BATON ROUGE – LSU Soccer’s Canadian trio of Summer Clarke, Emma Fletcher and Jordane Carvery are among their country’s Under-20 stars currently training in Burnaby, British Columbia, in the first training camp of the year for Canada’s U-20 Women’s National Team in preparation for the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
They will be looking to impress head coach Andrew Olivieri and his staff over the next 10 days as the training camp will run through Thursday, Feb. 27, at their base in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Canada will serve as the host nation for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup from Aug. 5-24 as the camp will wrap up just two days before the group draw scheduled for Saturday, March 1, in Montreal, Quebec.
“The camp will focus on progressing the core of the team to another level while immersing a couple new players into the culture as we move closer to our final preparations for Canada 2014,” Olivieri said in a statement on CanadaSoccer.com. “We are really pleased with the progress of the program as a whole over 2013 as we have been able to provide a lot of quality time in our environment to our most promising players.
“We have had about a dozen players bridge multiple environments across age groups and consider this a positive sign as the players showing the most talent are receiving accelerated development.”
Clarke and Fletcher are coming off impressive rookie seasons in their first college season in 2013 as each earned Freshman All-America honors as two of the NCAA’s top newcomers. Both Tigers were named among the Soccer America Second-Team Freshman All-America squad, as well as the TopDrawerSoccer.com Freshman Best XI teams for 2013.
Clarke emerged as one of the SEC’s top goal scorers in her debut season at LSU as she was LSU’s top scorer with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points for 20 matches this season. She scored a total of eight goals in SEC play to tie for the No. 3 spot in the SEC, which includes three multi-goal games with a hat trick at Arkansas on Oct. 4 and two goals each at Alabama on Oct. 6 and Texas A&M on Oct. 31.
A native of Richmond, British Columbia, Clarke was picked for the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Week after scoring five of LSU’s eight goals in a weekend sweep at Arkansas and Alabama in early October, including both game-winners.
Fletcher enjoyed a record-setting freshman season with the Tigers as one of the SEC’s top attacking midfielders while scoring one goal and serving up a team-leading 12 assists for 14 points on the year.
Fletcher’s 12 assists is a new LSU freshman record, breaking the school’s previous freshman mark of eight assists by now senior Addie Eggleston during her debut season in 2010. Fletcher was the SEC’s top assist maker in 2013 as her 12 assists in all games and eight assists in league play topped the SEC scoring charts. She is also tied for the No. 11 spot in the NCAA rankings with 12 assists on the season.
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Fletcher claimed SEC Freshman of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks while scoring her first career goal in a 1-1 draw with Tennessee on Sept. 27 and assisting a game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime victory over Mississippi State on Sept. 29 before dishing out four assists in LSU’s weekend sweep at Arkansas and Alabama.
Carvery helped form the nucleus of LSU’s Class of 2014 that earned distinction from TopDrawerSoccer.com as the No. 7-ranked recruiting class nationally following National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
An emerging talent in the Canadian Women’s National Team system, Carvery will provide an imposing presence in the middle of LSU’s defense as one of the top young center backs in her home country. Carvery spent time with Canada’s U-17 and U-20 teams as she looks to represent her country at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup being held in Canada later this year. She took part in her first U-20 National EXCELeration Camp in December and has been invited for her second to be held Feb. 16-27 as part of the player pool for World Cup selection.
Carvery, who hails from Bill Crothers Secondary School, is also a decorated member of the Ontario Provincial Team and has trained at the Canada Soccer Association National Training Center during her youth career.