September 12, 2017 - This past month, the U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Soccer Team ended up with a 4-0 victory over Germany in a match during a summer training camp in Wildeshausen, Germany. Represented in this recent achievement is Maryknoll’s own Aislynn Crowder.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 2 4
GER 0 0 0
USA – Samantha Kroeger (Aislynn Crowder) 4th minute
USA – Trinity Rodman (Kayla Colbert) 20
USA – Reilyn Turner (Aislynn Crowder) 50
USA – Makenna Morris (Penalty Kick) 80
Courtesy of US Soccer
During the match, Crowder played a huge role in the defeat with her excellent performance on the field. Unfortunately being defeated in the first round of two matches, she was able to help the team make a comeback. Crowder, helping score two goals (both with through balls), the US was able to take the win.
This group of players moved up from the U-14 level this year and will spend two years as the U-16 GNT before moving on to the U-18s. These players are all age-eligible for the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after January 1, 2001, but will eventually be the core age group for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. (US Soccer)
Crowder is currently a sophomore at Maryknoll. She started playing soccer at the age of 4 and has continued her passion for the sport since then. Her soccer journey surely isn’t stopping from here.
When it comes to her goals after Maryknoll, Crowder does plan on playing soccer on a collegiate level and eventually one day representing USA in a World Cup and/or the Olympics.
If the opportunity is there to represent her country on the global stage of soccer, she’s motivated to pursue that dream. Soccer will always be her first career option, but if she decided to take on another career route, it would most likely be computer science.
When taking a break from studying and soccer, Crowder enjoys hanging out with friends, family and going to the beach. Truthfully as she mentioned, she could play soccer all day. She continues to have the drive which is drawn from her inspirations.
Her inspiration for when it comes to soccer is Lionel Messi. She believes that Messi is a good role model and even though he one of the best players in the world, he is so grounded and humble.
Just like any other sport, there are life lessons you learn and build from. Crowder has set a clear example of following your passion and never giving up.
Let adversity fuel your fire to reach your goals. Someone once asked Cristiano Ronaldo "what was your most memorable goal?" He answered by saying "The next one". To me, this means you can always do better and never settle for less than your very best. (Crowder)
With every opportunity comes a challenge, and with every challenge, there’s a way to learn and also become better than you were yesterday. Crowder continues to represent Maryknoll with excellence and achievement.