Nov. 3, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Purdue soccer received good news and bad news all rolled into one over the weekend when it was announced that junior forward Loredana Riverso would be called up to the U-20 Canadian national team.
She left yesterday for British Columbia where the team will train from today until Nov. 10. Then they head to Santiago, Chile for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and their first match against Japan on Nov. 20.
"I've been talking with coach (Ian Bridge) via e-mail for the last week," Riverso said. "I didn't think it was going to be possible with school, but everyone has been very supportive. Once I knew that, I called coach back and he asked me to be on the team."
Canada is in Group C with Congo, Germany and Japan. They advanced to the World Cup when they made the finals of last summer's CONCACAF tournament. There, the Canadians defeated the U.S. 1-0 to win their second CONCACAF crown, their first coming in 2004.
Riverso has previous international experience going into this year's World Cup. She has been involved with the Canadian national team since 2003 and participated in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup held in Russia.
In 2006, the Canadians were slotted in Group B against China, Nigeria and Finland but posted a 1-2-0 record and could not advance out of round-robin play. Riverso started in matches against Nigeria and Finland, logging 90 minutes of playing time in a 2-0 win over Finland and 46 minutes of action in a 2-3 loss to Nigeria.
"I am so excited right now," Riverso said. "It's almost the same team as two years ago. I can't wait to see all of the girls and play under this coach again. It's going to be an amazing experience."
In the long term, the international experience will be great for not only Riverso but for the Purdue program. In the short term, the Boilermakers will now be without their leading scorer going into postseason play.
"I was hoping to at least play in the Big Ten Tournament, but it just wasn't possible. It's really sad knowing that this is it for this year, but I'm already looking forward to next season. We have a team capable of making a difference," Riverso said.
The Mississauga, Ontario native leads Purdue in points (21) and goals (8) and she's second in assists (5). Her 54 shots, 35 shots on goal and .648 shots on goal percentage also lead the team. To say she will be missed could be an understatement.
Riverso finishes her 2008 campaign fifth in career goals (22) and career points (58) and tied for fifth in career assists (14).
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The season marches on for the Boilermakers this week at the Big Ten Tournament. No. 3 seed Purdue (11-6-3, 5-3-2) takes on No. 6 seed Ohio State (8-9-2, 5-5-0) in the first round this Thursday in Iowa City, Iowa at 2 p.m. ET. The tournament semifinals and final will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network on Friday and Sunday.