Madarang answers call of national team, set to play for Philippines in AFC Olympic Qualifiers

CLAREMORE, Okla.- Senior midfielder Eva Madarang spent last season, her first with the Hillcats, spreading the ball around to her teammates and helping RSU women's soccer to a 10-6-2 record. However, she is spending her offseason scoring goals; and not for Rogers State.

Madrang was named to the Philippines National Team for the second round of the 2020 Asian Football Confederation Olympic Qualifying Tournament. This will be her second time with the team which she qualifies for because her father is a native of the Philippines.

The California native made a very quick impact in her initial stint with the team. Madrang's four goals in five games, which took place in Tajikistan in April of 2017, guaranteed the Philippines a berth in the AFC Women's Asian Cup for the first time in the country's history.

The 5'3" forward/midfielder will train with her teammates in Manila to prepare for the Second Round of the AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will be held in early April.

The Philippines National Team, currently ranked No. 70 in the world by FIFA, is grouped with No. 40 Chinese Taipei, No. 60 Iran and No. 106 Palestine. The winner of the group will advance to the third round to take on some of the best teams in the world such as Women's World Cup qualifiers like Japan, China and Australia.

Madrang has also been invited to join the national team in two other upcoming tournaments. The 2019 Asian Football Federation Women's Championship is slated for Thailand in late August and the 30th Southeast Asian Games will be held in the Philippines in November and December.

The Hillcats continue their spring soccer slate – minus Madrang – with a doubleheader on Sunday at 10 a.m. versus Northeastern State and 3 p.m. versus Rose State.

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