July 21, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State soccer season is officially less than a month from its season opener on August 20 at Washington State. In preparation for the season, many of the current Seminoles have spent their summer vacation fine tuning their skills in leagues across the country. Throughout the summer, Seminoles.com will provide fans an inside look at how the current Seminoles are performing both on and off the field.
The U.S. U-20 women's team, comprised of Seminole juniors Toni Pressley and Casey Short, once again won their group play by defeating the Korean Republic 1-0 earlier today. The U.S. team entered the match in second place with four points while the first place Korean Republic was undefeated at 2-0 and led the group with six points. The match was played in the recently renovated FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium in Bielefeld, a 28,000-seat venue.
The U-20 team officially began their play in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on July 14th with a 1-1 tie against Ghana. Pressley made her world cup debut as a starter and made her presence known with an outstanding defensive performance that included a crucial stop that prevented a Ghana goal. The next game for the U.S came in a resounding 5-0 victory against Switzerland on July 17. Heading into the quarter-finals Pressley is tied for the team lead with 270 minutes and has an assist to her credit. The U-20 team next game will be against Nigeria in Augsburg on Sunday.
Junior Tori Huster and the U.S. U-23 women's team won the Four Nations Tournament in England this past week. The United States defeated host country England 3-0 on July 7, but then lost two days later to Norway 2-1. The Red, White and Blue rebounded from the loss to Norway by defeating Sweden 1-0 on July 12 as the victory gave the Americans the championship in the round-robin Four Nations Tournament.
Sophomore Ines Jaurena is playing for her native country of France who is placed in Group A along with Columbia, Germany and Costa Rica. Jaurena's first game of the U-20 Women's World Cup came on July 13 against Columbia which finished in a 1-1 tie. Jaurena and France next game came against Costa Rica July 16 in which France rolled to a 2-0 victory. France was then defeated 4-1 by Germany, giving the Germans first place in group play. Overall Jaurena played in all three games and finished third on the team with 224 minutes.
In W-League action, 11 Seminole student-athletes are winding down their play this summer in the W-League playoffs. So far this off-season, Erin McNulty has racked up five wins for the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues while Katya Gokhman and Tifani Mullen both scored a goal for the Atlanta Silverbacks. Tori Huster, Tiana Brockway and Ella Stephen have each tallied an assist for their respective teams.
Here is a look at where everyone played and how they performed this summer season:
Tiana Brockway - 5 games, 450 minutes, 1 point (1 assist)
Ella Stephan - 3 games, 151 minutes, 1 point (1 assist), 2 shots
Janice Cayman - 10 games, 509 minutes, 6 shots
Tuija Hyyrynen - 6 games, 408 minutes, 2 shots
Tori Huster - 4 games, 315 minutes, 1 point (1 assist), 3 shots
Susanna Zorn - 8 games, 573 minutes, 1 shot
Rachel Lim - 7 games, 143 minutes, 1 shot
Kelsey Wys - 5 games (1 win, 2 losses, 1 tie), 450 minutes, 8 GA, 11 saves, 1.60 GAA
Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues
Erin McNulty - 6 games (5 wins, 1 loss), 495 minutes, 4 GA, 16 saves, 0.727 GAA
USA U-20 Soccer Team in all International Competition
Toni Pressley - 17 games, 16 starts, 1469 minutes, 2 assist, 22 caps/2 goals
Casey Short - 11 games, 6 starts, 560 minutes, 17 caps/1 goal
Tiffany McCarty - 12 games, 9 starts, 734 minutes, 2 goals, 1 assist, 17 caps/4 goals
France U-20 Soccer Team during World Cup
Ines Jaurena - 3 games, 224 minutes
USA U-23 Soccer Team during Four Nations Tournament
Tori Huster - No statistics available at this time