15 Headed To FIFA Women's World Cup
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - 15 current or former Pac-10 women's soccer student-athletes are headed to Germany for the FIFA Women's World Cup, beginning Sunday, June 26.
There are eight former Pac-10 student-athletes on the U.S. National team. Stanford has three former players on the team, defender Rachel Buehler, goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart and forward Kelley O'Hara. In addition to O'Hara as a scoring threat, the U.S. boast three young, talented strikers in California's Alex Morgan, UCLA's Lauren Cheney and USC's Alex Rodriguez. Washington's Hope Solo will stand between the posts for the U.S. and Arizona State's Amy LePelibet will be used all over the back line as she is making a return from an ACL injury in 2006. The Americans concluded a stretch of eight full trainings days in Austria on June 21 and are ready to make a run at the Cup.
The Pac-10 is well-represented on teams from around the world, including three representing New Zealand, two wearing the Canadian Maple Leaf and two playing for the Mexican National Team.
Former Stanford defensive standout Ali Riley will be making her first World Cup appearance for New Zealand. She will be joined by current Golden Bear junior Betsy Hassett and incoming Bruin freshman Rosie White. White was one of the youngest players ever to suit up for the Ferns when she played with the full national team in 2009 at the age of 15.
Hassett and her fellow Ferns departed New Zealand on June 12 for a training camp in Switzerland. The Ferns played three friendlies, posting a 2-1 record with wins over Wales and Columbia but falling to Denmark. Hassett scored the lone goal against Columbia and played all 90 minutes versus Columbia and Wales.
Oregon State redshirt junior forward Chelsea Buckland will be joining the Canadian National Team in her first Women's World Cup. New Bruin Chelsea Stewart, who transferred to Westwood after playing her freshman season at Vanderbilt will also play for Canada. She was a member of the 2008 Beijing Olympic team.
Stanford senior midfielder Teresa Noyola and junior defender Alina Garciamendez are set to play for the Mexican National team. Both players will be appearing in their first Women's World Cup. Garciamendez played a large role in Mexico's qualifying for the Cup, as she had a grueling Fall schedule, playing in qualifying games for Mexico and then returning to The Farm to be a solid contributor for the Cardinal.
|United States' Schedule|
|June 28||Korea DPR||8:45 a.m. PT||Dresden, Germany||ESPN/ESPN3.com|
|July 2||Columbia||8:30 a.m. PT||Sinsheim, Germany||ESPN/ESPN3.com|
|July 6||Sweden||11:30 a.m. PT||Wolfsburg, Germany||ESPN/ESPN3.com|
|New Zealand's Schedule|
|June 27||Japan||6:00 a.m. PT||Bochum, Germany|
|July 1||England||9:15 a.m. PT||Dresden, Germany|
|July 5||Mexico||9:15 a.m. PT||Sinsheim, Germany|
|June 26||Germany||9:00 a.m. PT||Berlin, Germany|
|June 30||France||9:00 a.m. PT||Bochum, Germany|
|July 5||Nigeria||11:45 a.m. PT||Dresden, Germany|
|June 27||England||9:00 a.m. PT||Wolfsburg, Germany|
|July 1||Japan||6:00 a.m. PT||Leverkusen, Germany|
|July 5||New Zealand||9:15 a.m. PT||Sinsheim, Germany|