HARROGATE, Tenn. — While the vast majority of college student-athletes spend the summer quietly honing their skills, Lincoln Memorial University women’s soccer rising sophomore Christina “Beans” Joseph has spent hers on a much grander stage. Joseph is currently a member of the Trinidad & Tobago Women’s National Team, as the relatively young nation attempts to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“I am excited for ‘Beans’ as well as our program,” said LMU head soccer coach Helio D’Anna. “That level of exposure is good for her and of course the team. LMU benefits both with the name being showcased out there and getting back an even better player.”
Early in the summer, Joseph traveled to Trinidad & Tobago — a small island off of the northeast coast of Venezuela — to take part in summer training with the national squad. Most recently, the Soca Princesses hosted a pair of international friendlies against Venezuela, nabbing a commanding 5-0 win in the first before dropping a 2-0 decision two days later.
Beans and the Soca Princesses will host the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) tournament Aug. 19-26. The winner and runner-up from both group A and B in that tournament earn a bid to the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which determines the participants in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Three teams from CONCACAF will earn qualifying spots to the World Cup. T&T enters the upcoming CFU tournament ranked 46th in the world and fifth in the CONCACAF.
In her debut season with the 2013 Lady Railsplitters, Joseph appeared in 18 matches with 12 starts and 938 total minutes played. Beans recorded seven shots with two on frame over that span. The Lady Railsplitters finished the 2013 campaign with a 10-8-1 overall mark after dropping a heartbreaker to Wingate in the title match of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championship.
While Beans will be delayed in her arrival to campus, the rest of the 2014 squad will begin to assemble in Harrogate in the next week for preseason training. The Lady Railsplitters open the 2014 season in the CSU Collegiate Invitational against West Florida on Aug. 5. West Florida captured the Division II National Championship in 2012 while finishing as the runner-up in 2013.