BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida State placed four student-athletes on the Southeast All-Region squad as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Kristin Grubka and Cheyna Williams all earned first team honors, while Cassie Miller garnered third team accolades.
By earning a spot on the All-Region first team, Brynjarsdottir, Grubka and Williams are now eligible for national All-America honors which will be announced later this month.
Brynjarsdottir currently leads the Seminoles in points (38), goals (16), shots (85) and game-winning goals (5) and has set single-season career-highs for shots, goals and points in 2014. The senior captain was recently named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and garnered ACC Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-ACC and ACC Tournament MVP accolades earlier this year.
The Icelandic native ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in eight offensive categories while leading in shots per game and tied for first in game-winning goals. Brynjarsdottir paced the Seminoles during league play with 17 points on seven goals and three assists including three game-winning goals that came against Virginia, Virginia Tech and Pitt. She enters the College Cup with a team-high six multi-point games. Brynjarsdottir tied a career-high scoring two goals twice (against St. John’s & NC State) and also tied a career-high against South Carolina with just her second two-assist game. Through the first four NCAA Tournament games in 2014, Brynjarsdottir has tallied seven points on two goals and three assists.
Grubka has anchored Florida State’s defensive efforts in 2014. The Seminoles have allowed just nine goals through 24 matches with two of the goals coming against league foes. The mark set the school record for the fewest goals allowed in ACC play surpassing the previous record of four set in 2012. The nine goals allowed in 2014 are also the fewest given up in a single season since FSU allowed a low of 15 in 2008 & 2012. The 17 shutouts FSU has posted in 2014 ties the school record set in 2012.
For her efforts, Grubka joined Brynjarsdottir as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and was recognized as the ACC’s top defensive player.
With her start against South Carolina in the Elite Eight, Grubka tied the school record for consecutive matches started at 87 – a streak dating back to her freshman campaign in 2011. She is also the school’s all-time career leader in appearances with 102. Grubka currently ranks third on the team in minutes played with 2,165. The Melbourne, Fla., native has paced a Seminole backline that ranks first in the ACC in shutouts (17), shutouts per game (0.71), fewest goals allowed and goals against average (0.37). Grubka has also contributed offensively with 11 points on three goals and five assists in 2014.
Williams has made an immediate impact on the pitch for the Seminoles since transferring from Vanderbilt at the beginning of the spring semester in 2014. The junior forward sits second on the team with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists. She has recorded 73 shots and notched four game-winning goals on the year. During FSU’s postseason run, Williams has been lights out with a team-best eight points on four goals on just nine shots.
The Hampton, Ga., native currently ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in seven offensive categories. Williams is coming off a two-goal effort, her second multi-goal game of the season, against South Carolina last week in the Elite Eight.
In her first season between the posts, Miller has started every game for the Seminoles and is on pace to either match or set several of Florida State’s single-season goalkeeping records. The redshirt freshman keeper has tallied 22 wins and 17 shutouts in over 2100 minutes on the pitch. Miller has registered 42 saves and allowed just nine goals on the year en route to a goals against average of 0.37.
Miller, a native of Cave Creek, Ariz., currently leads the ACC in GAA, shutouts and shutout percentage. She also ranks in the top 10 nationally in GAA and minutes played.
Florida State returns to the pitch on Friday, December 5 in the second semifinal of the 2014 College Cup. The Seminoles will face Stanford at 7:30 p.m. inside FAU Stadium in Boca Raton. The match will air live on ESPNU and WatchESPN.