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Mollie Pathman and the U-20 Team
Pathman, U-20 Squad Set to Travel to Japan
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/09/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. -  Duke University rising junior Mollie Pathman and the U-20 Women’s National Team will travel to Osaka, Japan on June 10 to participate in two exhibition matches against Japan.  The U-20 squad will play on June 17 at Nagai Stadium and then on June 20 at the J-Green Sakai National Training Center.

Japan, which has been strong at FIFA youth women’s tournaments in recent years, has put together another talented squad for this age group.  Pathman, a product of Durham, N.C., is coming off netting an assist in a victory over New Zealand recently in other exhibition action. 

The draw for the U-20 World Cup in August was also released with the U.S. team to face Ghana, China PR and Germany in Group D taking place at five venues in Japan from Aug. 19-Sept. 8. 

The U.S. will play its first two Group D matches at the Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium in Hiroshima, opening its tournament on Aug. 20 against Ghana at 4 p.m. local (3 a.m. ET) before facing China PR on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. local (6 a.m. ET). The USA will finish group play on Aug. 27 against Germany in what will be an extremely rare meeting during group play between former U-20 world champions. The clash between the countries, which have both won this tournament twice, takes place at Miyagi Stadium in the town of Rifu near Sendai at 4 p.m. local (3 a.m. ET).

U.S. U-20 WNT Japan Tour Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bryane Heaberlin (North Carolina; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Jami Kranich (Villanova; Hamden, Conn.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Olivia Brannon (Virginia; Troy, Mich.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.) Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Ashley Meier (Cleveland Whitecaps; Strongsville, Ohio), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (5): Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas)

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