National Women's Soccer League

College Spotlight: Kelsey Wys

Eighteen goalkeepers are eligible for the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft; one is Kelsey Wys.

The Florida State University graduate, who earned her bachelor’s degree in family and child sciences in spring 2013, was brought to Tallahassee from Coral Springs, Fla., by Seminoles head coach Mark Krikorian.

“Kelsey is going to compete for a starting job here at Florida State from the moment she walks on campus,” Krikorian said. “We think she has a lot of promise, a lot of potential; she has a big upside and is a very talented goalkeeper.”

Unfortunately for Wys, she did not get chosen for the starting goalkeeper spot and was redshirted in 2009. Upon returning in 2010, Wys finally got the job.

In 22 games played, Wys helped her team to a 16-5-1 record, while posting 12 shutouts.

In addition to leading the ACC in shutouts, Wys also headed the conference in shutouts per game (.55), save percentage (.843) and total saves (91).

2011 saw Wys play in 23 matches, while making 61 saves and earning eight shutouts. Wys was also a key member of the Seminoles’ defensive group that allowed only two goals in three games during the team’s run to its first ACC Championship.

The 5’9” goalkeeper also made Seminole history by being the first Florida State goalkeeper to post two assists in one season – one assist at Portland and the second against Virginia.

Coming back in 2012, Wys played in 23 games, while only letting 15 goals get by her. The goalkeeper made 73 saves, earned 10 shutouts, and led her team to a 19-4-0 record.

Wys led the ACC in shutouts and save percentage (.830), and ranked fifth in saves per game (3.17) that season.

After giving up two goals in the team’s first match of the season (Aug. 17), she managed to allow only one goal (against Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 7) over the next 12 matches (1258 min).

At the end of the team’s 2012 campaign, Krikorian had only positive things to say about his number one goalkeeper.

“Kelsey has matured into one of the best college goalkeepers in the country,” he said. “I thought she was by far the best at that position this year [2012]. Her play in goal was rock solid for us.”

In her final year of eligibility at Florida State, Wys made 72 saves in just 28 matches. The goalkeeper clocked in 2614 minutes and earned a season-high 15 shutouts.

And in one of her best games of the season, Wys helped her team defeat a women’s soccer powerhouse: the University of North Carolina.

“The moments where we weren’t quite as sharp, certainly Kelsey was there and played as a tower of strength in the goal and allowed us to withstand some of the storm,” Krikorian said about the 1-0 win over the Tar Heels, where Wys made nine saves and locked in her sixth shutout of the season.

In Wys’ last match for Florida State, she and the Seminoles faced off against UCLA in the 2013 College Cup championship.

The goalkeeper made seven saves, but the team was overpowered by the Bruins, and was defeated by a score of 1-0.

Upon finishing her career at Florida State University, Wys ended her career with 17 new goalkeeper records in the university’s history.


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