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Seven Seminoles Garner All-ACC Soccer Honors

Nov. 4, 2008

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State, the second seed in this week’s ACC Women’s Soccer Championship, placed a combined seven student-athletes on this year’s All-ACC teams as announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference and Commissioner John Swofford. For the first time in school history, a Seminole claimed the league’s top freshman award as Tiffany McCarty was named the ACC Freshman of the Year. The conference postseason awards were selected by a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches.

The seven Seminoles that received All-ACC honors in 2008 set the school record eclipsing the previous mark of six established back in 2005. That year Florida State was honored with three first-team All-ACC honorees and three All-Freshman award winners.

This year Florida State landed three first team selections including sophomores Amanda DaCosta and Sanna Talonen and senior Sarah Wagenfuhr. Junior Becky Edwards received second team All-ACC honors. A trio of first year student-athletes was honored as McCarty, Tori Huster and Casey Short all earned a spot on the All-Freshman team. This marks the third time in the last four years that Florida State has landed three players on the All-ACC first team, while the three All-Freshman award winners ties a school record set twice before in 2001 and 2005.

McCarty has had an outstanding freshman campaign as she leads all first-year student-athletes in the ACC in goals, goals per game, shots, shots per game, points and points per game. Heading into the conference championship, McCarty leads the team in shots (58) and shots on goal (32), while ranking second in points (26) and goals (10) and tied for third with six assists. The Laurel, Md., native has 15 starts on the year and is one of three freshmen on this year’s squad to appear in all 18 matches. She has four multi-point performances in 2008 and is tied for the team lead with three multi-goal games.

DaCosta is the only repeat winner from a year ago as the Katonah, N.Y. native earned both second team All-ACC and All-Freshman team honors in 2007. In her sophomore season, DaCosta has been a solid force in the Seminole midfielder starting all 18 games while compiling over 1400 minutes of action on the pitch. She sits fifth on the team in points with 12 tallying four goals and four assists. Half of her goals this season have been game-winners.

Talonen has led the Seminole offense this year recording 31 points on 14 goals and three assists. She sits second in the ACC in points, points per game (1.94), goals and goals per game (0.88). Talonen leads all players with six game-winning goals. The Finnish native has been on a scoring spree as of late notching a goal in six straight games and in eight of her last nine. She set the single-season school record for points (19) and goals (9) in ACC games this year. In just two seasons at Florida State, Talonen holds the career records for game-winning goals (12) and multiple goal games (8).

Wagenfuhr has had a career season in her final year at Florida State. She becomes just the third Seminole to earn first team All-ACC honors as a defender joining Kristin Boyce (2003) and Katrin Schmidt (2006). The senior captain has set career-highs for points (15), goals (4) and assists (7) in 2008. Wagenfuhr registered her first multi-goal game of her career as she scored twice in the season finale against NC State. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native tied the single-season school record for assists in league play with five, while 13 of her 15 points have come against league opponents. Wagenfuhr was named to the ACC All-Freshman team back in 2005.

Edwards grabbed a spot on the All-ACC second team in 2008, her second career all-conference accolade as she was named to the All-Freshman team in 2006. This year Edwards has appeared in 16 matches making 12 starts. The Downingtown, Pa., native has played an integral role in the Seminole defensive effort that currently leads the league in fewest goals allowed and goals against average. Edwards tallied her first multi-point game of the season as she registered a goal and an assist in a win over Wake Forest.

Huster leads all Seminole freshmen with 17 starts and is just one of two freshmen on this year’s team to start every game that she has played. Huster currently sits tied for sixth on the team in points (11) with three goals and five assists. The Cincinnati, Ohio native recorded her first career game-winning goal scoring the lone goal in Florida State’s 1-0 victory over Boston College. She also tallied two game-winning assists in 2008. At one point this year, Huster had an assist in three straight games.

Short got her collegiate career off to a fast start scoring two goals in 45 minutes of action against UCF to open the 2008 season. She was one of three freshmen to appear in all 18 games this year while making 13 starts. Short closed out the regular season as the team leader in game-winning assists (3) while sitting in a tie for third with six assists. In addition, the Naperville, Ill., native also tied the single-season school record for assists in league play with five.

2008 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Teams and Individual Superlatives

2008 All-ACC First Team
KayeAnne Gummersall, Forward, Duke
Elisabeth Redmond, MF, Duke
Amanda DaCosta, MF, Florida State
Sanna Talonen, F, Florida State
Sarah Wagenfuhr, D, Florida State
Mary Casey, GK, Maryland
Yael Averbuch, MF, North Carolina
Tobin Heath, MF, North Carolina
Casey Nogueira, F, North Carolina
Nikki Washington, F, North Carolina
Sinead Farrelly, MF, Virginia
Nikki Kryzsik, D, Virginia

2008 All-ACC Second Team
Julia Bouchelle, MF, Boston College
Jill Mastroianni, GK, Boston College
Caroline Walden, D, Boston College
Lorraine Quinn, MF, Duke
Becky Edwards, D, Florida State
Whitney Engen, D, North Carolina
Ali Hawkins, MF, North Carolina
Lindsey Vera, F, NC State
Lauren Alwine, F, Virginia
Megan Lenczyk, F, Virginia
Alex Singer, D, Virginia
Emily Jukich, F, Virginia Tech
Kaley Fountain, D, Wake Forest
Amy Smerdzinski, MF, Wake Forest

2008 All-Freshman Team
Julia Bouchelle, MF, Boston College
Jill Mastroianni, GK, Boston College
Alyssa Pember, D, Boston College
Cody Newman, F, Duke
Ashley Rape, D, Duke
Tiffany McCarty, F, Florida State
Tori Huster, MF, Florida State
Casey Short, MF, Florida State
Brittani Bartock, F, North Carolina
Courtney Jones, F, North Carolina
Lauren Alwine, F, Virginia

2008 ACC Offensive Player of the Year
Casey Nogueira, North Carolina

2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Nikki Kryzsik, Virginia

2008 ACC Freshman of the Year
Tiffany McCarty, Florida State

2008 ACC Coach of the Year
Anson Dorrance, North Carolina

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