July 5, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -- Current Pepperdine senior goalkeeper Roxanne Barker was named to the 2012 South African Olympic Team for women's soccer and will compete for Banyana Banyana in the upcoming London games. South Africa will be making its Olympic debut, as the nation's women's soccer team has never previously qualified for the Olympics.
Barker (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS), originally from South Africa, will be competing in her first Olympics with her home nation. She is one of two American collegiate players that made the cut, with the other being Kylie-Ann Louw, a midfielder from Stephen F. Austin University.
On the honor, Barker shared, "I'm very excited and honored that I have been chosen represent my country in the Olympics. It has been an amazing experience so far to play against teams at such a high level. We have been training very hard and next week we leave again for our final preparation training camp in Germany. I hope that my performance in the upcoming Olympic games will make my country and Pepperdine University proud."
Barker has started all 60 games for the Waves during her tenure, garnering All-WCC honors all three seasons. She ranks first on the Pepperdine career goalkeeping charts with a 0.77 goals-against average, and second in solo shutouts (24), wins (35) wins and save percentage (.825).
Last season Barker was named to the All-WCC second team, as she helped the Waves to a 15-2-4 record and the WCC title. She led the Waves to a single-season school record of a 0.54 goals against average. Her individual goals against average of 0.55 led the WCC, as did her save percentage of .865 and her shutout percentage of .865. South Africa has been placed in a difficult Group F, along with Japan, Canada and Sweden. Banyana Banyana will face the No. 4 team in the world in Sweden in Coventry on July 25, No. 7 Canada in Coventry on July 27 and No. 3 Japan in Cardiff on July 31. According to the latest FIFA rankings from June 2012, South Africa is ranked 61st in the world.
After the Olympics, Barker will rejoin the Waves as they defend their 2011 WCC title. The Waves open up the season on August 17 at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in a non-conference tilt with San Diego.