UW-Parkside redshirt junior Jasmine Espino earned a spot on the Guatemalan National Team that will begin preparations for the qualification process for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals.
Espino is the first Ranger in team history to earn a spot on a senior national side and is just one of four on the 26-player roster playing collegiately in the United States.
Espino started all 20 games for the Rangers in 2012, helping lead the team to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 for the second time in three years. The midfielder scored four goals and had one assist for the season. She scored the game-winning goals Aug. 30 against Northwood University and Oct. 19 against the University of Indianapolis.
After the season, Espino went to Guatemala for a tryout with the senior national side. In January, she returned to Central America as part of a study abroad program in
Nicaragua. Espino plans to return to Guatemala Feb. 15 to report to practice with the national team.
“This is a great accomplishment for both Jasmine and our women’s soccer program,” Parkside women’s coach Troy Fabiano said in a press release sent by the school. “This opportunity reflects all the hard work and commitment she has put into getting better and an invitation to play on a national team is the highest individual accomplishment that any player could hope to receive.”
In three seasons on the Parkside varsity, Espino has played in 47 games.
Espino is eligible for the team because her mother is a native of Guatemala.