Florida State Seminoles soccer, after earning the distinction of having being voted the best coaching staff in the country, also now has the best player in the country.
Adding to her all-ACC honors, Jaelin Howell was given the MAC Hermann Player of the Year trophy.
The Seminoles had great odds for nabbing the award, with both Malia Berkely and Jaelin Howell nominated as part of a three person field. North Carolina’s Brianna Pinto was the other finalist.
In 2007 Mami Yamaguchi became the first Seminole to win the Hermann trophy. In 2014 Dagný Brynjarsdóttir of Florida State was the runner-up.
Howell is a finalist for yet another award as the junior midfielder was named one of four finalists for the Honda Award. The Other nominees are Santa Clara’s Alex Loera, TCU’s Emily Alvarado and Penn State’s Ally Schlegel.
Berkely was recently named as the Scholar of the Year by the United State Coaches, while also being named a First Team Scholar All-American and All-Region for the south region.
Some info on both via FSU Sports Info:
Howell was named first-team All-ACC and the ACC Midfielder of the Year in the fall. From her holding midfield position, Howell helped the Seminoles record nine shutouts in 15 games.
Berkely graduated with her MBA in December with a 3.69 GPA. She started all 11 games in the fall for the Seminoles, helping them to their seventh ACC Tournament title. She anchored the defensive backline from her center-back position that held opponents to six goals in 11 games. The Seminoles recorded seven shutouts in the fall, including shutouts in the first four games of the season. Berkely was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-ACC First Team in the fall. She became the first player in ACC history to win back-to-back Player of the Year honors.
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