BOCA RATON, Fla. – Three Florida State women’s soccer players garnered All-America honors as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Friday afternoon. Dagny Brynjarsdottir (Hella, Iceland) and Kristin Grubka (Melbourne, Fla.) earned first team honors, while Cheyna Williams (Hampton, Ga.) was named a third team honoree.
The Seminoles have had at least three student-athletes named to the NSCAA’s All-America teams on five separate occasions with the last coming in 2012 (Ines Jaurena – 1st; Tiffany McCarty – 3rd; Kelsey Wys – 3rd). The last time FSU placed two players on the NSCAA first team was in 2009 (McCarty and Becky Edwards).
Brynjarsdottir currently leads the Seminoles in points (38), goals (16), shots (85) and game-winning goals (5) and has set single-season career-highs for shots, goals and points in 2014. The senior captain was recently named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and garnered ACC Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-ACC and ACC Tournament MVP accolades earlier this year. Brynjarsdottir is now a two-time first team All-American as she earned first team honors from Soccer America in 2013.
The Icelandic native ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in eight offensive categories while leading in shots per game and tied for first in game-winning goals. Brynjarsdottir paced the Seminoles during league play with 17 points on seven goals and three assists including three game-winning goals that came against Virginia, Virginia Tech and Pitt. She enters the College Cup with a team-high six multi-point games. Brynjarsdottir tied a career-high scoring two goals twice (against St. John’s & NC State) and also tied a career-high against South Carolina with just her second two-assist game. Through the first four NCAA Tournament games in 2014, Brynjarsdottir has tallied seven points on two goals and three assists.
Grubka has anchored Florida State’s defensive efforts in 2014. The Seminoles have allowed just nine goals through 24 matches with two of the goals coming against league foes. The mark set the school record for the fewest goals allowed in ACC play surpassing the previous record of four set in 2012. The nine goals allowed in 2014 are also the fewest given up in a single season since FSU allowed a low of 15 in 2008 & 2012. The 17 shutouts FSU has posted in 2014 ties the school record set in 2012.
For her efforts, Grubka joined Brynjarsdottir as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and was recognized as the ACC’s top defensive player.
With her start against South Carolina in the Elite Eight, Grubka tied the school record for consecutive matches started at 87 – a streak dating back to her freshman campaign in 2011. She is also the school’s all-time career leader in appearances with 102. Grubka currently ranks third on the team in minutes played with 2,165. The Melbourne, Fla., native has paced a Seminole backline that ranks first in the ACC in shutouts (17), shutouts per game (0.71), fewest goals allowed and goals against average (0.37). Grubka has also contributed offensively with 11 points on three goals and five assists in 2014.
Williams has made an immediate impact on the pitch for the Seminoles since transferring from Vanderbilt at the beginning of the spring semester in 2014. The junior forward sits second on the team with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists. She has recorded 73 shots and notched four game-winning goals on the year. During FSU’s postseason run, Williams has been lights out with a team-best eight points on four goals on just nine shots.
The Hampton, Ga., native currently ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in seven offensive categories. Williams is coming off a two-goal effort, her second multi-goal game of the season, against South Carolina last week in the Elite Eight.
Florida State returns to the pitch on Friday, December 5 in the second semifinal of the 2014 College Cup. The Seminoles will face Stanford at 7:30 p.m. inside FAU Stadium in Boca Raton. The match will air live on ESPNU and WatchESPN.