TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The National Women's Soccer League held its inaugural college draft Friday morning in Indianapolis as part of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention. And it didn't take long for Florida State's draft eligible seniors to come off the board. Tiffany McCarty, Casey Short and Taylor Vancil all heard their names called and will now get a chance to continue their soccer careers at the professional level.
The Seminoles had two players selected through the first five picks as McCarty was drafted second overall by the Washington Spirit and Short was taken moments later by the Boston Breakers with the fifth overall pick. Vancil was the first pick in the third round (17th overall) by the Chicago Red Stars.
"I am ecstatic for all three of these players," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "They have worked extremely hard through their careers to develop themselves. Now they have an opportunity to move on to the next chapter in their soccer careers. We are all really excited for them and we look forward to watching them at the next level."
McCarty made school history on Friday becoming the highest drafted player to come out of the Florida State soccer program. Tori Huster held that honor when she was drafted in the second round (eighth overall) of the WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash in 2012.
In fact, McCarty is just the third Seminole player in all sports to be drafted by a professional team in the first two picks of that squad's league draft. The Florida State baseball program held the lone distinction with Paul Wilson (first overall pick) and J.D. Drew (second overall pick) in 1994 and 1997, respectively. The Laurel, Md., native and FSU's all-time leading scorer will now get a chance to play right in her back yard as a member of the Spirit.
"It's a dream come true," said McCarty. "I am going back home so my family is really excited about that and a lot of my childhood friends are excited too! I wanted to be a professional player for a very long time and now that I am getting that opportunity I am very excited and ready to play with and against the best players in the world.
"This speaks volumes to the Florida State program in general. We have a lot of elite athletes that play in all our sports. We train hard and work hard in the classroom as well. It also speaks to the experience that everyone receives when they come to Florida State. We aspire to be professional athletes and to go on and do big things in our sports."
McCarty, who is a three-time All-ACC selection, finished the 2012 campaign leading the team in points (39), goals (17) and shots (63), while tying for the team lead with five game-winning goals. She finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in three offensive categories while ranking nationally in total goals (10th), game-winning goals (t-17th), total points (15th), goals per game (19th) and points per game (27th). The only three-time All-American in school history, McCarty leaves Florida State as the record holder in 12 different offensive categories.
Short made 23 starts in her final season at Florida State recording four points all on assists. Her final assist of the season came on a golden goal scored by McCarty in a double overtime victory over Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament second round. A native of Naperville, Ill., Short played all three positions (forward/midfielder/defender) at Florida State over her four year career, but was instrumental in FSU's team defending in 2012 which ranked among the nation's best. The Seminoles finished the year ranked in the top 40 in three categories including shutout percentage, goals against average and save percentage.
"I am so excited right now; this is such an incredible opportunity" said Short. "I am really looking forward to playing for the Breakers."
Vancil appeared in 14 games making four starts between the posts in her two seasons at Florida State. The Seminole goalkeeper went 3-1-0 with three shutouts as she posted 19 saves and a goals against average of 0.83.
"This is so exciting, it's a dream come true," said Vancil. "I can't wait to go back to Chicago and train with someone like Erin McLeod. It is going to be a lot of fun."
Here is a list of FSU Soccer's All-Time Drafted Players
National Women's Soccer League
Year - Name, Round (Pick), Team
2013 - Tiffany McCarty, 1st (2nd), Washington Spirit
2013 - Casey Short, 1st (5th), Boston Breakers
2013 - Taylor Vancil, 3rd (17th), Chicago Red Stars
Year - Name, Round (Pick), Team
2012 - Tori Huster, 2nd (8th), Western New York Flash
2012 - Toni Pressley, 2nd (13th), Philadelphia Independence
2011 - Amanda DaCosta, 3rd (17th), Washington Freedom
2010 - Becky Edwards, 2nd (12th), FC Gold Pride