TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Anchoring a Florida State defense that allowed just nine goals for the entire 2016 season, goalkeeper Cassie Miller and centerbacks Kirsten Crowley and Natalia Kuikka were each named All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as the NSCAA announced its awards on Friday. Miller was selected as a First Team All-American, while Crowley earned a spot on the Second Team and Kuikka was chosen as a Third Team All-American.
It marks the first NSCAA All-American honor for all three student-athletes.
Florida State tied with Stanford, West Virginia and South Carolina with three NSCAA All-Americans each, while Georgetown, BYU, UConn, USC and Florida were the only other schools to have receive multiple All-American honors.
“We felt all along that the group of our two centerbacks and our goalkeeper were among the best in the country,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “For Kirsten, Cassie and Natu to be recognized as All-American players, it is a great credit to their quality of play throughout the course of the season and all of their hard work.”
Miller received All-ACC Second Team honors for the third consecutive season in 2016 as the redshirt junior led the conference, and finished fifth nationally, in both shutouts (13) and goals-against average (0.398). Her 0.866 save percentage ranked No. 18 overall in the NCAA, and third in the ACC, including key penalty kick saves in a victory over No. 4 Duke in the regular season and versus No. 6 Duke and No. 10 UNC in the ACC Tournament as the Noles captured their fourth conference crown in a row. Miller is the second FSU goalkeeper to be named an All-American, joining Kelsey Wys who was selected to the third team in 2012.
Crowley was outstanding as the Seminole captain and led FSU both on and off the field as the redshirt senior wrapped up her amazing career in the Garnet and Gold as a four-time ACC Champion and reached the College Cup three times. She was named the ACC Player of the Week on September 13 and earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week on October 25 as she helped the Noles to shutout victories over No. 17 UConn, Troy, No. 4 Duke and Louisville. She earned All-ACC First Team honors in 2016 and was also named to the ACC All-Tournament Team.
Kuikka seamlessly transitioned into the defensive backline for her sophomore season after playing out wide as a midfielder as a freshman in 2015. Her physical skill and competitiveness allowed her to shutdown opponents’ attacks, while her technical abilities allowed her to help build and get involved in the Seminole offense. Kuikka tied a school record with three assists in FSU’s win over Samford on November 12 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She was named to the All-ACC Second Team and earned ACC Tournament MVP honors for the second season in a row as FSU shutout No. 9 Clemson and No. 10 North Carolina to win the ACC title for the fourth consecutive year.
Florida State placed three student-athletes on the NSCAA All-American teams for the sixth time in school history, joining 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008 and 2006. The 2008 squad is the only Seminole team to receive four NSCAA All-American honors.
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2016 NSCAA All-American Teams
GK, Cassie Miller, Jr., Florida State
D, Maddie Bauer, Sr., Stanford
D, Kadeisha Buchanan, Sr., West Virginia
D, Christina Gibbons, Sr., Duke
D, Kaleigh Kurtz, Sr., South Carolina
MF, Rachel Corboz, Jr., Georgetown
MF, Ashley Lawrence, Sr., West Virginia
MF, Alexis Shaffer, Sr., Virginia
MF, Andi Sullivan, Jr., Stanford
F, Ashley Hatch, Sr., BYU
F, Savannah McCaskill, Jr., South Carolina
F, Margaret Purce, Sr., Harvard
F, Stephanie Ribeiro, Sr., Connecticut
GK, Jane Campbell, Sr., Stanford
D, Rashida Beal, Sr., Minnesota
D, Kirsten Crowley, Sr., Florida State
D, Mandy Freeman, Sr., USC
D, Taylor Isom, Jr., BYU
MF, Morgan Andrews, Sr., USC
MF, Chelsea Drennan, Sr., South Carolina
MF, Rachel Hill, Sr., Connecticut
MF, Rose Lavelle, Sr., Wisconsin
F, Michaela Abam, Jr., West Virginia
F, Jenna Hellstrom, Sr., Kent State
F, Savannah Jordan, Sr., Florida
F, Lily Sender, Sr., UNLV
GK, Lauren Clem, Jr., Northwestern
D, Natalia Kuikka, So. Florida State
D, Jemma Purfield, So., South Alabama
D, Marina Paul, Sr., Georgetown
MF, Catrina Atanda, Sr., Clemson
MF, Alexa Ben, Jr., DePaul
MF, Meggie Dougherty-Howard, Sr., Florida
MF, Jessie Fleming, Fr. UCLA
MF, Casie Ramsier, Sr., Auburn
F, Bridgette Andrzejewski, Fr., North Carolina
F, Kendall Ham, Sr., Bucknell
F, Jaycie Johnson, Sr., Nebraska
F, Tyler Lussi, Sr., Princeton
F, Tabby Tindell, Sr., Florida Gulf Coast