TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A trio of international Seminoles were recognized for their impressive performances in 2017 as TopDrawerSoccer recently released their postseason Best XI Teams and updated Top 100 list.
Sophomore forward Deyna Castellanos was named to the Best XI First Team, while freshman Gloriana Villalobos was selected to the Freshman Best XI Second Team. Castellanos also came in at No. 7 in the Postseason Top 100 list, while junior defender Natalia Kuikka was ranked No. 83.
Castellanos finished with her best season in the Garnet and Gold, tallying 41 points on 19 goals and three assists in 2017. The 19 goals ranked second in the NCAA this year, and is the second-most goals scored in a season in Florida State history, trailing only Mami Yamaguchi’s 24 goals scored in 2007. The Venezuela native recorded six multi-goal games during the year, including two in the NCAA postseason, to set an FSU record in the category and is already tied for third on the Seminole all-time career list.
Villalobos made a big impact on the pitch for the Seminoles in her first year of collegiate soccer after coming to Tallahassee from Costa Rica. The midfielder started in all 21 matches this season and recorded four points on one goal and two assists. She scored the game-winner on October 5 against Boston College, and assisted on both goals in FSU’s 2-0 win on the road at No. 10 Florida on October 12.
Kuikka formed the foundation of the Seminole defense and was the team captain in 2017. Missing four matches due to international appearnaces for Finland, Kuikka started in 17 matches for FSU and helped the Noles record eight shutouts in those games. She played in every minute of 16 games this season and also scored a goal offensively, tallying the game-winner on the road at Samford on August 24.
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2017 TopDrawerSoccer DI Women’s Postseason Awards
Player of the Year: Andi Sullivan, Stanford
Freshman of the Year: Catarina Macario, Stanford
Coach of the Year: Paul Ratcliffe, Stanford
Best XI Teams
F: Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina), Catarina Macario (Stanford), Deyna Castellanos (Florida State)
MF: Jessie Fleming (UCLA), Rachel Corboz (Georgetown), Andi Sullivan (Stanford), Rebecca Quinn (Duke)
D: Tierna Davidson (Stanford), Indigo Gibson (California), Grace Fisk (South Carolina)
GK: Casey Murphy (Rutgers)
F: Imani Dorsey (Duke), Michaela Abam (West Virginia), CeCe Kizer (Mississippi)
MF: Gabby Seiler (Florida), Katie Cousins (Tennessee), Brianna Visalli (Pepperdine), Vanessa Gregoire (Princeton)
D: Elizabeth Wenger (Georgetown), Kathellen Sousa (UCF), Schuyler DeBree (Duke)
GK: Emily Boyd (California)
F: Ashley Sanchez (UCLA), Evelyne Viens (South Florida), Maddy Williams (Purdue)
MF: Ella Stevens (Duke), Tziarra King (NC State), Paige Monaghan (Butler), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M)
D: Ally Prisock (USC), Morgon Walcott (Ohio State), Amandine Pierre-Louis (West Virginia)
GK: Vera Varis (UCF)
Freshman Best XI Teams
F: Dina Orschmann (UCF), Deanne Rose (Florida), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara)
MF: Emina Ekic (Louisville), Taryn Torres (Virginia), Savannah DeMelo (USC), Delanie Sheehan (UCLA)
D: Emily Smith (California), Taylor Otto (North Carolina), Taylor Mitchell (Duke)
GK: Laurel Ivory (Virginia)
F: Alessia Russo (North Carolina), Haley Berg (Texas), Joelle Anderson (Pepperdine)
MF: Luca Deza (California), Olivia Petit (Saint Louis), Addison McCain (Texas A&M), Gloriana Villalobos (Florida State)
D: Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State), Vicky Krug (Wake Forest), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA)
GK: Jennifer Wandt (Baylor)