TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jaelin Howell and Malia Berkely have been named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists as announced by the United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club on Tuesday afternoon.
Howell has started in all 12 games for the Seminoles this season as their starting holding midfielder. She has helped anchor a backline that has recorded eight shutouts in 12 games and has only allowed six goals all season. Howell has also made her presence known on the offensive end as she has scored five goals to go with a pair of assists.
The Lone Tree, Colorado native was rated the No. 1 player by TopDrawerSoccer in the midseason top-100. Howell was named to the All-ACC First Team in the fall and the ACC’s Midfielder of the Year. She was also named to the ACC All-Tournament team as she helped lead the Seminoles to their seventh ACC Tournament title.
Berkely started all 11 games in the fall for the Seminoles, helping them to their seventh ACC Tournament title. She anchored the defensive backline from her center-back position that held opponents to six goals in 11 games. The Seminoles recorded seven shutouts in the fall, including shutouts in the first four games of the season.
The Liberty Township, Ohio native was named a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2019 as well. Berkely was named to the All-ACC First Team and was the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player in ACC history to win back-to-back Player of the Year honors. In January, Malia signed professionally to play with the French club FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Howell and Berkely are two of 15 semifinalists for the award. Florida State is one of two schools to have multiple student-athletes selected to the list. Winners will be announced on May 27 at the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy Press Conference and Banquet taking place at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo.
Howell and the rest of the Seminoles continue play in the 2020 NCAA Tournament on Wednesday, May 5 at 3:00 pm against Penn State.
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