OTTAWA, Ontario (UI Release) - Former Illinois soccer All-American Emily Zurrer (2005-08) was named a member of the Canadian Women's National Team for the 2012 Olympic Games, announced by the team on Monday. Zurrer is one of three center backs and seven total defenders joining the squad for competition as chosen by head coach John Herdman, with the women's tournament being held from July 15 - Aug. 9.
Zurrer tallied seven individual All-America honors while at Illinois, making 84 starts on defense among 86 games played. While shutting down opponents en route tofour NCAA Tournament appearances, including a pair of Sweet 16 berths in 2006 and 2008, Zurrer totaled 11 goals and five assists for 27 points. Zurrer was also a two-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region selection and three-time firstteam All-Big Ten honoree, taking home the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year honor in 2006.
While still in high school at Cowichan Secondary in Vancouver, British Columbia, Zurrer earned her first cap with the Canadian National Team in 2004 and hascontinued to compete with the squad regularly since. Zurrer previously participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Team Canada and also assisted the program in shutting down all five opponents faced at the CONCACAF Tournament en route to securing a berth at the 2011 Women's World Cup.
Canada, Japan, Sweden and South Africa comprise Group F of the women's drawing. The Canadian side opens competition against Japan on July 25 before facing South Africa on July 28 and Sweden to close group play on July 31. The quarterfinal matchups will be held on Aug. 3 while the semifinals will take place on August 6. The bronze and gold medal matches will occur on Aug. 9 to conclude women's soccer action at the London Olympic Games.