By Parmida Schahhosseini
After capping off a successful season with a Big 12 Championship Title and being named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer team, sophomore forward Bri Campos has added another achievement to her resume because she made the cut for Mexico’s U-20 National Team.
“The Baylor soccer family is very proud of Bri and the work she continues to put forth through the summer to remain in camp with Mexico’s U-20 National Team,” said Baylor co-head coach Paul Jobson. “We are excited to follow her progress and know that it will only prepare her for what’s ahead this fall in Waco.”
Campos made the 20-person roster after a successful camp, which took place on June 3-9 in Mexico City.
After earning another trip, Campos also participated in the VIII International Cup of Woman’s Soccer Fair of the Flowers Medellin from July 27 to Aug. 3.
This experience was beneficial for Campos as she learned how to get used to different coaching styles.
Mental toughness is another trait Campos gained while training with the National Team.
This experience has allowed her to get out of her comfort zone as a player, giving her the chance to adjust to different situations on the field.
“It’s a lot different,” Campos said. “Here it’s more about like hard work and grit and toughness and over there it’s very methodical, very planned out like what run you have to make or what pass you have to make. It’s a lot easier playing here because it fits me a lot better.”
As a freshman last season, Campos made 22 starts in 24 games and finished fourth in the team with 10 points.
She had four assists and three goals, two of which were game-winning goals.
“I think her ability is just amazing and it’s limitless,” Baylor co-head coach Marci Jobson said. “I think that girl can go very far with her soccer career, but I think for her it was a little bit of a maturation process, for her to mature, to see that next level to see how good she can be and how good she can become. I have no doubts that she can play on the women’s national team; she is that type of player. I think it gave her the confidence to see ‘hey, all the hard work I put into I’m reaping some of those rewards.’ She doesn’t pay attention to that stuff, but she’s always the first on the field, the last off the field and I love to see players like that reap some of the rewards.”
Campos hopes to bring that experience to Baylor, but hopes to improve her game as well.
During her tenure with the Mexican National U-20 Team, Campos has had the opportunity to learn the team’s system, but the limited time made it harder for her to work on her game.
Despite having just minimal time to practice while with the Mexican National Team, she is making the most of her time at Baylor to develop her skills.
Campos also made the Preseason All-Big 12 Team along with senior defender Kat Ludlow, giving Baylor its first preseason all-league honorees since 2003.