Jan. 13, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Tori Huster and Toni Pressley will be continuing their soccer careers at the professional level. Both former Seminole All-Americans were selected in the 2012 WPS Draft on Friday at the NSCAA National Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
Huster did not have to wait long to hear her named called on Friday afternoon as the Western New York Flash selected the Cincinnati, Ohio native with the first pick in the second round. She joins former Seminole standout Becky Edwards in Western New York as the Flash will look to defend their WPS title in 2012.
The midfielder also made school history on Friday becoming the highest drafted player to come out of Florida State. Edwards held that distinction as she was selected in the second round with the 12th overall pick by FC Gold Pride in 2010.
Pressley was selected with the final pick in the second round and 13th overall by the Philadelphia Independence. The Melbourne, Fla., native is headed to a squad that finished second in the WPS regular season standings and finished as the league’s runner-up falling to Western New York in the WPS Championship in penalty kicks.
“We are all thrilled that both Tori and Toni will have a chance to further their career in the WPS,” said Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian. “There are a lot of young players that come to Florida State with the aspirations of being on the national team and having the opportunity to play professionally. Both Tori and Toni took advantage of that opportunity. They had very good careers and were vital to our success over the last four seasons. We are really excited for them as they begin a new chapter in their soccer careers.”
Huster finished her senior campaign fourth on the team in points with 16 on six goals and four assists. She started all 26 games for the Seminoles in 2011 and wrapped up her four-year career in Tallahassee with 91 starts – fifth most in school history.
In 2011, Huster garnered third team NSCAA All-America, first team All-ACC, first team NSCAA Scholar All-America, first team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District and College Cup All-Tournament team honors.
Pressley concluded her four year playing career in Tallahassee tied for third at Florida State in game appearances with 96. She tallied 33 career points on 11 goals and 11 assists, while serving as a three-year starter on the Seminole backline.
Florida State Seminoles In WPS Draft
Year – Name, Round (Pick), Team
2010 – Becky Edwards, 2nd (12th), FC Gold Pride
2011 – Amanda DaCosta, 3rd (17th), Washington Freedom
2012 – Tori Huster, 2nd (8th), Western New York Flash
2012 – Toni Pressley, 2nd (13th), Philadelphia Independence