San José State's Hoppius is U-20 Women's World Cup Bound
Release courtesy of San José State Athletics.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - San José State's junior forward Dorthe Hoppius will become the women's soccer program's first active student-athlete to lace up internationally when she competes for her native German National Team at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
The native of Dorsten, Germany received the news last week during her fifth trip back home in the last year for training with the U-20 German Women's National Team.
"When I found out it was just amazing," Hoppius said. "I just smiled and couldn't really say anything. My family was there after the game when I found out so I could tell them. Since I was young, I've always wanted to play in a World Cup and it's coming true. I can't believe it."
Hoppius and Germany will begin the tournament on November 13 in Group D with Venezuela, Mexico and Korea Republic as foes.
"Right now the goal is to just get some playing time," Hoppius said. "Then if I get on the field I'm going to do my best to score a goal and help the team make it out of the bracket."
San José State head coach Lauren Hanson has an idea of what it's like to compete for your country after she was a member of the United States Women's National Team in 2001 and competed on the U-18 and U-21 U.S. women's national teams.
"Any time you get to represent your country it's a phenomenal and remarkable experience," Hanson said. "It's so great that all of the hard work that Didi puts in and how much she has grown as a player is now being rewarded."
Hoppius joins current United State's Deaf Olympics Team goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald as Spartan women's soccer players to represent their native country internationally.