Nathan Set to Visit Nicaragua for Soccer Exchange

Contact: Matthew Hart

AMHERST, Mass. – Senior Kathryn Nathan’s career for the Amherst College women’s soccer team may be over, but her days as a leader on the pitch are certainly not.

From Feb. 23-March 3, Nathan will join a team of 15 other recently-selected NCAA student-athletes in Nicaragua as members of the Inter-American Women’s Soccer Exchange facilitated by the organization Soccer Without Borders (SWB).

As part of efforts to promote the growth of girls’ and women’s soccer in Nicaragua by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in conjunction with SWB, the Exchange team will travel to three cities and lead a series of clinics for Nicaragua's young female soccer players and leaders. The program will also feature two showcase games between the Nicaraguan U-20 Women's National Team and the Exchange Team, to be held at the National Stadiums in Diriamba and Managua.

Nathan will be one of four NESCAC student-athletes on the Exchange Team, along with Ellery Gould of Bowdoin and Tufts’ Bailey Morgan and Lauren O’Connor. In all, the team’s roster spans all three NCAA divisions and eight conferences.

One of the most decorated players in Amherst women’s soccer history, Nathan earned All-America and first-team All-NESCAC honors in 2011 and 2012, garnering the conference’s co-Player of the Year award as a junior. Amherst posted a 54-14-5 record during her four seasons as a center-midfielder, winning the NESCAC title in 2011 and advancing to the NCAA tournament three times.

Making the trip even sweeter for Nathan will be the opportunity to work alongside former teammate Allie Horwitz ’12, who began a year-long internship with SWB in January. For more on Horwitz’s experiences in Nicaragua, check out her blog, "Fútbol Sin Fronteras."

For more information on Soccer Without Borders and the Inter-American Women’s Soccer Exchange, click here.