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Madril, Howell claim ACC honors

After a 14-1-2 regular season and the second seed in the 2021 ACC Tournament, the second-ranked Florida State soccer team earned a plethora of postseason ACC Awards. Emily Madril was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and Jaelin Howell was named the ACC’s Midfielder of the Year. Florida State led all schools with nine student-athletes on the All-ACC Teams.

The Seminoles begin the 2021 ACC Tournament on Friday with a match against No. 25 Wake Forest at 8 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. (ACC Network).

Madril was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the first time in her career. With Madril winning the award, it marks the third straight year the Seminoles have had the ACC’s top defender as Malia Berkely earned the honor in 2019 and 2020. Madril helped anchor a Florida State defense that only allowed 11 goals in 17 games this postseason and just seven goals in ACC play. The Noles recorded eights shutouts throughout the regular season. FSU held its opponents to just 72 shots in 17 games with only 30 of those on frame. Madril has started every game this season, missing only 20 minutes of action. Offensively, she has scored two goals and assisted on two others. This season Madril has earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice, she was also named to the All-ACC First Team.

Howell has had yet another stellar season, culminating in an ACC Midfielder of the Year honor for the second straight season. She has become the first player to win the award twice. The Seminoles have now won Midfielder of the Year in four of the last eight seasons. Howell helped anchor a Florida State defense from her holding midfield position that only allowed 11 goals in 17 games with eight shutout performances. FSU held its opponents to just 72 shots with 30 of those on goal during the regular season. Howell has played in all 17 games this season and has recorded two goals and an assist. Howell has helped direct an offense that has had a program-high 17 different student-athletes score a goal this season. The Noles have also maintained possession of the ball for an average of 67 percent of every game this season. She was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Week on August 24 and has been named to the All-ACC First Team for the third consecutive season. She is just the fourth Seminole to earn First Team All-Conference honors at least three times, joining India Trotter, Deyna Castellanos and Yujie Zhao.

Florida State placed three on the First Team All-ACC, including Yujie Zhao to go along with Madril and Howell. This is Zhao’s fourth consecutive year on the first team, becoming the first Seminole to be named First Team All-Conference four times. She also becomes just the eighth player in conference history to be named to the All-Conference First Team four times. Zhao finished the regular season in third on the team in points with 15, coming from four goals and a career-high seven assists.

The Seminoles placed three more on the All-ACC Second Team, including Clara Robbins, Beata Olsson and Gabby Carle. This is the second straight season that Robbins has been named to the second team. She finished the regular season second on the team in points with 16 coming from five goals and six assists. Olsson has shined in her first season with Florida State leading the team in goals (11) and points (23). Olsson has had three games this season with multiple goals. She scored two against Florida, Clemson and North Carolina. This is Carle’s first All-ACC honor during her time at FSU. She has two goals and five assists on the season. Carle has been a part of a Florida State defense that only allowed 11 goals in 17 games this postseason and just seven goals in ACC play. The Noles recorded eights shutouts throughout the regular season. FSU held its opponents to just 72 shots in 17 games with only 30 of those on frame.

Jody Brown is the only Seminole on the All-ACC Third Team. She has a team-high nine assists this season to go along with one goal. Six of Brown’s nine assists have come in conference play. She had back-to-back games with two assists at Clemson then at home against Syracuse.

Lastly, Florida State placed two on the All-ACC Freshman Team – Mia Justus and Maria Alagoa. Justus has started eight games in goal this season and has only allowed three goals. She has a 0.38 GAA, nine saves and five shutouts this season. She recorded a career-high three saves at No. 6 Duke. Alagoa scored four goals in 14 games during her freshman campaign, which is tied for fourth on the team. Her first career goal against Alabama was No. 5 on the Sportscenter Top-10.

The Seminoles begin the 2021 ACC Tournament on Friday with a match against No. 25 Wake Forest at 8 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match is broadcasted on the ACC Network.

The winner of the Florida State-Wake Forest semifinal takes on the Clemson-Virginia winner on Sunday at 1 pm. The match will be live on ESPNU.

2021 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Diana Ordoñez, Virginia, Jr., F
Defensive Player of the Year: Emily Madril, Florida State, Gr., D
Midfielder of the Year: Jaelin Howell, Florida State, Sr., M

Freshman of the Year: Michelle Cooper, Duke, Fr., F
Coach of the Year: Steve Swanson, Virginia

First Team All-ACC
Megan Bornkamp, Clemson, So., D
Michelle Cooper, Duke, Fr., F
Tess Boade, Duke, Gr., M
Ruthie Jones, Duke, Jr., GK
Jaelin Howell, Florida State, Sr., M
Emily Madril, Florida State, Gr., D
Yujie Zhao, Florida State, Sr., M
Maycee Bell, North Carolina, Jr., D
Sammi Fisher, Notre Dame, Gr., F
Lia Godfrey, Virginia, So., M
Diana Ordoñez, Virginia, Jr., F

Second Team All-ACC
Hal Hershfelt, Clemson, Jr., M
Sophie Jones, Duke, So., M
Gabby Carle, Florida State, Sr., D
Beata Olsson, Florida State, So., F
Clara Robbins, Florida State, R-Sr., M

Sam Meza, North Carolina, So., M
Jameese Joseph, NC State, So., F
Samar Guidry, Virginia, So., D
Laurel Ivory, Virginia, Gr., GK
Alexa Spaanstra, Virginia, Sr., F
Emily Gray, Virginia Tech, Sr., M

Third Team All-ACC
Renee Guion, Clemson, Sr., D
Hensley Hancuff, Clemson, Sr., GK
Makenna Morris, Clemson, So., M
Jody Brown, Florida State, So., F
Claudia Dickey, North Carolina, Sr., GK
Lulu Guttenberger, NC State, R-Jr., D
Korbin Albert, Notre Dame, Fr., M
Olivia Wingate, Notre Dame, Sr., F
Amanda West, Pitt, Jr., F
Haley Hopkins, Virginia, Gr., F
Taryn Torres, Virginia, Gr., M
Shayla Smart, Wake Forest, Sr., F
*Two goalkeepers on the third team due to a tie in the voting

All-Freshman Team
Renee Lyles, Clemson, F
Michelle Cooper, Duke, F
Maria Alagoa, Florida State, M
Mia Justus, Florida State, GK

Nina Nicosia, Louisville, M
Emily Colton, North Carolina, F
Emily Murphy, North Carolina, F
Emika Kawagishi, NC State, M
Annika Wohner, NC State, F
Korbin Albert, Notre Dame, M
Nikayla Small, Wake Forest, M