Emily Agudelo this fall will begin her senior season as a member of Hofstra University’s women’s soccer team. But before she returns to the pitch on Hempstead Turnpike, Agudelo may find herself in the Olympics this summer in Brazil.
Agudelo has been invited to the Colombian national team camp ahead of the 2016 summer game. The 10-day camp will be used by the South American country to finalize the roster for its Olympic women’s team. Colombia has already qualified based on its second-place showing in the 2014 Copa America Femenina tournament.
Agudelo started 20 of 21 games in 2015 and tied a career high with two goals and six points as a defender. She has appeared in 58 games for the Pride in three seasons, making 41 starts and compiling four goals and four assists for 12 points. She has played more than 4,000 minutes in her collegiate career.
But Agudelo may not be the only Hofstra connection to Olympic women’s soccer. Former Pride forward Leah Galton also received a national team invite as she works toward a spot on England’s U-23 team.
Galton, who finished her eligibility in the fall, will participate in England’s U23 team camp in preparation for the La Manga Tournament. England will play Germany on March 2, the United States on March 4 and Sweden on March 6.
A second-team NSCAA All-America selection in 2015, Galton is the only player in Colonial Athletic Association history to earn three Player of the Year awards. The Harrogate, England native scored a program-record 122 points and tying for the all-time lead in assists with 26. Her 48 goals scored from 2012-15 is good for the second-most in team history. She was a second-round pick by the NWSL’s Sky Blue FC in the league’s entry draft last month.
“Our staff is so proud of Emily and Leah and wish them the best of luck during their tryouts,” Hofstra Head Coach Simon Riddiough said. “It’ll be a great experience and well-deserved for both of them. It’s a testament to the program that both are highly regarded by their respective national teams.”