July 17, 2006
Stavanger, NORWAY – Florida State All-American India Trotter has spent a majority of the summer in residency with the full U.S. Women’s National Team in Carson, CA. That changed a few weeks ago when U-21 coach Jillian Ellis, who coached against Trotter with UCLA in the 2005 College Cup, brought the Seminole onboard for the Nordic Cup, the most prestigious U-21 tournament in the world. It didn’t take Trotter long to prove she belonged. In the U.S.’s first game of the tournament, Trotter scored the game-winning goal, the first International goal of her career, as the United States defeated Denmark 3-0.
Trotter, who has been playing in the back with the full national team, started in the midfield Sunday and scored the game’s first goal in the 31st minute off a corner kick. Penn State’s Tiffany Weimer launched the ball into the middle to Trotter, who powered her header into the net from six yards out. It was Trotter’s first international goal in her first U-21 match.
The win versus Denmark was a big one, not only because the U.S. has a young team and it was the first match, but also because the Danes are the only team to beat the USA in the Nordic Cup since the 1998 championship game, when the USA lost to Norway. The 1-0 loss to Denmark came at the 2002 Nordic Cup during group play, but the USA got some help from host Finland, which defeated Denmark, allowing the USA to advance to that year’s title game on goal difference.
Trotter and the U-21’s return to action Tuesday, July 18. The team will off versus Iceland in Algard, Norway. Pool play concludes Thursday when the United States faces Norway.