Feb. 19, 2010
By: Kimmy Diaz, FSU Sports Information Assistant
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State Women's Soccer team announced its 2010 spring schedule on Friday, February 19th. The Seminoles will face five opponents during the spring, including two SEC schools, a Big XII team and two teams from the Women's Professional Soccer league.
The spring season will kick off on Saturday February 27th, as the Garnet and Gold travels to Athens, Ga., to play two games against the Georgia Bulldogs and Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Florida State then returns home to welcome its first of two professional opponents on Wednesday, March 17th, when the defending WPS Champions New York/New Jersey Sky Blue visits Tallahassee for a 7:00 p.m. showdown at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Seminoles will get the chance to test themselves against the nation's best at the next level, while the match marks the return of former FSU assistant coach Paulina Miettinen, who takes over as head coach in her first season with Sky Blue, FC . Miettinen served as an assistant with the Seminoles for two seasons from 2005 to 2006 during which she helped lead the Seminoles to two College Cup appearances.
Just three days later the Seminoles will travel down to Melbourne, Fla., to face in-state rival Florida. Three members of the Seminole team will get a chance to play in front of their hometown crowd as Toni Pressley, Ella Stephan and Alex Crown are natives of the Melbourne area.
The following week Florida State will close out the spring season as it plays host to its second professional team, the Atlanta Beat on Thursday March 25th at 7:00 p.m. inside the Seminole Soccer Complex. The match is sure to be an exciting game, as Seminole fans will get to see what their team has been working on all spring. In addition, former FSU standout Mami Yamaguchi will be making her return to Tallahassee as she suits up for the Atlanta Beat in their inaugural season. Yamaguchi played for the Seminoles from 2005-2007, during which she earned many accolades, including becoming the first player in school history to win the MAC Herman Trophy in 2007, awarded to the nation's best college soccer players. Yamaguchi also set another milestone in 2007 as she became FSU's first consensus All-American.
Along with the return of 2009 ACC Player of the Year and first team All-American Tiffany McCarty and All-American Amanda DaCosta, the spring roster will also introduce four newcomers in Tuija Hyyrynen, a freshman from Finland, Abby Carr, a freshman from Miami Springs, Fla., and two transfers Katya Gokhman from Furman University and Janice Cayman from Belgium.
Stayed tuned to www.seminoles.com for updates on all Florida State soccer action throughout the spring semester.