NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt freshman standout Haley Hopkins was named to the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team roster, it was announced on Wednesday.
“It’s an incredible honor to not only have the opportunity to represent our country, but to also represent Vanderbilt at one of the highest levels,” Hopkins said.
Hopkins is one of three representatives from the SEC on the 24-player roster that consists of 21 collegiate players. The U.S. U-23s are taking part in Thorns Spring Invitational for the third year in a row and all the matches will take place at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland.
The USA opens against Reign FC on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT. The second match on March 27 features the USA taking on Portland at 9:30 p.m. CT. The U.S. finishes against the Red Stars on March 30 at 3:30 p.m. CT.
This honor comes after Hopkins finished the 2018 season with one of the best statistical seasons in Vanderbilt history. She was rewarded as Vanderbilt’s lone All-American and earned a spot on the Top-Drawer Soccer’s first team.
Hopkins led the Commodores in points (35) and goals (14) in 2018, while ranking first and second in the SEC in those categories, respectively. She ranked second in the SEC in points (17) and goals (7) in conference games.
The 2018 SEC Freshman of the Year, Hopkins was also named to the Southeast Region First Team, the All-SEC first team and the All-SEC Freshman team. Hopkins was also the recipient of two SEC Freshman of the Week honors and one SEC Offensive Player of the Week honor last season.
“It’s a great opportunity for Haley and a terrific reward for the work she has put in over the past 18 months,” head coach Darren Ambrose said. “I am really happy for her and excited she’s earned the call up.”
2019 Thorns Spring Invitational Full Schedule – Merlo Field, University of Portland
Sunday, March 24
Reign FC vs. U.S. U-23 WNT 1:30 p.m. CT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars 7 p.m. CT
Wednesday, March 27
Chicago Red Stars vs. Reign FC 3:30 p.m. CT
Portland Thorns FC vs. U.S. U-23 WNT 9:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, March 30
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars 3:30 p.m. CT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Reign FC 9:30 p.m. CT