April 29, 2008
La Manga, Spain - Former Carson-Newman soccer standout Becky Angus is making the most of her professional opportunities.
While fighting for a spot on the English National Team, Angus continues to play professionally for Kolbotn I.L., a Norwegian club team.
As member of the Under-23 English National Team, Angus is doing everything she can to be considered for a spot on her nation's top team , including scoring against United States in an Under-23 match in February.
"This is an amazing achievement for Becky and the Carson-Newman soccer program," said Carson-Newman head coach Phillip McNamara. "In my mind, Becky is the best to have played (at C-N) and in the South Atlantic Conference. Her accomplishments speak greatly of our program and the caliber of player we've have been able to attract to C-N."
Angus netted the first goal in a 3-1 England win over the United States at an Under-23 tournament held in La Manga, Spain. Her looping header in the 38th minute sailed over the head of U.S. keeper Kelsey Davis to give England a 1-0 lead. She was also tackled in the game, drawing a red card against the U.S. keeper and created multiple one-on-one opportunities for herself in the win.
"It is impossible to describe the feeling," said Angus. "I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to represent my country."
Angus would come on as a substitute against Germany, and earn a start against Norway, a match in which she faced a number of her club teammates, to wrap up the U-23 tournament.
"I feel (competing with the national team) has helped me develop as a player," said Angus "Hopefully I can keep working hard for my club and eventually break into a spot on the (English national team)."
Angus is the SAC's career points leader with 177. She is also second all-time in career goals with 70.
She was named the SAC Female Athlete of the Year in 2004-'05 and 2006-'07. Her senior season, she scored 21 goals, leading the Lady Eagles to a 17-2-1 mark, and the third SAC regular-season title of her career. She earned SAC Player of the Year and All-American honors in both 2004 and 2006. She was named All-SAC and All-Region all four years at C-N.