Mountaineers in the pros: summer update
MORGANTOWN, WV — The West Virginia University women’s soccer team has always been well represented nationally and internationally, and this year was no exception.
From the NWSL to the UEFA Champions League to national teams to the Summer Olympics, Mountaineers alumni have found success in all aspects of the game. Here’s an update on where where our alumni play today:
Michaela Abam – Houston Dash, Cameroon WNT
A mountaineer from 2014 to 2017, Abam currently plays for the Houston Dash in the NWSL. She has made six appearances, including three starts, and played 231 minutes for Dash this season. Most recently, she was named to the Cameroon women’s national team roster for the group stage of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in July.
Kadeisha Buchanan – Chelsea FC, Canada WNT
One of the most decorated alumni in mountaineering history, Buchanan signed a three-year contract with Chelsea FC Women on June 10, after six seasons with Olympique Lyonnais in the French Women’s Ligue 1. Buchanan helped Lyon win five Champions League titles during his time with the club. On the national team stage, Buchanan added to her resume by helping Canada’s National Women’s Team win a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in August 2021. Most recently, she has was named to Canada’s 23-player roster for the start of the June Women’s International Window.
Stefany Ferrer-van Ginkel – Angel City FC
Ferrer-vanGinkel became WVU’s 30th all-time professional player in 2021 when she signed with Tigres UANL Femenil in Mexico. In January 2022, she signed with Angel City FC in the NWSL and competed in a contest.
Rylee Foster – Liverpool F.C.
A mountaineer from 2016 to 2019, Foster signed with Liverpool FC in January 2020. She was a regular in Liverpool’s goalkeeping unit until she was involved in a car accident in November 2021. Foster is currently recovering from the injuries sustained in the crash.
Sh’Nia Gordon – Racing Louisville FC
A 2018 WVU graduate, Gordon signed with Racing Louisville FC in the NWSL after spending time in the professional ranks in France and Russia. She has played 83 minutes for the club in four appearances this season.
Ashley Lawrence – Paris Saint-Germain, Canada WNT
One of the most successful alumni in mountaineering history, Lawrence has played for Paris Saint-Germain in the French Women’s Ligue 1 since ending her WVU career in 2016. She has helped raise awareness of the PSG and recently helped the club win a Women’s French Cup. victory in May. On the national team stage, Lawrence added to her resume by helping Canada’s National Women’s Team win a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in August 2021. Earlier this week, she was named to Canada’s 23-player roster for the start of the upcoming June women’s international window.
Easther Mayi Kith – Stade de Reims, Cameroon WNT
A mountaineer from 2015 to 2018, Mayi Kith currently plays as a defender for French club Stade de Reims. She has logged 1,255 minutes in 18 appearances and 13 starts. Most recently, she was named to the Cameroon women’s national team roster for the group stage of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in July.
Amandine Pierre-Louis – AaB
A 2017 WVU graduate, Pierre-Louis currently plays as a defender for Danish club Elitedivision AaB. She has played 851 minutes in 11 starts for the club this season.
Isabelle Sibley – Crystal Palace FC
The latest Mountaineers alumna to join the professional ranks, Sibley became the WVU’s 31st professional player in January when she signed with Crystal Palace FC in the FA Women’s Championship League. She played 525 minutes in 10 appearances for the club.
Bianca St. Georges – Chicago Red Stars, Canada WNT
Drafted in 2019 by the Chicago Red Stars, St. Georges is in his third season with the NWSL club. This season, she has scored two goals in 344 minutes and five starts. Most recently, she was named to Canada’s National Women’s Team 23-player roster for the start of the upcoming June Women’s International window.
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