When the U.S. Women’s U18 and U19 National Teams gathered for a joint training camp ahead of this summer’s 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, two with strong connections to Long Island were on hand.
Lisa Stoia, women’s soccer senior associate head coach at West Virginia University, made the trek to Elite Athletic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., to assist U19 head coach Keri Sarver at the eight-day camp, working primarily with the midfielders. Stoia, who has been at West Virginia for the past 12 years, hails from Shirley.
In addition, Erin Gilroy from Bellmore who currently attends the University of Tennessee was one of seven forwards on the roster of the U19 squad. The U20 Women’s World Cup will be held this August in France.
At camp, Stoia noted her excitement to work within U.S. Soccer and assist Sarver with the U19 team.
“This is an incredible environment to be a part of, and I am surrounded by a remarkable group of players and staff,” she said. “I’m excited to be a part of this process and to help contribute in all stages throughout the week.”
Stoia recently completed her 11th season as an assistant coach at WVU, where she helped coach Nikki Izzo-Brown lead the Mountaineers to their 18th straight NCAA Tournament bid and third consecutive third-round appearance.
Gilroy, a redshirt freshman from Bellmore, has attended U.S. National Team Camp prior in 2016 and 2015. During the 2017 season at Tennessee, she was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and appeared in all 18 games for the Volunteers, starting 15. She scored four goals and had a team-leading nine assists.
A graduate of Mepham High School, she was a four-year captain for the East Meadow Explosion of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) and scored 18 goals during the 2014 season.