Bugay and Sprecher invited to national team camps
Nov. 17, 2017
MILWAUKEE – A pair of Marquette University women’s soccer players, Ryley Bugay and Kylie Sprecher, have been selected to train in the coming week with the Philippines and United States U-20 women’s national teams, respectively.
“Huge congratulations to both Kylie and Ryley,” Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. “These are fantastic opportunities for them to showcase their talents on the biggest stage. Any time someone gets invited to represent their country and wear a national team jersey, it is a direct reflection of their talents and that they belong among the elite players.”
Bugay, a redshirt junior, played a team-high 1,871 minutes last year for the Golden Eagles while starting all 21 matches as a holding midfielder. She will join the Philippines for a week of training, beginning Saturday in California, as they prepare for the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
Sprecher, a freshman forward from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, was an All-BIG EAST Freshman Team selection during her first year in Blue & Gold, while scoring three goals and leading the squad with six assists. She joins her teammates in Sunrise, Florida for training that will last until Thanksgiving.
“Kylie has enjoyed a great freshman season and being in the pool of players considered for the U-20 WNT and upcoming World Cup is a chance she is excited about and will embrace.,” Roeders said. “Ryley's inclusion with the Philippine WNT and attending a camp speaks of her talents and how far she has taken her game. These camps will be a highlight of their careers and they just need to play their best, compete and separate themselves from the rest. We are proud of them and their experiences will make them better.”
The U.S. U-20 WNT will prepare for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, which will take place Jan. 18-28 in Trinidad & Tobago. The U.S. was drawn into Group B and opens the tournament on Jan. 19 against Nicaragua. The championship features eight nations divided into two groups and will determine the three squads to earn inclusion in the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.
Former Marquette midfielder Morgan Proffitt is the most recent Golden Eagle to represent the U.S. in international competition, competing with the U.S. U-23 WNT in 2016. Proffitt’s former teammate Maegan Kelly also recently made her international debut over the weekend in a pair of matches for the Canadian Women’s National Team against the United States.
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