Wilkinson makes World Cup Team

Lady Vol senior forward Rhian Wilkinson (Baie d'Urfe, Quebec) was named to the 20-player roster announced today by Canadian Womenís World Cup Team Head Coach Even Pellerud for the upcoming 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup to be held between Sept. 20-Oct. 12 at six different venues throughout the United States.

Wilkinson recently brought home a silver medal from the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, where her contingent dropped the gold-medal match to Brazil, 2-1, in overtime. After training with the National Team throughout the summer and scoring a goal in a friendly versus the Mexican National Team on Sept. 4, the striker made her Tennessee debut this past weekend on the squadís road trip to Brigham Young and UNLV and tallied a goal and an assist in the triumph over the Rebels.

''This is a terrific achievement for Rhian and our program,'' said Lady Vol Head Coach Angela Kelly. ''Considering that her first National Team training camp was five months ago and her first international cap was in April versus the U.S. National Team, she has obviously done very well to make an impression with the Canadian coaching staff. We are all proud of her and wish Canada the best of luck.''

In receiving first-team All-SEC honors for the initial time in '02, the sharp-shooter led the conference with a school-record 15 assists and netted eight goals for 31 points to place fourth in the SEC scoring race. Chosen first-team All-Central Region by Soccer Buzz and as a second-team honoree by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Wilkinson aims to depart Rocky Top as the program's all-time scoring leader, a perch well within her grasp.

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