Jan. 3, 2014
WACO, Texas - Baylor soccer sophomore midfielder Bri Campos earned a spot on Mexico's U-20 National Team that is trying to qualify for the 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup this summer in Canada. Campos and Co. will compete in the Cayman Islands at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship from Jan. 9-19.
"It's nice to see your hard work paying off and have other people noticing it as well," said Campos, who is just one of 20 players on the Mexico team for the CONCACAF event. "I'm excited to compete at the next level again. [Baylor Co-Head Coaches] Marci and Paul [Jobson] are super-pumped about this and agree with my hard work paying off. For me personally, nothing is going to change about my work ethic, but this opportunity will help me grow and mature and improve my skills."
The CONCACAF competition in the Cayman Islands will hand out three automatic spots to the U-20 Women's World Cup. Taking part will be North America's representatives, USA and Mexico, UNCAF hopefuls Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras, and three teams from the Caribbean Football Union.
The format for the tournament will feature two groups of round-robin play over the first six days. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals on Friday, Jan. 17. The semifinal winners will then compete in the final match, as well as qualify for the U-20 Women's World Cup. The winner of the third-place match will also earn a spot in the World Cup.
Campos will be making her third appearance in the last eight months with Mexico's U-20 National Team. She first was invited to Mexico's U-20 team camp in Mexico City from June 3-9, 2013, and did well enough to garner a roster spot with Mexico for the VIII International Cup of Women's Soccer Fair of the Flowers Medellin 2013 from July 27-Aug. 3, 2013, in Colombia, South America.
Campos was a 2013 All-Big 12 First Team selection, marking Baylor's eighth-ever All-Big 12 First Teamer and the first since 2006. As a freshman, she was a member of the 2012 Big 12 All-Newcomer Team.
Following a freshman season in which Campos had 10 points on four assists and three goals, the Centennial, Colo., native led the Bears in points (16), goals (6), and assists (4) during the 2013 campaign. A starter in all 20 games in 2013, Campos improved her shooting percentage from .086 in 2012 to .133 in 2013 and put 51.1 percent of her shots on goal, compared to her 31.4 percent clip in 2012.