PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University women's soccer rising sophomores Sydney Cummings and Maria Guerrero are set to compete in World Cup qualifiers later this month for Guyana and Puerto Rico respectively.
Both Guyana and Puerto Rico will begin the road to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with the Caribbean Zone's regional qualification tournament. Both sides will compete to advance to the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship where three teams will automatically qualify for France 2019 and a fourth team will compete in a playoff.
In the Caribbean Zone qualification tournament, Guyana will host Group E with matches against Bermuda (May 23), Suriname (May 25), and Barbados (May 27). Puerto Rico will take part in Group A in the Dominican Republic with fixtures against Anguilla (May 5), the Dominican Republic (May 7), Cuba (May 9), and Aruba (May 11).
Each group winner will advance to the final round set for July 21-29. The top three finishers in the round will move on to the CONCACAF Championship. The 2018 CONCACAF Championship will take place in the United States with group stage games occurring from Oct. 4-11 and the knockout stage playing out from Oct. 14-17.
A resident of Millstone Township, N.J., Cummings earned Second Team All-Ivy honors this past year, playing all 1,475 minutes on the season. The team's Rookie of the Year started all 16 games at center back, helping Brown post four shutouts in Ivy League play for the first time since 1992.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Guerrero has previously served as a reserve goalkeeper for Puerto Rico's Senior Women's National Team in Olympic qualifiers. Her other international experience includes starting for the U20 Puerto Rico Women's National Team and captaining the U17 Puerto Rico Women's National Team.
Cummings, Guerrero, and the Bears will open their 2018 NCAA campaign on Aug. 24 at Pepperdine, coming off a season in which Brown posted 11 wins, its most wins since 2000.