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Rosemead HS Grad Quinley Quezada Plays for Philippines in Soccer World Cup Qualifying Win

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Rosemead HS Grad Quinley Quezada Plays for

Philippines in Soccer World Cup Qualifying Win

Amman, Jordan – Rosemead High School Class of 2015 graduate and University of California Riverside
women’s soccer midfielder Quinley Quezada has made Philippines National Women’s Team and played for the team under the bright lights of the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup in a Philippines 2-1 upset win Jordan on April 6, 2018.

Philippines is ranked 72nd and Jordan is ranked 51st in World Cup qualifying rankings.
“Quinley being selected to her national team in the Philippines is an honor not only for her, but for our program,” UC Riverside Head Coach Nat Gonzalez said. “This will be a first in our program to have anyone compete in a world class event — the World Cup qualifiers for Asian Football Confederation. This is one of many signs that our program is developing players at a very high level.”
Quezada becomes the first UC Riverside Highlander in program history to make a senior World Cup Qualifying roster on the heels of a good career season as a junior, said a university spokesperson. This past fall, she was a key fixture in the UCR midfield, finishing second on the team in goals (3), assists (3) and points (9) and starting in all but four games, said a university spokesperson.
The AFC tournament will serve as the final stage of qualification in the AFC, with five of the eight participating countries qualifying for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
Following preparations at their training camp in Japan in March, Quezada and the Philippines National Team traveled several thousand miles to western Asia where they also will play fellow Group A nations China PR on April 9, and Thailand on April 12. Jordan also is in that group.
Should Philippines finish in second place in its group, it will clinch a spot in next year’s World Cup and will compete in the semifinals on April 15. A third-place finish in the group stage will put the Philippines in a playoff match against Group B’s third-place team, with the winner earning the AFC’s final World Cup berth.

At Rosemead High School, Quezada lettered in cross country, soccer and track. She was named All-Mission Valley League (MVL) Soccer Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2015, named Rosemead High School Female Athlete of the Year as a senior, was MVL First Team All-League 2012-15 in soccer, named First Team All Mission Valley League in cross country in 2011-12 and Second Team in 2013-15, was MVL Cross Country Champion in 2011, won a MVL championship during track in 2011, 2014, and 2015, and qualified in the 800 meters, as a member of the 4×400 meters relay team, and high jump for CIF Southern Section Championship Prelims from 2012-15.

Note: UC Riverside Sports Information Department contributed to this article.

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