Pugh Leads U17 WNT to Second Rout Against England
Pugh Leads U17 WNT to Second Rout Against England avatar

The U17 U.S. WNT concluded the second of two matches against England on Aug. 28 in Trent, beating them by a landslide 5-0.

The girls are training in preparation for the 2014 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, and it’s been a successful camp to say the least, as the first match against England was also won by a wide margin 6-0.

Mallory Pugh is the U.S. U-17 leading scorer. (Photo Courtesy of Real Colorado)

Mallory Pugh is the U.S. U-17 leading scorer. (Photo Courtesy of Real Colorado)

Forward Mallory Pugh has shined throughout, and you can be sure to see some magic on the scoreboard whenever she gets her foot on the ball. She scored a brace in the first game and a third with two assists in the second and currently leads the USA in scoring this year with seven goals total. Kelcie Hedge, Haley Madison, Michelle Xiao and Anika Rodriguez also contributed goals in the second match for the runaway win.

Pugh jump started the first big play of the game in the 10th minute, crossing to Hedge from the left side, who finished nicely with a lower left corner goal.

Haley extended the U.S. lead 2-0 15 minutes later, capitalizing on a cross from Taylor Otto. She cut the ball toward goal and kept things to the right side, smashing the ball in with a smooth right footed shot.

Once again, Pugh stepped into the spotlight with a suspenseful play in the 37th minute. She dashed towards the goal, threading herself through defense before cracking the ball into the corner for the third U.S. goal.

The U.S. added the final two goals in the second half, starting with a golden shot by Xiao from six yards out. Rodriguez supplied the winner in the 69th minute with Pugh on the assist, shooting from the penalty area into the lower left corner to finish the game 5-0.

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 2 5
ENG 0 0 0

USA – Kelcie Hedge (Mallory Pugh) 10th minute
USA – Haley Madison (Taylor Otto) 25
USA – Mallory Pugh (Natalie Jacobs) 37
USA – Michelle Xiao (Mia Gyau) 54
USA – Anika Rodriguez (Mallory Pugh) 68

USA: 1-Sabrina Macias (Lauren Rood, 46); 14-Tegan McGrady (6-Alana Cook, 70), 11-Natalie Jacobs, 10-Taylor Otto (15-Michelle Xiao, 46), 7-Mia Gyau; 22-Taylor Racioppi (5-Marley Canales, 46), 8-Zoe Morse, Mallory Pugh (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 70); 4-Dorian Bailey, 9-Madison Haley (19-Madison Schultz, 70), 2-Kelcie Hedge (25-Anika Rodriguez, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Ellie Jean, 3-Michaela Abam
Head coach: B.J. Snow

ENG: 13-Sian Rogers; 15-Ella Williams (12-Olivia Woodward, 46), 5-Leah Williams, 6-Gabrielle George, 3-Ashleigh Plumptre (18-Jemma Purfield); 4-Keira Williams, 14-Lucy Porter, 8-Mollie Rouse, 20-Evie Clarke; 10- Sarah Mayling; 19-Ella Hartley (17-Atlanta Primus, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 1- Kristie Levell, 2-Alice Hassall, 7-Lorrie Doze, 9-Chloe Kelly, 11-Rianna Dean, 16-Rebecca Lloyd
Head Coach: Lois Fidler

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 9 / 3
Shots on Goal: 8 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1
Fouls: 4 / 1
Offside: 3 / 0


About Courtney Lambert

A competitive athlete in her college days, Courtney writes on events happening at state and local level. She has previous experience covering news and writing for the Jacksonville Times Union and graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in journalism.
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