Auburn Soccer Adds Australian National Team Member to Signee List
March 31, 2005
AUBURN - Australian National Team member Leah Blayney was added to the Auburn soccer signee list for the 2005 season, as announced by head coach Karen Hoppa.
Blayney, a 5-2 highly-touted midfielder from Wentworth Falls, Australia, was the youngest member of the national team at age 17, when she first joined. Recently finishing up national camp, Blayney earned a starting role in the team’s 2-1 victory over Japan on March 25, which gives her seven caps, or playing experience in seven international games.
“Leah is a terrific addition to round out our 2005 signing class,” Hoppa said. “Her international experience will be invaluable in her transition to playing in the NCAA. She has competed at the highest level in the world and we are excited she will be bringing that experience to the Plains.”
In the 2004 Athens Olympic games, Blayney was selected as an Australian standby player and competed in the Oceania Olympic Qualifiers for the Senior National team.
With the Australian Young Matildas’ U19 national team, she was the Co-Vice Captain as the team competed at the Youth World Cup in Thailand in November of 2004. Blayney also served as Co-Vice Captain for the Oceania U19 qualifiers and served as a standby player for the Young Matildas Youth National team in 2002.
From 1999-2004, Blayney was a member of the NSW State teams, helping lead them to a National Championship each season. In 2003, Blayney helped lead the NSW Sapphires to National League Champions, and she earned her Higher School Certificate from Katoomba High School in 2004.
“Leah is an attacking center midfielder, who has an extraordinary ability to combine with forwards to create scoring chances,” Hoppa said. “She does a great job of finding players in the seams and on runs. Her other notable qualities are that she is extremely technical and her fitness level is outstanding.”
Blayney joins Auburn’s already strong recruiting class of forward Kara Kasten of Roswell, Ga.; midfielder Jenn Johnson of Loganville, Ga. and defender Molly Turner of Brentwood, Tenn.