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Nicoya’s Soccer Heroines Return Home

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After meeting the goal of qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada and placing runner-up in the CONCACAF championship, Costa Rica’s national women’s team returned to Costa Rica today, Monday, October 27 from the United States.

The delegation of players, technical and federation representatives arrived at 12 noon, with a lot of fans waiting for them at the Juan Santamaria Airport.

Cecilia Artavia, mother of Dinia Diaz, the goalkeeper of the national team who is from Samara, told us that she was invited to the reception organized by the Costa Rican Soccer Federation.

“I feel very proud and very happy for the work all the girls have done, and especially for what Dinia has accomplished,” Artavia said.

Artavia admires her daughter, describing her as a very disciplined and very hardworking girl. 

Meanwhile, Dinia’s uncle, Miguel “El Flaco” Artavia, who lives in Nosara, said the family is planning a welcome home party in Samara, but they still do not know what day since it depends on the goalkeeper’s schedule. The party could be this week or next.

In addition, there are intentions to nominate Dinia and Carol Sanchez, from Nicoya, to be marshals during the Festival of Lights in Nicoya, to be held on December 7.

“I am going to present a motion to the Municipal Council. I think it is very possible and it is very fair, since these girls have exalted Costa Rican soccer,” said council member Rodolfo Orozco Juarez.

The Costa Ricans qualified after beating Mexico, Jamaica and Martinique in the group matches, and in semifinals, they defeated Trinidad and Tobago by means of a penalty kick. The Costa Rican team lost in the final against the host team, the U.S. selection, with a score of 6 to 0.

Despite the loss on Sunday, the 26th, to the North American team, the Costa Ricans left a good impression on the field. When they had the ball, they played soccer elegantly, with good technique and teamwork.