SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State women's soccer student-athlete has earned a spot with The Malditas, the Philippine Women's National soccer team, after taking part in a training camp in Southern California.
Salvacion, who completed her redshirt sophomore season with the Hornets this year, was selected by Malditas head coach Ernie Nierras after training with the squad and playing midfield for the national team in exhibition games and a friendly versus Trinidad and Tobago. Nierras established the camp, the first of its kind, to try out Philippine-Americans and Philippine-Canadians for the national team.
"It still hasn't hit me yet," Salvacion said. "My dad might be more excited than I am. He is so proud of me."
Salvacion will report to national team training in the Philippines in May when the Malditas will play a handful of World Cup qualifying matches. She will go back to the Philippines for more qualifying matches in the fall and again next December with the hopes of advancing to the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.
"I thought I was playing well before but this experience just shows me how much more work I need to do," Salvacion added. "It has really motivated me to train as hard as I can because there could be some exciting things in my future."
The Philippines plays qualifying matches for the World Cup through the ASEAN region of the Asian Football Confederation. The ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) region includes Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Salvacion overcame injuries during her first two seasons with the Hornets to play in all 18 games this year with 14 starts. She scored one goal while placing 14 of her 28 shots on frame.
"I'm extremely happy for Shelby," said , Sacramento State's head coach. "She was given a great opportunity and she capitalized on it. She is a completely different player than she was at the start of her career and has really improved her play and fitness. She has worked hard and she's earned this great honor."
May 30, 2013 THREE WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS EARN ACTION ABROAD
March 13, 2013 WOMEN'S SOCCER ADDS FOUR IN 2013 CLASS
December 4, 2012 SALVACION EARNS SPOT ON PHILIPPINE WOMEN'S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
November 16, 2012 SALVACION TRAINING WITH PHILIPPINE NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
October 30, 2012 RAMIREZ, KELLOGG AMONG EIGHT TO EARN BIG SKY ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
October 21, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER STUMBLES IN SEASON FINALE, 2-1, AT SAN JOSE STATE
October 19, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER DROPS BIG SKY FINALE, 3-1, AT PORTLAND STATE
October 14, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER DROPS FINAL HOME GAME OF 2012, 2-1, TO IDAHO STATE
October 12, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER FALLS, 2-0, TO WEBER STATE
October 7, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER BATTLES TO SCORELESS DRAW AT NORTHERN ARIZONA
October 5, 2012 ANDERSON'S BIG NIGHT PROPELS WOMEN'S SOCCER PAST SOUTHERN UTAH
September 30, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER USES TWO LATE GOALS TO POWER PAST MONTANA
September 28, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER LETS LATE LEAD SLIP AWAY IN 1-1 DRAW WITH EASTERN WASHINGTON
September 23, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER FALLS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
September 21, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER WINS BIG SKY OPENER, 1-0, AT NORTH DAKOTA
September 20, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER OPENS BIG SKY CONFERENCE PLAY ON THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND
September 16, 2012 WOMEN’S SOCCER DROPS THRILLER TO PENN
September 14, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER THUMPS UC SANTA CRUZ, 4-0
September 13, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYS HOST TO UC SANTA CRUZ, PENN THIS WEEKEND
September 9, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER BATTLES INDIANA STATE TO SCORELESS DRAW
September 7, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER STUMBLES AT UNLV
September 5, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER SET FOR TWO GAMES AT UNLV NIKE INVITATIONAL THIS WEEKEND
August 31, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO USES SECOND HALF SURGE TO DEFEAT WOMEN'S SOCCER
August 28, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER VISITS USF FRIDAY NIGHT
August 24, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYS TO SCORELESS DRAW WITH RIVAL UC DAVIS
August 14, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON Q&A WITH HEAD COACH RANDY DEDINI
August 12, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER FALLS IN FINAL TUNE-UP
August 10, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYS TO 1-1 DRAW IN EXHIBITION OPENER AT PACIFIC
August 10, 2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER PICKED FIFTH IN BIG SKY PRESEASON COACHES POLL