TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After earning Florida State’s fourth consecutive ACC Championship in 2016, five Seminoles were honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Wednesday as the NSCAA announced its All-Region Teams. The quintet of goalkeeper Cassie Miller, defenders Kirsten Crowley and Natalia Kuikka, midfielder Kaycie Tillman and forward Deyna Castellanos all received a spot on the 11-member NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team.
It marks the second time that Miller and Crowley have earned NSCAA All-Region accolades, after both were named to the second team in 2015. It is the first NSCAA All-Region award for Kuikka, Tillman and Castellanos.
It is the first time in program history that FSU has placed five student-athletes on the All-Region First Team. That feat is more impressive considering that each school can only nominate up to five players for the NSCAA’s regional and national awards. Only in 2008, had the Noles ever received four all-region first team honors, while FSU had placed three on the first team in 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
“I am certainly happy for all of the players that have been recognized for their quality on the field,” said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. “Each of them had very good seasons and our opponents and their coaches certainly gave great acknowledgment for the quality of play they had throughout the course of the season. I am happy for all of them.”
Miller set the foundation of the Florida State defense as the goalkeeper, allowing just nine goals on the season in over 2,000 minutes played. The redshirt junior ranks fifth in the nation in both goals against average (0.398) and solo shutouts (13). Her 0.866 save percentage also ranks No. 18 nationally.
Crowley and Kuikka were the next stage of the Seminole defense, each playing centerback in front of Miller and coordinating the defense, while also contributing in the attack. Crowley finished her redshirt senior season with one goal and four assists, including the game-winner at Pitt on October 1. Kuikka matched an FSU record with three assists against Samford in the NCAA Tournament on November 12, and finished with five assists total during her sophomore season.
Tillman was a versatile midfielder for the Noles this season as the sophomore played both centrally and out wide in the attack. She helped facilitate the Seminole offense, earning five assists and scoring three goals of her own, with game-winners against No. 17 UConn and No. 4 Duke.
Castellanos made an immediate impact in her freshman season at Florida State, scoring in just the second minute of her first game this year at No. 8 Texas A&M, and tied for the team lead with seven goals on the year, despite playing in just 13 of the 22 Seminoles soccer matches in 2016. She scored three game-winners, and her goal in the 48th minute at Duke in the ACC quarterfinal tied the match and enabled the Noles to force overtime, before advancing on penalty kicks.
All five are eligible for the 2016 NSCAA All-American awards that will be announced later this week.
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2016 NSCAA All-Southeast Region Teams
GK, Cassie Miller, Jr., Florida State
D,Kirsten Crowley, Sr., Florida State
D, Christina Gibbons, Sr., Duke
D, Natalia Kuikka, So., Florida State
MF, Catrina Atanda, Sr., Clemson
MF, Alex Shaffer, Sr., Virginia
MF, Paulina Speckmaier, Sr., Florida Gulf Coast
MF, Kaycie Tillman, So., Florida State
F , Bridgette Andrzejewski, Fr., North Carolina
F, Deyna Castellanos, Fr., Florida State
F, Tabby Tindell, Sr., Florida Gulf Coast
GK, Holly Van Noord, Sr., Liberty
D, Kristen McNabb, Sr., Virginia
D, Ashley Parks, Jr., Florida Gulf Coast
D, Samantha Staab, So., Clemson
MF, Megan Buckingham, Jr., North Carolina
MF, Candace Cephers, Sr., Virginia Tech
MF, Isabella Habuda, Jr., Liberty
F, Sarah Teegarden, Sr., Wake Forest
F, Grace Lachowecki, Sr., Miami
F, McKenzie Meehan, Sr., Boston College
F, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Sr., Samford
GK, Kailen Sheridan, Sr., Clemson
D, Julia Ashley, So., North Carolina
D, Kristina Schuster, Fr., NC State
D, Claire Wagner, Sr., Clemson
MF, Tziarra King, Fr., NC State
MF, Taylor Klawunder, Jr., Notre Dame
MF, Ali Rogers, Sr., Florida Gulf Coast
MF, Ella Stevens, Fr., Duke
F, Carlie Couch, Sr., Furman
F, Antionette Payne, Sr., Duke
F, Murielle Tiernan, Sr., Virginia Tech