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Mon. September 19, 2011 | Bryan Burns

Former St. Petersburg High standouts Andrea and Adriana Rodrigues both saw action for the Portuguese Women's National Team in a 2013 Women's European Championships qualifying match on Saturday.

Andrea scored two goals and had two assists while Adriana entered the game as a second-half substitute for Portugal's 8-0 win over Armenia in the qualifying opener at Armenia's MIKA Sport Complex.

It was the first time the St. Pete sisters, who qualifying to play for Portugal because their father is from that country, saw action together in a national team match.

"The Europeans now get to see the high quality of soccer players that Pinellas County sees every year," St. Pete head coach Rui Farias said in a release. "These two sisters live and breathe soccer. I think they've just started to show how talented they really are."

Andrea graduated from St. Pete High in 2008 and is currently a junior midfielder at the University of Central Florida. She played in 16 games last season for the Knights, scoring one goal and recording two assists. Adriana, a 2010 graduate of St. Pete High, spent a year at the University of Florida before transferring to Jacksonville University, where she is a redshirt freshman.

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