By Michelle Toteve –

CU junior, Amy Barczuk, was recently invited to train at the under-23 Women’s National Team Camp in Carson, California.
The camp brings together twenty of the top players in the country to train at the national level.
“It was awesome finally being able to play at that level, to play with those caliber of players, I was so grateful I got the experience,” says Barczuk.
The 5’ 10” midfielder plays on the CU Women’s Division one team, has started all 19 games this season, and is second on the team with three goals.
Barczuk has played soccer since she was four years old and now plays a crucial role for the Buffs in both practice and games.
Head Coach, Bill Hempen, explains, “physically, Amy is one of the most athletic kids I’ve ever coached. She’s big, she’s strong, she’s fast…all the things you want from an athlete.”
Barczuk claims her athleticism and success as a Buff would not be possible without the support from her family and teammates.
“There’s no question I would not be where I am without my family. They’re what makes this experience worth it and I couldn’t do it without them or my team,” says Barczuk.
Although she’s majoring in accounting at CU’s Leeds School of Business, Barczuk hopes her experience at the national camp is the first step to a professional future in soccer.