Tallahassee, FL - Tiffany McCarty hasn't played a single minute of her senior year, yet she's still FSU's all-time leading goal scorer. But that accomplishment pales in comparison to what she really wants: a national title.
The taste of last year's Final Four loss is eroding by the day now that soccer practice is underway.
"Maybe just going forward this time, we're gonna put all the pieces right together and hopefully we can get a diffferent result when we go there," McCarty said.
The senior forward is one of seven seniors returning. Last year, they won the ACC tournament for the first time in school history, beating the storied North Carolina program along the way.
"The experience that they've gained over the course of their time here is invaluable and leadership quality is fantastic," Head Coach Mark Krikorian said.
Krikorian says it's not whether the Lady 'Noles have the talent, but it's how they use it.
"Our potential is really high. I think that we have a lot of depth, more depth than we've ever had before and I think the possibilities are really good."
The possibilities are better with the addition of Casey Short, a senior midfielder who was sidelined all of last season due to an injury.
"It is special. I'm used to being one of the younger ones. Now I'm a fifth-year senior, so I'm going to use my experience and be one of the leaders," Short said.
The Seminoles will be without junior defender Kassey Kallman for the first month of the season, at least. Kallman will join the U.S. U-20 World Cup team in mid-August in Japan.