Tanya Samarzich, a member of Mexico's women's national soccer team, is transferring to the University of Kentucky and will be eligible to play immediately this fall, UK Coach Jon Lipsitz announced Tuesday.
Samarzich, who is coming to Kentucky after one season at the University of Southern California, was named to the 2015 Women’s World Cup squad for Mexico and would be participating had it not been for a foot injury that ended her chances of competing this summer in Canada. At 20 years old, she is the third-youngest member of the Mexican national team’s active roster.
In her one year at Southern Cal, the native of Upton, Calif., appeared in 14 games, scoring three goals on 17 shots, including two game-winning goals. She played 641 minutes, and started two games. Representing her home country, Samarzich won the Golden Boot in the CONCACAF U-20 World Championships held in the Cayman Islands, as she netted hat-tricks in Mexico’s first two games, helping her side set a team record for most goals in a single CONCACAF World Championship with 22.