Griffin Helps Lead U.S. Team to Gold

July 30, 2008

University of Washington associate head women's soccer coach Amy Griffin helped lead the Under-17 U.S. Women's National Team to a win in the CONCACAF Women's Championship in Trinidad and Tobago, giving the team a berth in the first-ever FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

The U.S. defeated Costa Rica, 4-1, in the championship match to advance to the World Cup, Oct. 28-Nov. 16, in New Zealand where they will be in Group C with France, Japan and Paraguay.

Griffin, who is in her second year as the U-17 U.S. team's goalkeepers coach, saw her core of goalkeepers give up just two goals in the team's five matches and post three shutouts.

While the victory was an historic one, it means Griffin will miss a large part of the Huskies' 2008 season. Still, she will be part of a unique experience as she looks to lead the U.S. team to victory in the first-ever U-17 World Cup as a coach after being a part of the U.S. National Team - which won the first-ever Women's World Cup in 1991 - as a goalkeeper.

The UW women's soccer team kicks off its 2008 schedule Aug. 28 at the University of Montana. The first home games take place Sept. 5 and 7 with the Husky/Nike Invitational at Husky Soccer Field where the Huskies will take on Colgate and Kennesaw State.