Monday, July 17, 2017

Women Eagles Name World Cup Squad

Head coach Pete Steinberg has finalized his squad for the upcoming Women's World Cup in Ireland. A number of veterans return to the team but there are also some newcomers. Among those on the squad include veterans like Kathryn Augustyn, Catherine Benson, Jess Wooden, Naima Reddick and Deven Owsiany. The Sevens program will also be well represented with Cheta Emba, Nicole Heavirland, Jessica Javelet, Alev Kelter, Naya Tapper, and Kristin Thomas all making the team.

“With an experienced squad in 2014, we knew we had to get younger for this World Cup," Steinberg said in a U.S.A. Rugby press release. "The shortened cycle has made getting so many players the experience they need challenging. This is a group that will need to grow through the tournament to be able to play at our top potential. It is exciting, though, to see so many players going to Ireland that will be eligible in 2021.”

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The team will train at Dublin University (Trinity) before taking on Italy in their first match on August 9th. The team will also play Spain and England. The top team from each pool advances to the semi-finals along with the best second place team. With Italy and Spain in their pool and other pools containing more difficult opponents the U.S. could be set to claim that last semi-final spot.

Kathryn Augustyn--Berkeley All Blues
Catherine Benson--Life West
Sylvia Braaten--Twin Cities Amazons
Stacey Bridges--Twin Cities Amazons
Kayla Canett--Penn State
Cheta Emba--Eagles Sevens
Tiffany Faaee--New York Rugby Club
Jordan Gray--Life West
Abby Gustaitis--Northern Virginia Rugby
Nicole Heavirland--Eagles Sevens
Nicole James--Houston Athletic Rugby Club
Jessica Javelet--Eagles Sevens
Alev Kelter--Eagles Sevens
Deven Owsiany--San Diego Surfers
Samantha Pankey--San Diego Surfers
Sara Parsons--Northern Virginia Rugby
Annakaren Pedraza--Lindenwood University
Christiane Pheil--Chicago North Shore
Naima Reddick--Seattle Saracens
Jamila Reinhardt--San Diego Surfers
Hope Rogers--San Diego Surfers
Kimber Rozier--Scion Sirens
Kristine Sommer--Seattle Saracens
Naya Tapper--Eagles Sevens
Kristen Thomas--Eagles Sevens
Alycia Washington--New York Rugby Club
Jess Wooden--Aylesford Rugby Club
Kate Zackary--San Diego Surfers

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