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Lauren Blazing, Aileen Johnson and Jessica Buttinger
Blue Devils Head to Germany for Junior World Cup
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/24/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. – Three Blue Devils are set to begin action at the 2013 Junior World Cup, which will get underway Saturday, July 27 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 4 in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing and sophomore midfielder Aileen Johnson will compete for the U.S. while junior forward Jessica Buttinger will play with the Canadian squad. In addition, Duke head coach Pam Bustin will serve as an assistant with the U.S. U-21 national team.

The Junior World Cup features 16 teams split into four pools of four teams each. Following pool play, teams will either move into a placement round for the bottom eight finishers or advance to the quarterfinal, semi-final and final round.

The U.S. has been placed in Pool A, featuring the Netherlands, Korea and Ghana. Canada will play in Pool B along with Argentina, China and South Africa, while Pool C is made up of New Zealand, Australia, India and Russia and Pool D includes England, Germany, Belgium and Spain.

The U.S. will open pool play at the Junior World Cup against Korea Saturday, July 27, followed by the Netherlands Sunday, July 28. Team USA will then close out pool play against Ghana Tuesday, July 30.

Buttinger and the Canadian squad begin World Cup action Saturday, July 27 against Argentina before taking on China Sunday, July 28 and South Africa Monday, July 29.

The quarterfinals will be played Thursday, Aug. 1, the semi-finals on Friday, Aug. 2 and the gold and bronze medal match on Sunday, Aug. 4.

A goalkeeper from Chapel Hill, N.C., Blazing totaled 51 saves and posted a 1.99 goals against average in 13 games for the Blue Devils in 2012. She helped the U.S. qualify for the Junior World Cup last fall with a third-place finish at the Junior Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

A native of Waterloo, Ontario, Buttinger was selected to Canada’s senior developmental team earlier this spring and also recently competed with the U-21 squad at Senior Nationals, helping the team capture the gold medal. During the fall of 2012, she was a member of the Canadian junior national team at the Junior Pan American Games, assisting Canada in qualifying for the Junior World Cup. Buttinger has tallied 11 goals and five assists in 35 career games for the Blue Devils, including 11 points last season as a sophomore.

A midfielder from Oceanport, N.J., Johnson started 12 games for Duke last season, finishing the fall with three points. She also represented the United States at the 2012 Junior Pan American Games.