TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the 2016 Florida State soccer season hits its midpoint, several former Seminole players have recently wrapped up their professional seasons in the leagues around the world. A total of 15 former Florida State student-athletes played on nine of the 10 teams in the NWSL this season, while numerous others competed in international leagues, with Berglind Thorvaldsdottir and Megan Campbell recently winning championships with their clubs.
The 15 former FSU players in the NWSL for the 2016 season gives Florida State the distinction of being the school with the most former players currently competing in the league. Florida State also leads all NCAA schools in the four-year history of the NWSL Draft with 10 overall picks, as well as six first-round selections.
The Portland Thorns, along with former Nole Dagny Brynjarsdottir, earned the NWSL Shield and the regular season title after posting a 12-3-5 record, including an impressive 8-1-1 mark at home. Brynjarsdottir played in 17 matches with 12 starts and finished tied for third on the team with five goals and added one assist.
A trio of former FSU players – Kelsey Wys, Tori Huster and Cheyna Williams – helped the Washington Spirit to a 12-5-3 record and a second-place finish in the regular season. Huster made 19 starts and recorded a goal and an assist as she led the team with 1,665 minutes played. Williams recorded three goals in eight starts and 17 appearances as a rookie. Wys played goalkeeper in a team-high 12 matches and allowed just 14 goals for a 1.17 GAA. Her 61 total saves ranked fourth highest in the league on the season.
The Chicago Red Stars, with Casey Short and Amanda Da Costa, finished in third place with a 9-5-6 mark, surrendering just 20 goals on the season. Short started all 20 matches and scored a pair of goals on the year, while Da Costa controlled the midfield in 13 total games and eight starts, recording seven shots with four on goal.
The Western NY Flash took fourth place in the league with a 9-6-5 record, leading the NWSL with 40 goals on the year. Michaela Hahn scored one of them and assisted on another in her 13 appearances for the Flash on the season. Former Nole, Janice Cayman, was added to the roster during the season and played in three matches with one start.
Carson Pickett and the Seattle Reign narrowly missed out on the NWSL postseason, ending with 30 points and an 8-6-6 record. Pickett played in 15 matches with eight starts and recorded an assist in the season finale against the Houston Dash.
FC Kansas City finished in a tie for sixth place with Sky Blue FC as both clubs ended with identical 7-8-5 records. Tiffany McCarty played in 16 matches for Kansas City and made 10 starts. She was second on the team with eight points, including two goals and four assists. Kristin Grubka ended her second season with Sky Blue FC with 15 games played and 14 starts, recording an assist against the Boston Breakers on July 17.
Three Seminoles – Toni Pressley, Jamia Fields and Becky Edwards – competed for the Orlando Pride in their inaugural season as the squad finished in ninth place with a 6-13-1 record. Pressley made 11 starts and played 14 games on the defensive backline for the Pride, while Fields played in 12 games and had six starts on the year, adding an assist against the Seattle Reign on July 23.
Edwards played in 16 matches with 10 starts in what will be her final season in the NWSL. Having played professional soccer both in the United States and internationally since 2010, Edwards was named captain for the Pride’s final regular season game against FC Kansas City.
Kassey Kallman was the only player on the Boston Breakers to play all 1,800 minutes on the season, anchoring the defensive back line as the Breakers finished in last place with a 3-15-2 record.
Portland, Washington, Chicago and Western NY each qualified for the four-team playoff that begins this weekend. The Spirit will host the Red Stars in the first semifinal on September 30 at 8:00 p.m., while the Flash will play at the Thorns on October 2 at 5:00 p.m. The winners will play for the 2016 NWSL Championship on Sunday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
A pair of former Seminoles won championships in their respective leagues recently as Berglind Thorvaldsdottir and Megan Campbell continued their soccer careers overseas.
Thorvaldsdottir and Breidablik earned the championship for the Icelandic Women’s Cup, winning 3-1 over IBV in the title game. She played in just eight matches on the season, but led the club in scoring with eight goals, including the game-winner in the 24th minute against IBV in the championship match.
Campbell played for Manchester City in the FA Women’s Super League, helping her club win their first league championship in 2016 after finishing as runner-up in 2015. Campbell played in four matches and made three starts for City during the season.
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