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 RHIAN WILKINSON MAKES 100TH APPEARANCE FOR CANADA

14 June 2011

 

On Tuesday 14th June 2011, Rhian Wilkinson made her 100th appearance for Canada, in a friendly match against Korea DPR. The match is part of Canada's preparations for the FIFA Women's World Cup.

 

 

Rhian is in her ninth consecutive season with Canada’s Women's National Team, having made her debut on 26th April 2003 against the United States in Washington, DC. She was 20 years old at the time. Less than

three months later, she made her second appearance, this time against Brazil, in front of friends and family in Montréal. Fast forward to 2011, and Rhian becomes only the eighth player to reach the 100 cap milestone.

Wilkinson’s experiences include participation in the 2008 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, four CONCACAF women’s championships and two Pan American Games. In November 2010, she helped Canada win the CONCACAF championship in Cancún, Mexico. This year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany will be the third time that Rhian has contested the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

 

Rhian has most recently been named Québec’s female player of excellence in 2007 and 2008, and received a "Maurice" at the 2008 Quebec Sports Gala as Athlete of the year in a team sport. She was named CanadaSoccer.com Fans’ Choice (most popular) player in 2006.

 

In 2008 - 2010, Rhian played her Club soccer in Norway with Team Strommen and LSK Kvinner.

 

 With the Ottawa Fury of the W-League, she was the league’s scoring champion in 2005 and then a playoff finalist in 2006 (when the Fury lost to the Whitecaps).

 

At the University level, Rhian was a star forward for the Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team.

 

June 16, 2011

University of Tennessee press release By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director

FORMER UT SOCCER STANDOUT RHIAN WILKINSON Receives 100th INTERNATIONAL CAP:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - By drawing a starting nod during an international friendly on Tuesday, June 14, in a 2-0 victory over Korea DPR at Mancini Park in Roma, Italy, former Tennessee Lady Vol soccer player Rhian Wilkinson made the 100th international appearance of her nine-year career for the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team.

 

In the process the Baie d'Urfe, Quebec, native became just the eighth women's player in Team Canada history to reach the century mark for international caps. She will soon help lead her squad into the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany beginning on June 26.

 

Since playing her first match for the Red and White back on April 26, 2003, against the United States, the midfielder has participated with Canada in the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women's World Cups, the 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament, four CONCACAF women's championships and two Pan American Games. Back in November, she and former Lady Vol Marie-Eve Nault helped Team Canada to the 2010 CONCACAF championship in Cancún, Mexico.

 

During her playing career at Tennessee from 2000-03, Wilkinson completed her stay at Rocky Top as the top scorer in Big Orange history with 88 points on 28 goals and 32 assists, a mark since surpassed by former UT standout Kylee Rossi (2005-08). Wilkinson currently rates first in the updated UT record book in career assists and ranks in a tie for third in total goals. She also recorded nine match-winning goals at Tennessee (tied for sixth all-time) and is one of just seven Lady Vols in program history ever to record a hat trick. Wilkinson was a three-time All-Central Region and All-Southeastern Conference selection, being tabbed as the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2000 after scoring 12 goals and dishing nine assists.

 

The Canadian Women's National Team, including both Wilkinson and Nault, will open Group A action at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup on June 26 against home-standing Germany at Olympiastadion Berlin. Matches against France (June 30) and Nigeria (July 5) will round out Canada's group action.