SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Last year, Montana Hinson had her dream of playing for a national team derailed just before it became a reality.
While training to make the 2018 United States (U.S.) Women's Armed Forces Soccer team, Hinson suffered an ACL injury. The former Bulldog was working hard to earn one of 21 playing spots on the team that went on to compete in the 2018 World Military Women's Football Championship in Fort Bliss, Texas.
Despite the injury, Hinson remained with the team as the International Military Sports Council (CISM) representative and manager with the hopes of bouncing back from the injury to earn a playing position for the 2019 tournament.
Fast forward to today, Friday, May 3.
It was announced this morning that Hinson, a 2017 graduate of The Citadel and four-year letterwinner with the Bulldogs' women's soccer team (2013-16), made the cut for the 21-person squad this year. Of the 80 applicants, 40 were chosen to attend the team's training camp in San Antonio, Texas, including 15 returners.
"Montana has bounced back from a serious injury and made the squad for the second time," said head Citadel soccer coach Ciaran Traquair. "She has always met every challenge head on and showed a high level of commitment to the sport. I am excited to watch her compete again and see her represent our program at the highest level. We will be cheering her on from Charleston."
The 2019 team is preparing to travel to Wuhan, China for the 2019 Military World Games, Oct. 18-28. The squad will be competing in Group A against host China, South Korea and Germany.
Hinson was a midfielder/defender for the Bulldogs from 2013-16, playing in a school-record 76 games, including 62 starts.
After graduating from The Citadel in May of 2017, she joined the United States Air Force and is currently an acquisition officer serving as a program manager on Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal. The program provides strategic command, control and communications to Air Force wing command posts, Air Force nuclear task forces, munition support squadrons and mobile support teams.
For more information on the U.S. Armed Forces Women's National Team and the 2018 World Military Women's Football Championship in Fort Bliss, Texas, please visit ArmedForcesSports.defense.gov/2018CISMFootballWMC/.