FSU soccer earns top spot in poll

Published August 29, 2006

The Florida State women's soccer team (1-0), fresh off a win against defending national champion Portland, moved into unprecedented territory by jumping three spots to No. 1 in the Soccer America poll.

"Obviously, this is a big milestone for our program, and we feel fortunate that Soccer America thinks so highly of our team," coach Mark Krikorian said. "The one thing to remember, though, is that this is very early in the season, and we have a long way to go. Our goal is to be No. 1 in the final poll of the year. That is what we're working toward."

Meanwhile, sophomore midfielder Mami Yamaguchi, who scored the winning goal in Sunday's 2-1 win, was named the ACC player of the week.

FSU BASKETBALL: Highly touted power forward Ryan Reid, who signed with the team but was academically ineligible to play last season, attended classes Monday.

That move bodes well for him being available this season, a critical development given the Seminoles' dearth of inside players.

- BRIAN LANDMAN, Times staff writer


RUTGERS: Three players are recovering from a car accident after the vehicle in which they were riding skidded on a wet road and into a pole in Piscataway, N.J.

The car, driven by senior wide receiver Willie Foster, 21, of Miami, slid about 5:30 p.m. Sunday while on an exit ramp, coach Greg Schiano said. Junior defensive end Jamaal Westerman, 20, of Brampton, Ontario, and junior offensive lineman Corey Hyman, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, were returning from a 36-hour break after completing preseason camp Friday, the coach said.

MARSHALL: Misdemeanor charges against free safety Geremy Rodamer were dropped, his attorney said. Rodamer and former Marshall linebackers Dionte Wilson and Charles Tynes were among seven people charged Aug. 20 stemming from an incident near the campus. Rodamer had faced charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer.

NEW MEXICO STATE: Three former players, all Muslims, sued the university and coach Hal Mumme, saying they were dismissed from the team because of their religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of Mu'Ammar Ali and brothers Anthony and Vincent Thompson. The lawsuit says Mumme, who was hired by the university in January 2005, instituted a "religious brotherhood" within the team and singled out Muslim athletes. It claims Mumme had players recite the Lord's Prayer after each practice and before each game.