Bugay headed to World Cup qualifier with the Philippines
Feb. 26, 2018
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University redshirt junior Ryley Bugay will train and compete with the Philippines Women’s National Team during the remainder of the spring semester as the squad attempts to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
“We couldn’t be more excited for Ryley,” Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. “She is living her dreams and we are cheering for her and the Philippines WNT in their quest to qualify for the World Cup. Based on all the feedback we have received, Ry will play a huge role on the team. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for Ry and speaks volumes to how far she has come as a player.”
Bugay played a team-high 1,871 minutes in 2017 for the Golden Eagles while starting all 21 matches as a holding midfielder. She attended the national team’s initial identification camp over Thanksgiving week in California and was joined during the squad’s last training camp over Christmas break by her younger sister, Sammi, a 2018 Marquette signee.
“We will miss her at Marquette for the rest of the spring season, but the experiences she will have on her journey will bring back to our squad for her senior season this fall will be invaluable. We wish her all the best and know she and the team will do great,” Roeders said.
The squad of 30 will train this week before departing for friendlies in Japan during the middle of March. Following those matches, the team will make the trek to the Philippines for more friendlies prior to World Cup qualifiers in Jordan from April 6-12 against China, Jordan and Thailand. The team will need to go at least 1-1-1 in those three matches to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.
In addition to Bugay training with the Philippines, rising MU freshman Kylie Sprecher has trained with both the United States U-19 and U-20 teams in the last few months.
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