Lourdes University women’s soccer player Lexie Cano is trying out for the United States Deaf Women’s National Team, with the hope of making the team for the 2016 Deaf WorldCup in Capaccio, Italy.
A junior for the Gray Wolves this season, Cano started 16 of the team’s 17 matches during the program’s inaugural season. She registered five shot attempts, two of which were on goal.
The USDWNT ranges in age from 15 to 25, and all of the players on the team are deaf. The players practice and play without hearing devices, and referees use flags instead of whistles to control the play of the game. The USDWNT has played in four international soccer events: the Deaflympics in Australia in 2005, Taipei in 2009, and Bulgaria in 2013 as well as the Deaf World Cup in Turkey in 2012.
Cano recently attended the USDWNT camp in Chula Vista, Calif., and will be attending a second camp April 27-30 in SaintJoseph, Mich. She will know whether she made the squad shortly after the conclusion of camp.