When the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup begins in France on June 7th, Knight fans will see some familiar faces three UCF Women’s Soccer alumnae and one active Knight on the pitch representing their home nations.
Aline Reis & Kat Sousa - Brazil
Reis was inducted last month into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame. She will be with the Brazilian National Team, who is ranked 10th in the world.
During her time at UCF (2008-2011) Reis was an All-American who led UCF to two C-USA Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2011. Reis was part of the Brazilian Olympic Team in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Sousa played at UCF in 2017 before turning pro and has been part of Brazilian National Team since.
Konya Plummer - Jamaica
Konya will lead the Reggae Girlz to their first #FIFAWWC in just over two weeks!— UCF Women's Soccer (@UCF_WSoccer) May 22, 2019
For those of you keeping track, that brings the count to 4️⃣ Knights competing in France next month! #ChargeOn | #BestIsOurStandard pic.twitter.com/vF6hYXOamG
Plummer was part of UCF’s 2018 team that won the American Conference Championship and is the first ever UCF Soccer player to still be actively enrolled at UCF and play in the World Cup. Plummer is the captain of Jamaica, who comes in with a #53 ranking in FIFA.
"Being here, learning things from UCF has helped me to go back to my country and be a better leader."— UCF Women's Soccer (@UCF_WSoccer) June 3, 2019
Konya's the first UCF student-athlete to compete in the @FIFAWWC while still enrolled in school.
Proud of you, Konya! Keep making history!#ChargeOn | #BestIsOurStandard pic.twitter.com/R9pNQi9fiB
Sophie Howard - Scotland
Howard played for UCF from 2012-2014 and was part of two NCAA Tournament teams, including a Sweet Sixteen run in 2014, as well as an American Championship in 2013. She will play for Scotland, who ranks 20th in the FIFA rankings.
Overall, UCF will have had seven players that will have played in the Women World Cup.
Michelle Akers - USA
- 105 goals in international play
- FIFA Women’s Player of the Century (2000)
- FIFA World Cup Champion (1991, 1999)
- Olympic Gold Medalist (1996)
Amy Griffin - USA
- Played at UCF from 1987-1991
- Goalie for USA National Team in 1991 World Cup
Lena Petermann - Germany
- Participated in 2015 Women’s World Cup
The FIFA Women’s World Cup begins Friday and we will see UCF vs. UCF action right away as Brazil with Reis and Sousa will begin their World Cup against Plummer’s Jamaican team on June 9th at 9:30am ET, as it will air on FS1 and Telemundo. Both Brazil and Jamaica are in Group C. That same day, Howard’s Scotland team will begin Group D play at Noon Eastern on Fox and Telemundo against England.