Two Maryland women’s soccer alums are taking the sport’s biggest stage at this year’s FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Keri Sarver is an assistant coach for the New Zealand national team, which began play with a 1-0 win over Norway on Thursday. Yewande Balogun is a goalie for the Nigerian national team, which opens its tournament schedule vs. Canada on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET.
While at Maryland, Sarver was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and was named an All-American in 1998. She helped lead the Terps to four NCAA Tournament appearances from 1995-98, including quarterfinal appearances in 1995 and 1996. She holds UMD career records for goals (61), assists (33) and points (155), as well as single-season records for assists (15), points (49) and goals (21, tie).
Balogun helped lead the Terps to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances at Maryland, including a Sweet Sixteen in 2011. She still holds the record for the lowest career goals against average at 0.93, and she ranks in the top 10 for a goalie in games played (67, third), games started (64, third), minutes played (6,063, third), shutouts (19, second) and saves (242, sixth). In her first year with the Terps in 2007, she earned Freshman All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman honors.
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