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Ex-FIU Soccer Player Dies in Crash

September 30, 2002

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ASHBURN, Ga. (AP) _ Two women were killed and 13 others were injured when a van carrying a soccer club from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., collided with two other vehicles on Interstate 75 in south Georgia, officials said Monday.

Sasja Odenyo, a former soccer player for Florida International University, and Theresa Wint, a former athletic trainer at FIU, died in the collision Sunday night involving the van, a car and U-Haul truck about 80 miles north of the Florida state line, the Georgia State Patrol said.

Another former FIU player, Erika Jaderblom, remained hospitalized Monday.

The van carrying members of the Florida Rockets soccer team was returning to the Fort Lauderdale area after an Atlanta-area tournament. Most of the 15 people in the vehicle were exchange students from Jamaica or Sweden.

Odenyo, 22, of Uppsala, Sweden, broke FIU records for goals (25) and points (57) in her junior season. That year, she finished third in the NCAA in points per game (2.71) and second in goals per game (1.19) and was named the Sun Belt Conference Tournament MVP.

Wint, 21, of Miami, was a student athletic trainer and one of the first Upward Bound participants at the university to earn a diploma. Upward Bound assists aiming to become the first in their families to obtain a college degree.

Odenyo and Wint both graduated from FIU in the spring.

Jaderblom, a defender, was named second-team All-Sun Belt Conference last season. A senior, she is still enrolled in classes at the university.

``All the young women involved were wonderful people,″ FIU coach Everton Edwards said Monday. ``I’m dumbfounded and numb right now.″

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