the top three all-time ACC shutout streaks.
Named All-ACC first team, garnering All-ACC honors for the first time in her young career, Trotter is just the second sophomore in FSU history to be named to the All-ACC first team. The Florida native was just one of two sophomores to be named an All-ACC freshman team selection in 2003 and then make All-ACC first team in 2004 and only 11 of 55 players in ACC history have ever accomplished that feat. Trotter selection to the all-region team shows she is no longer one of the most underrated Seminoles due to what she does best not being able to be measured by statistics. The holding midfielder has as much to do with the Seminoles best defensive season ever as the back four and goalkeeper Joy McKenzie and she is a disruptive force in the middle of the pitch to opposing offenses. Trotter started 19 of the Seminoles’ 20 games this season and she was only substituted out of just two games this entire season (Jacksonville and North Carolina). The midfielder played more minutes than any player on the 2004 squad and recorded one goal on the season, which was a game winning goal versus Miami. She took the fourth most shots on goal (11) and was third on the team with 29 shots. She started in all nine ACC games and first career ACC points came on her game-winning goal versus Miami.
NOTE: The Seminoles finished the season ranked No. 24 by Soccer Buzz.