BATON ROUGE – Canada and New Zealand international Emma Fletcher is certainly a jewel of LSU Soccer’s heralded recruiting class for the 2013 season, and she added to her already impressive resume this summer while being named the British Columbia Provincial Youth Player of the Year for her performance in the 2012-13 season.
With her selection, Fletcher follows in the footsteps of such senior Canadian internationals as Christine Sinclair and Sophie Schmidt as a winner of British Columbia Soccer’s top youth award.
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Fletcher recently played as an attacking midfielder with the Under-17 New Zealand Women’s National Team at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup held in Azerbaijan last year. She has represented both Canada and New Zealand on the international stage as her father, Stefan, is a native New Zealander.
Fletcher has recently been called back into service with the Canadian Women’s National Team system for a series of U-20 EXCELeration camps this spring as the country plays host to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and prepares for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the coming years. She was among a select group of Canada’s youth stars invited to participate in three separate U-20 EXCELeration camps earlier this spring in Portland, Ore., in March, in Morgantown, W. Va., in May and in Vancouver, British Columbia, in June.
Fletcher, who has developed in the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Elite Girls residency program since 2011, will soon make the trip to Denmark with the U-20 Canadian Women’s National Team to compete in a four nations cup tournament prior to her arrival in Baton Rouge for the start of preseason training with the Tigers in early August.
Fletcher will arrive on LSU’s campus with a talented recruiting class featuring five internationals with starting experience at the FIFA Women’s World Cup at the U-17 and U-20 levels during their youth careers.
Joining Fletcher as new Tigers for the 2013 collegiate season are junior transfer and fellow attacking midfielder Natalia Gomez-Junco (Monterrey, Mexico), freshman striker Summer Clarke (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada), freshman left back Megan Lee (Massey, Auckland, New Zealand) and freshman center back Rebecca Pongetti (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada).