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Oct. 16, 2017 — Sacrificing for a dream

Starting today at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown Guyana, the United States women’s indoor national team will be embarking on its quest for a World Cup berth.

The States take on a field including Argentina, Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Barbados, and the host, Guyana. Only the winner will make the 2018 Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, Germany. Already qualified are host Germany, Holland, Namibia, Kazakhstan, and Australia.

This United States team is a very young side, one which includes four high-school players — Madison Orobono, who played on the last couple of state championships teams at Emmaus (Pa.); Anarose McDonogh, a former teammate of Erin Matson at Kennett Square Unionville (Pa.): Paitlyn Wirth, a junior at Greenwood (Pa.); and junior Sammy Popper of Fort Washington Germantown Academy (Pa.).

For these four players as well as their families, it’s been a balance of sacrifice and endeavor, knowing that the States have never qualified for the women’s Indoor World Cup. But given the possibilities hinted at through the performances of indoor national team alumnae Erin Matson and Meredith Sholder, it’s a calculated risk to gain invaluable experience for the next level.

And that next level starts today.



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