For the first time in her career, IU junior defender Annelie Leitner was selected to represent the senior Austrian National Team at an international competition.
Having previously represented Austria at the Under-19 and Under-17 levels, Leitner is part of the Austria senior team roster competing at the 2017 Cyprus Women’s Cup. The tournament has been held annually in Cyprus since 2008. Twelve teams participate in the tournament, and play began Wednesday.
Leitner, from Salzburg, Austria, has played in 38 matches for IU and started 22 of them. She scored IU’s first goal in the 2016 season during a 1-1 draw with Louisville on Aug. 19 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
However, Leitner only played one more match for the Hoosiers last season before suffering a season-ending injury.
She was named an Academic All-Big Ten selection last season, the second consecutive year she received the honor.
Austria began the tournament with a 0-0 draw against South Korea Wednesday, and will play its next game Friday against New Zealand.
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