December 22, 2016 - by
Noles Close Out 2016 With USWNT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Adding to the success that current and former Florida State student-athletes have had on the international stage, a pair of Seminoles have continued their rise within the U.S. Women’s National Team with camps and competitions this fall. Former Nole Casey Short received her first call up to the full national team in October and played in four friendlies as the USA closed out its 2016 season with victories over Switzerland and Romania.

She is the third Seminole to participate with the full U.S. national team, joining Tori Huster and India Trotter.

After ending her freshman season in the Garnet and Gold, Malia Berkely donned the Red, White and Blue and participated in a camp with the U-18 USWNT from December 10-17 in Carson, Calif. Berekly has competed numerous times with several of the U.S. youth national teams, including camps and games with the U-15, U-17, U-18 and U-19 teams.

Short started all 21 matches with the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL this summer, scoring two goals and adding an assist, as Chicago ended the season in third place. She earned NWSL Second XI honors and was called up to a full national team training camp on October 15.


Noles Close Out 2016 With USWNT

She earned a spot on the final 18-member roster and the outstanding defender aided the United States to four victories by a combined score of 22-2. She played all 90 minutes in wins over Switzerland on October 19 (4-0) and October 23 (5-1), as well as an 8-1 win over Romania on November 10. She started, but only played the first half, in the USA’s 5-0 win against Romania on November 13.

Berkely shined for the Noles in her first season of collegiate soccer, starting all 22 games for FSU, primarily as a defender. She helped the Noles finish second in the nation with a 0.394 goals against average, as Florida State surrendered just nine goals all season en route to its fourth consecutive ACC Championship.

She also added a goal and two assists on the offensive end, earning ACC All-Freshman Team honors, as well as a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer Freshman Best XI Second Team.

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