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    Lynch called into the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team training camp
    Freshman defender joins Gray in the 2008 player pool
    April 7, 2008

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    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech Freshman All-American and All-ACC Freshman honoree Kelly Lynch was officially invited last week to join the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Soccer Team for its training camp, April 5 - April 13, by head coach Tony DiCicco as the squad focuses on CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup at The Home Depot Center outside of Los Angeles.

    Lynch (Mullica Hill, N.J.) will join fellow Tech freshman Marika Gray (Alexandria, Va.) in the national pool that currently consists of 32 players excluding the new invitees. Gray participated in the Jan. 19-26 training camp.

    Lynch, who recently turned 19, was on the field every single minute of the 2007 season for the Hokies, playing a pivotal role in helping Tech allow a school-record low 20 goals against 18 teams, including 11 NCAA Tournament participants. She helped shut out five opponents, including then-No. 10 Boston College. Lynch also took most of the free kicks during the season and finished the year with two assists, including one on Gray's game-winner against then-No. 13 Tennessee.

    "We are happy for Kelly to have the opportunity to train with the U-20 team this week," Virginia Tech head coach Kelly Cagle said. "We have felt all along that she is one of the best young defenders in the ACC, and one of the most athletic members of our team. Kelly is excited about the chance to represent her country at this level, and Virginia Tech is proud to have two of our current players in the U-20 pool."

    In 2006, a total of 47 players were evaluated throughout the year with 21 representing the U.S. in the World Cup hosted by Russia. Last year, a total of 30 players were invited to the camps with 18 being used on the official roster for the Pan-American games.

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