By Jean DePlacido
---- — As far as Hayley Dowd is concerned, there are never enough soccer games.
Dowd, the former Peabody High star who will play for Boston College beginning this fall, just got back from nationals with one club team and will head for regionals in Rhode Island with another before leaving for Portland, Ore. to take part in the U20 Women’s World Cup team tryouts.
“I just got back from Colorado for nationals with my U18 Stars of Massachusetts Club team, and next up is regionals with my U19 team because I’m playing up a level this year,” said Dowd, who also participated in the Agganis All-Star Women’s Soccer Classic in Lynn last week.
“After that, I’ll fly out to Oregon. I got an email last week telling me I had been invited, and it’s a huge opportunity and an honor to be asked. Whether I wind up making the team or not, I’m pleased to have my name included.”
A three-time Salem News Girls Soccer Player of the Year, Dowd is the North Shore’s all-time leader in career goals (148) and points (204), having guided Peabody High to an unbeaten season and Division 1 state championship in 2011. A two-time Northeastern Conference MVP, she has been ranked as high as the No. 2 player her age in the Northeast. She was part of a team that went unbeaten for 38 games over a two-year stretch (2011-12) and went 75-5-5 in her varsity high school career.
Dowd is the only young woman from Massachusetts to be chosen among the 27 players for the team, which includes six other forwards. From that group, 16 of them (including Dowd) were born in 1994; the others have 1995 birth dates.
The training camp will be held at the University of Portland and includes scrimmages against the Seattle Reign and Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League. It begins today and runs through the 11th. The head coach is Michelle French, an Olympic silver medalist.
The camp is held to select the United States team that hopes to qualify for the 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
“There’s still a lot of time before the qualifiers for the World Cup, so I don’t think we’ll find out anything right away,” said Dowd. “I know what to expect, but I’ve never been to any camp with this coach. I think she’ll evaluate the talent at the camp, then continue to watch how we do in college this fall. There will probably be other camps after this one.
“I love playing and do it year round,” added Dowd. “You can practice all the time, but there’s no substitute for the competition games provide.”