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Soccer: Woodbury's Kallman wins ACC Defensive Player of the Year

Woodbury’s Kassey Kallman, a senior captain for the Florida State women’s soccer team, became the first Seminole in school history to earn the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award. (Photo courtesy of Larry Novey, Florida State University)

Florida State’s Kassey Kallman was recognized as one of the best defenders in the nation when the senior captain became the first Seminole in school history to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year accolades.

The Woodbury High School graduate has started every game in the backline for Florida State in 2013 and ranks second on the team in minutes played. Kallman leads a Seminole defense that ranks in the top 25 nationally in goals against average (11th) and save percentage (24th), while their 11 shutouts are the third most in the ACC.

Kallman – who earned All-State and All-American honors while leading Woodbury to two state championships – has tallied 86 career starts in four seasons at Florida State with 22 points on eight goals and six assists. She has been a fixture in the Seminole backline since 2010 and has helped Florida State to back-to-back College Cup appearances (2011 & 2012), an ACC title in 2011 and a conference regular season championship in 2012.

Kallman joins an elite group of Seminoles to be named Player of the Year by the ACC, along with Mami Yamaguchi and Tiffany McCarty who earned the league’s Offensive Player of the Year award in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

Kallman was one of six Seminoles to garner All-ACC honors, which was voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches. Kallman garnered all-conference honors for the third time in her career and was named to the All-ACC first team for the second straight year.

Florida State and Virginia led all schools with six All-ACC selections, followed by Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, who each earned four all-conference honors.

For the third year in a row, Kallman was also recognized for her efforts in the classroom as she was named to Capital One’s Academic All-District First Team for District IV.

For her efforts, Kallman is now eligible for national Academic All-America honors which will be voted on later this month.

Majoring in business management, Kallman was named a second team Capital One Academic All-American in 2012 becoming just the second Seminole in program history to earn such an honor.

With her selection as a first team All-District honoree in 2013, Kallman is looking to become the first Florida State soccer player in school history to be named a two-time Capital One Academic All-American.

Kallman has been named to the ACC All-Academic Team in each of her first three seasons at Florida State and is a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. She has also been named to FSU’s President’s List twice and made Dean’s List honors on two separate occasions and is one of 10 finalists nationwide for the Senior CLASS Award for women’s soccer in 2013.

Second-seeded Florida State (17-1-3) looked to claim its second ACC title when the Seminoles squared-off against fourth-seeded Virginia Tech (16-3-2) in the 2013 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship finals on Sunday, Nov. 10.

The Seminoles advanced to their seventh conference championship game after downing third-seeded North Carolina last Friday, 2-1 in overtime. The Hokies earned a berth after handing top-seeded Virginia its first loss of the season, 4-2.

Florida State played in the league finals for the seventh time in school history and for the fifth time in the last eight years. FSU’s first ACC title came in 2011 when the Seminoles defeated Wake Forest.

-Patrick Johnson 

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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