18 from the Pac-12 set to compete in 2019 Women’s World Cup
SAN FRANCISCO – Eighteen current and former Pac-12 women’s soccer student-athletes will compete at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup between June 7 and July 7 in France, the most of any NCAA Division I Conference. The 18 student-athletes from CALIFORNIA, OREGON, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA and WASHINGTON represent seven different countries including Australia, Canada, England, Jamaica, New Zealand, Thailand and the United States. All of the World Cup matches will be broadcast on Fox and Fox Sports 1. UCLA leads all Pac-12 schools with six student-athletes on World Cup rosters, followed by Cal and Stanford with four each.
Four of the 18 on World Cup rosters are current student-athletes, including California junior Daisy Cleverley representing New Zealand, UCLA’s juniors Jessie Fleming with Canada and Teagan Micah for Australia, and Washington junior Mireya Grey contending for Jamaica. Fleming was named a first team All-Conference honoree for the 2018 season. Stanford’s Tierna Davidson has already made a huge impact on the USWNT, becoming the first woman on the team since 1994 to play 90 minutes in each of her first five senior caps. She helped the U.S. win the 2018 Tournament of Nations and the 2018 She Believes Cup. She was also selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2019 NWSL Draft.
Former Cal standout Alex Morgan was named one of the three captains of the defending World Cup Champion U.S. team. She graduated as one of the Golden Bears’ most accomplished student-athletes, leading Cal to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years (2007-10). She was a four-time All-Conference selection and a 2010 finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the only Bear to be named a finalist ever. She made her Women’s World Cup debut in 2011 as the youngest player on the team and was a member of the 2015 World Cup winning squad.
Leading the USWNT is former UCLA head coach Jill Ellis. She has served as head coach of the U.S. team since 2014. Prior to her appointment, Ellis was head coach of the Bruins from 1999-2010 leading the team to eight NCAA Women’s College Cup appearances, including seven in a row from 2003-2009, and six straight Conference titles from 2003-2008.
CURRENT AND FORMER PAC-12 STUDENT-ATHLETES ON WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROSTERS
|Name||School||Years at School||World Cup Team|
|Daisy Cleverley||California||Current||New Zealand|
|Abby Dahlkemper||UCLA||2011-14||United States|
|Tierna Davidson||Stanford||2016-18||United States|
|Betsy Hassett||California||2009-12||New Zealand|
|Samantha Mewis||UCLA||2011-14||United States|
|Alex Morgan||California||2007-10||United States|
|Kelley O'Hara||Stanford||2006-09||United States|
|Christen Press||Stanford||2007-10||United States|
|Mallory Pugh||UCLA||2017||United States|
|Ali Riley||Stanford||2006-09||New Zealand|
|Jodie Taylor||Oregon State||2004-07||England|
|Rosie White||UCLA||2011-14||New Zealand|