BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Rising sophomore Deven Jackson has received an invitation to
New Zealand’s U-20 Women’s World Cup training camp this week as the nation looks to
build its team for this summer’s event.
The Auckland, New Zealand, native will compete in the training camp from April
17-20, with the final team selection slated to happen later this summer. New Zealand
will open play in the U-20 Women’s World Cup on August 5 against the Netherlands at
9:30 a.m. (CT) in Vannes, France. Drawn into Group A, New Zealand will also square
off against host France (August 8 at 12:30 p.m. CT) and Ghana (August 12 at 9:30
a.m. CT) in the group stage.
In her first season on The Hill last fall, Jackson made 15 appearances and had one
start for the Lady Toppers, playing a total of 617 minutes as a freshman. Jackson
notched a pair of assists on the season, including assisting on Chandler Backes’
match-winner against Evansville on Sept. 3. The midfielder has previously spent time
with New Zealand’s U-17 and U-19 programs and earned a spot on the U-17 World Cup
roster, but could not compete due to an injury just before the event.
The 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup will be hosted by France from August 5-24 in the
cities of Vannes, Saint-Malo, Concarneau and Dinan-Lehon. New Zealand will be
competing in the event for the seventh time in the nation’s history and posted its
best showing in 2014, reaching the quarterfinals of the biannual tournament. North
Korea is the reigning champion after claiming the title in Papua New Guinea in 2016.