MIAMI, Fla. – Combining a successful 2016 season with both Florida State soccer and her home country of Venezuela, Deyna Castellanos was nominated for a pair of awards at the third annual Premios Univision Deportes on Sunday night. The awards show, put on by the No. 1 Spanish-language network, celebrates current and former athletes from sports and leagues that Hispanics care about most.
The young forward was up for Female Athlete of the Year, and was nominated along with 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalists Puerto Rican tennis player Monica Puig, Colombian triple jumper Caterine Abargüen and USA gymnast Laurie Hernandez.
Her entire U-17 Venezuelan national team was also nominated for Newcomer of the Year, alongside with Mexican soccer player Orbelín Pineda and Chicago Cubs’ second baseman Javier Baez.
Castellanos and Venezuela was not selected for either award, as Puig was named Female Athlete of the Year and Pineda took home Newcomer of the Year honors.
Castellanos got out to an impressive start this year for Florida State, scoring just two minutes in the season opener at No. 8 Texas A&M on August 19 as the Noles picked up a solid non-conference win on the road. She added goals in the next two games to become just the second Seminole to score a goal in each of her first three games in the Garnet and Gold.
Overall, Castellanos scored five goals in the first eight games of the season as the Seminoles got out to a 7-1 record before she headed to Jordan to play with the Venezuelan national team for over a month during September and October at the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The striker carried the Venezuelan national team to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, placing second in their group behind Germany and defeating Canada and Cameroon. She scored five goals in six matches for La Vinotinto, including the game-winner in stoppage time against Cameroon in the group stage. After Cameroon tied the match in the 93rd minute, Castellanos received the restart touch at the halfway line and her shot from 55 yards beat the keeper to give Venezuela a 2-1 win. The goal was selected as the Goal of the Tournament in an online fan vote.
Her accomplishments at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup allowed the talented forward to be given the Bronze Ball, given to the player who finishes third in MVP voting, as well as the Bronze Boot, given to the player who scored the third-most goals in the tournament.
Along with a six-goal performance to earn the Golden Boot at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Castellanos now holds the all-time record for goals scored in U-17 Women’s World Cup history.
In her first game back in the states, Castellanos picked up where she left off, tying the ACC match against No. 6 Duke with a goal from 25 yards, striking the ball out of the air on an attempted clearance by the Duke defense. The Noles would eventually top the Blue Devils in penalty kicks and go on to win their fourth consecutive ACC Championship one week later.
For the season, Castellanos ended the 2016 season for Florida State with seven goals in 13 games played. She earned All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman Team honors, along with being named to the All-Southeast Region First Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
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