TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After opening the 2016 season with a 1-0 shutout victory on the road at No. 8 Texas A&M, redshirt junior goalkeeper Cassie Miller was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Tuesday. For her goal in the second minute to give the Seminoles an early lead, freshman Deyna Castellanos received recognition on TopDrawerSoccer’s Team of the Week. It is the second ACC Defensive Player of the Week honor for Miller in her career, adding to the accolade she earned on October 13, 2015 after defeating No. 1 North Carolina, 1-0, and assisting on the game-winning goal by Berglind Thorvaldsdottir.
“I am honored to receive this award, but I know that my whole team in front of me worked extremely hard to keep the clean sheet,” said Miller. “This award is on behalf of the whole defensive line and team. There was a lot to take away and learn from playing Texas A&M, especially with their home field advantage as they were an organized and competitive team.”
Miller stopped all four shots on goal from Texas A&M on August 19, including three saves in the final 12 minutes as the Aggies sought the equalizer.
Texas A&M earned six corner kicks over the course of the match, but were unable to convert any of them into goals. It marked the 28th shutout of Miller’s career, the 12th against a ranked opponent and the sixth shutout versus a team ranked in the Top 10 of the NSCAA poll.
The win over the No. 8 Aggies marked the highest ranked road win for Florida State since a 2-1 victory at No. 4 Virginia Tech on October 24, 2013.
Castellanos wasted no time making an impact on the Seminole Soccer program, scoring in the first game of her career. It marked the third time in the last five seasons that a freshman had scored a goal on opening day of their freshman season, joining Natalia Kuikka’s goal at New Mexico in 2015 and Nora Kervroedan’s goal at Minnesota in 2012.
Next up for the Seminoles will be a two-game road trip this week, beginning at Vanderbilt on August 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET in a match that will air on the SEC Network+. FSU closes out the trip with a game on August 28 at Middle Tennessee at 3:00 p.m. ET. The match between the Seminoles and Blue Raiders will be shown on CUSA.tv.
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