TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As we close out the year of 2017, Florida State junior defender Natalia Kuikka has been given one of her nation’s top honors as she was named the 2017 Finland Female Player of the Year.
For the 2017 calendar year, the Finland women’s national team finished 4-4-2 in international competition, including a perfect 2-0-0 mark in FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying, with wins over Serbia (1-0) and Israel (4-0).
Finland will continue its qualification process for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2018 with matches against Israel (January 22), Spain (April 5), Austria (June 7), Serbia (June 11) and Spain (August 30).
During her 2017 season with Florida State, she helped the Seminoles reach the third round of the NCAA tournament and finish with a 13-7-1 record. She played in 17 games this year, missing four matches due to international call ups for Finland. As the team captain and foundation of the Seminole defensive back line she helped Florida State record eight shutouts on the season, including a 2-0 win on the road at No. 10 Florida on October 12th.
Individually, Kuikka earned All-ACC First Team honors and was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Second Team. It marked the second year in a row that she received both conference and regional accolades.
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