ISU Haig Qualifies For National Team Pool

CHICAGO, Ill. - U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team head coach Tim Schulz has named Iowa State sophomore Joanna Haig as one of 30 players to participate in a nine-day training camp from Jan. 2-10 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as the team begins its accelerated preparation for the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Final Qualifying Tournament.

Cyclone Goalkeeper Joanna Haig Qualifies For U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Pool

CHICAGO, Ill. - U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team head coach Tim Schulz has named Iowa State sophomore Joanna Haig as one of 30 players to participate in a nine-day training camp from Jan. 2-10 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as the team begins its accelerated preparation for the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Final Qualifying Tournament.

Haig was one of five goalkeepers selected to the team. Eighteen of the 30 invited to the training camp will participate in the qualifying tournament, to be held in Mexico from Jan. 18-27, 2006. 

The USA was drawn into Group B, which also features Jamaica, Surinam and El Salvador. Group A features reigning U-20 CONCACAF champions Canada and host Mexico along with Panama and Trinidad & Tobago. The Group A matches will be played in Veracruz at Luis Pirata Fuentes Stadium while the Group B matches will take place in Cordoba at Rafael Murillo Vidal Stadium. The top three finishers in the tournament will advance to the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women?s World Championship to be held in Russia from Aug. 17-Sept. 3, 2006.

Haig anchored a Cyclone defense that garnered the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005. Eventual NCAA champion Portland defeated ISU in the first round of the Lincoln, Neb., regional on Nov. 11.

The Inver Grove Heights, Minn., native was named second team all-Big 12 by the league and finished at least in the top two in four major regular season statistical categories, including save percentage (1st, .836), saves (2, 97), saves per game (2nd, 5.11) and shutouts (T1st, 7).

Haig also set new Iowa State single-season records for shutouts (7), goals-against-average (1.15), minutes (1943) and tied the school record for wins with 11.

The USA opens the tournament on January 19 against Jamaica and then will face Surinam on January 21. The USA finishes Group B play on January 23 against El Salvador. All three U.S. matches kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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