The three-time All-Ivy League honoree will compete for a spot on the U.S. travel team.
April 14, 2004
Philadelphia - Junior women's soccer player Katy Cross (Campbell, Calif.) has been invited to participate in the Under-21 Women's Soccer National Team Camp which will be held later this month at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Cross, who is a three-time first-team All-Ivy League honoree and an Academic All-American, will be competing for a spot on the 18-member travel team which will compete in various international competitions during the summer of 2004.
"It's an amazing feeling that's hard to put into words really," Cross said about her invitation to the elite camp. "It's the kind of news you've been waiting all your life to hear, but never expect to actually come. It's great to get this recognition. The best part is to know that any future I might have in soccer is now in my own hands. If things go well and I continue to play at a high level, then great. If not, at least I know that I was given the chance to prove myself."
The training camp will feature 25 of the top Under-21 players in the country. In addition, more than 25 current members of the U.S. national team's player pool are alumnae of the Under-21 national team.
Cross has made her mark on the Penn women's soccer team, as she is the most heralded soccer player in the program's 12-year history. After the 2003 season, she was named Honorable Mention All-America by Soccerbuzz.com, second-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), first-team All-Ivy League and first-team Verizon Academic All-America, led both the team and the Ivy League in points (38) and goals (16). She established program records for points in a game (9), goals in a game (4), points in a season, goals in a season, points in a career (104) and goals in a career (42). In addition, Cross ranked 11th in NCAA Division I in points per game (2.24) and 13th in NCAA Division I in goals per game (0.94).
"This is really fantastic for her," Head Coach Darren Ambrose said of his three-year starting forward. "Being recognized for the accomplishments she has achieved in her career at Penn is a great honor. We have always perceived her as one of the best forwards in the country and now she's getting recognition for that. It's a great honor for her to get the opportunity to represent our country."
Cross will return for her senior year in 2004 looking to help her 2003 fourth place team become an Ivy League title contender to close out her Penn women's soccer career.