07/05/2016 11:22 AM
ERCEG AND KENNEDY NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM ROSTERS FOR 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES
ROCHESTER, NY (July 5, 2016) – Western New York Flash midfielder Abby Erceg has been named to New Zealand’s 18-player roster for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In addition, Flash defender Alanna Kennedy was recently named to the Australian 18-player roster for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Erceg, 26, will be competing in her third Olympic Games for New Zealand. The native of Whangarei is the captain of the Football Ferns and has made 116 appearances in a New Zealand jersey since 2006. Erceg was traded to the Flash this past offseason and has made 10 appearances for the Flash in 2016.
Kennedy, 21, will be competing in her first Olympic Games for Australia. The native of Campbelltown has appeared in 43 matches for the Matildas since 2012. Kennedy signed with the Flash in early 2016 and has played in all but seven minutes of the team’s first ten matches.
Australia will enter the Olympics as the number 5 ranked team in the world, while New Zealand enters at number 17 in the world rankings.
Australia’s Olympic roster by position:
GOALKEEPERS: Lydia Williams, Mackenzie Arnold.
DEFENDERS: Clare Polkinghorne (co-captain), Laura Alleway, Alanna Kennedy, Stephanie Catley, Ellie Carpenter.
MIDFIELDERS: Elise Kellond-Knight, Emily van Egmond, Katrina Gorry, Tameka Butt, Caitlin Foord, Chloe Logarzo.
FORWARDS: Lisa De Vanna (co-captain), Michelle Heyman, Kyah Simon, Samantha Kerr, Larissa Crummer.
New Zealand’s Olympic roster by last name:
Katie Bowen, Katie Duncan, Abby Erceg (captain), Anna Green, Sarah Gregorius, Betsy Hassett, Amber Hearn, Annalie Longo, Meikayla Moore, Erin Nayler, Ria Percival, Jasmine Pereira, Ali Riley, Rebecca Rolls, Rebekah Stott, Rosie White, Hannah Wilkinson, Kirsty Yallop.
The second-place Western New York Flash (7-4-0) will look to keep winning in the NWSL against Seattle Reign FC (4-3-4) on Saturday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m. at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. Tickets for the match are available at wnyflash.com/tickets with a live stream at youtube.com/NWSL.