QUEENS, N.Y. — St. John’s University defender Anna Maria Baldursdottir has been called up to the Iceland national team when it takes on Brazil in a friendly next month as the team prepares for the European Championship.
Iceland will play Brazil June 12.
“I am very proud to be selected for the national team, especially since the European Championship is coming up,” Baldursdottir said. “This past year I have worked a lot on my defending, both at St. John’s and also when I got back to Iceland a few weeks ago. I need to keep playing well to have a chance to be on the squad again for the Euros this July.”
Baldursdottir, a native of Gardabaer, Iceland, has been playing for Stjarnan of Úrvalsdeild Women in her home country since early May. In the six games Baldursdottir has started since her return, Stjarnan has gone 5-0-1 with one shutout and the defender has contributed one goal.
This will be Baldursdottir’s first call up to the full national team in more than a year, seeing action in eight games since her first selection in 2012 for the Algarve Cup.
Baldursdottir, who earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region and All-Big East first team praise following a standout 2016 season, anchored one of the best backlines in the nation last season. The St. John’s defense allowed the fewest goals in its conference, leading to a 0.565 goals-against average that ranked 13th in the country.
She recorded three goals and adding an assist for seven total points. Each of her three goals were game-winners, which ranked fifth in the Big East.