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Seminole Soccer Summer Update
Tiffany McCarty scored twice for the U-20 squad in a recent two-game trip to Germany.

Tiffany McCarty scored twice for the U-20 squad in a recent two-game trip to Germany.

July 8, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With the Florida State soccer season a little less than two months away from its season opener on August 21, many of the current Seminoles are spending 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 National Team concluded its tour of Germany with a 2-2 tie against the host country. The U.S. fell behind by two goals in the first 10 minutes of its match against the German U-19's before scratching back with two goals of its own. Florida State sophomore forward Tiffany McCarty got the U.S. on the scoreboard with a goal in the 35th minute to cut the deficit in half, marking her second goal of the tournament.

Casey Short, who entered the match just one minute prior to the U.S.'s first goal, sent a through ball down the left wing to Sydney Leroux. Leroux collected the ball just inside the penalty area, took a touch and hit a hard shot on frame. German goalkeeper Desiree Schumann made the initial save, but could not hang onto the ball. McCarty crashed hard on the play knocking the rebound low into the middle of the net to bring the U.S. within one of the German lead.

McCarty and Short will be joined by teammate Toni Pressley at the University of Colorado for U-20 training camp from July 11-18. Incoming Seminole freshmen Kelsey Wys and Alex Crown are also headed to Boulder, Colo., participating in training camp with the U-18 squad from July 9-16. Both teams will square off against the Canadian U-20 Women's Team, with the U.S. U-20's playing their northern rivals twice and the U-18's playing them once. A combined 48 players from both the U-20 and U-18 squads will vie for a spot on the U.S. team that will attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany.

Sophomore Ella Stephan played 20 minutes with the U.S. U-23 Women's National Team in a 2-0 loss to England in Bisham on July 4. The two teams will play again in Bisham on July 7.

In W-League action, goalkeeper Erin McNulty ranks in the top five in the league in both goals allowed (t-2nd) and goals against average (3rd) in leading Hudson Valley to an 8-0-1 mark, good for second place in the Northeast Division. Lauren Switzer has tallied 14 points on six goals and two assists for the Midwest Division leading Chicago Red Eleven, while Tori Huster leads the Boston Renegades in shots with 26.

Over in the Women's Premier Soccer League, Katie Bolinsky currently ranks tied for fourth in goals (6) and tied for fifth in points (13) playing for the Clearwater Galactics.

A total of 17 players are competing in the W-League and the Women's Premier Soccer League this summer. Here is a look at where everyone is playing and how they are performing so far this summer:

W-League
Boston Renegades
Breezy Hupp - 1 game, 33 minutes
Tori Huster - 9 games, 763 minutes, 6 points (3 goals), 26 shots
* Statistical leader - t-5th in shots with 26
Marissa Kazbour - 5 games, 96 minutes, 2 points (1 goal), 1 shot
Rachel Lim - 6games, 212 minutes, 3 shots

Chicago Red Eleven
Jessica Price - 5 games, 174 minutes, 3 points (1 goal, 1 assist), 7 shots
Casey Short - 7 games, 329 minutes, 3 points (1 goal, 1 assist), 10 shots
Lauren Switzer - 8 games, 563 minutes, 14 points (6 goals, 2 assists), 21 shots, 2 GWG
* Statistical leader - t-16th in points with 14

Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues
Amanda DaCosta - 6 games, 424 minutes, 1 point (1 assist), 6 shots
Erin McNulty - 8 games, 495 minutes, 2 GA, 18 saves, 0.36 GAA
* Statistical leader - t-2nd in GA with 2; 3rd in GAA at 0.36

Pali Blues
Ella Stephan - 6 games, 409 minutes

Washington Freedom
Becky Edwards - 8 games, 591 minutes, 1 point (1 assist), 6 shots
Tiffany McCarty - 3 games, 262 minutes, 4 points (1 goal, 2 assists), 8 shots
Toni Pressley - 7 games, 603 minutes, 1 point (1 assist), 6 shots

Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL)
Clearwater Galactics
Katie Bolinsky - 5 games, 13 points (6 goals, 1 assist)
* Statistical leader - t-5th in points with 13; t-4th in goals with 6
Kimmy Diaz - 5 games
Margo McAuley - 5 games
Susanna Zorn - 5 games

Summer Honors
W-League Team of the Week, May 28 - Lauren Switzer, Chicago Red Eleven
* Switzer scored three goals for the Chicago Red Eleven in a 7-0 victory over West Michigan. The goal by Switzer marked the first goal in team history, while it was the first victory for the Red Eleven in their inaugural season.

W-League Team of the Week, June 17 - Ella Stephan, Pali Blues
* Stephan controlled the midfield tempo for the Pali Blues in a 0-0 draw against the Colorado Force back on June 14. Stephan has played in five games for Pali this summer tallying 364 minutes on the pitch.

W-League Team of the Week (Honorable Mention), June 17 - Tiffany McCarty, Washington Freedom
* McCarty earned Honorable Mention honors after recording four points on a goal and two assists for the Washington Freedom in a 4-0 victory over Western Mass.

W-League Team of the Week, June 24 - Lauren Switzer, Chicago Red Eleven
* Switzer led the Chicago Red Eleven to a 2-0-0 week as she tallied the game-winning goals in both victories. The St. Charles, Ill., native scored the game's first goal (eighth minute) in a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Lightning and followed that with a goal in the 27th minute in a 1-0 Red Eleven victory over Kalamazoo.

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