Former Eagles: Rodrigues leads Guyana into the CONCACAF tourney
Former EMU women’s soccer player Ashley Rodrigues has been making waves in the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying rounds. Rodrigues, who set a school record with 7 points in one game (3 goals, 1 assist) against Buffalo in 2007 and was MAC Offensive Player of the Year for the Eagles as a senior in 2009, is now a captain on the Guyana women’s national team and has the year-and-a-half old program in contention for a 2011 World Cup berth.
In June Guyana defeated Cuba in the Caribbean play-off, becoming one of eight teams to qualify for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean). The top two teams in the CONCACAF tournament, which will be held in October in Puerto Rico, will automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the third-place team will face off against the fifth-place UEFA (Europe) team for a spot in the 2011 World Cup.