Aug. 1, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2012-13 athletic calendar officially started Wednesday morning as the Florida State soccer team opened preseason camp under favorable weather conditions inside the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Florida State returns to the pitch in 2012 with high expectations following a run to its fifth College Cup last year. Eight starters and 13 letterwinners are back from last year’s squad that finished with 18 wins, while capturing an ACC Championship for the first time in school history.
Entering his eighth season as the Seminoles’ head coach, Mark Krikorian will open the 2012 campaign with one of the most experienced senior classes he has coached in Tallahassee. Tiffany McCarty highlights this year’s senior class as the Laurel, Md., native is the school’s all-time leading scorer in points (111) and goals (46). Jessica Price, who led the team with nine assists last year, is back for her senior season along with defenders Tiana Brockway and All-American Ines Jaurena. Casey Short will make her return to the soccer field this year after missing the entire 2011 campaign due to an injury. Goalkeeper Taylor Vancil and midfielder Dria Hampton, a transfer from the University of Oklahoma, will bring a wealth of experience at their respective positions and round out this year’s senior class.
In all, the Seminoles return over 72 percent of their scoring from last year. The veteran leadership will come in handy for Krikorian and his staff as they welcome 13 newcomers in 2012.
Florida State’s quest for the school’s first national championship begins on the road for the third year in a row as the Seminoles open the 2012 season in Minneapolis, Minn., against the University of Minnesota on Friday, August 17.
Seminole fans can follow the Florida State Soccer team all season on twitter @FSU_Soccer and over the internet with updated stories, stats and video at Seminoles.com.