Rose Lavelle Earns First Cap
HARRISON, N.J. (March 4, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team continued play at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup dropping its second match, 1-0, against England in front of an electric sold-out crowd of 26,500 fans at a chilly Red Bull Arena.
A fast-paced game from the start, the USA got several chances early, with plays originating primarily from the flanks thanks to Crystal Dunn, Mallory Pugh and Rose Lavelle, who had an excellent performance on her first outing with the WNT. She became the 14th player to earn her first cap under Jill Ellis.
The USA’s best chance in the first half came in the 19th minute when a Dunn cross from the right side of the box ended in front of Lavelle. The 21-year-old received the ball with her midsection and sent a full volley directly to the hands of Siobhan Chamberlain, who responded well to the shot and avoided what seemed like a clear goal opportunity for the U.S.
In the 32nd minute, following a foul against the WNT, England got its chance with a free kick from about 45 yards out on the left of the box. The cross was initially headed out by Julie Johnston, but it quickly found the feet of Nikita Parris inside the six-yard box. Parris’ point-blank shot was saved by an incredibly alert Ashlyn Harris who reacted with sharp precision to maintain the 0-0 draw.
In the second half, it was the U.S. who dominated most of the action, pressing forward and getting several opportunities. However, England capitalized on a late chance when a set piece play led to Ellen White’s game-winner in the 89th minute.
Up Next: The USA will head to Washington D.C. to face France and wrap up the SheBelieves Cup at RFK Stadium on March 7 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1. In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, France and Germany played to a 0-0 draw, making the last date of games a day with everything up for grabs for all four teams.
2017 SheBelieves Cup Standings