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Eight Big 12 Soccer Players to Compete in Women's World Cup
June 07, 2019
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Seven Big 12 soccer alums and one current student-athlete will participate in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The eight players that will be representing are Estelle Johnson (Kansas), Janine Beckie (Texas Tech), Victoria Esson (Texas Tech), Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State), Julia Grosso (Texas) and West Virginia’s Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence and Michaela Abam.

Johnson, a multiple time All-Region performer for the Jayhawks, anchored some of the top defenses in program history. She will compete with the Cameroon National Team as a central defender. 

Texas Tech has two alums on rosters. Beckie, the Red Raiders all-time leading scorer, will represent Canada, while Esson is part of the New Zealand squad.  

Franch, former Oklahoma State All-American goalkeeper, will compete with the United State Women’s National Team. She is one of three goalies on the USWNT World Cup roster. This marks Franch’s first appearance at a World Cup.

Texas’ Grosso will play on the Canadian Women’s National Team. The sophomore has proven a mainstay on the main roster for the Canadian Women's Senior National Team by earning a total of 16 career senior caps since receiving her first during a friendly against the United States in San Jose, Calif., back on Nov. 12, 2017. 

West Virginia leads with three alums, as Buchanan and Lawrence make their second career appearances with the Canadian National Team. Buchanan was voted the Women’s World Cup Best Young Player in 2015 and was a finalist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or Award.

Abam will make her career debut with the Cameroon National Team. The 2019 tournament marks the first time three Mountaineers will compete at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Canada and Cameroon will compete in Group E while USWNT will compete in Group F.

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