The Blaine girls soccer team will have to make do without one of their star players this week as they head into the post-season. Ashley Quesada, a talented sophomore forward, was invited to try out for the Costa Rican national U17 team, a rare opportunity for any 16-year-old, let alone one from Blaine.
Quesada is half Costa Rican, and her father Giovanni Quesada played professionally in Costa Rica. She left for Costa Rica with her father on Friday.
“She was nervous, but we’re so excited for her and we know she’ll do great,” Quesada’s mother Aida Rodriguez said.
Quesada will play October 28 through November 1 at Proyecto Goal stadium in San Rafael, where coaches will evaluate her and see if she is a good fit. If selected, she will help represent Costa Rica at the 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will be played in Costa Rica.
Blaine coach Kelly Tuski said it’s an amazing opportunity for one of her players. Tuski sent her evaluation of Quesada to the Costa Rican coaches.
“I rated her high on tactical ability and ball-handling skills,” Tuski said. “She plays forward and center midfield, and is an attacking player by nature. She has an incredible ability to create breakaways and attack the goal.”
Tuski expressed certainty that Quesada would perform well in tryouts. “With the passion she has for the game, she puts everything out on the field, and I have no doubt she’ll impress coaches.”
Quesada scored a hat trick to help Blaine to a 5–1 victory over Sedro-Woolley on the road October 24. Blaine faced South Whidbey in the first round of the District 1 1A Tournament October 30, but the score was unavailable at press time.