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Six SCU women on national soccer teams
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- July 31, 2002 -- Six members of the Santa Clara University women's soccer team are representing the U.S. on national teams this summer.
The women's U-21 national team, coached by SCU women's coach Jerry Smith, won its fourth consecutive Nordic Cup tournament on July 29 with a dominating 3-1 victory over Germany.
Broncos seniors Aly Wagner and Devvyn Hawkins and junior Veronica Zepeda were team members, and Wagner and Zepeda combined to set up the clinching goal in the championship game, played in Turku, Finland.
The win was the fifth victory in the last six years in the invitational tournament, recognized as the top competition in the world for U-21 teams.
U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team head coach Tracey Leone this week named three SCU student-athletes among the 18 on her roster who will represent the United States at the first-ever FIFA Under-19 World Championship in August.
SCU sophomores Jessica Ballweg of New Jersey, Megan Kakadelas of California, and Leslie Osborne of Wisconsin will represent the Broncos when the world tournament gets underway in Canada against England on Aug. 17.
The U.S. Under-19s finished up a two-week training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif., with wins over Mexico's U-19s on July 24 and 26. Ballweg is the second most experienced player on the team, with 19 U-19 international matches.
The US U-19 team's first match is also the first match of the tournament, taking on England on Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. at Centennial Stadium in Victoria, B.C. The tournament continues through August.
The national champion Bronco women open their 2002 season at home on Aug. 30 against Stanford. The West Coast Conference champion men's soccer team opens its season at home on Sept. 2 against Notre Dame de Namur.