Oct. 18, 2010
Since arriving on Florida State’s campus in 2007, then-freshman Amanda DaCosta impressed coaches, and even her opponents, to rightfully earn herself a starting spot on the Florida State soccer team.
“I’ve definitely gotten smarter on the field,” DaCosta said regarding her growth since her first year. “Mark Krikorian does a great job preparing all the players as they come in as freshman.”
It was also in that special freshman year that Amanda helped lead her team to the NCAA Championship game. Even today, her goals have remained the same.
“It’s my last chance here, so I want to win a National Championship,” DaCosta said. “I think my team wants to win a National Championship and we’re just kind of focusing all of our goals around that, but still taking it one game at a time.”
In between her successful freshman campaign and her budding senior season, DaCosta led the Seminoles to the Elite 8 in both 2008 and 2009. She could have easily turned in her cleats for sunshades and a beach towel during the summer months, but DaCosta decided otherwise and made a national and international impact on the field.
In the summer of 2009, she competed with the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues in conjunction with the W-League and Women’s Premier Soccer League and also represented the United States as a member of the U-23 Women’s National team, solidifying herself as one of just 18 players.
Now competing in her final year at Florida State, the team captain has witnessed nothing short of success as she was named a candidate for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior Class award entering the season and is in the hunt to become just the second four-time All-ACC honoree in school history.
THINKING ON HER FEET
The entire country knows that Amanda DaCosta is one of the quickest and most versatile players in college soccer, but how quick can she think on her toes? In a playful round of questions, DaCosta was given two seconds to answer “What She Thinks of” when she hears a particular word or name, here’s what the team captain had to say…
What She Thinks Of…
Tradition –– “Seminoles”
Leader –– “Friend” Ritual –– “Dancing”
ACC –– “Championship”
Krikorian –– (laughs) “…Coach!”
LeBron James –– “Beautiful”
Feature by Tiffany White, FSU Sports Information