Dec. 19, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Three Florida State student-athletes were honored for their performance in the classroom in 2012 as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Senior defender Casey Short and junior defender Kassey Kallman were both recognized as second team Scholar All-Americans by the NSCAA. The Florida State duo becomes the sixth and seventh Seminoles to be named a Scholar All-American by the NSCAA since 2005. Short and Kallman join a growing list of Florida State soccer players that continue to achieve high marks in the classroom year after year.
FSU's past Scholar All-Americans include India Trotter (First Team - 2005), Katrin Schmidt (First Team - 2007), Kirsten van de Ven (First Team - 2007), Becky Edwards (First Team - 2008, 2009) and Tori Huster (First Team - 2011).
Senior midfielder Tiana Brockway joined Kallman and Short on the NSCAA Scholar All-South Region team. Kallman and Short were named to the first team, while Brockway earned third team accolades.
All three Seminoles played a major role in Florida State's team defending in 2012 which ranked among the nation's best. FSU finished the year ranked in the top 40 in three categories including shutout percentage (2nd - 0.708), goals against average (12th - .619) and save percentage (36th - .839). The Seminoles posted a school-record 17 shutouts in 2012 and also set the school record for the lowest goals against average (0.62), while tying the record for the fewest goals allowed at 15.
In league play, the Seminole defense allowed just four goals in 10 matches, the fewest given up to ACC opponents in school history. Earlier in the year, Florida State strung together a school record nine consecutive shutouts while putting together a consecutive minute shutout streak that reached 934:09 - the longest in school history and 18th longest in the NCAA.
Kallman started 18 matches for the Seminoles after missing the first six games as she represented the United States as a member of the gold medal winning U-20 squad at the FIFA World Cup in Japan. The Woodbury, Minn., native registered four points on two goals as nine of her 15 shots went on goal. Kallman, a two-time member of the ACC All-Academic Team and a 2012 second team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business with a 3.68 GPA.
Short made 23 starts in her final season at Florida State recording four points all on assists. Her final assist of the season came on a golden goal scored by Tiffany McCarty in a double overtime victory over Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament second round. A native of Naperville, Ill., Short was named to the NSCAA Southeast Academic All-Region first team in 2010 and is a four-time honoree of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. She has been named to FSU's President's List twice for earning a 4.0 GPA and is a six-time Dean's List honoree. Short graduated in the fall of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in criminology and a minor in sociology and earned her master's degree in sport management in December of 2012.
Brockway is a two-time NSCAA Academic All-Region honoree as she also earned third team honors in 2011. The senior from Tacoma, Wash., appeared in all 24 matches making 23 starts in 2012. Brockway finished the season with six points on two goals and two assists and ranked fifth on the team in minutes played with 1,739. She notched her first career game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Wake Forest. A four-time member of FSU's Dean's List, a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and a member of the ACC All-Academic Team in 2011, Brockway earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in family sciences in December of 2012.
As a collective unit, Florida State earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year. The Seminoles finished the year with a team GPA of 3.19. Florida State was one of 512 women's soccer programs at all levels that posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.