Orianica Velasqeuz, Colombia Conclude Play at 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
July 6, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Orianica Velasquez, a rising junior on the Indiana University Women's Soccer team, saw her 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup come to a close on Wednesday (July 5) when the Colombian national team played North Korea to a 0-0 draw.
Velasquez appeared in two of the three matches for Colombia, and was in the starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against North Korea and played all 90 minutes. After not seeing the field in the opener against Sweden (June 28), Velasquez came on to the pitch in the 53rd minute against the United States (July 2) and gave the Colombians their best scoring opportunity of the contest just seconds after coming on.
Her final stats show 10 shots - three of which were on goal, as Colombia did not score a goal in the tournament.
This was the first FIFA Women's World Cup appearance for Colombia and the draw against North Korea gave them their first-ever point in the tournament.
Velasquez will return to Bloomington for her junior year with the Hoosiers in 2011. She was the leading goal scorer for IU last season and one of the most exciting players in the Big Ten Conference. And according to information available on fifa.com, Velasquez in the only active Big Ten women's soccer player to take part in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. She is one of roughly 13 athletes from colleges and universities in the United States that participated in the tournament.
The Hoosiers will open the 2011 regular season on Aug. 19, at Armstrong Stadium against Evansville starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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