FGCU's Popadinova Named All-American For Second Straight Year

FGCU's Popadinova Named All-American For Second Straight Year

2019 United Soccer Coaches All-Americans 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (fgcuathletics.com) – For the second time in her FGCU career, women's soccer senior Evdokia Popadinova has collected All-American honors from the United Soccer Coaches, as announced by the organization Thursday evening.

Popadinova, who was selected to the Second Team a season ago, earned Third Team honors and was the only student-athlete from the ASUN Conference to receive the recognition. She joins former standout Tabby Tindell (FGCU 2013-17) as the only FGCU women's soccer two-time All-Americans. Including Popadinova, eight individual FGCU student-athletes have received All-American honors.

"Evi is an extremely self-motivated and hard-working player and while this recognition doesn't surprise me, we are still so proud of her," head coach Jim Blankenship said. "She is someone who showed up on campus last year and immediately made her presence known both within the conference and nationally. She has put a lot of work in to get to where she is now and I am thrilled that she has received this tremendous honor."

The All-American distinction comes on the heels of an extremely successful season for the forward, who became the fifth Eagle in program history to be named ASUN Player of the Year. A First Team All-ASUN honoree, she was also recently named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women's All-Region First Team, alongside classmate Lindsey Patton.

Additionally, she was one of a league-high five FGCU student-athletes named to the ASUN All-Academic team and joined classmate Opal Curless on the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team (District 4), marking the first time in Green and Blue program history that multiple players have earned spots on the 13-player list.  

This season, the three-time Bulgarian Footballer of the Year led the Eagles with 11 goals scored in 17 matches, marking her second-consecutive season with double-digit goals. Her scoring effort, coupled with a pair of assists, boosted her to a team-high 24 points on the year. During the regular season, she paced the league in conference goals (six) and points (13) and collected weekly honors from both the ASUN (Player of the Week, Sept. 23) and TopDrawerSoccer.com (Team of the Week member, Sept. 25).

Though she only played for FGCU for two seasons, she finished her career with the Green and Blue ranked second all-time in game-winning goals (11), third in career goals (25) and sixth all-time in points (59).

The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.