Chua to participate in Canada’s National EXCEL Camp

Freshman midfielder Hannah Chua battles University of Tennessee’s Colleen Gawkins for possession during the second half of WKU’s Sept. 5 match. The Lady Hilltoppers lost 2-0 to the Lady Volunteers. Brandon Carter/HERALD

John Reecer

WKU freshman Hannah Chua accepted an invitation to the U18-20 Canada Women’s National EXCEL Camp. The primarily attacking-midfielder will participate in the Canadian Soccer Association’s first phase of development and identification for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Chua, who played in all 18 games for the Lady Toppers this season proved to be a crucial asset to a club that notched 10 wins in their inaugural Conference USA campaign. She scored one goal and added nine assists while leading all freshmen with 1,161 minutes played.

Chua will be one of 20 players and one of just five midfielders participating in the camp, which focuses on developing talent capable of contributing to Canada’s Women’s National Soccer Team. The group of players will be eligible to compete for Canada in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2016.

Chua qualifies for the camp while holding Canadian, American and English citizenship. She will compete with some of Canada’s best young talent for a week of competition in hopes of making U-20 World Cup squad team.