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Bears Excel On International Stage

Apr 11, 2022

BERKELEY – California women's soccer student-athletes took to the international stage this spring and stood out with their performances. Ayo Oke and Sydney Collins represented the USA while Alexis Wright and Noelle Bond-Flasza played for Jamaica. 
"There is no greater honor than playing for your National team so we were very proud to see Ayo, Alexis, Noelle and Sydney representing their respective countries," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "The added value we find is that having now played at the international level they bring their experience back to our program which enhances our training environment further."
Oke joined the United State U20 team for the CONCACAF U20 Championship and helped the USA to the Championship. Over the seven games of the tournament, the USA scored 49 goals and didn't concede a goal as Oke helped the Americans keep a clean sheet in all seven matches.

Oke played the full 90 minutes in the semifinal match vs. Puerto Rico as the USA won 7-0, in the match that clinched a spot in the U20 World Cup for the USA. She played in six matches in the tournament including three knockout round games in helping the USA win their seventh consecutive CONCACAF U20 Championship.

Wright and Bond-Flasza were both part of the Jamaican U20 National Team for the CONCACAF U20 Championship as well. The duo helped Jamaica qualify out of their group with a win over Cuba and a draw vs. Haiti. Wright appeared in three matches for Jamaica as they made their 11th consecutive appearance at the CONCACAF U20 Championship.
Collins joined up with the United States U23 team as they competed against professional opponents at the Portland Thorns Preseason Tournament. The US U23 squad played in three matches as Collins started all three. Collins, a standout defender, helped the Americans keep a shutout against Chicago Red Stars in the first match for the U23 squad since 2019.

In her 63 minutes on the pitch against OL Reign, Collins and the Americans didn't allow a goal. In her match against the Portland Thorns, Collins marked Christine Sinclair, the world's all-time leader for international goals for either men or women and held her scoreless.
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