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    Liana Hinds Will Represent Trinidad and Tobago

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    Liana Hinds Will Represent Trinidad and Tobago
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    Jan. 6, 2014

    STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s soccer team will be well represented at the upcoming U-20 CONCACAF Championship, as two current team members and a soon-to-be Husky will compete with three of the eight nations participating in the CONCAF Championship. Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) will don the USA jersey as a member of the Women’s U-20 National Team, which arrived safely in the Cayman Islands on Jan. 2 despite the local snowstorm. Liana Hinds (Hartford, Conn.) will rejoin Trinidad and Tobago on the U-20 squad after playing with the U-17 team in the 2010 World Cup. Former University of Georgia redshirt sophomore defender Toriana Patterson (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), who is set to begin at UConn in the spring, will add experience as a returning defender on the Jamaica U-20 National Team.

    The 2014 CONCACAF U-20 Championship features eight nations divided into two groups with the top two teams from each division qualifying for semifinal play. The tournament will run from Jan. 9-19 in the Cayman Islands, with the top three teams earning berths to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

    Hill earned her ticket to the Cayman Islands as one of 20 players named to the US Under-20 squad by head coach Michelle French following two rounds of training camps in California over Thanksgiving and a stretch in Florida from Dec. 14-21, 2013. This past fall, Hill led the UConn offense with 31 points in her freshman season, finishing first in nearly every offensive category. She recorded team-best figures in goals (13), assists (5), shooting percentage (.153), and game-winning goals. In postseason awards announced by the league, the American named Hill First Team All-Conference as well as tabbing her for the All-Rookie squad. Starting all 20 season games, the Rollinsford, N.H. native concluded her rookie year tied for third in the conference in goals and tied for fourth in total points.


     

     

    No stranger to the international soccer scene, Hinds rejoins Trinidad and Tobago for a second stint on the National Team after playing with the Soca Princesses in the 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup. Despite being eliminated after the preliminary round, Hinds scored goals against Chile and Nigeria in group play. The squad is in the midst of a Florida tour at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale prior to the Championship. The Soca Princesses will compete in two training matches against the FC Florida Under-18 Women’s team and the Florida Atlantic University team before heading to the Cayman Islands to begin play on January 10 against Honduras. The team, headed by Coach Izler Brown, posted a second place finish behind Jamaica in the 2013 Caribbean qualifiers in October.

    Hinds played an integral role in a tough UConn defense this past fall. The American Athletic Conference recognized Hinds’ efforts with Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 30. She played in all 20 games for the Huskies in 2013, starting 11.

    Tori Patterson has been a key starter for the Jamaica U-20 National Team since 2011. In her freshman season at Georgia in 2012, Patterson played in 18 games and started two, registering four shots in that span. Patterson was recognized as an SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll choice in addition to earning a spot on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for her academic success. Jamaica will also take part in a Florida training camp in Miami before heading to George Town, Cayman Islands. The camp features matchups against a pair of collegiate programs

    Hill and USA will face Patterson and Jamaica in round-robin group play as members of Group A, which also features Costa Rica and Guatemala. As the defending champions, the United States enters the tournament as the top seed in Group A. Hinds and Trinidad and Tobago will compete in Group B, which features matchups against Honduras, Mexico, and host country Cayman Islands.

    Preliminary round matches for the three teams featuring UConn players are posted below. For a complete schedule of games and results, click here. U.S. games will be streamed live online on FOXSoccer2Go by following this link.

    Semifinal games will take place on Jan. 17 with third place and Championship games schedule for Jan. 19. Updated information, including results and performances, will be posted as they become available. Continue to check back to uconnhuskies.com as well as the CONCACAF website.

     

    USA

    Date

    Opponent

    Time

    Thursday, Jan. 9  

    Costa Rica

    7:30 PM EST

    Saturday, Jan.  11 

    Jamaica

    7:30 PM EST

    Monday, Jan. 13

    Guatemala

    7:30 PM EST

     

     

    Trinidad and Tobago

    Date

    Opponent

    Time

    Friday, Jan. 10  

    Honduras

    5:00 PM EST

    Sunday, Jan. 12 

    Cayman Islands

    7:30 PM EST

    Tuesday, Jan. 14

    Mexico

    5:00 PM EST

     

    Jamaica

    Date

    Opponent

    Time

    Thursday, Jan. 9  

    Guatemala

    5:00 PM EST

    Saturday, Jan. 11 

    United States

    7:30 PM EST

    Monday, Jan. 13

    Costa Rica

    5:00 PM EST