One of three members of the Women’s World Cup Team that was not a member of the qualifying team, she made a late run and overcame an injury to make the final roster … Has four U-20 caps and has scored two goals … In 2009 and 2010 she played with the U.S. U-18s.
CHICAGO (July 14, 2014) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson has named a 24-player roster for the third training camp of the year for this age group as the squad will come together in Seattle for an event running from July 15-22.
The entire roster is made up entirely of current collegiate players or players who played their senior seasons last fall. The roster includes four players from defending NCAA champions UCLA, including Samantha Mewis, who made her full WNT debut at the Algarve Cup last March. Midfielder Sarah Killion and forward Katie Stengel (who has completed her college eligibility and will play in Germany with Bayern Munich this coming season) have also trained with the senior side this year.
Also on the roster is 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA who finished behind winner Morgan Brian and defender Crystal Dunn, who are both now regulars on U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis’ squad.
Brian, who has seen the majority of her National Team action this year with the senior side, was also named to the U-23 roster. She is up to 11 caps with U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ squad while scoring two goals. Brian has started all eight games she has played for the full U.S. Women’s National Team this year.
Oregon defender Bri Pugh is the older sister of U-20 WNT midfielder Mallory Pugh who is with the U-20s training in Seattle in an event that will run concurrently with the U-23 camp.
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Fremont, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Kristin Grubka (Florida; Melbourne, Fla.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Denver, Colo.), Bri Pugh (Oregon; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown; Greenbrook, N.J.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mary Luba (Marquette; Shorewood, Wis.), Rachel Mercik (UC Berkeley; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest; Ojai, Calif.), Kylie Strom (Boston University; Endicott, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Kelly Cobb (Duke; Chugiak Alaska), Ashleigh Ellenwood (Arkansas; Michigan City, Ind.), Jannelle Flaws (Illinois; Glenview, Ill.), Shea Groom (Texas A&M; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.)
Full name is Kelly Ann Cobb … Nickname is Alaskan Assassin, sometimes Corn on the Cobb or Kelly Belly … She is a pioneer for her state as the first-ever Alaskan to make a Women’s World Cup Team … Is majoring in psychology … Lettered one year in tennis in high school … Father, Gardner, played football at Cincinnati from 1973-78 ... One of her hobbies is fishing for salmon in Prince William Sound where she once caught a 20-pounder … As an Alaskan, she enjoys hiking, ice fishing, and going on jogs in the morning … Loves classic American foods like hamburgers and French fries … Admits to loving fast food, but tries to stay away from it … One day wants to go on a cruise to Greece … Favorite English Premier League club is Arsenal and would love to one day see a game in person in London … Perhaps the only player on the U.S. team who has walked on a real glacier … Family owns a 24-foot C-Dory which they sail from Seward, Alaska and around Prince William Sound.
As a freshman in 2011 she saw action in 26 games and made 22 starts, scoring 11 goals with nine assists while playing 1,688 minutes ... Was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman First Team and was Second Team All-Southeast Region ... Earned All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman Team honors ... Tied for fourth in the ACC with 31 points and averaged 1.19 points per game ... Tied for the team-lead and sixth in the ACC with 11 goals ... Tied a school record and was tied for third in the ACC with six game-winning goals ... Set three Duke freshman records in shots (91), goals (11) and points (31) ... Became the 13th player in school history to register a goal in her ﬁrst collegiate start and the ﬁfth to post goals in her ﬁrst two starts ... Scored her first-career goal, a game-winner, in her first-career start on Aug. 26 in a 2-0 win over Houston ... Registered her first multi-goal game in a seven-point performance against Texas A&M, scoring two goals to go along with three assists … High School: At Chugiak High School, she was the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Alaska and a 2009 and 2010 NSCAA All-America selection ... A 2010 Parade All-America ... Scored 98 goals in only three years of high school soccer ... As a senior, she scored 22 goals and had six assists in only 15 games ... Led Chugiak to its first Region IV (Cook Inlet Conference) Championship in school history, scoring seven goals in three games during the tournament ... An All-State selection as a freshman and senior ... Did not play high school soccer as a junior, instead played club soccer with Crossfire Premier "91" from Redmond, Wash. ... All-Region as a freshman, sophomore and senior ... As a sophomore, she scored 36 goals with 14 assists ... Led the Cook Inlet Conference in scoring as a freshman and sophomore ... Scored 40 goals with eight assists as a freshman ... Club: Helped lead the Crossfire Premier to a 2010 Washington State Championship ... Won the Alaska State Championship in 2009 with the CISC Velocity and in 2008 with AYSA.