Velasquez Helps Colombian National Team Qualify for 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
Nov. 29, 2010
Indiana women's soccer sophomore forward Orianica Velasquez, a native of Bogota, Colombia, helped her women's national team finish second in the 2010 Women's South American Championship in Ecuador last week to clinch a berth in the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany.
In addition to the World Cup, Velasquez and the Colombian Women's National team have also earned the right to play in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico.
"I am so happy," Velasquez said in an email following the Sunday's 1-0 win over Argentina. "This is a dream come true for me and something that I have always wanted since I started playing soccer."
Colombia started the 2010 Women's South American Championships with a 3-0 win over Paraguay and followed it up with a 5-0 rout of Venezuela, where Velasquez scored a goal. Following a tough 2-1 loss to eventual champion Brazil, Colombia rebounded with a dominating 8-0 win against Uruguay to advance to the Second Stage.
In the Second Stage, Colombia played Chile to a 1-1 draw and then suffered a 5-0 loss to Brazil. Going into the final match of the Second Stage, Colombia had to beat Argentina and Brazil had to defeat Chile in order for the Colombians to advance. And that is exactly what happened as Colombia posted a 1-0 triumph and Brazil defeated Chile by a score of 3-1.
Next up will be the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany, which runs from June 26 through July 17, 2011. Later that year, Colombia will take part in the 2011 Pan-Am Games in Mexico from Oct. 14 through Oct. 30, 2011. The following year, the Colombians will make their way to London for the Summer Olympic Games, which will take place from July 27 through August 12, 2012.
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