Story courtesy of Toledo Media Relations
- Junior Natalia Gaitàn has been named a team captain for the Colombia National Team and will represent her home country in the upcoming FIFA Women's World CupTM
. The event will take place between June 26-July 17 in Germany.
Gaitàn possesses an abundance of national team experience and most recently played a key role in helping the U-20 Colombia National Team reach the finals of the 2010 South American Women's Soccer Championships and place fourth at the U-20 FIFA Women's World CupTM
Gaitàn and Colombia's national squad, which will be making their first appearance at the FIFA Women's World CupTM
, will compete in the ultra-competitive Group C (four groups) against Sweden (Tuesday, June 28 in Leverkusen), the United States (top-ranked nation in the FIFA/Coca Cola Women's World Ranking) (Saturday, July 2 in Sinsheim) and Korea DPR (Wednesday, July 6 in Bochum).
Gaitàn is coming off an outstanding 2010 fall campaign wearing the Midnight Blue & Gold. She started every match on defense and was named to the NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-Great Lakes Region Second-Team, as well as earning a spot on the Mid-American Conference All-Tournament Team. Gaitàn was part of a UT defense that posted 10 shutouts and ranked second in the league in goals allowed (17), GAA (0.78) and blankings. The Rockets sported a 15-4-2 overall record in 2010, 10-1-0 in the league, en route capturing a share of its second MAC regular-season title in the last three seasons.