TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State soccer team placed four student-athletes on the United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region First Team.
Jaelin Howell, Beata Olsson, Emily Madril and Yujie Zhao were all named to the first team. The Seminoles lead the Atlantic Region with four selections to the first team. Howell and Zhao were named to the All-Region Team for the fourth consecutive season, Madril earned the honor for the second straight year and Olsson was named to the All-Region team for the first time. It is the fourth straight season that the Seminoles had at least four members on the All-Region team.
Howell has played in all 23 games this season, starting in 21 of them at the holding midfielder position. She has helped anchor a backline that has recorded 12 shutouts in 23 games and has only allowed 13 goals all season. Howell also made her presence known on the offensive end as she has scored two goals to go with four assists. Howell was named the ACC’s Midfielder of the Year for the second straight season and to the All-ACC First Team.
Olsson played in 21 games, starting in 19 of them. She leads the Seminoles in goals and points in her first season in the Garnet and Gold. Olsson has scored a team-high 14 goals to go with one assist this season. She was named to the All-ACC Second Team and scored the game-winning goal in overtime against No. 9 Michigan to send FSU to their 12th College Cup.
Madril has started in all 23 games this season for the Seminoles as their starting center-back. She has played in all but 19 minutes for the Garnet and Gold this season. Madril has helped lead the Seminoles defense to 12 shutouts in 23 games and has only allowed 13 goals all season. She has also helped the Seminoles on offense, scoring three of FSU’s 65 goals this season. Madril was named to the All-ACC First Team and was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Zhao has played in all 23 games this season for Florida State, recording five goals and a career-high nine assists. Zhao has created excitement for the Seminole offense as she has played in 1,191 minutes off the bench. Zhao was named to the All-ACC First Team for the fourth consecutive season.
Florida State takes on Rutgers this Friday, December 3rd at 7 pm ET in the College Cup Semifinals. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Bret Clein Florida State Athletic contributed to this column and photo