Jenna Richardson (left) and Nicole Setterlund (right) are part of Canada’s team at the U20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.

Jenna Richardson (left) and Nicole Setterlund (right) are part of Canada’s team at the U20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.

South Surrey soccer pair set for World Cup

Jenna Richardson and Nicole Setterlund – will be key in helping Canada make the podium at the Women’s U20 World Cup in Japan.

Just a few weeks after Canada’s national women’s team won bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the country’s under-20 squad will look to carry on that momentum in Japan.

And two South Surrey soccer players – Jenna Richardson and Nicole Setterlund – will be key in helping Canada make the podium at the Women’s U20 World Cup, which began with pool-stage games Sunday.

Canada, which is in Pool C of the  opens the tournament today (Monday) with a game against Argentina, and will face off against Norway Thursday. Next Tuesday, they play North Korea.

Neither player is a stranger to international play. Last spring, both Setterlund and Richardson – who play in the NCAA and have also played with the Vancouver Whitecaps USL W-League squad – were part of Canada’s team that finished second at the 2012 CONCACAF U20 world championships, and in 2010, Setterlund captained Canada’s team to a U17 world championship in Costa Rica.

Setterlund plays for Washington State University, while Richardson is a member of the Oregon State University Beavers.