Jaclyn Sawicki selected to represent Canada at U-20 World Cup qualifier

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Andy Watson

University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer player Jaclyn Sawicki will represent Canada again, this time as part of the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Ciudad Panama, Panama.

Sawicki, a sophomore midfielder with the Vikes from Coquitlam, B.C., will join Canada at an extended 14-day pre-tournament camp in San Jose, Costa Rica, before they travel to Panama two weeks later on Feb. 27.

“Any time you an get an opportunity to play with the national team says a lot about who you are as a soccer player and what your abilities are like,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “It’s pretty exciting and any player who has been in that situation wants to take the upmost advantage of the opportunity. You never know when an opportunity like this may arise again, so when you’re there you have to show your stuff.”

“We are very proud of Jaclyn Sawicki, representing the Vikes, and representing the CIS,” David said. “Certainly in the past, it’s been encouraged to players to attend university in the States but this shows young players they do not have to go south of the border to play – you can stay at home and have a good career here and play for the national team.”

The Vikes 2010-11 rookie of the year, Sawicki led the Vikes with nine points in 12 games on three goals and six assists. She was named as a second-team CIS All-Canadian and first-time Canada West all-star last November. She also earned her first two senior women’s national team caps in the fall during an exhibition tour in the U.S.

This will be the first tournament for newly-appointed Canadian U-20 head coach Andrew Olivieri. Sawicki is the only CIS player selected and one of four B.C. players.

“It will be exciting to see the future of our women’s program as we work towards the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship,” said coach Olivieri. “This is the type of highly competitive environment in which our players must perform if they want to make regular appearances with the national A team.”

The final 20-player roster must be submitted 48 hours before Canada’s opening match on March 1. The eight-team CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship will qualify three teams to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Both U-20 tournaments will feature players born 1992 or later.

As part of the championship preparations, Canada will face Costa Rica’s “B” side as well as club champions Arsenal Coronado. (Costa Rica did not qualify for this year’s Under-20 competition). Canada has chosen Costa Rica as the base for its camp to simulate similar conditions that can be expected in Panama.

The 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship runs March 1-11 in Ciudad Panama and La Chorrera, Panama. Canada’s three group opponents are Haiti on March 1, Jamaica on March 3 and Mexico on March 5. The semi-final matches are scheduled for March 9 while the championship final is scheduled for March 11. Since 2004, Canada has won two CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championships (2004 and 2008).

More information is available at www.canadasoccer.com.

CANADA

GK- Rachelle Beanlands | USA / University of Maryland

GK- Dayle Colpitts | USA / Virginia Tech

GK- Sabrina D’Angelo | USA / University of South Carolina

D- Christine Exeter | USA / University of Louisville

D- Lauren Granberg | USA / Ohio State University

D- Nicole Hill | USA / University of Georgia

D- Vanessa Legault-Cordisco | USA / Marquette University

D- Rachel Melhado | USA / University of Louisville

D- Nicole Setterlund | USA / Washington State University

D- Shelina Zadorsky | USA / University of Michigan

M- Catherine Charron-Delage | CAN / Comètes de Laval

M- Olivia Colosimo | USA / Butler University

M- Kylie Davis | USA / University of Memphis

M- Constance de Chantal-Dumont | CAN / Champlain College Saint-Lambert

M- Jaclyn Sawicki | CAN / University of Victoria

M- Diamond Simpson | CAN / Hamilton FC

M- Erin Uchacz | USA / Oregon State

M- Danica Wu | USA / Ohio State

F- Nkem Ezurike | USA / University of Michigan

F- Christabel Oduro | USA / University of Memphis

F- Amélia Pietrangelo | USA / Rutgers University

F- Jenna Richardson | USA / Oregon State University

CANADA A-Z

Player | Birthyear | Hometown | First/active start

Beanlands, Rachelle | 1993 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Gloucester Hornets

Charron-Delage, Catherine | 1992 | Longueuil, QC, CAN |

Colosimo, Olivia | 1992 | Thunder Bay, ON, CAN |

Colpitts, Dayle | 1992 | Nasonworth, NB, CAN | New Maryland United SC

D’Angelo, Sabrina | 1993 | Welland, ON, CAN | Welland Wizards

Davis, Kylie | 1994 | ïle-Bizard, QC, CAN | ïle-Bizard (les Phoques)

de Chantal-Dumont, Constance | 1992 | Sainte-Alexandre, QC, CAN |

Exeter, Christine | 1992 | Pickering, ON, CAN |

Ezurike, Nkem | 1992 | Sackville, NS, CAN |

Granberg, Lauren | 1992 | Sherwood Park, AB, CAN |

Hill, Nicole | 1992 | Phoenix, AZ, USA |

Legault-Cordisco, Vanessa | 1992 | Boisbriand, QC, CAN | Ste-Thérèse

Melhado, Rachel | 1992 | Brampton, ON, CAN |

Oduro, Christabel | 1992 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton United Flames

Pietrangelo, Amélia | 1993 | Laval, QC, CAN |

Richardson, Jenna | 1992 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Semiahmoo

Sawicki, Jaclyn | 1992 | Coquitlam, BC, CAN |

Setterlund, Nicole | 1993 | White Rock, BC, CAN | Semiahmoo Rascals

Simpson, Diamond | 1993 | Mississauga, ON, CAN | North Mississauga SC

Uchacz, Erin | 1992 | Port Coquitlam, BC, CAN |

Wu, Danica | 1992 | Edmonton, AB, CAN |

Zadorsky, Shelina | 1992 | London, ON, CAN | Kitchener Spirit

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