The U.S. U17 WNT took England by storm on Sunday, shutting them out 6-0 in the first of two matches in Hinkley, England.
Three goals were scored each half to solidify the run-away win, with goals scored by Taylor Racioppi, Michelle Xiao, Dorian Bailey, Frankie Tagliaferri and a brace by Mallory Pugh.
The girls traveled to England for training in preparation of the 2014 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, and from the looks of the first match, it’s going pretty well.
The U.S. got on the board just three minutes in with Pugh’s first goal. She capitalized on a pass from teammate Madison Haley, taking a left-footed shot and hitting her target inside the right post from 12 yards out.
Next it was Racioppi with a goal just nine minutes later to extend the lead 2-0. A scramble in the penalty area resulted in a loose ball, and she jumped on it, touching it once before fining it in from a stunning 23 yards.
Pugh came back at the 23rd minute to add one more before halftime. She picked her way through England’s back line carefully with the ball and sunk it in from 16 yards out.
The second half was a replay of the first with three more U.S. goals one after another. Xiao collected a pass from Natalie Jacobs on the right wing, and embarked on a dangerous mission through defense, eluding defenders left and right before cutting back inside the corner of the six yard box and belting the ball into the net.
Xiao was part of the next successful play in the 69th minute, sending a beautiful pass to Bailey, who cracked the ball overhead into the roof of the net for the fifth goal.
Hope you haven’t lost track yet, because there’s still one more goal to go.
And, the final goal was scored by the youngest on the team, 14-year-old Tagliaferri. She made for a thrilling finish, dribbling the ball in from 10 yards out and taking a shot- blocked! But she wasn’t about to quit, meeting the deflected ball with fury, she cracked it straight into the lower right corner from 17 yards out for the 6-0 victory.
The final match will take place Aug. 28. Stay tuned to GotSoccer