Dec. 18, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State's Tiffany McCarty was named to ESPN's All-Decade Girls' Soccer Team. The sophomore forward was one of 15 players recognized for their athletic achievements both in high school and at the collegiate level.
In just two seasons at Florida State, McCarty is already the all-time career leader in points (31) in ACC contests, while tied for first in goals with 12. She set the single-season record for points in ACC play in 2009 with 20 on eight goals and four assists. Among FSU's all-time career leaders, McCarty is tied for fifth in goals (28), tied for seventh in points (69) and sits eighth in shots attempted with 140.
McCarty finished her sophomore campaign with 41 points on 17 goals and seven assists. She led the team in goals, shots (67) and a shots on goal percentage of .716, while closing out the year as the ACC leader in goals scored and second in points. She was tabbed ACC Offensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-ACC first team.
In 2009, the Laurel Md., native also earned first team All-America honors from the NSCAA, first team MVP accolades from Soccer America and was named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
In McCarty's first season at Florida State, she garnered ACC Freshman of the Year accolades becoming the first Seminole in school history to win top freshman honors in the league. She finished her freshman season leading the team in shots (73) and shots on goal (39), while ranking second in points (28) and goals (11) in 20 starts. She led all freshmen in the ACC in goals, goals per game, shots, shots per game, points and points per game.
McCarty has also played an integral role in the success of the U.S. Youth National Teams over the years representing her country at the U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-20 levels. Most recently she led the U-20 team to a 1-0-1 record during a two-game road trip in Germany back in June of 2009. McCarty tallied two goals during the road trip scoring one each against England and Germany.
The high school PARADE All-American and three-time Gatorade Player of the Year in the District of Columbia (2005, 2006, 2007) finished her high school career at St. John's College as the all-time leading scorer in goals (191) and assists (74). McCarty's 191 goals broke the Washington Metro area scoring record held by former University of North Carolina All-American Laurie Schwoy.
With soccer, it is important to note that only players with significant high school experience were considered by ESPN. Many of the nation's top high school-aged girls' players often skip high school soccer to train with elite clubs or participate in U.S. Soccer international events, thus rendering them ineligible for high school all-decade consideration.
Players are listed by position with their school, location, and high school graduation year.
ESPN's All-Decade Girls' Soccer Team
Ashlyn Harris, Class of 2004
Satellite (Satellite Beach, Fla.)
Becky Sauerbrunn, Class of 2003
Ladue Horton Watkins (St. Louis, Mo.)
Lauren Cheney, Class of 2006
Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Christina DiMartino, Class of 2005
Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.)
Christine Nairn, Class of 2008
Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.)
Teresa Noyola, Class of 2008
Palo Alto, (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Jill Oakes, Class of 2002
Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.)
Kelly Quinn, Class of 2005
Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio)
Elizabeth Burchenal, Class of 2010
St. Ursula (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Rachel Givan, Class of 2007
Ridgeland (Ridgeland, Miss.)
Tiffany McCarty, Class of 2008
St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
Kia McNeil, Class of 2004
Avon (Avon, Conn.)
Kealia Ohai, Class of 2010
Alta (Sandy, Utah)
Heather O'Reilly, Class of 2003
East Brunswick (East Brunswick, N.J.)
Lindsay Tarpley, Class of 2002
Portage Central (Portage, Mich.)