Orianica Velasquez is making her first appearance at the Olympics as a member of the Colombian National team. She is also the first representative from the IU women’s soccer team to compete in the Olympic Games.
Velasquez competed with the Colombian National team last summer in the World Cup and was named the “FIFA Player of the Match” against North Korea as Colombia earned its first-ever World Cup point. In her first three years at IU, Velasquez has scored 19 goals, fifth-most in IU history, and has eight assists to her credit. She will be a senior in the fall.
Women’s competition begins with a preliminary stage: the 12 women’s teams are divided into groups of four teams (three groups in the women’s competition), and each team plays every other in their group. Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw and nothing for a loss. Brackets competition will start on Friday, Aug. 3 and continue on to Aug. 9 with the bronze and gold medal matches.