Most student-athletes are content to leave college with an undergraduate degree. Ali Mims
, the starting goalie for NCAA Division I women's
quarterfinalist Florida State, will leave Tallahassee with a bachelor's degree in business management and master's degree in business administration.
An undergraduate degree was always in
Mims' plans, but she pursued a master's degree when she lost two seasons after fracturing her leg in a preseason scrimmage in her sophomore year. She had to have 20 surgical procedures to
recover from the break and the complications that followed.
"I was going to graduate in three-and-a-half years, work for a few years and then come back to school," said
the sixth-year senior. "After my injury, I had to reevaluate that. I wanted to keep playing soccer so that led me
into the master's program. It was a great problem to have because now I will have two degrees when I leave here. A lot of people don't ever have that opportunity."
Mims came back to
start in 2005 and put together one of the best seasons ever by a Seminole keeper as Florida State advanced to the Women's College Cup after beating North Carolina in the quarterfinals. This year,
the Noles have again reached the quarterfinals, where they host another ACC rival, Clemson, on Friday night. Mims has 11 shutouts in 24 games and a goals-against average of 0.58, bettering the FSU
marks she set last year with eight shutouts and a 0.90 GAA.
Not bad for a player who was recruited out of Ponte Vedra, Fla, but had to walk on at FSU. NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN
No. 1 Notre Dame (23-0-1) vs. No. 2 Penn State (18-4-3)
No. 2 UCLA (20-3-0) vs. Portland
No. 2 Florida State (17-3-4) vs. Clemson (11-7-5) Nov. 25
No. 1 North Carolina (24-1-0) vs. No. 2 Texas A&M (17-5-2)