PROVIDENCE, RI – Having the chance to represent your country is a rare opportunity and Johnson & Wales University women's soccer player Kali Trunca will get that experience this summer. She is one of 15 student-athletes selected for the USA D-3 soccer team.
The USA D-3 Soccer Team are invited NCAA Division III women's players from across the country. This team is comprised of players recognized as All-American, All-Region and All-Conference.
A native of Litchfield, NH, Trunca earned United Soccer Coaches Second-Team All-New England honors and was the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year. She was the leader of a JWU defense that limited opponents to a conference-low 0.64 goals per game. The junior also contributed offensively with a pair of assists.
The USA D-3 Soccer tour will run from May 28 through June 6. The trip begins on May 28th with an orientation in Orlando, Fla. before flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil. After practicing in Jundiai for a day, the team will play its first two matches on May 30th and 31st in Jundiai and Valinhos. From there the team travels to Rio de Janeiro where it will play on June 2nd and 6th versus teams from Rio de Janeiro.
While in Brazil, the team will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. In Rio, the team will stay on the famous Copacabana Beach and tour the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.
In the fall, Trunca will be a leader for a Johnson & Wales squad that returns five of their six all-conference selections. JWU lost to Lasell in the finals of the GNAC Tournament.