Feb. 22, 2010
STILLWATER, Okla. - Adrianna Franch made history today when she became the first Oklahoma State soccer player to compete for a United States National Team.
Franch, a goalkeeper for the Cowgirls, is part of the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team competing at this week's La Manga Cup in La Manga, Spain.
One of two goalkeepers on the U.S. squad, Franch recorded a shutout with three saves in a 1-0 win over the Norwegian U-23 Women's national team earlier today.
Following the match, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said, "Adrianna Franch did very well in goal, especially considering it was her first U-20 international match."
Franch and the U.S. team will play two more matches in the friendly tournament, facing U-23 teams from Germany on Wednesday and England on Friday.
Prior to leaving for Spain, Franch was anxious about her first trip with the U.S. team and the chance to test her skills against international competition.
"I'm excited and nervous all at the same time," Franch said. "It's a huge honor for me and our team. I know it helps with other kids looking at OSU. They see that we are involved in the top events in women's soccer. And if we can get better players coming here, that definitely helps me out as well.
"It's frustrating that it's in the middle of our (OSU) spring season, and I'll be missing four games with the team. But hopefully most of the team understands, and I can help represent Oklahoma State."
Franch is coming off a Freshman All-America season at OSU in which she also earned All-Big 12 First Team and first-team All-Central Region honors. In her first collegiate season, Franch set a school record with 11 shutouts and led the Big 12 in shutouts, goals against average (0.61) and save percentage (.843).
Following her standout performance in her first collegiate season, Franch was invited to a pair of training camps in Florida for U.S. coaches to assess her ability. The coaches liked what they saw and invited Franch to get a taste of international experience during this week's tournament.
OSU head coach Colin Carmichael said the international experience of playing in the La Manga Cup will be invaluable for his goalie and the Cowgirl program.
"Anytime you get to compete at that level, it's going to make you a better player," Carmichael said. "Practicing and competing against some of the best kids in the country and then competing against some of the best international kids can only make you better. It's valuable experience for her to get.
"From a program standpoint, if she goes back from these trips and has learned and improved her game, it's gonna make us better as well. And it helps from a recruiting standpoint when kids can see that we've been able to help develop that kind of talent and that people nationally recognize that."