Two alumni of WVU women’s socceer have earned roster spots in the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Midfielder Michaela Abam and defender Easther Mayi Kith have been named to the Cameroon Women’s National Team. It’s the first time either athlete has appeared on a World Cup roster.
“I’m so excited for Easther and Michaela,” WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said in a statement Monday. “You can’t ask for a bigger competition stage. They are so excited for this opportunity and to be playing for Cameroon.”
Abam and Mayi Kith might not be the only former Mountaineers to appear in the World Cup: Both Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence are expected to make the roster for Canada. Buchanan is the World Cup’s reigning Young Player Award winner, while Lawrence scored for Canada in a group stage match vs. the Netherlands.
As luck would have it, both Cameroon and Canada have been drawn into in Group E, and are set to square off June 10 in the first round of the group stage.
Abam, a three-time All-American and the most experienced player in WVU history, will play midfield for Cameroon. A Houston native, she previously competed in the U.S. Youth National Team Program and was a member of the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team. Drafted by Sky Blue FC with the No. 4 pick at the 2018 NWSL College Draft, she currently plays professionally for Paris FC.
Mayi Kith, a December 2018 graduate, signed a professional contract with Montpellier HSC in January. A center back with the Mountaineers, she also will play defense for Cameroon. Mayi Kith left WVU ranked No. 4 in career starts (89) and No. 5 in matches played (93).
The 2019 Women’s World Cup begins June 7 in France.