The FSU Women's soccer team lost 3 All-Americans from last year's roster. That would normally spell disaster for a college team, but when you've become one of the nation's elite, it's a little easier to handle.
After back to back postseason runs, the Lady Noles have sparked a love affair with the College cup.
FSU senior Midfielder Kirsten van de Ven said, "I love it, everyday. All the people give it their best, you give it your best. It's great."
FSU junior defender Sarah Wagenfuhr said, "It's fun to win and fun to have other schools be afraid to play you. But it also means you have to perform every day."
FSU Head Football Coach Mark Krikorian said, "When you get to go to a College Cup, you feel good, but you have to realize that you got there through hard work and perseverance."
The head coach's philosophy has quickly kicked the Lady Noles into one of the nation's elite.
Wagenfuhr said, "I knew he was gonna take us to great heights. He treats us like professionals and expects nothing but the best from us. I knew it was only a matter of time before we started becoming a powerhouse because of his leadership.'
Coach Krikorian said, "We are just thrilled to be back at home. We have as good of a crowd as there is in college soccer and I'm looking forward to them coming out to support us again."
Combine the atmosphere with talented players, and it's simple to understand why the sport is booming
Kirsten said, "It's my life. I'm far away from my family for soccer. Women's soccer in general is getting better all over the world there's a great development."
Well, the FSU development officially continues Saturday, September 1 at Portland.