Turlock's Donya Oliveira knows how to put the soccer ball in the net. She's got the injuries to prove it.
Oliveira, 17, has turned her scoring proficiency into what should be a thrilling February. The Pitman High senior will formally commit to attend Idaho State on a soccer scholarship next week.
But that's only the beginning.
Later in the month, she will become the youngest member of Team Portugal, the host for the Algarve Cup, featuring some of the world's top teams, Feb. 23-March 3.
"It's all coming at once," Oliveira said. "It will be exciting."
Oliveira, a 5-foot-7 forward, has scored 134 goals the last three seasons for her club teams -- the Pleasanton Rage, the California Cougars and her current team, Juventus Destiny of Redwood City.
In fact, she's incurred two concussions while trying to head the ball into the goal. To her, it's all been worth it. She caught the eye of Portuguese team officials last February at the National Regional Camp in Florida, and they notified her last week that she made the team.
"I've been working out twice a day ever since I got the call. I'm changing how I eat," Oliveira said. "I will be playing against the best, so I have to work hard."
She's eligible to compete for Portugal because her parents, Donald and Dora, are Portuguese. She's also gained her dual citizenship, and she'll leave for Portugal on Feb. 18.
Her team will compete in the Algarve Cup's Group C against Romania, Austria and the Faroe Islands. Group A includes Germany, Denmark, China and Finland, while the United States joins Sweden, Norway and Iceland in Group B.
"Donya has led every team she's ever played for in scoring," Donald said. "She's an aggressive player. I'm happy for her."
Oliveira's credentials are legitimate. She's ranked 13th among the top players in Northern California/Hawaii by topdrawersoccer.com. To gain that status, however, she had to walk away from her team at Pitman, where she was the top scorer as a freshman and sophomore.
"The games and the practices (for the club team) conflicted with high school," she said. "It's kind of a bummer I can't play for Pitman, but I did become a better player. I'm happy with the choices I've made."
She's already figured out how to keep up with classes while she's overseas.
"I've talked to my counselors and I've asked for work ahead of time," she said.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2302.