MSU's Offreda to Compete for Team USA in Summer Deaflympics

Montclair, NJ (9/3/09) – The Montclair State women’s soccer team will open its 2009 season on Friday when the Red Hawks take on Baptist Bible at the Swarthmore Kick Classic. Senior Liza Offreda (East Rutherford, NJ / Midland Park) will take to the field that day too, however her appearance will be nearly 7,800 miles from her teammates.

Offreda, a three-year member of the Red Hawks is one of 16 players representing the United State in the 21st Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan on September 5-15. The U.S. Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) announced it final roster in April and consists of 144 athletes (64 females and 80 males) and 54 team officials (five different categories: coach/assistant coach, delegate, interpreter, medical, leader/director/manager).

Offreda and her USA team open competition in Pool play on Saturday, September 5 at 9:30 am local time against Germany. The American squad is in Group A along with Denmark. Thailand, Russia. Japan and Great Britain are in Group B. The team will play with its group before the playoff round commences on Friday, September 11. The championship is slated for Monday, September 14.

The appearance by Offreda will cause her to miss Montclair's first four contests however she is expected to rejoin the team shortly before the Red Hawks' New Jersey Athletic Conference Opener against Rowan at MSU Soccer Park on September 19.

Offreda came to Montclair State prior to the 2007 campaign and made an immediate impact helping MSU to the NJAC Championship Game. The team's fourth-leading scorer that season, Offreda scored five goals and added two assists while being named All-NJAC Honorable Mention. Last season Offreda tallied four goals and was third on the team in points scored as Montclair advanced to the semifinals of both the NJAC and ECAC Metro Tournaments.