Henninger to Travel to Spain with US Youth U20 National Team

Henninger to Travel to Spain with US Youth U20 National Team

March 4, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara freshman goalkeeper Bianca Henninger was one of 18 players selected to the US Youth U20 Women's National Team roster for the 10 Nations Tournament from March 6-14, in La Manga, Spain.

During the nine-day trip to Spain, the US will play three U20 European teams. On March 9, they will take on Norway, on March 11, they will face France, and close out play on March 13, versus Germany, marking the U20's first international matches of this cycle.

Head coach Jillian Ellis is preparing the US to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup.

"As always, these games will be part of an evaluation process," said Ellis. "It really gives me an opportunity to test players against some very talented international opposition. Many of them have experience at the international level, but of course this is a step up for the players who played in the U17 World Cup."

Henninger, who has been a member of the U14 through U20 Youth National Teams, concluded her freshman season at SCU this past fall. The Los Gatos, Calif. native capped off the season with WCC All-Freshman Team honors. The Bronco keeper played in seven games and started three in her debut season. She tallied 20 saves and one win versus Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 7, who was the then No. 21 ranked team in the country.

U.S. U-20 Women's National Team 10 Nations Tournament Roster

 La Manga, Spain

March 6-14, 2009

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bianca Henniger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota; Apple Valley, Minn.) 

DEFENDERS (5): Cloee Colohan (Black Diamond Park City SC; West Point, Utah), Camille Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (SC Scorpions; Hanson, Mass.), Whitney Sharpe (UCLA; West Des Moines, Iowa), Brianne Young (Texas A&M; Castle Pines North, Colo.) 

MIDFIELDERS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (Neusport SC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Alexis Harris (Dallas Texans; Plano, Texas), Mandy Laddish (Blue Valley Stars; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (SC Scorpions; Hanson, Mass.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.) 

FORWARDS (6): Vicki DiMartino (Albertson Fury; Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Kealia Ohai (Utah Avalanche; Draper, Utah), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.). 

10 Nations U-20 Tournament Schedule

La Manga, Spain

March 9 

Scotland vs. Denmark

 Netherlands vs. England 

France vs. Sweden 

Norway vs. USA 

Germany vs. Italy 

March 11 

USA vs. France 

Denmark vs. Italy 

Sweden vs. Netherlands

 Germany vs. England
Norway vs. Scotland 

March 13 

Italy vs. Norway 

Scotland vs. Sweden 

USA vs. Germany 

France vs. Netherlands 

England vs. Denmark