April 7, 2014
Former Louisville women's soccer standout Shannon Smyth competed this past Saturday for the Irish Women's National Team in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Germany. The Germans barely pulled off the 3-2 victory over the Irish by scoring in the final seconds of the match after Ireland evened the score in the 89th minute.
Smyth started in the midfield for Ireland, however she was subbed out of the game during the second half of play due to a back injury. Despite the injury, her desire for the win and three points toward qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup never changed.
"The result is a bitter one to take," said Smyth. "To score first, we were surprised and we definitely surprised them. But we step on the field with one point each. We have a point to protect and three to go for. That's our mentality. We went for it."
The Irish Women's National Team will be back on the field to face Russia in another World Cup qualifier on May 7. Smyth will travel back to Norway to continue her season with Amazon Grimstad FK while awaiting the pending roster announcement for the Russia match.
Smyth recorded her first cap with the Irish Women's National Team in 2010 and has since recorded a total of 24 caps for the squad while scoring one goal. While at the University of Louisville, she scored 15 goals and tallied nine assists totaling 39 points. Smyth graduated in 2009 with a degree in Sport Administration and Communications.