Ashland University Student Plays on U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team

Ashland University Student Plays on U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team
AU freshman Alex Hendricks (far right in his goal keepers jersey) poses with other members of the U.S. Paralympic National Team prior to the national team competing in the 2014 American Cup in Toronto.

9/23/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Columbus resident and Ashland University freshman Alex Hendricks has been named to the U.S. Paralympic National Team roster this year and he is currently representing the U.S. national team in Toronto at the 2014 American Cup.

Hendricks, who is a freshman at Ashland University majoring in computer science, is a goal keeper for the national team.

The U.S. Paralympic National Team is competing in the 2014 America Cup, which runs Sept. 19-26 at the University of Toronto Pan Am Fields. U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp named the 14-player roster for this event on Sept. 16, which included Hendricks as one of the two goal keepers on the team.

The USA opened with a loss against Brazil on Sept. 19, but then defeated Mexico by a 3-0 score on Sept. 20 in Group B play. Group A includes host side Canada, Argentina and Venezuela.

Following the group stage, the group winners will face the opposite group runner-up in the semifinals on Sept. 24. The event concludes with three placement games on Friday, Sept. 26 – a fifth-place game, consolation final (third-place game) and the final.

All 14 players were part of Sharp’s domestic training camp in mid-August in Chula Vista, California. Earlier this year, the PNT took second place at the ninth International Trophy of 7-A-Side Football in Barcelona, Spain.

“There have been a lot of changes to the squad, both in players and philosophy, in the past few months,” Sharp said. “However, the settling process, although short, has been successful and we are now ready to challenge ourselves against the best the Americas Region has to offer. It is an absolute privilege to be leading the squad as its head coach into this competition and I am confident that the players who will be wearing the U.S. jersey will give everything possible to do their nation proud.”

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###