Trio to Train with Canadian U-20 Team

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • July 25, 2013 02:25 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three incoming West Virginia University freshmen have been selected with 16 additional prospective Canadian players for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, for a 12-day Women’s National Excel camp.

Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence and Amandine Pierre-Louis were named to the roster. The squad will take part in three friendly matches, the first of which is against local professional side Ballerup-Skovlunde on July 29. The team will then meet national teams from Norway and Denmark on July 31 and August 2, respectively. The Canadian team will be led by Andrew Olivieri.

Buchanan, a defender and a native of Brampton, Ontario, is a current Full Canadian National Team member and most recently won the Silver medal with the squad at the 2013 Yongchuan Cup in China. Additionally, she represented Canada at the 2012 U-17 CONCACAF Women’s tournament, where she also won the Silver medal and was named game MVP for her efforts against Jamaica. A member of the Brams United club team, she led the squad to a league championship (2011), Ontario Cup titles (2008, 2011) and a national championship (2011).

Lawrence, a forward out of Toronto, Ontario, also is a current Full Canadian National Team member and was a member of the Silver-medal winning squad at the 2013 Yongchuan Cup. A captain of Canada’s U-17 teams at CONCAF qualifiers (April 2012) and Women’s World Cup (Sept. 2012), she also represented Canada at the 2010 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. A member of the Erin Mills Mighty Eagles club team, Lawrence led the squad to Gold medals at the 2010 Ontario Summer Games, two Gold medals at the Ontario Cup Championship and a Gold medal at the National Club Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Pierre-Louis, a forward and native of Montreal, Quebec, was a Canadian U-17 Player of the Year Finalist. A member of the Silver-medal winning 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Championship team, she also represented Canada at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. A member of the Saint-Leonard club team, Lawrence was the 2011 Quebec Player of the Year.

The camp in Denmark is the third project of the 2013 season for players in the specific U-17 to U-19 age group who will be eligible to participate in the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will take place in Canada in August 2014.