Mollie Pathman and sophomore Kelly Cobb will represent the Blue Devils at the 2012 FIFA U-20 World Cup being held over the next two weeks in Japan.DURHAM, N.C. - The Under-20 women's World Cup is set to begin on Monday and two Blue Devils will be competing for the United States. Junior
The United States has won this competition two of the six times the tournament has been played and hopes to continue the international success of the United States women's soccer program.
Pathman started 25 games last year for the Blue Devils, ranking third on the team with 23 points including six goals and an ACC-leading 11 assists. A native of Durham, N.C., Pathman garnered All-ACC second team recognition, was named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team, and earned the Elite 89 Award, which goes to the student-athlete at the NCAA College Cup with the highest grade point average. Pathman has spent a considerable amount of time with the national team, competing in the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship in Panama and the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain in the spring of 2012.
Cobb, a native of Chugiak, Alaska, started 22 games for the Blue Devils in 2011 and tied for fourth in the ACC with 31 points. With her solid rookie season, Cobb was named to Soccer America All-Freshman first team, second team All-Southeast Region, and earned All-ACC second team honors. In addition to competing with the Blue Devils in the ACC, Cobb has experience training with the national team including a 2011 trip to Spain for three exhibition games. Cobb was invited to train with the U-20 team in the spring of 2012, but was unable to because of an injury.
The United States begins its quest for the cup on Aug. 20 at 3 a.m., ET against Ghana. The squad continues the tournament on Aug. 23 and Aug. 27 against China and Germany respectively. Each game will be shown on ESPN2, ESPNU, or ESPN3.
The ACC has eight athletes representing the United States, including players from Wake Forest, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida St.