TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After earning ACC Championships in five of the last seven seasons, the Florida State soccer program is again expected to have a strong season as the Seminoles were voted to finish second in the league, as announced by the ACC on Monday.
FSU tallied 174 points and trailed only North Carolina who received 183 points and four first-place votes. The Noles topped all schools with five first-place votes and were also one of two schools to place multiple members on the 2018 Preseason All-ACC Women’s Soccer Team – senior Natalia Kuikka and junior Deyna Castellanos.
Kuikka is back as the team captain of the Seminoles for the second year in a row. She finished the 2017 season as a second team member of the United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team, and also earned a spot on the 2017 All-ACC First Team. The Kemi, Finland native was also named the 2017 Finland Female Player of the Year.
Castellanos returns to the Garnet and Gold after one of the best offensive seasons in program history in 2017. The Venezuela native tallied 41 points on 19 goals and three assists, leading the nation in goals and ranking second in a single-season in FSU history, trailing Mami Yamaguchi’s total of 24 in 2007. She earned Second Team All-American honors from United Soccer Coaches and was also named to the All-ACC First Team.
Throughout 2018-19, the Seminoles will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and there are many events and reunions planned for all women’s sports. Head to www.seminoles.com/50th/ for more information that will be updated throughout the year.
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2018 Preseason All-ACC Women’s Soccer Team
Samantha Coffey, So., M, Boston College
Sam Staab, Sr., D, Clemson
Kayla McCoy, Sr., F, Duke
Ella Stevens, Jr., M, Duke
Deyna Castellanos, Jr., F, Florida State
Natalia Kuikka, Sr., D., Florida State
Emina Ekic, So., M, Louisville
Alessia Russo, So., F, North Carolina
Tziarra King, Jr., F, NC State
Taryn Torres, So., M, Virginia
Mandy McGlynn, Jr., GK, Virginia Tech
2018 Preseason ACC Coaches Poll
1. North Carolina (183, 4 first place votes)
2. Florida State (174, 5 first place votes)
3. Virginia (173, 2 first-place votes)
4. Duke (151, 3 first-place votes)
5. NC State (144)
6. Clemson (120)
7. Notre Dame (111)
8. Wake Forest (104)
9. Louisville (75)
10. Boston College (72)
11. Virginia Tech (66)
12. Syracuse (40)
13. Miami (34)
14. Pitt (23)