PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer player Natalie Capuano (Exton, Pa.) is missing classes this week, but she has a pretty good excuse. The freshman midfielder is in Carson, Calif. attending the United States under-20 national team camp.
The Quaker is one of 20 players currently in attendance at the Home Depot Center, participating in one of several identification camps as the U.S. puts together its team for the Under-20 World Cup, which will take place this September in Russia. The current camp began Sunday and runs for a week.
“I am very happy for Nat and proud of her,” said Penn head coach Darren Ambrose. “It is a just reward for the effort and commitment she has shown in her soccer career during the past few years, and great recognition for her after a stellar freshman year. She is a great player and fierce competitor, and we all wish her luck during camp.”
As a freshman this past fall, Capuano played a central role in Penn’s 8-6-3 season, which included a 2-3-2 Ivy League mark. Capuano was a second-team All-Ivy selection -- one of just three first-year players in the conference to earn first or second-team All-Ivy status -- after she finished third on the team with five goals and three assists for 13 points.