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Three Noles Honored By Soccer America



Jan. 10, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the first time in school history, the Florida State Women's Soccer was honored with two first team MVPs from Soccer America as announced by the national publication on Thursday.

Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Kassey Kallman both earned a spot on the first team, while first-year player Nickolette Driesse was named to the All-Freshman first team.

The award caps an amazing season and career for Kallman who finished her Seminole career with 94 starts in four seasons tallying 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists. She was a fixture in the Seminole backline since 2010 helping Florida State to three straight College Cup appearances (2011, 2012 & 2013), two ACC titles (2011 & 2013) and a conference regular season championship in 2012.

A three-time all-conference honoree, Kallman was named to the All-ACC first team for the second year in a row in 2013. She started all 28 games in leading Florida State to a berth in the national championship game for the second time in school history.

In 2013, Kallman was named a finalist for the Honda Award and Senior CLASS Award, a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament. She also became the program's first two-time Academic All-American earning second team honors for the second year in a row.

Brynjarsdottir started 25 matches during her junior campaign in guiding Florida State to a third straight College Cup appearance and a berth in the national finals. She finished the season leading the team in points (33), goals (14), shots (74), shots on goal (37) and game-winning goals (7).

The Icelandic native finished the year ranked nationally in total goals (37th), total points (46th), goals per game (73rd) and points per game (84th), while ranking in the top 10 in the ACC in shots per game (10th - 2.96), points per game (8th - 1.32), goals per game (6th - 0.56) and game-winning goals (2nd).

Her seven game-winning goals in 2013 tied for the second most in a single-season at FSU equaling her career total over her first two seasons. With 14 career game-winning goals to her name heading into her senior season, the mark is tied for the most in the Seminole record books with Tiffany McCarty.

Driesse appeared in all 28 games making 27 starts in her first season at Florida State as she was the only Seminole freshman to play in every game this year. She went on to tally over 2,000 minutes on the pitch in 2013 recording the seventh most minutes played by a Seminole.

The Wayne, N.J., native finished her freshman campaign with seven points - all coming on assists as her seven assists tied for the third most on the team. Three of those seven assists led to the game-winning goal, while her seven assists tied for the fifth most in a single-season by a Seminole freshman and were the most by a freshman since Amanda DaCosta recorded nine in 2007.

Driesse is the fourth Seminole in as many years to earn first team All-Freshman honors joining Kassey Kallman (2010), Brynjarsdottir (2011) and Isabella Schmid (2012).

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