TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Five Seminoles from the national champion Florida State women’s soccer team were honored on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Best XI teams.
Seniors Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Kristin Grubka were recognized on the first team, while junior Cheyna Williams earned third team accolades. Emma Koivisto and Cassie Miller were named to the freshman first team.
Brynjarsdottir, who is one of three finalists for the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy, finished the season leading the Seminoles in points (38), goals (16) and shots (87) and tied for the team lead with five game-winning goals. She went on to set single-season career-highs for shots, goals and points this past year.
The Icelandic native was also recently named a finalist for the Honda Sports Award and has garnered NSCAA first team All-America, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-ACC and ACC Tournament MVP accolades this season. She finished ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in eight offensive categories 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.
Grubka anchored Florida State’s defensive efforts that ranked in the top five nationally in goals against average (2nd – 0.341) and shutout percentage (4th – 0.731) in 2014. The Seminoles allowed just nine goals all season with two coming against league foes. Both marks set school records for the fewest goals allowed and the fewest goals allowed in ACC play. FSU also went on to set the school record for shutouts with 19.
For her efforts, Grubka joined Brynjarsdottir as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and was recognized as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. She also garnered NSCAA first team All-America and first team All-ACC honors during her senior campaign. Grubka leaves Florida State as the school’s all-time career leader in appearances with 104, while establishing a new program record with 89 consecutive starts.
Williams made an immediate impact for the Seminoles in her first season at Florida State finishing the year ranked second on the team in points (34), goals (14) and shots (76) and tied for first with five game-winning goals. During FSU’s postseason run, Williams was lights out with a team-best 13 points on six goals and one assist. She scored both goals in FSU’s 2-0 victory over Stanford in the national semifinals and then assisted on the game-winning goals against Virginia in the 83rd minute in leading the Noles to their first national title.
The Hampton, Ga., native ranked in the top 35 nationally in game-winning goals (t-27th), goals (t-29th) and points (t-32nd), while ranking in the top 10 in the ACC in eight offensive categories. Williams was also recognized as a third team All-American by the NSCAA and was named the College Cup’s Most Outstanding Player on Offense.
In her first season between the posts, Miller started all 26 games for the Seminoles leading the nation in minutes played by a goalkeeper at 2,375. She also ranked second nationally with a goals against average of 0.341. The Cave Creek, Ariz., native led the ACC in GAA, shutouts (19) and shutout percentage (0.73).
The redshirt freshman keeper went on to set FSU’s individual season and freshman records for shutouts, GAA and wins (24). Miller finished with 44 saves and allowed just nine goals including two against league foes. She closed out the year with a consecutive shutout streak that covered 630 minutes. Miller was named a second team All-ACC keeper.
Koivisto also made an immediate impact upon her arrival to Tallahassee in the fall starting in all 23 matches that she appeared. Every start for the freshman came in the backline where she helped solidify one of the best defensive units in the nation.
The native of Finland led all freshmen on the team in minutes played (2,025) and was just one of four Seminoles to play over 2,000 minutes on the pitch in 2014. She also added 10 points on two goals and six assists. Her first career goal came on the road at Oklahoma State breaking a 1-1 tie in double overtime. Koivisto was honored on the ACC All-Freshman squad for her efforts in 2014.