TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Capping off the 2019 season the Seminoles were well represented in the 2019 TopDrawerSoccer Postseason Awards, as Deyna Castellanos (First Team Best XI), Malia Berkely (Third Team Best XI) and Jenna Nighswonger (Second Team Freshman Best XI) were all represented.
Castellanos led the Seminoles with 35 points on 12 goals and 11 assists, finishing her career as one of the most decorated Seminole soccer players in program history. She tallied five game-winning goals this season, including three against ranked teams – No. 9 Clemson, No. 9 Duke and No. 17 USF. She now has 20 game-winning goals, which is the most all-time in FSU history. Castellanos also finished her career ranked second in goals (48) and second in points (118) at Florida State.
She finished her career as one of two three-time All-Americans in Florida State soccer history. This was also the fourth time she was named to a TopDrawerSoccer Best XI team and the second time she was named to the first team. Castellanos was named the ACC Midfielder of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in 2019.
Berkely has anchored a Seminole defense that recorded 10 shutouts this season. The redshirt junior captain from Liberty Township, Ohio helped lead a defense that allowed 1.09 goals-against average and outscored their opponents 49-27. The Seminoles also earned ranked wins against No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 24 Colorado, No. 9 Clemson, No. 20 Virginia Tech, and No. 9 Duke in the regular season. The Seminoles also earned three ranked wins in the postseason with wins over No. 22 Clemson, No. 16 Brown and No. 17 USF. Berkely also made her presence known on the offensive end, scoring two goals while assisting on four others.
She earned United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American honors and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. This is her second TopDrawerSoccer Best XI honor as she earned Third Team honors and was named to the Freshman Team in 2016.
Nighswonger had a fantastic freshman campaign as she finished fourth on the team in points with 15, coming off of five goals and five assists. She played in 23 games starting in 20 of them, with two starts in the NCAA Tournament. She had two double-digit goal games with two against Colorado and two against Boston College in the ACC opener.
She was named to the All-ACC Freshman team to go along with her TopDrawerSoccer Freshman Best XI Second Team honor.
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