Nov. 13, 2012
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago sophomore forward Monika Lee will participate in a training camp with the Philippine Women’s National Team after being invited by head coach Ernest Nieras to try out.
“I think when you look at soccer you try to use it for different experiences,” said head coach Barry Bimbi. “Monika being exposed to a national team environment and the pressures of a tryout are really going to help her grow as a player. We wish her the best of luck and we know she will do well at the camp.”
The weeklong training camp, which begins on Nov. 14, will be held in Fullerton, Calif. at Cal State University-Fullerton’s Titan Stadium and will determine the final roster of the Philippine Women’s National Soccer Team. Those players selected to the team will play in the 2012 LA Vikings Cup, also held at Titan Stadium from Nov. 23 to Dec. 2.
In her two seasons at Loyola, Lee has been a key part of the offense, providing depth up top as she has helped the Ramblers to 14 wins and a berth in the 2012 Horizon League Tournament. This season, Lee scored the game-winner against Western Michigan in a 2-1 overtime win for Loyola.
A native of Shelby Township, Mich., Lee is the first Rambler in four years to receive an invitation to train with a women’s national team as Jackie Vera trained with the Mexico Women's National Team in 2008.
“I’m really excited,” said Lee. “My parents are strong supporters of the decision to try out and I have received a lot of support from the athletics department and close friends. I’ve been training a lot on my own, so I’m ready to get out there and see what I can do.”