April 3, 2014
By Steven McCartney, FSU Sports Information Assistant
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Women’s World Cup qualifying continues this week, six former or current Seminoles will be playing for their national teams.
Former Seminole Ines Jaurena (2009-2012) highlights Florida State this week as she has been called up to play with the French National Team for the first time in her career. France will host Kazakhstan on Saturday, April 5, and then Austria on Wednesday, April 9.
At Florida State, Jaurena was a Honda Award Finalist and MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist in 2012, while also earning NSCAA First Team All-America honors the same season. She finished her impressive Seminole career ranked fourth in appearances (96) and tied for third in starts (95). She helped lead the Garnet and Gold to the College Cup in each of her final two seasons. After leaving Tallahassee, she returned to her native France where she currently plays with FCF Juvisy.
France currently leads Group 7 of the qualifying round with a 4-0 record and a 12-9 points advantage over Finland. After this week, the next qualifying match for France is scheduled for May 7 against Hungary.
Current Seminole Dagny Brynjarsdottir is part of the Iceland squad that faces back-to-back road matches in Israel on Saturday, April 5, and at Malta on Thursday, April 10. Brynjarsdottir has made 36 career appearances for the Iceland Women’s National Team, including starting and playing the full time against Switzerland and coming off the bench against Serbia. Iceland currently sits in fifth place in Group 3 with three points after just two matches.
Another current Seminole, Megan Campbell, takes on Germany on Saturday, April 5, as part of the Republic of Ireland National Team. Campbell has 19 total appearances with the national team, with two coming during qualifying matches in September against Slovakia (2-0) and Croatia (1-1). Overall, Campbell and Ireland have notched points in all three matches, with two wins and a tie for seven points, and sit in second place in Group 1 behind leader Germany (15 points in five matches).
Former `Noles Janice Cayman (2010-11) of Belgium and Kirsten van de Ven (2005-07) of the Netherlands will also participate in qualifying matches this week. Belgium travels to Albania on Saturday, April 5, and hosts Norway on Thursday, April 10. Norway dealt Belgium its only loss in qualifying, a 4-1 loss back in September. Cayman has three starts and has played in all five qualifying matches for Belgium. She also plays club soccer with Jaurena for FCF Juvisy in France.
Van de Ven and the Netherlands take on Greece on Saturday and will host Albania on Thursday, April 10. Belgium and the Netherlands are both in Group 5, tied for second with 10 points, behind leader Norway with 12 points. Van de Ven has played in 13 career matches for the Netherlands National Team, including four during qualifying this season.
Playing for Finland is former Seminole Sanna Talonen (2007). The former Soccer America Freshman of the Year has played in two games in qualifying, scoring her sixth career World Cup qualifying goal in a September match against Kazakhstan. This week, her Finland squad plays two matches against Hungary, on the road (April 5) and at home (April 10).
After this stretch of games, the teams are off until qualifying resumes on May 7 and 8.
Women’s World Cup qualifying matches this week:
April 5, 2014
Belgium at Albania
Germany at Ireland
Netherlands at Greece
Iceland at Israel
Kazakhstan at France
Finland at Hungary
April 9, 2014
Austria at France
April 10, 2014
Iceland at Malta
Albania at Netherlands
Norway at Belgium
Hungary at Finland