TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As No. 1 Florida State extended its winning streak to 12 games with a pair of victories to open the 2015 season, redshirt junior defender Kirsten Crowley was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Tuesday. It marks the second time in her career that Crowley was selected as an ACC Player of the Week.
“Kirsten continues to develop and compose herself in games and is a big reason why we are successful,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “She’s become a very good leader and organizer of the team from the back line. She carried herself and helped lead us on the opening weekend like a seasoned veteran.”
Crowley captained a Florida State defense that earned two wins at the Lobo Invitational on August 21 and 23. Against New Mexico on Friday night, the Noles gave up just five shots for the game as FSU defeated the Lobos, 3-1.
Against RV/No. 13 USC on Sunday, Crowley and the FSU defense did not allow a shot on goal, and only two shots total, in a shutout of the Trojans. Crowley had an impressive tackle on a breakaway opportunity by USC in the first half that set up an FSU scoring chance. She also cleared a crossing pass by the Trojans as the Noles held on to 1-0 lead late in the game.
“It is honor to be recognized by the ACC, although our defense is an entire team effort,” said Crowley.
Florida State hosts Southeastern Louisiana for its home opener on Friday, August 28. The Noles welcome the Lions to Tallahassee for a non-conference matchup that will start at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and admission is free for all regular season home games at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
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