ATLANTA – Georgia State freshman defender Ella Powell will head overseas this weekend to rejoin the Wales U19 women’s national team and take part in the UEFA 2019 Women’s U19 Qualifying Round Tournament.
The Wales squad prepares for a three-match setup, beginning on Oct. 2 vs. Iceland. The Welsh then take the pitch against Belgium on Oct. 5 before hosting Armenia on Oct. 8. The top two teams in the Qualifying Group move on to the Elite Round which will take place in the spring of 2019 and will be joined by the two highest third place teams out of all twelve qualifying groups.
“Being able to represent my country, means everything,” Powell said. “Nothing can beat that feeling, and as much I am enjoying life in the states I am very excited to join back up with my teammates and try to help them to another year of success in this round of the tournament.”
The Cardiff, Wales, native will look to help her team reach the UEFA Elite Round for the third straight year. During the 2017 qualifying round, she scored a goal in the team’s final match of group play to help boost Wales into the next stage. Powell, who first got involved with the Welsh national team when she was 14 years old, has played in tournaments in Bosnia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Portugal and will now add Armenia to the list.
This season with GSU, Powell has aided a Panther back line that was ranked as high as second in the Sun Belt in goals against average earlier this year. She has appeared in all 12 matches – starting in 10 – and ranks fifth on the team in total shots with nine and third in shots on goal with five.
“Since coming to Georgia State I have developed in many ways,” Powell said. “I believe I’ve strengthened as a person – in such a big team we constantly have to compete for spots, so I am challenged every day. As a player Ed (Joyce) has encouraged me to keep working on my weaknesses but also continue to use my strengths. He keeps encouraging me and the team to play quickly and make good decisions – I feel as though this side of my game is developing more. I’m also increasing my physicality through conditioning, both running and weight-training have made me physically fitter.”
Powell will miss Georgia State’s matches against Troy on Sunday and against ULM on Oct. 5, then return for the final four games of the regular season.
GSU kicks off against the Trojans 1 p.m. Sunday at the GSU Soccer Complex. Fans can watch the game live on Georgia State’s official audio and video service PantherVision or follow along via live stats at GeorgiaStateSports.com.
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