Tiffany Sornpao’s post on Twitter told the story well.
“Five months ago I was just hyped to be able to go to France and watch a WWC game, five months later I make the 23 roster to the in the WWC #surreal,” the Duluth High graduate wrote.
Sornpao, Kennesaw State University’s starting goalkeeper, was selected to the final 23-player roster for Thailand in the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup, beginning June 7 in France.
“What it means to have the ability to train and play against the best women footballers in the world is something I can’t describe,” Sornpao said. “It is literally a dream that I have yet to wake from. However, hopefully this means I get the opportunity to get my name recognized and potentially help shape my future in trying to play professionally.”
Thailand, ranked No. 34 in the world, opens against the world’s No. 1 team, the United States, in Group F play June 11 at 3 p.m. The team then faces matches with No. 9 Sweden on June 16 (9 a.m.) and No. 39 Chile on June 20 (3 p.m.). Fox and FS1 will broadcast all WWC matches.
Sornpao was called up to the Thailand National Team once previously for the Cyprus Cup in February. She made her debut with the team in group play against Italy.
The 21-year-old, entering her junior season at Kennesaw State, ranked among the Atlantic Sun Conference’s top three for total saves (tie for second), save percentage (third), wins (third), goals against average (third) and shutouts (tie for first) last season as a sophomore. Her 94 saves as a sophomore broke the Owls’ NCAA Division I single-season record, and ranked 29th nationally.
Sornpao was a four-time all-county selection at goalkeeper during her Duluth high school career.
“I’m just extremely proud of Tiffany,” Kennesaw State head coach Benji Walton said in a school release. “Since her freshman year, we have seen her grow and develop as much as any player I’ve had the privilege to work with. She has put in the hours and earned this opportunity. I’m sure I can speak on behalf of all of her teammates and coaches about how excited we are for her. This truly is a dream come true for her and we are behind Tiffany all the way.”