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Kelsey Wys is battling for the starting job in goal with the Western NY Flash.

Kelsey Wys is battling for the starting job in goal with the Western NY Flash.

April 11, 2014

Seminoles in the Pros - 2014

By: Steven McCartney, FSU Sports Information Assistant

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Led by 2014 draft picks Kassey Kallman and Kelsey Wys, the National Women's Soccer League kicks off its second season this weekend with seven former Seminoles in the league.

The reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Kallman was the fifth overall draft pick in the 2014 draft by FC Kansas City. A four year starter for the Seminoles, Kallman helped lead the team to three consecutive College Cup appearances (2011-2013), two ACC titles (2011 and 2013), and a berth in the national championship game in 2013. She also earned NSCAA First Team All-America honors as a senior and was named a finalist for the Honda Award and semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. She joins an FCKC team that reached the semifinals of the NWSL playoffs last season.

Wys was the first goalkeeper taken (and 18th player overall) in the 2014 draft by the Western New York Flash. With Kallman, Wys helped lead the Noles to three College Cup appearances while setting 17 Seminole goalkeeping records, including wins (74), shutouts (45), NCAA tournament wins (16) and tied for the school record with 298 saves. She was honored as an NSCAA Third Team All-American in 2012 and made the NCAA All-Tournament team as a senior in 2013. She joins a Flash team that finished as the runner-up in the inaugural season of the NWSL last year.

Joining Kallman and Wys in the NWSL at the start of the 2014 season are Toni Pressley (2008-2011) and Tori Huster (2008-2011) with the Washington Spirit; Taylor Vancil (2011-2012) of the Chicago Red Stars; and Tiffany McCarty (2008-2012) and Becky Edwards (2006-2009) of the Houston Dash.

Pressley spent the past season in Russia playing for Ryazan VDV, before joining the Spirit half way through the season in 2013. At Florida State, Pressley was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American her senior year as the Noles advanced to the College Cup.

Huster is entering her second season with the Washington Spirit. Last year, she started all 21 of her appearances and scored one goal, against the Seattle Reign FC on May 17. For the Seminoles, she was a four year starter and was named the ACC Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011. For her career, Huster scored 20 goals and had 19 assists.

Vancil started six games last season for the Red Stars, finishing with a 3-2-1 record. Vancil allowed eight goals in 540 minutes and made 23 saves with one shutout. After transferring from Louisville to Florida State after the 2010 season, Vancil posted shutouts in each of her three wins in two seasons with the Seminoles.

McCarty and Edwards are playing this season for the expansion Houston Dash. McCarty was the highest drafted player in program history, selected second overall in 2013 by the Washington Spirit. She was then selected in the Expansion Draft by the Dash in 2014. For the Spirit last season, she scored two goals in 12 starts. She is the all-time point's leader at Florida State, tallying 63 goals and notching 24 assists and became the first three-time All-American in program history.

Similar to McCarty, Edwards joins the Dash after playing 2013 with the Portland Thorns FC before being selected in the Expansion Draft by Houston. She started 10 games for the Thorns last year before missing the rest of the season with an ACL injury. She was named by the Thorns as the Community Player of the Year and wore the captain's armband against the Chicago Red Stars. With FSU, she was a two-time NSCAA First Team All-American and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2009.

Casey Short, who played at Florida State from 2008-12, was signed by the Red Stars in the off-season but will miss the upcoming NWSL season due to injury. Short made 81 appearances for the Seminoles with 70 starts finishing her career with 32 points on seven goals and 18 assists.

The Portland Thorns defeated the Western New York Flash, 2-0, in the inaugural championship game last season. The nine-team league will begin play this Saturday, April 12, with the championship set for August 30th.

For more information on the NWSL, including how to watch every game live on YouTube, visit NWSLSoccer.com.

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