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By Patrick Z. McGavin

Neuqua Valley's Goralski in consideration for U-17 World Cup team

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Zoey Goralski may want to pull out a map and find Azerbaijan.

The way things are going for the Neuqua Valley sophomore forward, it looks she could be headed there next year.

Azerbaijan, which is located on the shore of the Caspian Sea sandwiched between Russian and Iran in southwest Asia, will host the 2012 Under-17 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Goralski returned Saturday from a week of training at the U.S. U-17 Women's National Team camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., where the team was in the early stages of preparing to attempt to qualify for the tournament.

"It's so much fun," Goralski said. "Every national team camp is so intense. All the top players from all around the country are there and you learn so much because everyone is on the top of their game."

Gorlaski plays forward for Neuqua Valley, but has been the starting right defender in several games for the U-17 national team. She has been involved with the youth national team for more than a year.

"The first couple of camps I was a little scared," Goralski said. "But once you get into the flow, everyone fits in well with each other."

Goralski already has experience as a jet-setting soccer player. She played in Neuqua Valley's 1-0 victory over Lyons in the championship game othe Naperville Invitational on Saturday -- less than two hours after her flight from California arrived in Chicago after her week of training with the national team.

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