DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University freshmen Mollie Pathman and Laura Weinberg recently completed a three-day winter training session with the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development U-19 squad from Dec. 18-20 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
The nearly 50 players were training and competing for a spot on the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Girls Under-19 All Star roster that will travel to the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.
A product of Durham, N.C., Pathman came in as a freshman and had an immediate impact for the Blue Devils as she started 19 of her 20 matches played. The 5-3 midfielder/forward registered eight goals, five assists and 21 points, which ranked second on the Duke squad. Pathman's three multi-goal performances on the season was a team best. She was an All-ACC second team selection, TopDrawerSoccer.com All-Rookie Team honoree and a Soccer America All-Freshman team selection this past season.
With her 10 goals scored on the season, Weinberg matched the Duke single-season record for goals by a freshman. A product of Boca Raton, Fla., Weinberg also notched two assists and 22 points on the season for the Blue Devils. She scored two of her biggest goals of the year against eighth-ranked Boston College on Oct. 21 in a span of less than two minutes. A 5-9 forward, Weinberg also notched a goal versus California in the NCAA Tournament first round and hit the game-tying tally against Florida during the regular season.
U.S. Youth Soccer ODP is known as the premier identification and development program for the nation's youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national, professional and collegiate levels of play.
The group of players were invited from U.S. Youth Soccer's four regions will participate in morning and afternoon field sessions followed by evening video reviews and lectures on Dec. 18-19. On Dec. 20, the morning training included a full-sided game.
In addition to US Youth Soccer regional coaches, Lisa Cole, assistant coach of the WPS Boston Breakers, and Albertin Montoya, former WPS FC Gold Pride coach, led the training sessions..
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