April 2, 2007
Contributed by Melissa Wheeler, Florida State Sports Information
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State women's soccer team is hungry to get back to the College Cup and claim their first national title. Besides a vigorous spring training workout program, the Seminoles have added new personnel to the roster with hopes to achieve their ultimate goal. With the addition of transfers Erika Sutton, Lauren Switzer and Kate Millstead, the team is taking strides to follow their own footsteps back to the final four for the fourth time in the last five years.
Sutton, a junior transfer from San Diego State University adds both talent and experience to the Florida State lineup. Sutton grew up in Arvada, Colo., and was a member of the acclaimed Colorado Rush club soccer program, where she won the Youth National Championship in 2006 with fellow FSU teammate Sarah Wagenfuhr. Sutton was also a prominent member of the Region IV Olympic Development Team, and attended the U-18 National Team camp in 2005. Graduating from Ralston Valley High School, Sutton was named a top-50 recruit by Soccer Buzz Magazine. Her versatility allowed Sutton to play as a forward, midfielder and back in her two seasons at San Diego State University. Before transferring to Florida State, Sutton was named to the Mountain West All-Conference Second Team in 2005 and 2006.
Although Sutton has an impressive list of accolades, she is still striving to earn her team a national championship. Her decision to transfer to Florida State was defined by her desire to win, and the confidence she has in herself, as well as the Florida State soccer squad.
"I hope to have a positive affect on the field, and I want to win a national championship," Sutton explained. "I am very happy to be here. I love the team and the coaches and the atmosphere is great. I'm just happy with everything."
"She's a very good player and a very good athlete," head coach Mark Krikorian said. "She has a tremendous upside from what I have seen in workouts so far this spring. She's fast, has the ability to play with both feet and she can strike a nice ball if we need one at the goal. I really feel she is going to be a player that will provide us with a lift, another quality player that is going to come in and make an impact on this team."
Switzer, a sophomore transfer from UCLA, also provides the Seminoles with a winning edge. The St. Charles, Ill., native was a member of the Eclipse Select soccer program that won the Youth National Championship in 2004 and 2005. Switzer was also a member of the U-17 Youth National Team that won the 2005 Adidas Cup. In her senior year at St. Charles North High School, Switzer was named a top-25 recruit according to Soccer Buzz Magazine. Along with her teammate Sutton, Switzer's addition to the team provides versatility as a player who is capable of playing a variety of positions in the midfield and defensive lines.
"Switzer is a decorated national team player. I saw her first a couple of years ago playing with the U-17 National Team and I thought she was very good," said Krikorian. "She has a desire to be the best possible player out there. She has a great work ethic, loves the game and loves to train."
Her aspiration to be the best contributed to her decision to join the Florida State women's soccer program.
"I saw FSU in action and liked the way they played. I also love the environment here," Switzer explained. "I want to be a positive attribute to the team, and to win a national championship."
Millstead, a redshirt-sophomore transfer from Penn State is the third addition to the team this spring. Millstead grew up in Clarksburg, N.J. and was a member of the World Class soccer program that won four state championships. She was also a member of the U-19 Region I Olympic Development Team and named a top-50 recruit by Soccer Buzz Magazine in 2005.
Millstead's decision to transfer to Florida State was marked by the many positive aspects the program has to offer.
"I chose FSU because it was the best combination between a good team, good school and warm weather. I also felt the most comfortable with the coaches here," Millstead said.
Millstead adds depth and talent to Florida State's goalkeeping. Since arriving to Florida State in the beginning of the spring semester, she has shown that she is ready to dedicate herself to working hard and competing. Millstead stated that her goal for the upcoming fall season is to do everything she can to be a good addition to the team and to help the Seminoles find their way back to the College Cup.
"Kate has come in and shown herself well. She again will compete for playing time next fall. She has shown a good, competitive level in goal and as she becomes more comfortable with the team and the team becomes more comfortable with her, I feel she will continue to grow and benefit from being here," Krikorian said.
Each of these three talented players will contribute to the success of the Florida State women's soccer team during the 2007 fall season. Although they have joined the team coming from different backgrounds and universities, it is evident that they have one common goal in mind as they enter their first fall season with the Seminoles and that is to win a national championship in December.