TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State will be represented by two student-athletes when the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup gets underway Tuesday, August 5 in Canada. Sophomore midfielder Nickolette Driesse will represent the United States, while incoming freshman defender/midfielder Emma Koivisto has earned a roster spot for her native country of Finland.
Driesse was one of 21 players named to the final roster which was announced by U.S. U-20 National Team head coach Michelle French on July 18.
The Wayne, N.J., native made 28 appearances with 27 starts in her first season at Florida State and was the only Seminole freshman to play in all 28 games in 2013. She finished her freshman campaign with seven assists – tied for the third most on the team and tied for the fifth most in a single-season by a Seminole freshman. For her efforts, Driesse went on to earn on a spot on the All-ACC Freshman Team and was named to Soccer America’s All-Freshman first team.
Koivisto has split time with both the Full Finnish National Team and the U-20 squad over the last few years. She has earned nine caps with the Full National Team including four during the qualifying stages for the Women’s World Cup which will take place in Canada in 2015. Koivisto played all 90 minutes in two qualifying matches back in 2013, both wins over Austria and Kazakhstan. A native of Helsinki, Koivisto was a member of the U-19 squad that finished third at the 2013 U-19 European Championship.
All three of the USA’s group games will be broadcast live across the ESPN platforms. The U.S. plays its first two Group B matches at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, opening the tournament on August 5 against Germany at 5 p.m. local (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN) before facing Brazil on August 8 at 8 p.m. local (10 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN).
The USA will finish group play on August 12 against China PR at Moncton Stadium with kickoff at 5 p.m. local (4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN).
Finland will compete in Group A along with tournament host Canada, Ghana and Korea DPR. Finland will also begin competition on August 5 against Korea DPR at 5 p.m. local time inside the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto. Game two at 8 p.m. on August 8 will pit Finland against Canada in Toronto, while the Finnish squad will wrap-up pool play inside Moncton Stadium against Ghana on August 12 at 8 p.m.
Group C includes England, Korea Republic, Mexico and Nigeria and Group D features Costa Rica, France, New Zealand and Paraguay.
The top two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the knock-out stage of the tournament which begins on Saturday, August 16.
The United States and Germany played in the finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Tokyo in 2012 with the U.S. claiming a 1-0 victory.
Stay tuned to Seminoles.com for further updates as Driesse and Koivisto go for gold at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.