Jan. 26, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Lamar University women's soccer player Alejandra Amador stayed involved with the game she loves over the semester break by training with the Mexican national under-20 team for one week in Mexico City.
"It was a great experience," Amador said. "You're training with tremendous players. It definitely helps improve your game."
This wasn't Amador's first experience with the Mexican national program. She played on the junior national team that placed second in the CONCACAF Championships as well as for the national team that played in the U17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.
Amador was a freshman midfielder for the Lady Cardinals this past season. She had one goal in 18 games and was strong defensively for Lamar, which posted its best season in the five-year history of the program, going 9-8-2 and finishing in third place in the Southland Conference with a 6-2-1 mark.
"The stats don't tell the whole story," Lamar coach Dewi Hardman said. "I wish there were stats on tackles and balls intercepted. It's not a flashy position, but it's an important one. We set a school record for fewest goals allowed this season, and Alejandra was a big reason for that."
Amador, who was born in Seal Beach, Calif., but whose parents are Mexican, started playing soccer when she was 8.
"I just wanted to play the game," she said. "I'm glad I was able to get a scholarship out of it."
Amador hopes to get an invitation to the Mexican team's next camp in February.
"Being able to play for a national team is quite an honor," she said. "I'd love to have that opportunity again."