Nicole Barnhart Plays for National Team - as a Forward!

Oct. 16, 2004

Kansas City, Mo. - Stanford's starting goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown), a two-time All-American and 2004 MAC Hermann Trophy candidate, earned her first cap with the U.S. Senior National Team tonight - as a forward.

The U.S. matched up against Mexico tonight in Kansas City, Mo., on its Fan Celebration Tour, and Barnhart was called into the game after starting forward Angela Hucles rolled her ankle in the 81st minute and had to leave the match. As the USA has already used all of its available substitutes, back-up goalkeeper Barnhart was sent into the game to play forward. It is the first time in USA history that a goalkeeper has played in the field (although Mia Hamm played in goal during the 1995 Women's World Cup). Barnhart had several quality touches on the front line, as the U.S. won, 1-0, over Mexico.

Barnhart will be back at Stanford tomorrow and will start in goal, as the Cardinal take on Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. at Maloney Field.

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