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Malia Berkely

Malia Berkely - Soccer - Florida State Seminoles

Player profile

Redshirt Junior
Liberty Township, Ohio
high school
Stephen T. Badin


* United Soccer Coaches Scholar Player of the Year (2020-21)
* United Soccer Coaches First Team Scholar All-American (2020-21)
* United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-South Region First Team (2020-21)
* United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American (2020-21)
* MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist (2020-21)
* United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region First Team (2020-21)
* MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist (2020-21)* ACC All-Tournament Team (2020)
* ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2020)
* All-ACC First Team (2020)
* Preseason All-ACC Team (2020)
* TopDrawerSoccer Best XI Third Team (2019)
* United Soccer Coaches All-American First Team (2019)
* United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region First Team (2019)
* All-ACC First Team (2019)
* MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist (2019)
* ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2019)
* NCAA National Champion (2018)
* College Cup All-Tournament Team (2018)
* All-ACC Third Team (2018)
* ACC All-Freshman Team (2016)
* TopDrawerSoccer Best XI Freshman Second Team (2016)


* Played in all 990 minutes of the 11 game season as a defender.
* Was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player in ACC history to win back-to-back Player of the Year honors.
* Named to the All-ACC First team and the ACC All-Tournament Team.
* Part of a defensive backline that has limited Florida State’s opponents to just 48 shots in 11 games with 29 of those 48 shots on goal.
* Has helped anchor one of the nation’s best defense as FSU has only allowed six goals through 11 games with eight shutouts.
* Recorded an assist to Yujie Zhao on the first goal of the game against Notre Dame (Sept. 17) as the Seminoles went on to win 5-0.


* Competed in all 24 matches for Florida State in her redshirt junior season.
* Finished first on the team in minutes for the second straight season with 2,214, missing only eight minutes of action all season long.
* Played the entire season as the Seminoles’ starting center back, leading the FSU defense to 10 shutouts on the season, including two in the NCAA Tournament.
* Proved to be an offensive threat from the backline with two goals and four assists on the season.
* Registered the first regular-season goal of her career in the second game of the season with a rocket from 30-yards out in overtime against No. 16 Wisconsin (8/25).
* Scored her second goal of the season at Villanova (9/15) in a 5-0 Florida State win.
* Recorded assists at No. 9 Clemson (9/26), at home against Miami (10/18), No. 9 Duke (10/31) and No. 22 Clemson (11/3) in the first round of the ACC Tournament.


* Competed in and started all 27 matches for the Seminoles this season, the only player to do so.
* Finished first on the team in minutes played with 2,476, missing only 20 minutes of play the entire season.
* Played all of her minutes at center back, helping direct a Seminole defense that shutout 16 opponents in 2018, including four in the NCAA Tournament – Loyola Chicago, No. 14 Penn State, No. 1 Stanford and No. 3 North Carolina.
* Led the Seminole defense alongside senior captain Natalia Kuikka to two consecutive shutouts at the 2018 College Cup en route to the Seminoles 2018 NCAA National Championship.
* Tallied seven assists on the season, second only to Deyna Castellanos with eight, and one goal to register nine points in 2018.
* Scored her lone goal against Stanford in the 2018 College Cup Semifinal to double the Seminole lead to 2-0.
* Assisted on Dallas Dorosy’s game-tying goal against No. 6 USC in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
* Registered an assist on Alexa Orrante’s goal against Virginia Tech to double the Seminole lead on September 20, a game they eventually won 3-0.
* Helped add to the Seminole lead by assisting on Kristen McFarland’s goal against No. 2 UCLA in the 49th minute on September 2.
* Recorded two assists in Florida State’s 3-0 defeat over Middle Tennessee (August 26).
* Tallied her first two assists of the year in back-to-back games in the Seminoles’ first two contests of the year – August 16 against Vanderbilt and August 19 against Troy.


* Missed the entire 2017 season due to injury.


* Started in all 22 games for the Seminoles as a freshman on the defensive back line.
* Participated in every minute of 14 matches on the season, finishing with 1,869 minutes played.
* Helped the Noles record 15 shutouts and limit opponents to a 0.39 goals against average on the season.
* Recorded the first assist of her career on the game-winning goal by Megan Connolly over Wake Forest on September 22.
* Assisted on Connolly’s game-winning goal over No. 9 Clemson in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, helping the Noles advance to win their fourth consecutive conference championship.
* Scored the first goal of her collegiate career on November 12 against Samford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, finding the back of the net in the third minute as Florida State went on to win 4-0.


* Attended Stephen T. Badin High School and helped the Rams win state championships in 2013 and 2014.
* Named All-State in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
* Selected as the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year and an NSCAA All-American in 2014 and 2015.
* Three-time Greater Catholic League and D3 Player of the Year (2013-15).


* Competed with the Michigan Hawks.
* Chosen as the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association Soccer Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015, while being named the overall Athlete of the Year in 2014


* Has participated in many camps and competitions at the U-15, U-17, U-18 and U-19 levels for the U.S. WNT.


* Daughter of Todd and Nicole Berkely.
* Elected as high school vice president her junior and senior year, while also participating in the M&M mentor program in 2014-15 and 2015-16.