When the U.S. Women’s U-20 squad hit the pitch in Honduras for the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, Long Beach’s Shannon Horgan will be part of the squad.
The Long Beach High School graduate and current sophomore at Clemson University is among the 20-player squad selected recently by head coach Michelle French for the tournament that runs from December 3-13 in San Pedro Sula.
“While finalizing the roster for this qualifying competition posed different challenges due to the college season, we are very happy with the players we have named to the roster. We have a great mix of talent, sophistication, and athleticism at every position,” French said in a press release from U.S. Soccer. “The group is comprised of players with experience in CONCACAF competitions, as well as quite a few who will be playing matches of this magnitude for the first time. As a result, we are looking forward to watching the team grow during the tournament.”
The roster is made up of eight collegiate players and 12 high-school aged players who are still playing youth club soccer. The roster ranges over four birth years from 1996-1999 with the youngest player being 16-year-old defender Kiara Pickett. Players born on or after January 1, 1996, are eligible for the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Horgan’s list of accomplishments from her days playing on Long Island are lengthy. She was a member of Newsday’s 2013 All-Long Island team and scored 20 goals during her senior season at Long Beach High School. She also played for Albertson Soccer Club in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), coached by Paul Riley, and in 2013 was named 2013 Albertson Club Player of the Year.
At Clemson this past season Horgan appeared in 20 games and had 3 goals and 1 assist with 16 shots.