Jan. 23, 2009
CHICAGO, Ill. – For the second year in a row, the Florida State women’s soccer team is well represented on the international level as three Seminoles received invitations to participate in the first United States U-20 National Team camp of the 2009 season. Freshmen Tiffany McCarty, Toni Pressley and Casey Short will head to Chula Vista, Calif., this weekend to take part in the week long super-camp.
The U.S. Women’s Youth National Teams will kick off 2009 with two 48-player super-camps (U-20/U-18 & U-17/U-15) at the end of January. Coming off an extremely successful 2008 in which the USA won the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile and finished second at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, the youth programs begin a new cycle as the U.S. U-20s and U-18s combine for a training camp in California from January 25 – February 1.
The combination of the four programs into two training camps will give the coaches a chance to evaluate a large number of players in each age group as the teams begin their runs to what will hopefully culminate in the 2010 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany and the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.
The U-20 tournament will be for players born on or after January 1, 1990, while the 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup will be restricted to players born on or after January 1, 1993.
U.S. Women’s National Team assistant coach Jillian Ellis will oversee the first U-20 camp of the year along with assistant Dave Chesler, who will guide the U-18s.
The combined U-20 and U-18 camp, which features players born in 1990 (15 players), 1991 (17 players) and 1992 (16 players), includes 16 players from the USA’s 2008 U-17 Women’s World Cup roster. Eleven players in the U-20/U-18 training camp are college freshmen while the majority of the remaining players are seniors in high school.
The three Seminole freshmen at the camp, contributed heavily to the success of the Florida State program in 2008 that included a run to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The trio started a combined 42 games in their first season as they posted 47 points on 17 goals and 13 assists. All three players each made an appearance in every game last year.
McCarty wrapped up her freshman season leading the team in shots (73) while ranking second in points (28) and goals (11). She set the freshman individual season record at Florida State for shots, while finishing third in points and goals. The Laurel, Md., native led all freshmen in the ACC in points, goals and assists en route to becoming the first Seminole in school history to receive ACC Freshman of the Year honors.
Short recorded 10 points on two goals and six assists to cap off a successful first season at Florida State. The freshman midfielder started 18 games and finished tied for second on the team with three game-winning assists. The Naperville, Ill., native closed out the regular season with assists in four of her last six games. With five assists against ACC foes, Short tied the single-season school record for assists in league play.
Pressley had her best game as a Seminole in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament posting a career-high three points on a goal and an assist against Mississippi Valley State. The forward from Melbourne, Fla., tallied her first collegiate goal in the fourth game of the season against Florida International scoring off a header in the 66th minute. She also registered a career-high six shots in the win over the Panthers.