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:
Chicago Red Eleven
Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues
Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL)
W-League Team of the Week, June 17 - Ella Stephan, Pali Blues
W-League Team of the Week (Honorable Mention), June 17 - Tiffany McCarty, Washington Freedom
W-League Team of the Week, June 24 - Lauren Switzer, Chicago Red Eleven