TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s soccer team was well represented as the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its soccer awards for the 2014 season on Thursday. Seven Seminoles were recognized as All-ACC honorees, while three Noles earned individual recognition.
Dagny Brynjarsdottir was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Kristin Grubka claimed Defensive Player of the Year honors. Mark Krikorian was honored as the ACC Coach of the Year.
Florida State claimed two spots on each of the All-ACC First, Second and Third Teams. Brynjarsdottir and Grubka were named to the first team, Jamia Fields and Cassie Miller grabbed second team honors, while Isabella Schmid and Berglind Thorvaldsdottir earned a spot on the third team. Emma Koivisto was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.
Brynjarsdottir is the third Seminole to claim Offensive Player of the Year honors as she joins past recipients Mami Yamaguchi (2007) and Tiffany McCarty (2009). The senior captain currently leads the Seminoles in points (29), goals (13), shots (61) and game-winning goals (4).
The Icelandic native ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in seven offensive categories while leading in goals per game, points per game and shots per game. 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 finished the regular season with four multi-point games and tied a career-high scoring two goals twice. Brynjarsdottir enters the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship in Greensboro on Friday having scored a goal in five straight matches.
For the second straight year, Florida State is recognized with the league’s top defensive player. A year after Kassey Kallman became the first Seminole to win the award, Grubka follows as this year’s honoree after leading a defensive unit that has allowed just eight goals on the season. Two of those goals came against league foes to set a school record for the fewest goals allowed in ACC play surpassing the previous record of four set in 2012.
Grubka has started 81 consecutive matches in a streak that dates back to her freshman campaign in 2011. She ranks third on the team in minutes played with 1,625. The Melbourne, Fla., native has paced a Seminole backline that ranks first in the ACC in shutouts (12), shutouts per game (0.67), fewest goals allowed and goals against average (0.43). Grubka has also contributed offensively with eight points on two goals and four assists this year.
Krikorian is tabbed as the league’s top coach for the fourth time in his career. The 10th-year head coach led Florida State to a share of the ACC regular season title in 2014 and its first unbeaten record (9-0-1) in the league in school history. The Seminoles have now captured three ACC regular season titles sharing the crown twice (2009 & 2014) and winning the outright title in 2012.
Under the direction of Krikorian, the Seminoles reached 16 wins for the 10th straight year while finishing in the top four of the ACC for the ninth time. Florida State has been ranked in the top 10 all season long including a high of No. 2 in the NSCAA top 25 poll for nine weeks.
Fields earns her first All-ACC recognition since earning a spot on the All-ACC Freshman Team in 2011. The senior midfielder is in the midst of her finest season as a Seminole as she has caused havoc to opposing teams with her speed, quickness and relentless pressure on the ball. Fields has started 17 matches tallying over 1,200 minutes on the pitch. The Alta Loma, Calif., native has six points on the year, all coming off assists, as she sits third all-time at Florida State with 28 career assists while holding the school record for career assists in ACC play with 14.
In her first season as the Seminole goalkeeper, Miller has started all 18 matches recording 12 shutouts in over 1,650 minutes. The redshirt freshman from Cave Creek, Ariz., has posted a 0.43 goals against average to go along with her .800 save percentage. Miller leads the ACC in GAA, shutouts and shutout percentage and ranks tied for fourth in save percentage. She was even more impressive in league play registering eight shutouts, while giving up just two goals en route to a 0.20 GAA.
Schmid has appeared in all 18 regular season matches making 14 starts. In over 1,100 minutes on the pitch, the junior midfielder from Germany has registered seven points on two goals and three assists. Schmid has already recorded single-season career-highs for points and assists, while she is one shot shy of tying a mark set during her freshman season in 2012. Schmid was also named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2012.
Thorvaldsdottir is having a breakout season posting single-season career-highs for points (23), goals (10) and game-winning goals (2). The redshirt sophomore has registered four multi-point performances on the year including a team-high three two-goal performances as she scored twice against Stetson and on the road against UConn and Miami. Thorvaldsdottir ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in goals per game (4th), goals (5th), points per game (6th) and points (7th).
Koivisto has made an immediate impact as a freshman starting 15 matches all on the backline. The Finnish native ranks fourth on the team in minutes played with 1,305 and has contributed offensively with five points on two goals and one assist. Her first career goal came on the road at Oklahoma State as she scored the golden goal in double overtime to help Florida State complete the 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Cowgirls.
Florida State and North Carolina led all schools with seven All-ACC selections, followed by Notre Dame and Virginia Tech with six and Clemson and Virginia with five honorees each.
Florida State is back in action on Friday, November 7 at 5:30 p.m. against Notre Dame in the first semifinal of the 2014 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship. The match will be played at the UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. and will air live on ESPN3.
Here is a complete list of the 2014 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Teams:
Coach of the Year: Mark Krikorian, Florida State
Offensive Player of the Year: Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Sr., M, Florida State
Midfielder of the Year: Danielle Colaprico, Sr., M, Virginia
Defensive Player of the Year: Kristin Grubka, Sr., D, Florida State
Freshman of the Year: Megan Buckingham, Fr., F, North Carolina
Stephanie McCaffrey, Sr., F, Boston College
Kailen Sheridan, So., GK, Clemson
Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Sr., M, Florida State
Kristin Grubka, Sr., D, Florida State
Katie Bowen, Jr., D, North Carolina
Satara Murray, Sr., D, North Carolina
Cari Roccaro, Jr., M, Notre Dame
Morgan Brian, Sr., M, Virginia
Danielle Colaprico, Sr., M, Virginia
Makenzy Doniak, Jr., F, Virginia
Murielle Tiernan, So., F, Virginia Tech
Hayley Dowd, So., F, Boston College
Catrina Atanda, So., M, Clemson
Christina Gibbons, So., M, Duke
Toni Payne, So., M, Duke
Jamia Fields, Sr., M, Florida State
Cassie Miller, Fr., GK, Florida State
Joanna Boyles, So., M, North Carolina
Morgan Andrews, So., M, Notre Dame
Katie Naughton, Jr., D, Notre Dame
Emily Sonnett, Jr., D, Virginia
Ashley Meier, Jr., M, Virginia Tech
Gabby Byorth, So., D, Clemson
Isabella Schmid, Jr., M, Florida State
Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, So., F, Florida State
Emily Bruder, So., F, North Carolina
Megan Buckingham, Fr., F, North Carolina
Lauren Bohaboy, Sr., F, Notre Dame
Kaela Little, So., GK, Notre Dame
Brittany Ratcliffe, Jr., F, Virginia
Candace Cephers, So., M, Virginia Tech
Jordan Coburn, Jr., D, Virginia Tech
Shannon Mayrose, GS, F, Virginia Tech
Allyson Swabby, Fr., D, Boston College
Salma Anastasio, Fr., F, Clemson
Shannon Horgan, Fr., F, Clemson
Ashton Miller, Fr., M, Duke
Imani Dorsey, Fr., F, Duke
Emma Koivisto, Fr., D, Florida State
Megan Buckingham, Fr., F, North Carolina
Jessie Scarpa, Fr., D, North Carolina
Sabrina Flores, Fr., D, Notre Dame
Courtney Brosnan, Fr., GK, Syracuse
Madi Conyers, Fr., M, Virginia Tech