RENO, Nev. Senior defender Patrice Godwin has been selected to compete at the U23 Select/Amateur National Team Camp, July 2-6, 2008 at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex in San Bernardino, Calif.
“I’m excited, nervous and anxious all in one,” Godwin said. “I don’t know what to expect going into this but I’m expecting to play a lot of soccer. It’s summer so I haven’t been playing that much but I have been training a lot. I’ve never been involved in anything like this before, I never did ODP or anything like that but I’m very excited for this opportunity.”
The camp, which features about 53 players consisting mostly of collegiate and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) players, will compete in training sessions at the five-day camp and could be selected for a spot on the full women’s National Team roster for the upcoming Olympics or players could be selected for the full U23 women’s National Team roster.
“It’s always an honor to be considered to attend a national team training camp,” Nevada head coach Jaime Frias said. “Patrice will have the opportunity to compete with and against some of the best players in the country. Her experience at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex will benefit her and our team tremendously. I’m confident she will make a positive impact within the camp’s training environment.”
Jeff Cade, who is the technical director of the Great Basin Youth Soccer League in Reno and will be at the camp to scout and evaluate players, has seen Godwin play and is impressed with her skills and overall game.
“I’ve watched Patrice in training sessions with (Nevada head coach) Jaime (Frias) and he gave Patrice a very good recommendation,” Cade said. “Patrice really impacts the game and plays very well with both feet. To have someone, especially in the women’s game, who has such a good left foot is huge. She is a pretty impressive player and is great at winning balls in the air.”
“This camp is another way for players to get recognized,” Cade said. “There are so many avenues now so hopefully Patrice can take advantage of it.”
Godwin, a 5-5 senior defender from Reseda, Calif., has started and played in 56 games for the Pack during her career. In 2007, she was named to the All-WAC second team and recorded her first career assist against Arizona. Last season, she played a team-high 1634:00 minutes for the Pack out of a possible 1640:00 minutes. She was also named team MVP.
During her career with the Pack, Godwin helped Nevada to its first WAC Tournament title in 2006 and the program’s first NCAA appearance in 2006. In addition, she has helped anchor a defense that has recorded 22 shutouts in 56 games during her first three seasons at Nevada, including a program-high 12 shutouts in 2006.