December 14, 2016 - by
Four Seminoles Earn TopDrawerSoccer Accolades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Postseason awards continue to come in for the 2016 ACC Champion Florida State soccer team as a quartet of Seminoles have earned a spot on the Best XI Teams as announced by TopDrawerSoccer this week. Redshirt junior Cassie Miller was named the top goalkeeper in the nation with her inclusion on the Best XI First Team, while redshirt senior Kirsten Crowley earned a spot on the Best XI Second Team.

Freshmen Deyna Castellanos and Malia Berkely were chosen to the Freshman Best XI First Team and Second Team, respectively.

Miller earned NSCAA First Team All-America honors in 2016 as she finished fourth nationally with a 0.398 goals against average and fifth in the NCAA with 13 solo shutouts, topping the conference in both categories. Her 0.866 save percentage ranked No. 16 overall in the NCAA, and third in the ACC, as she aided the Noles to a fourth consecutive conference title.

Crowley captained a defense that allowed just nine goals for the entire 2016 season, including 15 shutouts. She received NSCAA Second Team All-America honors and also aided on the offensive end with one goal and four assists.


Four Seminoles Earn TopDrawerSoccer Accolades


Castellanos played in just 13 games for the Noles this season, but her seven goals earned her a spot on the NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team, as well as the All-ACC Second Team. She scored a goal in the first three games of her career, becoming just the fourth FSU player to accomplish the feat.

Berkely opened the season in the midfield for the Noles, but transitioned into a quality outside back with the speed and technique to shut down opponents, yet also get forward in the FSU attack and create pressure on the left side. The freshman finished with four points on a goal and two assists, including the game-winning goal against Samford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

TopDrawerSoccer Postseason Top 100

The quartet also placed prominently on the TopDrawerSoccer Postseason Top 100 rankings. Crowley was ranked No. 12 and Miller came in at No. 21 in the Upperclassmen Top 100, and were joined by Megan Connolly (No. 35) and Natalia Kuikka (No. 66). Castellanos (No. 3) and Berkely (No. 21) both ranked in the Top 100 nationally for freshmen, while Kristen McFarland slotted in at No. 26.

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