The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to England from July 1-10 for two matches against the English U-23s, facing the hosts on July 3 and July 7. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin will be without numerous regular call-ups due to summer school and other commitments. Irwin has also lost two goalkeepers to injury during the spring U-23 action with Penn State’s Alyssa Naeher suffering a knee injury and Portland’s Kelsey Davis breaking her jaw, but he does not lack for depth in the nets with two six-footers on the roster in Kristin Arnold from Texas A&M and Kristin Olsen from USC. Irwin does have the U-23s leading scorer for 2009 at his disposal in Penn State forward Katie Schoepfer, who has pounded in eight total goals while scoring braces in four different matches. The matches against England will both be played at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, one of the UK’s national sports centers which is located about 30 minutes west of London. The U.S. U-23s are undefeated so far this year with an 8-0-1 overall record and 2-0-1 in international matches, having defeated the Norwegian and England U-23s this past March and tied the full National Team of Northern Ireland in May.
U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team
July 1-10, 2009
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M; Centennial, Colo.), Kristin Olsen (USC; Orange, Calif.); DEFENDERS (5): Caitlin Farrell (Wake Forest; Ft. Myers, Fla.), Lindsey Kowal (Harvard; East Meadow, N.Y.), Ella Stephan (Florida State; Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.), Brittany Taylor (UConn; Campbell Hall, N.Y.), Brianne Young (Texas A&M; Castle Pines North, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Ashley Bowyer (Ohio State; Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Kendra Chandhoke (Portland; Morrison, Colo.), Crystal Wagner (Missouri; Houston, Texas), Sinead Farrelly (Virginia; Havertown, Pa.) Megan Jesolva (California; La Mirada, Calif.), Bianca D’Agostino (Wake Forest; Longmeadow, Mass.); Megan Ohai (USC; Draper, Utah)
FORWARDS (4): Laura Heyboer (Michigan State; Hudsonville, Mich.), Veronica Perez (Washington; San Mateo, Calif.), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State; Waterford, Conn.), Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State; Fountain Hills, Ariz.).