Meet the Breakers: Florida State defender Casey Short

 Florida State had one of its greatest seasons in the program’s history in 2012. The Seminoles tied a school record with 20 wins, won the Atlantic Coast Conference, reached the College Cup for the second year in a row, and allowed less than one goal per game. One of the reasons for their success: the tireless work put in by defender Casey Short, Boston’s top pick (No. 5 overall) in the 2013 NWSL Draft.

Florida State had one of its greatest seasons in the program’s history in 2012. The Seminoles tied a school record with 20 wins, won the Atlantic Coast Conference, reached the College Cup for the second year in a row, and allowed less than one goal per game. One of the reasons for their success: the tireless work put in by defender Casey Short, Boston’s top pick (No. 5 overall) in the 2013 NWSL Draft.

"I’m very excited to come to Boston and to have the opportunity to play with so many talented players," Short said. "I played with Syd (Leroux) in the U-20 World Cup in 2010, and I also played with Mariah (Nogueira) in youth national team camps. I’ve also played against Mariah, Maddy (Evans), and Jo (Dragotta) collegiately while at Florida State. I look forward to meeting and playing with the other national team members as well."

Short, a Naperville, Ill., native, anchored a back line at Florida State that set a school record for shutouts (17) in 2012 as well as goals against average (0.62), and fewest goals allowed (four) in Atlantic Coast Conference games. Florida State started the 2012 season with 14 straight victories, which included 12 shutouts. The Seminoles finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation. In her four years at Florida State, the Seminoles ended the season ranked 7th or higher in the country. 

In four years at Florida State, Short played 81 games (70 starts). She ended her career with seven goals and 18 assists, including a 5-goal, 3-assist season in 2010 as a junior. Short was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team in 2008, All-ACC Second Team in 2010 and 2012, and the NSCAA Southeast All-Region First Team in 2012.

One of the top high school players in the nation at Naperville Central High School. She was a two-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American and a 2008 PARADE All-American. She also had tremendous speed as a member of her high school’s track team, winning multiple state championships in the 400 and 800 meters.

Short made her debut in the U.S. National Team youth system in her early teens, first joining the U-14 player pool and then playing for the U.S. U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, and U-20 teams. She played on the U-20 team that captured gold at the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier, which sent the U.S. to the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2010. She also helped lead the U-20s to the 2010 Four Nations Cup tournament title. In 2011, Short played for the U-23 team in the Three Nations Tournament in Sweden. She scored one goal in a 4-0 win over Sweden in the final match of the tournament. 

Even though she said she was surprised she was drafted, prior to the NWSL Draft, Short received some encouraging words from Florida State Head Coach Mark Krikorian.
 
"I talked to (him) a few times to get some feedback, and he was very positive," Short said. "But I didn’t really have any idea who was interested in me."
 
The Breakers certainly were, making Short their No. 1 selection in the inaugural NWSL Draft.
 
"With Casey Short, we have a player that’s versatile," Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "She’s been really successful at Florida State. She can play out wide on the left, she can play centrally, and she can play as a holding mid, so that fills a role for us there."

On Draft Day, Short followed it with her roomate, Taylor Vancil, who was drafted by the Chicago Red Stars.

"We sat out in our living room and decided to hook her phone up to our TV so we could watch it on the big screen. We were a bit caught off guard with how quickly the draft was moving, so we were trying to keep up while still refreshing the newsfeed," Short said. "I was completely shocked when I found out that the Breakers had drafted me, and it took a while for it to set in. My dad actually saw it seconds before me and called me. And right as he was telling me, I saw my name pop up on our TV. It was an incredible moment and a dream come true."

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