Riley Named to New Zealand National Team Roster
Jan. 22, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Cardinal freshman Ali Riley has been called up to the New Zealand Women's National Team for its match against Australia next week announced Head Coach Allan Jones. The Cardinal forward competed for New Zealand at the U-20 Women's World Cup this summer and was named the New Zealand Senior and Young International Women's Player of the Year in 2006. This is her first call-up to the full Women's National Team.
Riley made an immediate impact in her rookie season at Stanford, making 15 starts and finishing as the squad's fourth-leading scorer with ten points. The Pacific Palisades, Calif. native, who holds dual U.S. and New Zealand citizenship, netted the key first goal for the Cardinal in the NCAA First Round and assisted on fellow freshman Kelley O'Hara's insurance goal in the Second Round against USC. An All-Pac-10 Freshman selection, Riley was a member of the standout freshman class that was responsible for nearly half of the Cardinal scoring in 2006.
With the call-up, Riley has earned a shot to make the roster that will play in September's FIFA Women's World Cup in China. Riley and the current 20-member squad will meet Australia's Matildas in Canberra on February 4 and 6. The matches will be played at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra where New Zealand will be based from February 2-7.
Earlier this month, Riley participated in an eight day training camp in Auckland involving 30 players, the first phase of New Zealand's buildup to the April 2-6 Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament. Another four-day camp will be held in March.