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FSU’s Mark Krikorian Named Coach of the Year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Florida State senior midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir, who led the Seminoles to their first NCAA Championship, has been named the 2014 Soccer America Women’s Player of the Year, while head coach Mark Krikorian is the 2014 Soccer America Coach of the Year.
Brynjarsdottir is the first Florida State player to win the award and is the 13th different ACC women’s soccer player to be named Soccer America’s Player of the Year. An ACC women’s soccer player has earned the honor each of the last three seasons and 15 times overall.
Brynjarsdottir finished the 2014 season leading the Seminoles in points (38), goals (16) and shots (87), and tied for the team lead with five game-winning goals. The Icelandic native finished second in the voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy, was a finalist for the Honda Sports Award and garnered NSCAA first team All-America, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-ACC and ACC Tournament MVP accolades this past season. She ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in eight offensive categories leading in shots per game and tied for first in game-winning goals. Brynjarsdottir paced the Seminoles during league play with 17 points on seven goals and three assists. She was also named to the 2014 Soccer America Women’s MVPs First Team.
Krikorian led the Seminoles to a school-record 24-win season, the program’s first national title and their third Atlantic Coast Conference championship in the last four years. He saw his team go on quite a run down the stretch, closing out the season with 10 straight victories and a school-record 21-game (20-0-1) unbeaten streak.
This marks the second time that Krikorian has been honored as the top coach in the nation from Soccer America. Krikorian also received Coach of the Year accolades from the NSCAA this past season.
Joining Brynjarsdottir on the Soccer America Women’s MVPs First Team are teammates senior defender Kristin Grubka and junior forward Cheyna Williams, and Virginia senior midfielder Morgan Brian and junior forward Makenzy Doniak. Danielle Colaprico, a senior midfielder from Virginia, was selected to the second team.
Five ACC freshmen were named to Soccer America’s All-Freshman Teams. North Carolina forward Megan Buckingham collected All-Freshman First Team honors, while Florida State goalkeeper Cassie Miller and defender Emma Koivisto, North Carolina defender Jessie Scarpa and Notre Dame defender Sabrina Flores were named to the second team.