Riley Set for OFC Women's World Cup
April 5, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford's Ali Riley has been selected to the 20-player New Zealand Women's National Team roster that will compete at the Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament next week. The Cardinal freshman is one of eight defenders to make the final squad, after the training camp roster was narrowed from 28 to 20 players.
Riley competed for New Zealand at the U-20 Women's World Cup last summer and has since been training with the full Women's National Team. 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 next week's tournament. She also competed with the team in matches against Australia in early February and has been in training camp with the team since late March. Riley's father, a professor at UCLA, was born in New Zealand and Riley holds dual citizenship.
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.
The OFC World Cup qualifying tournament begins Monday and runs through April 14 in Papua New Guinea. New Zealand will meet Tonga, the Solomon Islands and host Papua New Guinea in the three-game round-robin competition. The winner will represent Oceania at the FIFA Women's World Cup in China from September 10-30.