A little over a week ago, Rutgers' rising sophomore goalkeeper Casey Murphy was recognized by TopDrawerSoccer.com as one of the top 10 players at her position in the country. This week she puts those talents on display at the 2015 U-20 Women's NTC Invitational in California.
Murphy will compete with the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team as the USA will host Brazil, Japan and Mexico in the Invitational. All the matches will be played at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson.
In two games started for the USWNT against Norway and Holland in Spain, Murphy posted two shutouts in 180 minutes played. Murphy was selected to the U-20 squad at the conclusion of her first NCAA season.
Murphy was named the goalkeeper on the Big Ten All-Freshman team after posting a 0.64 GAA, .829 save percentage, 63 saves, and 10 shutouts while allowing just 13 goals in 20 contests. She was twice named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Among true freshmen nationally in 2014, Murphy posted the second-best GAA, which overall was 21st nationally. In RU history, Murphy also stood out, allowing the second-fewest goals, recorded the second-best GAA and posted the third-best save percentage of any freshman keeper.
And speaking of Rutgers players....
A few weeks ago, former Rutgers standout and two-time Olympic gold medalist Carli Lloyd had the opportunity to speak with that same U20 team, offering advice and support. The video link is in her tweet.
All of the teams in the invitational are currently looking to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, to be held in Papau New Guinea. All tournament matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.
|Tues., June 2||USA vs. Japan||3 p.m.|
|Thurs., June 4||USA vs. Mexico||3 p.m.|
|Sat., June 6||USA vs. Brazil||Noon|