Former Catalina soccer standout Maddie Irwin to play for Team USA at World University Games

Maddie Irwin (R) is a member of FC Tucson (Andy Morales/

29th Summer World University Games
Taipei: Aug. 18-28

Former Catalina soccer standout Maddie Irwin was selected to represent Team USA at the World University Games to be played Taipei in August. Irwin played at New Mexico after high school and is a member of FC Tucson Women.

Women’s soccer competition begins Friday, Aug. 18 with the United States competing in Group A with host-country Chinese Taipei, South Korea and Argentina. The competition features four groups and 13 countries represented in total. The American side will face South Korea in their opening game with kickoff scheduled for 4 a.m. ET at New Taipei City Xinzhuang Stadium.

The United States will face Chinese Taipei in its second game, Sunday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 a.m. ET at Fu Jen Catholic University Stadium. The final round of the group stage will feature the U.S. versus Argentina at New Taipei City Xinzhuang Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 a.m.

Competition will continue Thursday, August 24 with quarterfinal action. Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26 with the gold and bronze medal games held Monday, Aug. 28 at Fu Jen Catholic University Stadium.

The opening ceremony will begin at 4 a.m. PT on Saturday, Aug. 19 with the closing ceremony taking place at 4:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

“Being on this team and making the roster for the World University Games means a lot to me,” Irwin said in a New Mexico release. “My collegiate soccer career has come to an end, but getting the opportunity to play the amazing game one more time while representing the U.S. is more than I could’ve asked for.”

Irwin started every game in her junior and senior year at New Mexico (52 career starts).

USA Team Roster Women’s Soccer
Madison Irwin, F New Mexico
Michaela Dooley, F/M Kentucky (Xavier Prep)
Rachel Ressler, D Oklahoma (Desert Vista)
Jessie Ayers, F Colorado College
Rylee Baisen, F Pepperdine Yorba
Kavita Battan , F Idaho
Kendra Bonsall, D Cal Poly
Emily Bruder, F Colorado
Jaimee Farrell, M Stony Brook
Victoria Gersh, D Villanova.
Caitlyn Jobanek, M Western Washington
Aliyah Miller, D Gonzaga
Hannah Seabert, GK Pepperdine
Morgan Stanton, M Colorado
Danielle Valente, M Delaware St.
Karly Zlatic,F/M Harvard

Head Coach: Cliff McCrath
Assistant Coach: Shelley Beck


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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