College women’s football: Caitlin Filja de Wagner to represent Albania in World Cup qualifiers
Wagner College girls football player Caitlin Filja will have the opportunity to represent her home country, Albania, in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
A native of Wood-Ridge, NJ, becomes the first player in Seahawks program history to receive an invitation to play for her home country at a major international competition.
“It is a huge honor to represent my home country, Albania, but to represent Wagner at the international level,” said Filja, a second-year forward. “Due to the pandemic, I couldn’t go the first time (October 2020). I was worried that after the plans didn’t work the first time around I wasn’t going to be called, but I was shocked and happy to be called again.
Filja will train with the Albania Women’s National Team as she prepares for two matches on September 16 against Kosovo and September 21 against Belgium.
“Caitlin is embarking on one of the greatest opportunities for any football player and for me as a coach I’m so proud of her,” commented Wagner’s fifth-year head coach. , Phil Casella. “Having the chance to represent your country for a World Cup berth is a fantastic time. She becomes the very first player in the program to represent the entire national team, which is a testament to her dedication to her profession and this program. As her coach and I know all of her teammates will agree, we are so excited and happy for her and we will be following her adventure.
The second-year forward has appeared in 11 career games for the Seahawks, winning the start seven times. Filja made her college debut on February 28 at NJIT, where she made her first career debut and recorded two shots against the Highlanders.