CLEMSON, S.C. – Rising junior goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan will represent host Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games, which are being held July 10-26 in Toronto. The native of Whitby, Ontario is one of 18 players on the squad, which is coached by Daniel Worthington. All 32 soccer matches of the Pan Am Games, including men’s and women’s, will be played at the recently completed CIBC Hamilton Soccer Stadium in the City of Hamilton.
In 2014, Sheridan started all 18 games in goal for Clemson, helping the team to a 13-3-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Tigers allowed just 10 goals all season, which was the fewest goals allowed in program history, bettering the previous record (16 goals allowed in 2000) by six goals. Sheridan’s 0.56 goals against average ranked 11th in the nation in 2014. She earned First Team All-ACC honors in 2014, becoming the first Clemson player to be named to the all-conference first team since 2007. She was also named to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team a year ago.
Sheridan has significant experience in Canada’s National Team program, including most recently as the starting keeper for the U-20 Women’s National Team at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, held in Canada in August of 2014. She has been a regular invitee at Canada’s National Team Training Camps since 2010, and has already represented her country in international competition on more than 10 occasions.
Sheridan is one of eight current collegiate players on the Canadian roster for the Pan Am Games, and one of two from the Atlantic Coast Conference, joining Duke junior Rebecca Quinn. She is also one of just two goalkeepers on the squad.
Team Canada opens preliminary round play against Ecuador on Saturday, July 11 at CIBC Hamilton Soccer Stadium. Additional Pool B games are against Costa Rica on July 15 and Brazil on July 19. The women’s semifinals will be played on Wednesday, July 22, with the title match to be held Saturday, July 25.
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