Women's Soccer - Thu, Apr. 17, 2014

The Spring Arbor University women's soccer team will welcome the women's national team of Haiti to campus for an international friendly on April 26th.  The match will be played under the lights and will kick off at 7:00 pm at Spring Arbor University's state of the art Cougar Soccer Complex.

Haiti is in the midst of preparing for the CONCACAF Championship which will begin in the middle of May.  The CONCACAF tournament will decide the region's representatives in the 2015 Women's World Cup.  Ranked at 56th in the world by FIFA, Haiti is ranked 6th in the CONCACAF region behind the USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Haiti has been training in central Indiana and has had matches with Ball State University, Valparaiso, and Spring Arbor's Crossroad's League foe Marian University most recently this spring.  They will face off with the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, April 23rd before making the trip up to Spring Arbor on April 26th.  More information on the HWNT can be found here:Haiti Women's Football 

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our student athletes," commented SAU head coach Jason Crist.  "With the graduation of nine of the eleven starters from our final four team in 2012, we have been holding our young players to the fire this spring, looking ahead to how the team will be organized next fall.  Playing Haiti gives our players a chance to compete against worldclass athletes and a complete team.  We are looking forward to the challenge."

Admission to the match will be $5.00.  Spring Arbor University students will be admitted free with their student ID. Proceeds will be donated to the Haitian Women's Football Federation to further Haiti's quest of qualifying for the 2015 Women's World Cup.