Dec. 6, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State's Kassey Kallman and Dagny Brynjarsdottir were recognized as All-Americans in 2013 as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Friday.
Kallman garnered first team accolades, while Brynjarsdottir was named to the second team. Kallman becomes the 13th Seminole to earn first team honors and just the third defender from Florida State to be honored by the NSCAA on the first team as the Woodbury, Minn., native joins Becky Edwards (2008 & 2009) and Ines Jaurena (2012).
The Seminole duo has played a key role in the success that Florida State has endured over the last three years advancing to three straight College Cups (2011, 2012 & 2013), earning two ACC titles (2011 & 2013) and claiming the 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 has started all 26 games in the backline that ranks in the top 20 nationally in goals against average (7th - .482) and shutout percentage (17th - 0.577). She has helped FSU post 15 shutouts including five during the postseason when combining both ACC Tournament (2 games) and NCAA Tournament (3 games) matches. The Seminoles have allowed just 13 goals this season - two fewer than the school-record set on two prior occasions in 2008 & 2012.
Kallman has tallied 92 career starts in four seasons at Florida State with 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists. The senior captain has five points on two goals and one assist this year with all five points coming in the NCAA Tournament.
In 2013, Kallman has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, garnered Most Valuable Player honors at the ACC Tournament and earned a spot on the ACC All-Tournament team. A finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, Kallman was also honored as a second team Academic All-American by Capital One for the second year in a row.
Brynjarsdottir enters the College Cup as the team leader in points (32), goals (14), shots (71), shots on goal (36) and game-winning goals (7). Nine of those points have come during the NCAA Tournament as the junior midfielder has tallied four goals and one assist to tie for the most postseason points in the nation.
A first team All-ACC honoree, Brynjarsdottir ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in game-winning goals, goals per game, points per game and shot per game. The Icelandic native has tallied a team-high four multi-goals on the year scoring twice at Florida and at Virginia Tech, while posting two goals in back-to-back games against Ole Miss and Colorado in the NCAA Tournament.
The All-America honors for both Kallman and Brynjarsdottir are the first of their careers.
Florida State returns to the field on Friday, December 6 at 5 pm against Virginia Tech in the national semifinal on WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C.
The game will air live on ESPNU and live stats for the match will be available via gametracker. As always Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Soccer and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUSoccer) and Instagram (NoleSoccer).