April 10, 2014
TUSACALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama rising sophomore defender Noelle Sanz took time away from her team's spring soccer season to talk about an exciting offseason.
This past January, Sanz was named to the 20-player Costa Rica National Team roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship. The tournament took place in George Town, Cayman Islands from January 9-19, as her team squared off against some of the best teams in the world.
This marked Sanz's second go-around with her country's national team. She was also a member of the 2010 Under-17 Costa Rica World Cup team.
Among other things she discussed was how her time at Alabama helped her prepare to play against some of the world's top players.
"I had to mark really fast girls against a lot of teams, such as Vanderbilt and Ole Miss," Sanz said. "They were really top-notch forwards. I wasn't used to marking forwards like that until I came to Alabama. That really prepared me for marking fast forwards, like the ones from Jamaica."
Sanz also discussed the highlights of playing with Costa Rica, along with other positives of having played against international competition.