Tatiana Ariza will once again be playing for her native home team in this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Ariza, a former APSU standout had the opportunity to play for the Colombian National Soccer team in Germany in 2012. Four years later, she once again will be able to put on the cleats and play with her home team as they look to win the World Cup.
Ariza played all four years at APSU, finishing as the all-time goal score leader in APSU history with 54 goals. Not only was her scoring impressive, but Ariza hold records in career points (132), assists (24) and shots (265). Ariza’s best year at APSU was her sophomore year recording 16 goals, 7 assists and resulting in 39 points for the year.
Twenty-four participating countries have worked their way to make it to this year’s 2015 World Cup in Canada. Every four years the world wide phenomenon is hosted in a selected city by the FIFA association. All 24 countries are grouped in a grouping of four national teams, from Group A to Group F. The top two teams out of each group will advance to the Round of 16. Colombia has drawn the very last group in group F. Colombia will face off against Mexico, France and England in their group.
Ariza and the Colombian team are looking forward to advancing this year to the Round of 16 as they unfortunately did not in 2012. Three straight losses sent them packing in Germany. Ariza and company will play their first match against Mexico on Tuesday, June 9 at 3 p.m. CT.