Friday, June 29, 2012

WSU's Setterlund & OSU's Richardson off to Canada U-20 camp

Nicole Setterlund
Northwest collegiate players Nicole Setterlund of Washington State University and Jenna Richardson of Oregon State University have been invited to participate in a Canadian U-20 camp in Montreal July 3-8. Both are are also members of the W-League Vancouver Whitecaps.

The group of 24 at the camp will be reduced to 20 for a two-week camp in Europe where they will play a pair of friendlies with Italy July 14 and Switzerland July 20 as part of their preparation for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup held August 19 to September 8 in Japan with 15 other nations.

Setterlund made two appearances for Canada at the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. In 2010, the product of Semiahmoo soccer club captained her country to the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship title in Costa Rica, and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Additionally, Setterlund captained the team at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago, starting all three matches.

In her third W-League season with Vancouver, Setterlund has played in all nine matches with the club, logging 549 minutes.

Richardson was a key member of Canada’s U-20 women’s national squad in their successful run at the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship tournament. During the tournament, the 5-foot-7 striker started each of Canada’s five matches and led the team with four goals. Richardson also had four caps and one goal for Canada during the 2010 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship in Guatemala.

Also in her third season playing for the Whitecaps, Richardson has tallied a goal and two assists in seven games played.

In a rare circumstance, the Whitecaps Women are having a difficult season and are nearly eliminated from postseason contention, sitting sixth in the Western Conference at 2-4-3 with five games remaining.