Stengel Invited to Stay on with U.S. U-20 National Team
Dec. 4, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – Following a training stint from Nov. 24 – Dec. 1 with the United States Under-20 Women’s National Team, NC State women’s soccer freshman forward Jackie Stengel has been invited to remain with the team as it prepares for the upcoming U-20 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
“I’m thrilled for Jackie,” said NC State head coach Tim Santoro. “This is something she’s earned through her performance at the U-20 camp last month as well as her performance at NC State and in the Atlantic Coast Conference this past fall.”
The U.S. Soccer U-20 Women’s National Team training camp will be held in Sunrise, Fla., from Dec. 14-21. This camp will serve as the final preparation for the team and its selection before the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship from Jan. 9-19 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Cayman Islands.
The tournament features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games along with the winner of the third-place match earning berths to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup next Aug. 5-24 in Canada.
The USA is in Group A with Costa Rica, Jamaica and Guatemala while Group B features the host Cayman Islands, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.
The USA opens play on Thursday, Jan. 9, against Costa Rica, faces Jamaica on Saturday, Jan. 11, and finishes the group against Guatemala on Monday, Jan. 13. All three of the USA's group games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET. The semifinal matches will take place on Friday, Jan. 17, and the Championship and Third-Place match are on Jan. 19.
Stengel had an incredible freshman season for the Wolfpack, leading the team in goals (9), points (19), shots (45), and shots on goal (23). The native of Melbourne, Fla., tied for a team high with two game-winning goals and was a threat to opposing defenses whenever she set foot on the field. In recognition of this stellar debut season, Stengel earned recognition on the All-ACC Third Team and the ACC All-Freshman Team on Nov. 7.
Stengel’s tally of nine goals tied for 10th in the ACC at the end of the 2013 regular season.
The NC State women’s soccer team enjoyed an improved 2013 season under new head coach Tim Santoro, going 7-12 overall. The Wolfpack went 5-1 in nonconference play and ended the season with a 2-1 win over No. 23 Wake Forest, the program’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2009.