Former Gamecocks have enjoyed success in international competition after their careers at South Carolina, including the five that have played for their respective national teams during their careers.
Forward Linda Greene was instrumental in building the South Carolina women’s soccer program as a member of the first graduating class. A Dublin, Ireland native, Greene was a member of the Ireland Under-20 and Senior B national squads for four years. After USC, Greene won four national championships with the Shamrock Rovers, Ireland’s most prestigious premier league team.
Miia -Maria Heinonen
Forward Miia-Maria Heinonen was one of two Finnish players to join the Gamecocks for the 2000 season, coming to Carolina along with Jessica Julin. Heinonen brought national team experience as a member of the Finland Under-16 national team.
Midfielder Jessica Julin (#3), a 2001 and 2002 All-SEC selection, has competed on the senior national team of her native Finland for the past nine years. She currently serves as team captain, a role that she has held the past three years.
2007 graduate Darcel Mollon has been a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 and Under-20 national teams the past four years. A regular starter, Mollon has competed with the national teams during CONCACAF and Olympic Trial competitions.
In March 2008, Mollon signed a professional contract with the Kvarnsvedens IK football club in the Sweden professional league. The regular season began in April and will end in October as the football club fights for a league promotion. Halfway through her first season, Mollon led her team in goals and points and was tabbed as the “Signing of the Season” for her club.
Defender Mandy Pavlovits was one of the most sought after defenders in the United States when she came to Carolina in 1996. A Parade All-American, Pavlovits was the first Gamecock to have US national team experience as a member of the Under-16 national team.