LePeilbet And Makoski Named To U-21 National Team Roster

July 9, 2003

CHICAGO - U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli has named Arizona State soccer players Amy LePeilbet (Defender/Crystal Lake, Ill.) and Manya Makoski (Forward/Trumbull, Conn.) as two members of the 18-player squad that will travel to Denmark in mid-July in an attempt to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive Nordic Cup championship. With the two call-ups to the national team, Arizona State joins North Carolina, Stanford and Texas as the only collegiate teams with multiple players.

LePeilbet, who is currently one of the most senior players on the team with 10 caps, will look to again defend the Nordic Cup Championship. Makoski, with four caps and one goal scored, joins the U-21 team after a successful stint on the U-19 team where she helped to capture the FIFA World Championship last year in Canada. The eight days of training at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., was the first visit by the U.S. U-21 women to the world-class facility and included a 1-1 tie with the U.S. U-19s and a 1-0 victory over the San Diego Spirit of the WUSA. The win over the Spirit came in San Diego and the lone goal was scored Makoski.

Held in Northern Europe every summer, the Nordic Cup is the top competition in the world for U-21 women and the focus of the USA's oldest youth national team during its seven-month run-up to the prestigious competition.

The USA was drawn into a tough Group A and will face Denmark, Norway and Iceland in first-round play. Group B features Sweden, Germany, Finland and the full Greek Women's National Team, who is using the tournament as preparation for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. The top two finishers in each group will cross over to play for the championship, while the two second place finishers will play for third, the third place finishers for 5th and the last place finishers in the groups will vie for 7th place.

The USA opens the tournament against the host nation on Monday, July 21, and then faces Iceland on Wednesday, July 23. The U.S. will finish first-round play against Norway on Friday, July 25. All four placement matches are set for Sunday, July 27. All the USA's matches will be played at Randers Stadium in Randers, Denmark.

The USA has won an amazing five out of the last six Nordic Cups, winning its first in 1997 in Denmark, before falling the next year to Norway in the title game. Since then, the USA has reeled off four straight titles under three different coaches. This will be the first Nordic Cup for Petrucelli, but not for eight members of his squad. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), defenders Cat Reddick (UNC), Nandi Pryce (UCLA), Ally Marquand (Stanford) and Amy LePeilbet (Arizona) State), as well as midfielders Joanna Lohman (Penn State) and Kim Yokers (California), were all a part of the USA's 2002 Nordic Cup championship team in Finland. Midfielder Lori Chalupny (UNC) was part of the 2001 Nordic Cup championship team in Norway.

Petrucelli selected seven members of Tracey Leone's 2002 U-19 World Championship Team in Chalupny, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.), defender Amy Steadman (UNC), midfielder Leslie Osborne (Santa Clara), and forwards Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Lindsay Tarpley (UNC) and Kelly Wilson (Texas). All were starters on that historic team, but Steadman tore her ACL in the first match and has since recovered to make the jump to the U-21 level.

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