Tallahassee, FL - With the Florida State soccer season nearly three months from its season opener, 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.
U-23 National Team:
Seniors Tori Huster, Toni Pressley and Casey Short have all been called back by the U-23 National Team to participate in the Three Nations Tournament in Falun, Sweden from June 12-22 for the teams final matches of this year’s cycle. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin called up 18 players’ total that will first face the Norway U-23 women on June 17 and then play the Sweden U-23 women twice, on June 19 and June 21.
Fellow senior Janice Cayman is playing with the Belgium national team and scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over North Korea. Belgium will play in two more friendly games against France next week on June 15th and June 18th.
"I am extremely excited to have been extended the invitation to again have the chance to play for my country,” said Huster. “Sweden will be a new experience for me, but I am glad to get to experience it with Toni (Pressley) and Casey (Short)."
“It's an honor to be able to represent our country in these matches,” said Short. “It will be a great experience to compete against international teams and to travel to a country I've never been before.”
“It’s always an honor to get called back into camp and I'm very excited because I've never been to Sweden before and I'm excited to share it with Tori and Shorty and hopefully we do really well,” Pressley said.
U-20 National Team:
Freshman Jamia Fields and sophomore Kassey Kallman are currently training with the U-20 team for a week long training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California from June 4th to the 12th. The U-20 squad played their first of two games on June 8, winning 2-1 against the U-20 Japanese national team. The two teams will face against each other again on June 11 at the Olympic Training Center.
“It was very exciting to play a team whose entire game is centered around their technical abilities,” said Kallman. “Playing the Japanese national team has helped us learn many new things about our game and what we need to improve on to become an even better team.”
In W-League action, four Seminole student-athletes have hit the field this summer racking up valuable minutes on the pitch. Senior Tiffany McCarty scored her third goal in her first five games with the Pali Blues during a June 5th match against the Seattle Sounders. In five games, McCarty has totaled seven points on three goals and one assist. Overall she has played a team high 450 minutes and recorded a tem best 15 shots.
Fellow senior Jessica Price and freshman standout Jamia Fields join McCarty as teammates on the Blues while junior Tiana Brockway is a member of the Sounders. Broadway has played in all six games recording a team high 540 minutes on the pitch. The Blues will go on the road for five games beginning with the Colorado Force at Loveland Sports Park on June 9th at 6 p.m. PT while the Sounders host the LA Strikers FC on Sunday, June 12th at 6 p.m. PT at the Starfire Sports Complex Stadium.
In the Women’s Premier Soccer League, upcoming junior Tiffani Mullen, sophomore Jordan Johnson and freshman Connor Zwetsch are playing with the Brandon FC. The first game is schedule for today Friday, June 10 against the Gulf Coast Texans at 7:00 pm. Sophomore Kassey Kallman is playing with the Minnesota Kings FC which won their first match 1-0 against the Chicago Red Stars on June 1st.