By Clayton Freeman, Official Florida FC Contributor
The NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament kicks off on Friday at 32 sites across the country.
Here is a breakdown of the Floridians on each of the 64 teams that will be competing for the 2021 title. Not surprisingly, American Athletic Conference regular season champion South Florida had the most Floridians on its roster with 18.
South Florida: M Madison Schwartzenberger (Fletcher), F Sydny Nasello (Land O’Lakes), G Madison Holcombe (Wesley Chapel), D Chyanne Dennis (American Heritage), D Alanna Lutchmansingh (Cardinal Gibbons), D Vivianne Bessette (Montverde Academy), F Jade Euell (Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian), D Camryn Lizardi (Braden River), M Sabrina Wagner (New Port Richey Mitchell), F Quinn Ryan (Tampa Plant), D Maya Alicea (Cardinal Gibbons), F Chloe Zamiela (South Fork), D Iris Young (Spanish River), F Sloane Young (Spanish River), D Kaley Verpaele (Merritt Island), M Hayden Fredericks (St. Petersburg), M Bailey Sweginnis (Coral Springs Charter), D Landry Singleton (Steinbrenner)
USC: F Sade Adamolekun (Fleming Island), F Izzy Kimberly (Bolles)
Grand Canyon: M Mikaela McGee (Fletcher)
Alabama: G Brooke Bollinger (West Orange), G McKinley Crone (Edgewater)
Virginia: M Lia Godfrey (Fleming Island – did not play high school), M Sarah Brunner (Mandarin), G Laurel Ivory (Miami Country Day), D Kiki Maki (IMG Academy)
TCU: D Payton Crews (St. Johns Country Day), M Paige Crews (St. Johns Country Day)
Virginia Tech: G Alia Skinner (Fleming Island – did not play high school)
Northwestern State: G Acelya Aydogmus (Mariner), M Karleigh Acosta (Mariner)
Arkansas: M Emilee Hauser (North Fort Myers), G Aidan Smith (Fort Myers Canterbury)
Harvard: D Jordan DiVerniero (Spruce Creek)
Wake Forest: F Ashley Frank (Niceville), F Shayla Smart (Montverde Academy), D Nadia DeMarinis (North Broward Prep), D Olivia DeMarinis (North Broward Prep)
Tennessee: D Claire Rain (Tampa Plant), M Emmy Schleifer (American Heritage)
Georgetown: G Lara Larco (Boca Raton)
Samford: D Tatum Loveless (Providence), F Taylor Yount (Mariner), D Jennifer Seward (Navarre), D Ella Simpson (Orlando First Academy), M Mary Raymond (Palm Harbor University), D Alyssa Conarton (Bloomingdale)
Auburn: F Olivia Candelino (Bolles), D Madeline Moore (Winter Haven), F Rocio Sanders (Cocoa Beach)
Memphis: G Elizabeth Moberg (Martin County). NOTE: Former Jacksonville Cyclones goalkeeper Jonny Walker is assistant coach
Louisiana State: D Gianni Badon (Creekside), D Grace Haggerty (Bishop Moore), D Maya Gordon (Cypress Bay), F Taylor Dobles (American Heritage), M Tiana Caffey (Jensen Beach)
N.C. State: M Jaiden Thomas (Ponte Vedra), D Cara Elmendorf (from Lake Mary – did not play high school)
North Carolina: D Avery Patterson (Bolles), M Kai Hayes (Ponte Vedra)
South Alabama: F Hailey Bastian (Navarre), M Madison Morgan (Palm Harbor University), D Abby Jacobs (Gulf Breeze), F Monique Gray (Seminole)
Florida State: D Kirsten Pavlisko (St. Johns Country Day), M Emily Madril (Navarre), G Cristina Roque (West Orange), M Kaitlyn Zipay (Oviedo), F Megan Morgan (Cypress Bay); F Jody Brown (Montverde Academy)
Lipscomb: Kristi Jones (Mosley), M Noa Ganthier (West Boca), D Alivia Carapazza
Mississippi: Taylor Radecki (Bartram Trail) and Sydney Michalak (Winter Springs)
Xavier: F Emma Marcus (Winter Springs)
Purdue: Aly Mielke (Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian)
Notre Dame: Gabrielle Daly (Ponte Vedra)
Bowling Green: M Jayden Bayes, Lakeland Christian.
UCLA: M Jackie Gilday, Spruce Creek.
Brown: D Kimmy Cover (Archbishop McCarthy), M Lindsay Gould (Ransom Everglades), D Karlie Schlosser (Cooper City)
Old Dominion: Ava Rice (Lecanto)
Princeton: Kamy Loustau (SJCD), Alexis Hiltunen (American Heritage).
South Carolina: G Taylor Fox (Titusville), M Rylee Forster (Providence), D Taylor Jacobson (Lake Nona)