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Lytle, Hinkle Selected to U.S. National Teams

Taylor Lytle and Jaelene Hinkle have been selected to join U.S National teams this spring.

Jan. 13, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - Two members of the Red Raider soccer team have been selected to join U.S. National Soccer teams this spring.

Graduating senior midfielder Taylor Lytle has been selected to join the Under-23 Women's National team, while freshman defender Jaelene Hinkle will join the Under-20 Women's National Team.

Both Lytle and Hinkle have experience playing on the U.S. Youth National teams. Lytle participated in youth national camps at the age of 15, and was later invited to camp with the U-20 team in 2008. This will mark her second stint with the U-23 squad. Her first year with the team came in 2008 following her sophomore season at Texas Tech.

"This camp will be a great opportunity for Taylor to show well in a camp with professional players from WPS and most of the top college seniors," head Tech soccer coach Tom Stone said. "Taylor's ability to separate from defenders and create chances for herself and others on the run will serve her well in this highly competitive environment."

Meanwhile Hinkle, who made an immediate impact during her freshman season at Tech, will be making her second appearance on a national team. The Denver, Colo. native was a starting member of the U.S. U-17 World Cup squad in 2009.

"Jae had such a wonderful season that I was not surprised when she was selected for this camp," Stone said. "Her ability to play great on the defensive end and still be a major factor getting into the attack puts Jae in a real unique category amongst college players."

The U-20 squad will began training this month at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., under head coach Steve Swanson. Lytle will begin training with the U-23 squad begin training camp in Sarasota, Florida on Jan. 15 under first-year head coach Randy Waldrum.



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