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    Pacific Student to Play for Mexico in International Soccer Tournament

    Jan 11, 2010
    With the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championships set to begin in Guatemala City, Guatemala at the end of January, Pacific sophomore midfielderAngelica Figueroa (Linden, Calif.) will play for Mexico when the eight nation soccer tournament begins. The championship tournament will play for 10 days from January 20-30.

    A member of the Mexican national team since 2007, Figueroa made her playing debut with the full squad in 2008, taking part in Olympic Qualifying play.

    Grouped with the United States, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, Figuroa and team Mexico were placed into Group B for the tournament. Group A consists of Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba and the host team, Guatemala. With group play to start, Mexico will kick off its tournament against Trinidad & Tobago in round one on Thursday, January 21 at 2:00 pm. In round two Mexico will play Jamaica on January 23 at 2:00 pm followed by their final group play match-up with the United States on January 25 at 4:30 pm.

    Following group play the top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals which will be held on January 28. The finals for the tournament will be played on January 30 at 4:30 pm.

    Last season for the Tigers, Figueroa earned First Team All-Region honors for the first time in her career. She closed out the season by sealing her name in the record books for single-season records in assists (6th, 8), shots (10th, 52) and game-winning goals (6th, 3). Her 52 shots were good for fourth overall in the Big West Conference. Similarly, Figueroa's eight assists alone were tops in conference, establishing her as the best play-maker in the Big West. Nationally, Figueroa's 0.42 assists per game were good to be 49th best among all Division I programs. Twice this season, Figueroa recorded multiple-goal matches against Portland State on Aug. 28 and Fresno State on Sept. 18. Appearing in all 19 games this year, Angelica tallied six total goals and led the team in points with 20, which solidified her for the third-most points in the entire conference. She also landed the Tigers' only penalty kick of the season against Air Force on Sept. 27. For her play this season, she was also singled out as the conference's midfielder of the year.