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FSU Women’s Soccer: Season Preview

The FSU Women’s Soccer team is coming off of an impressive past few seasons, racking up multiple ACC titles and even a National Championship in 2014. The Seminoles look to continue their success starting with their season opener against UNC Greensboro at 7 p.m. on August 18th.

Last year, the Noles finished the season ranked No. 19 by TopDrawerSoccer with a 14-4-4 record. This season, they will be returning 10 of 11 starters and come in at No. 4 in the National Preseason poll. They are also predicted to win the ACC for the fifth year in a row.

A few of the returning starters including Megan Connolly, Cassie Miller and Deyna Castellanos, were selected to the TDS Preseason Best XI second team. Freshman Gloriana Villalobos was selected to the Best XI freshman team as well.

The Noles will face a tough away schedule this year including games at Florida, Virginia Tech and Duke. On the other hand, some of the top teams they will face at home include North Carolina, NC State and Boston College. As expected, the ACC is a strong conference for women’s soccer. This ultimately makes every game important regardless of what team they are or where they are playing. However, Noles fans should have nothing to worry about this season with the strong defensive line and offensive powerhouses FSU possesses.

Although the past few years have been a great journey to newfound success for the Seminoles’ soccer team, something tells me this year will be no different. Despite having already lost a few players to injuries, this team has gone throughout preseason with a fiery attitude, ready for whatever comes their way. FSU Women’s soccer team has talented players in every position. But what makes them stand out is how much they work together, and for each other. These women always play every minute for their teammates. They strive to be better than they were and never give up in the tough moments. Being a part of this team means so much to each and every player, whether their role is as a starter, or learning how to be a better player and teammate.

Key players to look out for this year will be redshirt senior goalkeeper, Cassie Miller. Miller started in every game and allowed only 9 goals from opponents last season. Junior midfielder, Megan Connolly, is coming off an impressive sophomore season. Connolly also started in every game and recorded 7 goals and 4 assists. Venezuelan native and sophomore forward, Deyna Castellanos, is also someone to watch out for. She may have only played in 13 games last season, but her 7 goals helped FSU majorly throughout the season. Other leaders in FSU’s offense to look for is junior midfielder, Kaycie Tillman, and junior midfielder, Natalia Kuikka. Florida State also hopes to put their strong new freshmen class to work this season and continue this legacy of success the Noles have created.

The past few seasons have been an uprising of success for FSU Soccer and this year won’t be anything less than extraordinary. The team looks to come back stronger than ever after last season and return to the College Cup.

 

Haylee Blitch

Writer at NoleGameday covering Football and Baseball. Media and Communications Studies major at Florida State University.



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