TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Coming off an 18-6 season and a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2019, the Seminoles are once again expected to finish towards the top of the ACC. Florida State was selected to finish second in the league as announced by the conference on Tuesday.
Florida State tallied 123 points, trailing only North Carolina who earned 129 points. The Seminoles also finished second in the ACC in first-place votes with three, five less than North Carolina. FSU was also one of two teams to place three student-athletes on the preseason All-ACC Team – redshirt senior Malia Berkely, junior Jaelin Howell and junior Yujie Zhao.
Berkely is back for her fourth season of action with Florida State coming off a season in which she scored two goals and assisted on four others. Berkely was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, a First Team All-American and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
Howell heads into her third season with the Seminoles coming off of another stellar season. She was named First Team All-ACC and was selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Second-Team. Howell finished the season tied for third on the team with five goals and finished the season with four assists as she started all 23 games she played in as the team’s holding midfielder.
Zhao heads into her third season with the Seminoles after an impressive sophomore campaign. She was named to the All-ACC First Team for the second straight season and to the United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Third Team. Zhao finished second on the team with six assists and tied for third on the team with five goals.
The Noles begin the season on September 17 when they take on Notre Dame at home.
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2020 ACC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
North Carolina – 129 (8 First-Place Votes)
Florida State – 123 (3)
Virginia – 113 (2)
Duke – 98
Clemson – 86
Notre Dame – 79
Louisville – 77
Virginia Tech – 64
Wake Forest – 50
Pitt – 42
Boston College – 35
Miami – 27
Syracuse – 13
2020 Women’s Soccer Preseason All-ACC Team
Delaney Graham, Duke, Jr., D
Malia Berkely, Florida State, Sr., D
Jaelin Howell, Florida State, Jr., M
Yujie Zhao, Florida State, Jr., M
Emina Ekic, Louisville, Sr., M
Gabby Kouzelos, Louisville, Jr., GK
Maycee Bell, North Carolina, So., D
Emily Fox, North Carolina, Sr., D
Brianna Pinto, North Carolina, Jr., M
Diana Ordonez, Virginia, So., F
Alexa Spaanstra, Virginia, Jr., M