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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hamden's Kranich off to national team training camp

VILLANOVA, Pa.--Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.), who just completed her sophomore season for the Villanova women's soccer team, has been called to participate in the training camp for the U.S. U-18 Women's National Team, which will be held in Sunrise, Fla. from December 11-18. This is the final training camp of the year and Kranich is the only collegiate player invited among the group of 26 players called in by U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs.


The players called to the training camp are being evaluated for possible spots on the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Uzbekistan. That team has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1992.


Kranich played every minute of all 19 games in goal for the Wildcats this season, logging 1,773:43 in the net. She made 75 saves and tallied a .682 save percentage for the year and ranked among the top shot-stoppers among BIG EAST Conference goalkeepers. Kranich finished the season eighth in the league in saves and in conference-only games was tied for seventh in saves (46) and tied for 10th in saves per game (4.18).


U.S. U-18 Women's National Team Roster By Position


Goalkeepers (3): Paige Burnett (West Coast FC; Placentia, Calif.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clear Water Chargers, Tampa, Fla.), Jami Kranich (Villanova; Hamden, Conn.)


Defenders (8): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Kelsey Bass (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Katie Naughton (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.), Taylor Schissler (Eclipse Select; New Lenox, Ill.), Brittany Von Rueden (FC Milwaukee Nationals; Mequon, Wis.), Ryan Walker (Mustang Blast; Oakland, Calif.), Alexandra Wong (McLean Power; Rockville, Md.)

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