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Jan. 14, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Five Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were among the 23 chosen in the 2012 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft held Friday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo.
Florida State midfielder Tori Huster was the first conference player selected, as she went first in the second round (eighth overall) to Western New York. North Carolina forward Courtney Jones went fourth in the second round (11th overall) to the Boston Breakers, while FSU defender Toni Pressley went to the Philadelphia Independence as the sixth and final pick of the second round (13th overall).
Sky Blue FC selected Boston College goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni with the second pick of the third round (15ht overall). Maryland forward Jasmyne Spencer was taken third in the fourth round by Philadelphia (21st overall). A third-team All-America selection in 2011 and the highest drafted player ever from FSU, Huster started all 26 games in the midfield for the Seminoles. The Cincinnati, Ohio native wrapped up her four-year career in Tallahassee with 91 starts - fifth most in school history. She finished her senior campaign fourth on the team in points with 16 recording six goals and four assists. Huster went on to garner first team All-ACC, first team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District and College Cup All-Tournament team honors last season.
Jones finished at UNC as member of the 30/30 club for her career, tallying a total of 36 goals and 32 assists. The Danville, Calif., native started all 20 games of her senior season, sharing the team lead in goals with 6, including goals in three straight games. Jones also shared the team lead in assists with eight to lead the Tar Heels in total points (20). Jones ranks 23rd all-time at UNC in points scored (104) and her 36 career goals rank 22nd in program history.
Pressley recently concluded her senior season in Tallahassee and joined Huster in helping the Seminoles to their first ACC Championship and a berth in the College Cup in 2011. The Melbourne, Fla., native finished her Florida State career tied for third in appearances with 96, while tallying 33 career points on 11 goals and 11 assists. The former All-American was a member of the U-23 squad that played in the 2011 Three Nations Tournament in Sweden.
Boston College’s Mastroianni made the NSCAA Regional third team as a freshman and first team as a sophomore. A native of Durham, Conn., Mastroianni will leave BC as the all-time leader in shutouts, as well as tied for second in NCAA history with 44. She also owns the program record for most wins, as she went 61-23-8. Mastroianni also started a school record 92 straight games.
Maryland’s Spencer was named to the All-ACC team for the third time in her career in 2011, becoming just the fifth player in the history of Terrapin women's soccer to be named to the All-ACC team three times. The Bay Shore, N.Y., native helped guide the Terps to three NCAA tournament bids, which included two trips to the Sweet 16 and the program's first-ever No. 1 seed in the tournament.