Three Former Racer Athletes to Compete in Women's World Cup

Posted on Friday, July 21, 2023


Rikke Sevecke, Karabo Dhlamini, and Robyn Moodaly to Compete in 2023 Women's World Cup

Written by UNOH Sports Information Director, Challen Stewart III

Rikke Sevecke, Karabo Dhlamini, and Robyn Moodaly will be competing for their home countries in the 2023 Women’s World Cup this weekend!  Sevecke is a member of Denmark’s team and Dhlamini and Moodaly will be playing for South Africa.

Sevecke played for the Racers in 2017 and scored eight goals with ten assists in just one season at UNOH averaging 1.08 points per game. She earned WHAC Newcomer of the Year and NAIA First Team All-America awards.  Sevecke has been a member of Denmark's international senior squad since 2016 making 14 starts during that span. It will be the first World Cup appearance for the Danish club since 2007 as they fight through Group D against England, China and Haiti. 

Denmark has not yet released their starting eleven for Saturday's opening match, but Sevecke is expected to be a participant after appearing in seven of nine WC qualifying matches, including two starts, with her Danish club going 9-0-0. 

Dhlamini played for UNOH in 2020 and earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as well as WHAC Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-WHAC in her one season with the Racers program. Her international career began before she came to Northwest Ohio, being named captain of South Africa's U-17 team for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and made her senior squad debut in 2019, becoming the youngest member of the team for the 2019 Women's World Cup. 

For Moodaly, it will be her first WWC appearance, but her international experience tracks back to 2010 when she was selected for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. She made her senior debut in 2011 at age 16, bouncing back and forth between the U-21 and senior teams. Moodaly also saw her first Summer Olympics action in 2012 in London.

Moodaly joined UNOH in 2015, playing for three seasons with the team while battling injuries in her second appearance at the Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. While with the Racers, Moodaly put together an impressive body of work being named NAIA Second Team All-American, United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-American and All-Region Second Team, OSCA All-Ohio Second team and two First Team All-WHAC awards.

Dhlamini and Moodaly were both a part of the South African team who hoisted the inaugural Women's Africa Cup of Nations trophy after defeating Morocco 2-1 in 2022.

Denmark and China will square off Saturday, July 22, at 8:00 AM at Perth Rectangular Stadium broadcasted live on FOX. Game two for Denmark will be Friday, July 28, against England at 4:30 AM on FS1 before wrapping up Group Stage against Haiti on Tuesday, August 1, at 7:00 AM on FS1.

South Africa will begin their tough group stage against Sweden at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand at 1:00 AM on Sunday, July 23. Match two for Banyana Banyana will be against Argentina on Thursday, July 27, at 8:00 PM before finishing off Group G matches against Italy on Wednesday, August 2, at 3:00 AM. All three matches can be watched live on FS1.

Category: Athletics

Keywords: Women's Soccer, World Cup, Sevecke, Moodaly, Dhlamini

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Last updated: 07/21/2023