Top 20 Moments: #4 – Noles In The Pros
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Women’s Soccer program turns 20 in 2014! In conjunction with celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Seminole soccer team is counting down the top 20 moments over the last 19 seasons.
Join the Seminoles throughout the fall on Seminoles.com and through their social media outlets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as the program takes a look back in history to honor this monumentally occasion by unveiling the top 20 moments.
The countdown continues this week at No. 4 with former Seminole players in the pros.
Florida State has seen its share of former student-athletes move on to the professional ranks both in the United States and abroad. Under the direction of head coach Mark Krikorian that list has grown exponentially since his arrival on campus in 2005.
Several players have gone on to lead their respective teams to championship titles from Amanda DaCosta with Liverpool LFC (England) to Becky Edwards in the United States as a three-time champion in the Women’s Professional Soccer League (FC Gold Pride & Western NY Flash) and National Women’s Soccer League (Portland Thorns FC).
Becky Edwards played with the Houston Dash in 2014.
Mami Yamaguchi, the 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, left following her junior season at Florida State after signing a professional contract to play with Umea IK of the All-Swedish League.
Edwards was the first Seminole soccer player drafted in program history when she was taken with the 12th overall pick by the FC Gold Pride of the Women’s Professional Soccer League.
Amanda DaCosta with Liverpool LFC in England
Since 2010, Florida State has had nine players selected in the WPS and NWSL drafts including three first round selections. Tiffany McCarty owns the honor as being the highest draft player in program history when she was selected with the second overall pick by the Washington Spirit in 2013.
In 2014, former All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year played a major role in leading FC Kansas City to the NWSL title.
Tori Huster has played with the Washington Spirit for two seasons.
Here is a list of former Seminole players under Krikorian that have gone on to play professionally:
Tiana Brockway – UMF Selfoss (Iceland)
Janice Cayman – FCF Juvisy (France)
Amanda Da Costa – Liverpool LFC (England)
Becky Edwards – Houston Dash (U.S.)
Katya Gokhman – Ryazan VDV (Russia)
Tori Huster – Washington Spirit (U.S.)
Iraia Iturregi – Athletic Bilbao (Spain)
Ines Jaurena – FCF Juvisy (France)
Kassey Kallman – FC Kansas City (U.S.)
Selin Kuralay – Melbourne Victory (Australia)
Tiffany McCarty – Houston Dash (U.S.)
Erin McNulty – Arna-Bjornar FK (Norway
Viola Odebrecht – Vfl Wolfsburg (Germany)
Toni Pressley – Washington Spirit (U.S.)
Katrin Schmidt – FC Rosengard (Sweden)
Casey Short – Chicago Red Stars (U.S.)
Ella Stephan – Glasgow City (England)
Erika Sutton – Boston Breakers (U.S.)
Sanna Talonen – KIF Orebro DFF (Sweden)
India Trotter – Carolina Elite Cobras (U.S.)
Taylor Vancil – Chicago Red Stars (U.S.)
Kirsten van de Ven – FC Rosengard (Sweden)
Sarah Wagenfuhr – St. Louis Athletica (U.S.)
Kelsey Wys – Western NY Flash (U.S.)
Mami Yamaguchi – Okayama Yunogo (Japan)
(list of players and teams as of August 2014)
SEMINOLES IN THE DRAFT
(A list of former Seminole players selected in the WPS and NWSL drafts).
2014 – NWSL Draft
Kassey Kallman – FC Kansas City (1st Rd, 5)
Kelsey Wys – Western NY Flash (2nd Rd, 18)
2013 – NWSL Draft
Tiffany McCarty – Washington Spirit (1st Rd, 2)
Casey Short – Boston Breakers (1st Rd, 5)
Taylor Vancil – Chicago Red Stars (3rd Rd, 17)
2012 – WPS Draft
Tori Huster – Western NY Flash (2nd Rd, 8)
Toni Pressley – Philadelphia Independence (2nd Rd, 13)
2011 – WPS Draft
Amanda Da Costa – Washington Freedom (3rd Rd, 17)
2010 – WPS Draft
Becky Edwards – FC Gold Pride (2nd Rd, 12)
(denotes round, overall pick)