By Official Florida FC

Florida State midfielder Jaelin Howell celebrates her 71st minute goal in the NCAA 2021 College Cup semifinals on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (Photo by Larry Novey)

Jaelin Howell was one of the best players in the history of women’s college soccer.

Friday night, the former Florida State midfielder won the MAC Hermann Trophy for the second straight year. Howell was the metronome for a Florida State team that was No. 1 in the country for most of the season and won the national championship in December.

She finished with three goals and four assists in 25 matches. Her timely tackling and incisive passing allowed the Seminoles to dictate possession throughout the season. Howell’s final goal for the garnet and gold was her most important. It proved to be the game-winner in a 1-0 national semifinal victory over Rutgers.

Howell became the fifth woman to win the award in consecutive years. The four predecessors, Mia Hamm, Cindy Parlow Cone, Christine Sinclair and Morgan Brian, are legends in the sport.

Howell was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2021 NWSL Draft by Racing Louisville FC in December.

Georgetown midfielder Dante Polvara earned the men’s MAC Hermann trophy after producing seven goals and six assists for a Hoyas squad that finished 18-3-1 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals.

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