04 Nov 2021 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Awards Announced
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season champion Virginia and Florida State each earned two end of season awards, while Duke claimed another to headline the 2021 All-ACC Women’s Soccer honors announced Thursday.
Virginia junior forward Diana Ordoñez earned ACC Offensive Player of the Year, while Florida State graduate defender Emily Madril was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
FSU’s Jaelin Howell was tabbed the ACC Midfielder of the Year for the second consecutive season, becoming the first two-time winner since the award was established in 2014. Duke’s Michelle Cooper was voted the ACC Freshman of the Year.
After leading the Cavaliers to the regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship, Steve Swanson was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the third time. He also won it in 2013 and 2015.
ACC season awards, as well as the All-ACC teams, were determined by a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches.
Ordoñez has turned in a stellar season for UVa, as she leads the conference and ranks seventh nationally with 14 goals. The junior leads the conference and is tied for third in the nation with six game-winning goals. Ordoñez paces the league in total points with 31, which ranks 17th nationally. The Prosper, Texas, native becomes the seventh Virginia player to claim ACC Offensive or ACC Player of the Year honors and the first since Alexis Shaffer in 2016. Ordoñez has logged five multi-goal games this season and was selected as the ACC Offensive Player of the Week twice.
Madril is the third consecutive Seminole to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors after Malia Berkely earned the accolade in each of the past two years. Madril spearheads an FSU defense that has allowed just 11 goals in 17 matches. She was tabbed the ACC Defensive Player of the Week twice during the year. With her strong play on the backline, Florida State opened the season by winning its first 14 games and the Seminoles were the nation’s last remaining unbeaten or untied team following a 2-0 win at Virginia Tech on Oct. 15. FSU has posted eight shutouts, including four in ACC play, and the ‘Noles own a plus-23 goal differential (30-7) in conference matches, which is the best of any team.
The 2020-21 MAC Hermann Trophy award winner, given to the nation’s top player in collegiate soccer, Howell claimed her second consecutive ACC Midfielder of the Year honor. She helped direct an explosive FSU offense that leads the conference and ranks fourth in the nation in scoring offense (3.06). Additionally, the Seminoles’ 8.94 points per game is the second best in the league and sixth nationally. A native of Lone Tree, Colorado, Howell has scored two goals with an assist this season. Last year, she was invited to the U.S. Women’s National Team Training Camp, one of just four collegiate players to earn the invitation.
The Seminoles have scored at least two goals in 14 of their 17 games with 52 total goals this year to tie for the conference lead and rank seventh nationally, just six shy of the national leader.
In her first season with the Blue Devils, Cooper has made an instant impact starting all 14 games she’s played. She has scored 10 goals this year to lead Duke and that total is tied for fifth in the conference and the most by a freshman. Cooper has also tallied four assists, recording a goal or an assist in 12 of her 14 matches.
The Clarkston, Michigan, native is just one goal shy of the Duke freshman record set by Kelly Cobb in 2011. Cooper has charted 24 points this season and 1.71 points per game, which is the second most in the conference.
Swanson was voted ACC Coach of the Year by his peers for the third time and first since 2015. He led Virginia to its first ACC regular-season title since 2015 and the third time overall. With a 15-1-2 overall record, the Cavaliers are the nation’s top-ranked team for the second consecutive week and UVa has been ranked among the top five in each of the last six United Soccer Coaches Polls.
Virginia has played seven opponents ranked among the top 20 this season and the Cavaliers have tallied a 4-1-2 record in those contests. Swanson owns 448 career victories, which ranks seventh all-time among NCAA Division I Head Coaches.
All four major award winners were named to the first team and joined by Clemson’s Megan Bornkamp, Duke’s Tess Boade and Ruthie Jones, Florida State’s Yujie Zhao, North Carolina’s Maycee Bell, Notre Dame’s Sammi Fisher and Virginia’s Lia Godfrey.
Zhao, the 2018 ACC Freshman of the Year, becomes just the eighth player in ACC history to earn first-team All-ACC honors four times.
Florida State led all schools with nine student-athletes on the All-ACC Teams, while Virginia had seven selections. Eleven of the league’s 14 teams are represented on one of the league’s all-conference teams.
The semifinals for the 2021 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship are set, as fifth-seeded Clemson will play top-seeded Virginia on Friday, Nov. 5, at 5:30 p.m. and sixth-seeded Wake Forest will battle second-seeded Florida State at 8 p.m. Both semifinal matchups will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, and air live on ACC Network.
The Tigers defeated Notre Dame, 3-2, and Wake Forest edged Duke, 2-1, in the first round of the ACC Championship on Sunday.
Friday’s winners will square off on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. in the final 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
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
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