Taylor Selected to U-20 World Cup
Oct. 27, 2016

Official Canada Soccer Release

OTTAWA, Ontario - Boise State junior midfielder Sarah Taylor will represent Canada at the FIFA 2016 U-20 Women's World Cup next month in Papua New Guinea, the country's governing body for soccer announced Thursday. Taylor and Canada will begin group play Nov. 13, against Spain. The other members of their Group B are Nigeria (Nov. 16) and Japan (Nov. 20).

The last two matches of group play are expected to be televised in the U.S. on Fox Sports 1 and available online, while the opening match against Spain will be streamed on Fox Soccer 2 Go.

"It probably won't sink in for a while," said Taylor. "This has just been a dream and I'm so pumped for the opportunity to put on the red and white and compete for Canada."

Taylor departs Sunday, for a camp in advance of the tournament. She will meet the team in Vancouver, B.C., before flying to Brisbane, Australia, for the nine-day camp which includes a friendly against France. From Brisbane, the team will head to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, where all three matches of pool play will take place.

This will mark Taylor's third camp with Canada's U-20 squad in the last six months and her first international tournament. The Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, native received her first call up to the national team in May for a training camp in Mexico City, which included two friendlies against Mexico.

Taylor scored a penalty kick in the first match and started the second. The strong showing earned her the opportunity to attend a second camp in September. The selection to the U-20 World Cup confirms what Boise State head coach Jim Thomas suspected for some time.

"Her ability was up to the standard and she was ready to go," Thomas said. "The uniqueness of her situation was that she got called in so late. A lot of the people she was competing against have been in the cycle for 12 to 18 months and she comes in the last five months and tries to knock the door down. She had to `over prove' that she would be the correct selection. It was a big hill for her to climb."

Taylor learned of her selection last week surrounded by teammates while on the road with the Broncos. Following Boise State's 1-1 draw Friday, at UNLV, Taylor checked her email to find the news she had been waiting six anxious weeks to hear.

"We were all staring at my phone and the first line said, `congratulations on your selection to the camp,'" Taylor recalled. "We all started jumping and screaming and crying. It was awesome. I'm so happy they were there with me to experience it. It was such a cool situation."

Taylor, Boise State's leader in minutes during conference play, will miss the team's trip to the Mountain West Championship. A tough pill to swallow, but a no-brainer for Thomas.

"This is a really good thing," said Thomas. "It's hard to emphasize the magnitude of getting to represent your country, period, let alone at a World Cup. What a great thing for our program. I'm very, very happy. I'm sad that she's not going to be a part of what she has helped us achieve this season, but I'm not sad. She's representing her country and that's a massive, massive thing."

Stay tuned to BroncoSports.com and @BroncoSportsSOC on Twitter to follow Taylor's experience at the tournament.

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