Jurado Gets First Taste of International Competition
June 4, 2013
SAN DIEGO - Former San Diego State All-American Megan Jurado recently competed for the first time at the international level as a member of the Philippine National Team at the AFC Women's Asian Cup qualifiers in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
A native of San Jose, Calif., Jurado picked up her first international cap in the Malditas' opener vs. Iran on May 21. After the Philippines took a 1-0 lead in the opening minute, Jurado tacked on another goal just minutes later from the top of the box as the Philippines went on to post a 6-0 victory.
Two days later, Jurado and the Malditas took the Bangabandhu National Stadium pitch for their fixture vs. Thailand. For the second time in as many games, Jurado earned the start in the midfield and the game was scoreless for much of the first half until Nisa Romyen tickled the twine in the 37th minute. The rest of the game saw the Philippines searching for the equalizer in what ultimately resulted in a 1-0 defeat.
Then in the finale vs. Bangladesh, the Malditas posted a 4-0 victory, but were shut out of an automatic qualifying bid to the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup as a result of Thailand's 5-1 win over Iran.
The Malditas will have the month of June off before assembling later this summer for a training camp slated to take place in California. The camp will serve as a training ground in preparation for the AFF Women's Championship, Sept. 9-16, in Myanmar. Following AFF, the squad will compete in the Southeast Asian Games in late November in Myanmar.
In 2012, Jurado completed her Aztec career by guiding SDSU to a 21-2-1 record (7-0 MW), helping it win the Mountain West regular-season and tournament championships, and leading it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Jurado led the team in goals (15), assists (9) and points (39) en route to All-America and MW Offensive Player-of-the-Year honors.