A University of Iowa field hockey star will be donning the red, white and blue soon.
Hawkeye sophomore Dani Hemeon will begin competition with the USA U21 Junior National Team tomorrow in New Zealand. It opens a 13-day stretch that features the New Zealand Tour and the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
"Dani's participation with the Women's U21 National Team is an extraordinary opportunity," said UI head coach Tracey Griesbaum. "To be playing with and against the best players in the world in that age group is exceptional. Dani is a powerful player with great attacking instincts. The Hawkeyes are proud of her accomplishments thus far and look forward to her continued success."
Hemeon and her United States teammates wrapped up training camp in California and recently traveled to Auckland, New Zealand, where it opens play Jan. 8 at 9 a.m. against New Zealand. It is the first of four matches with the championship taking place on Jan. 12.
Team USA will then compete in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, Australia, against Great Britain, China and Australia from Jan. 14-20.
Hemeon started all 21 games at midfielder for Iowa in 2012 and tallied a team-high 24 points and 11 goals. The goal total ranked 10th in the Big Ten. The California native finished out the year by scoring in all three of Iowa’s postseason contest – two matches in the Big Ten Tournament and another match in the NCAA Tournament against West Virginia.
She added a pair of game-winning goals this year against UC-Davis and Central Michigan. The first multi-goal game of her career came in the UC-Davis match.