From left: Nkem Ezurike, Christina Murillo, Shelina Zadorsky
Aug. 8, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A trio of University of Michigan women's soccer players will play at the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which runs from Aug. 19-Sept. 8 in Japan. Juniors Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) and Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) will play for Canada, while sophomore Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff) will play for Mexico.
Mexico is in Group A and will have matches against Japan (Aug. 19), Switzerland (Aug. 22) and New Zealand (Aug. 26). Canada is in Group C and will have matches against Argentina (Aug. 20), Norway (Aug. 23) and Korea DPR (Aug. 27). The top two teams of each group will advance to the quarterfinals, which will be held on Aug. 30-31. The semifinals will be held on Sept. 4, with the third-place match and championship coming on Sept. 8.
Ezurike has notched 19 goals in 36 career starts and been twice named to the All-Big Ten second team.
Murillo started all 19 matches during her freshman campaign last year, dishing out five assists, and was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. She competed with the full Mexican National Team this past January at Olympic Qualifying in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Zadorsky is the captain of the Canadian U-20 squad. She has started all 38 career matches and has one career goal as a Wolverine.
Sunday, Aug. 19 -- vs. Japan, 7:20 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 22 -- vs. Switzerland, 4:20 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 26 -- vs. New Zealand, 7:20 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 20 -- vs. Argentina, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 23 -- vs. Norway, 7 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 27 -- vs. Korea DPR, 7 p.m.
Quarterfinals -- Aug. 30-31
Semifinals -- Sept. 4
Championship and third-place match -- Sept. 8
NOTE: All times are listed in Japan Standard Time, which is a 13-hour time difference ahead of Eastern Time.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423