Ali Riley Heads to New Zealand National Team Training Camp
March 16, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Cardinal freshman Ali Riley has been selected to the New Zealand Senior Women's National Team announced Head Coach John Herdman this week. The Stanford forward, competed for New Zealand at the U-20 Women's World Cup last summer and has been training with the full Women's National Team since the first camp in January. Riley was selected as a defender, one of eight to make the current 28-player squad.
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 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.
In early January, Riley participated in an eight day training camp in Auckland involving 30 players, the first phase of New Zealand's buildup to the April Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament. She also competed with the team in matches against Australia in early February. Riley's father, a professor at UCLA, was born in New Zealand and Riley holds dual citizenship.
New Zealand will meet Tonga, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea in the OFC World Cup qualifying tournament, April 9 -14. The winner will represent Oceania at the FIFA Women's World Cup in China from September 10-30.