June 9, 2014
• CONCACAF: McNicoll equipped for U-20 WWC pressure
• Canadian U-20 Women's National Team
MADISON, Wis. – Not only will Kinley McNicoll of Wisconsin women’s soccer have the opportunity to represent her country this summer, she and the Canadian U-20 Women’s National Team are preparing to host the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in August.
One of 20 athletes to make the Canadian national squad, the junior midfielder from Oakville, Ontario, is no stranger to competing on the world stage. McNicoll was also a member of Canada’s national team for the 2010 U17 World Cup and the Ontario Provincial U16, U15 and U14 teams.
Just four years ago, McNicoll stepped up and scored the lone goal to lift Canada over Mexico, 1-0, in the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship final. It marked the nation’s first CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship title.
McNicoll looks to rekindle some of that magic this summer when Canada hosts the U-20 Women’s World Cup from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto.
Recently featured in an interview with the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), McNicoll was asked about her expectations and the pressure of Canada hosting this summer's U20 Women's World Cup.
“I think everything will just be magnified as there are higher expectations and added pressure,” McNicoll told CONCACAF. “It will be a different kind of nervous energy, but it will add an element of excitement.”
McNicoll started all 19 matches for the Badgers last season, tallying six goals and leading the team in points (25) and assists (13). She was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2012 after starting all 21 matches for the Badgers and tied for first on the team in assists (6) and third in shots (35). McNicoll entered the UW program ranked as one of the top 100 freshmen in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Check back with UWBadgers.com throughout the summer for updates on the activity of McNicoll and other Badgers during the offseason. You can also follow the team on Twitter (@BadgerWSoccer).