Jan. 11, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Seven members of the Virginia women’s soccer team are spending January training with the United States U-20 and U-21 National Teams at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. First-years Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.) and Jess Rostedt (Kent, Ohio) were selected to the 20-player roster for the U-20 team that will compete in the CONCACAF U-20 World Championship Qualifying Tournament later this month in Mexico. Fourth-years Kelly Hammond (Bowie, Md.), Sarah Huffman (Flower Mound, Texas), and Noelle Keselica (Gaithersburg, Md.), third-year Becky Sauerbrunn (St. Louis, Mo.) and second-year Jen Redmond (Morristown, N.J.) have all been called into the U-21 camp that begins preparations for this summer’s Nordic Cup.
Rostedt was the 2005 ACC Freshman of the Year after leading the Cavaliers in scoring with 12 goals and 29 points this year. She was a first team All-Mid Atlantic Region selection and a second team All-ACC honoree. Krzysik was named to the 2005 ACC All-Freshman Team after starting all 25 games as a defender for the Cavaliers. She was third on the team with 2,130 minutes played this season while also contributing one assist. The CONCACAF qualifying tournament is hosted by Mexico with games in Cordoba and Veracruz. The top three finishers will advance to the 2006 U-20 World Championships, to be held August 17-Sept. 3 in Russia.
The Cavaliers lead all schools with five players in this month’s U-21 camp, which will begin preparations and roster selection for the Nordic Cup this summer in Norway. The Nordic Cup is annually the top U-21 tournament of the year and the United States has won the tournament the last seven times. Huffman was a member of the last two Nordic Cup championship teams and recently concluded her UVa career as a two-time All American. Keselica was also an All-American this season as a senior, after setting career bests in goals and points. Hammond concluded her Virginia career this past season ranked in the top ten in school history in goals and points. Sauerbrunn and Redmond were members of the United States U-19 team that finished third at the 2004 U-19 World Championships in Thailand. Both returned this season to the Cavaliers and started every game of the season.