Colorado freshman soccer player Martine Puketapu has been called up to New Zealand's full women's national team, while sophomore Taylor Kornieck was named to the U-20 roster for the United States for a tournament in Spain next week. Puketapu will become the first active CU soccer player to play for a full national team.
Puketapu, who will be a freshman for the 2017 season and is enrolled at CU this spring and participating in spring workouts with the team, will compete for her native New Zealand at the Cyprus Cup over the next week. The Ferns, ranked No. 19 in the world, will face Scotland (March 1), Austria (March 3) and the Korea Republic (March 6) in three group games before the knockout stages.
Puketapu is one of three uncapped players named to the country's roster for the tournament in Cyprus. Playing for New Zealand's U-17, U-18 and U-20 teams, she has scored 26 goals in international competition, including six with the U-20 team, which she competed for in 2016.
Kornieck will play three games next week in La Manga, Spain, for the U-20 USWNT. The Americans will face U-19 sides from Norway (March 3 at 9:30 a.m. MT), Germany (March 5, 7 a.m.) and France (March 7 at 8 a.m.).