PROVO, Utah – Two months ago, Nadia Gomes was playing soccer in Portugal trying to help the Portuguese U-19 team qualify for the European U-19 Championships.
Gomes was a 5A state champion with Brighton High School and was the 5A girls soccer MVP for both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune. She played her club soccer with Murray Max where she was team captain, but even though she played a state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium, her experience in Europe included plenty of larger stadiums and challenging experiences on the field she hadn't been through before.
"It was a cool experience," Gomes said. "I really liked it."
Gomes played in two qualifying tournaments for the UEFA U-19 European Championships over the past year. Her Portugal team won its group in the first round of qualifying defeating Russia, Macedonia and Belarus, but fell short in the final round of qualifying coming in third in the group behind Spain and Switzerland. Gomes scored two goals in six games, starting in four. Group winner Spain lost to the Netherlands 1-0 this past Sunday in the title game.
Her international experience is something few BYU recruits have on their resumes when they arrive in Provo, but she has already helped some players with her goal-scoring skills in camps this summer.
"I like to give advice to the girls so they can get better," Gomes said.
Gomes and the Cougars start fall camp on Aug. 4. The first scrimmage is the Blue/White game on Aug. 13 and the season opener is Aug. 22 at Cal State Fullerton.
Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood talk about Gomes and the other incoming freshmen in the video below.