Heading into her third season as a Seminole, Gabby Carle has earned plenty of experience with Florida State and outside of Tallahassee, including a trip to the 2019 Women’s World Cup with the Canadian National Team.
“It was a dream come true,” said Carle. “I remember watching the 2007 World Cup realizing one day I could make it to that stage. I have worked towards making this dream a reality ever since. Seeing years of training paying off and having the privilege to wear the Canadian jersey at the highest stage was truly something special.”
In two seasons in the Garnet and Gold, Carle has started every game she has played at both the midfield and defensive positions. Although she has only scored two goals and assisted on five others in two seasons, her impact is felt every game on the defensive end of the field.
“Gabby has had two very good seasons for us,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “She has been extremely consistent and versatile. She brings so many great attributes to the team and she is vital to us.”
Carle helped lead a Seminole defense that only allowed two postseason goals in their 2018 national championship run, including shutouts in their final three games. Her one goal in 2018 came in the NCAA Tournament semifinals against No. 1 Stanford, giving FSU a 1-0 lead.
Gabby did not get there by luck but through a lot of hard work and determination. In 2015 Carle was named the best junior player in the province of Quebec and was against named the best senior player in Quebec in 2016.
“I think what got me to where I am right now is my passion for soccer,” said Carle. “I love playing, so it has always been easy for me to put the effort in and make the necessary sacrifices to get better. My dad also has a big role to play in where I am now. He coached me for nine years and always made sure I was in the best possible environment to progress.”
Her stint with the Canadian National team began as she participated in the 2014 FIFA U-17 World Cup. That evolved into helping Canada earn a fourth-place finish in the 2015 Pan American Games.
In 2016, Gabby was a reserve member of the Canadian National Team that earned a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Last season she was back in action with the Canadian National Team, playing in the 2018 CONCACAF Championship, helping the Canadians qualify for the 2019 FIFA World Cup with a second place finish.
“Any time a player can be in a World Cup qualification and then in an actual World Cup it can only help them,” said Krikorian. “Being in those types of environments, training with that level of player, competing with and against all of the top players for a number of months certainly is going to help her as a player and help us as a team be the best that we can be.”
Although she did not play in this year’s World Cup, it was an experience to remember for Carle that is going to help her in the upcoming season and for the rest of her soccer career.
“I think this experience has only fueled me more in terms of what I want to accomplish,” said Carle. “Now that I have made it this far, I have a better idea of what it takes to be amongst the best players in the world and I’ll keep pushing my limits to attain that level.”
“I am thrilled that she had the opportunity to participate in the World Cup,” said Krikorian. “The experience there will help her to continue to grow as a player and as a person.”
Gabby’s impact goes beyond the field as she has been a high achiever in the classroom as well. This past season she was the winner of the NCAA’s Elite 90 Award for soccer with the highest cumulative GPA of any student-athlete participating in the final site of the NCAA Championship. Carle had a 4.0 in Exercise Physiology.
“My education is very important to me, just as much as soccer is,” said Carle. “When I’m done playing, I would like to enroll in medical school to become a doctor.”
“Her work ethic is the best,” said Krikorian. “She is really hard working in all aspects of life. She is a model student with a 4.0 GPA through two seasons. She brings the same intensity and passion to her soccer as she does her studies.”