Feb. 27, 2013
Cyprus Women's Cup | Cyprus Women's Cup Schedule
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee sophomore forward and 2012 All-American Hannah Wilkinson will once again represent her home country of New Zealand and alum Rhian Wilkinson will represent Canada next week in the 2013 Cyprus Women's Cup.
The Cyprus Women's Cup runs from March 4-14 and it is a round-robin tournament that features 12 teams divided into three groups. Hannah Wilkinson and her New Zealand team will play in Group A along with England, Italy and Scotland. Rhian Wilkinson and her Canadian team will play in Group B, which also includes Finland, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Group C is comprised of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa and South Korea.
Only teams from Groups A and B are in contention to win the title. The group winners from A and B will face off in the final and the runners-up will play for third place. The Group C winner will play the better third-place team from Groups A and B for fifth place and the Group C runner-up will play the other third-place team for seventh place.
On March 6, New Zealand will play Scotland and Canada will play Switzerland. On March 8, the Kiwis play Italy and he Canadians play Finland. Group play concludes on March 11 with New Zealand playing England and Canada takes on the Netherlands. The finals are slated for March 13.
Hannah Wilkinson is coming off a banner debut season for Tennessee, which made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and finished the year at 14-5-3. The Whangarei, New Zealand, native led the team in scoring with eight goals and was a clutch performer, posting a team-best four match-winners. She also had one assist and her 17 points tied for the team lead. Wilkinson also led the SEC in goals in conference matches as all eight of her scores occurred during league play. She garnered NSCAA Continental Tire Third Team All-American and First Team All-South Region honors.
Last year, Hannah Wilkinson represented New Zealand in the 2012 London Olympics and in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. She has competed in high-level international competition since 2010, seeing action in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and various international friendlies.
Rhian Wilkinson, who is on Canada's pre-tournament roster for the Cyprus Women's Cup, who starred for the Lady Vols from 2000-03, earned bronze this summer with fellow Canadian and UT alum Marie Eve-Nault at the 2012 London Olympics. She has been a staple of the strong Canadian National Team over the past few years and recently joined the Boston Breakers in n the new National Women's Soccer League. Rhian Wilkinson is UT's all-time leader in assists (32). She ranks second in school history with 88 points and her 28 career goals are tied for third-most.