OXFORD, Ohio – Sophomore goalkeeper Patricia Koutoulas from the Miami soccer team is representing her home country at the international stage beginning this weekend.
After a busy fall that saw her juggling playing for the RedHawks and trying out for the Canadian U-20 Team, Koutoulas gets to experience the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
Canada’s slate in the tournament begins on Sunday with a tilt against Spain. Koutoulas is one of 21 players (three goalkeepers) donning Canada’s Red and White for the tournament, which runs Nov. 13-Dec. 3.
“We’re very proud of all Pat has accomplished,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “We wish her the best of luck as she represents not only Canada, but Miami soccer in this year’s U-20 World Cup.”
Koutoulas went 2-1-1 in seven appearances (three starts) in goal for Miami this fall. In the 407:23 she clocked, she recorded a 1.10 goals against average along with a .750 save percentage. She also notched her first collegiate solo shutout against Bowling Green on Oct. 16.
"This experience is one in a million," Koutoulas said. "I am so honoured to be able to represent my country and our school at the World Cup."
With the graduation of Vic Maniaci, Koutoulas will enter her junior season in 2017 as the RedHawks’ most experienced goalkeeper.