Mostrianska to play for Ukraine’s U-19 women’s team at Euro 2022

Mostrianska to play for Ukraine’s U-19 women’s team at Euro 2022

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ukrainian immigrant Liana Mostrianska, 18, is set to represent Ukraine in the first qualifying round of the 2022 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship (UEFA Women’s Under-19 Euro 2022) soccer tournament on October 19-27 in the Netherlands. During the week prior to the tournament, she will be in Ukraine training with Ukraine’s Women’s National U-19 Soccer Team.

A senior high school student at Charles W. Baker High School in the Baldwinsville School District in Baldwinsville, N.Y., Ms. Mostrianska previously participated with Ukraine’s youth soccer championship team in 2018 when she was 15 years old, and that experience, she said, played a part in her being invited to play with Ukraine’s U-19 women’s team.

“It’s really nice that I can represent Ukraine. I’m really happy that they remembered me and are giving me this opportunity,” she told the Baldwinsville Central School District website (www.Bville.org).

Having moved from Ukraine to the United States in 2019, Ms. Mostrianska’s father was a professional soccer player in Ukraine, and she has been playing on soccer teams since the age of 11.

Commenting on her high school soccer team, she said, “We have a lot of fun times as a team. They have become a family to me. It’s nice to be on a team here.”

Kathy Morse, Ms. Mostrianska’s high school soccer coach, told Bville.org that she is excited for her student, as the school team pushes for a Section III Class AA championship title.

“What a wonderful opportunity for Liana. She has been such a great asset to our team. We will be cheering her on from the States,” Ms. Morse said.

Ms. Mostrianska was lauded for “her countless hours of dedication, passion and hard work” by Superintendent Jason D. Thomson.

“We are very proud of Liana collectively as a community to have a Baldwinsville Bee representing us on the world stage. We support her and wish her the very best,” Mr. Thomson said.

Ms. Mostrianska’s skills in the forward position have earned her a team-best three goals in her high school team’s first nine matches of the 2021-2022 season. She hopes to play soccer in Europe after graduating from high school.

Christopher Campolieta, director of athletics, noted the hard work that Ms. Mostrianska has put in, both athletically and academically.

“We are very proud and wish her the best of luck!” Mr. Campolieta said.

Ukraine’s U-19 women’s team, in Group A1 of the qualifying round, are set to play against the Netherlands (group hosts) on October 20, against Scotland on October 23 and against Austria on October 26. The final stage of the tournament is scheduled for June 27 through July 8, 2022, in the Czech Republic. The 2020 and 2021 editions of the tournament were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top-three teams in the group stage advance to Round 2 of League A, and the fourth-place finishers are relegated to Round 2 of League B.

 

Sources: Baldwinsville Central School District (www.Bville.org), Eagle News Online (https://eaglenewslonline.com)


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