TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Earning the second United Soccer Coaches All-American honor of her career and helping lead Florida State to its second NCAA National Championship in 2018, junior Deyna Castellanos has added an international accolade to her résumé as the forward was named one of the Top 100 Female Footballers in the World by The Guardian and The Offside Rule.
Castellanos comes in at No. 88 in the 2018 rankings and has been ranked in all three years of the history of the list, placing No. 96 in 2016 and No. 44 in 2017. The 19-year old from Maracay, Venezuela is the second-youngest player on this year’s list, trailing only France’s Selma Bacha (18).
The dynamic forward led the Seminoles this season in points (28), goals (10) and assists (8), as Florida State earned its sixth ACC Championship in the last eight seasons and posted a 9-1-2 record against ranked opponents on the season.
Castellanos had five game-winning goals and five game-winning assists, including the lone goal by Dallas Dorosy in FSU’s 1-0 win over No. 3 North Carolina in the NCAA National Championship Game.
For Venezuela, Castellanos scored four goals against Bolivia at the Copa América Femenina and added another goal versus Ecuador. She also tallied the game-winner versus Jamaica at the CAC Women’s Games.
She has also been an international ambassador for the game of soccer throughout the year, working on behalf of FIFA at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and named the CONMEBOL Women’s Football Ambassador for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.
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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