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Woodbury native Kassey Kallman has been a standout for many years, and Thursday, she received her latest in a long list of accolades. Kallman was named the ACC Defensive Player of the year, the first Seminole so honored in FSU's soccer history.
Kallman has started every game this year for the Seminoles, who are ranked third in the nation. In fact, she's started every game of her four-year college career, except for the six games she missed as a junior while helping lead the USA U-20 national team to a U-20 World Cup title.
Kallman was also announced as part of the All-ACC first team, her second straight appearance on the top all-conference team. She is just the third Florida State player to receive any conference Player of the Year award; the previous two were Offensive Players of the Year.
For the uninitiated, Kassey is the latest in the long line of the Kallman soccer dynasty; brothers Brian and Brent play for Minnesota United FC, while sisters Krystle and Kylie are former Gopher stars. Kassey might be the most-decorated of the lot, though; she won two state championships at Woodbury HS, five club state championships with Woodbury Inferno, and also has the aforementioned World Cup gold medal, as well. She has also helped lead Florida State to the NCAA College Cup in both of the past two years.