The SheBelieves Cup kicked off international women’s soccer action at Talen Energy Stadium on Wednesday, March 1 with two big match ups. In the first game, France faced off against England.
England got on the board first with a goal by Jordan Nobbs from 25 yards out in the 32nd minute. England took their 1-0 lead into the half and maintained it for most of the second half.
In the 80th minute, Marie-Laure Delie sent a header into the top left corner of the net passed on a cross from Élodie Thomis to knot the score at 1-1. The score remained tied heading into stoppage time.
Five minutes into stoppage time, Wendie Renard sent a header into the top left corner of the net past England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley to win the match in dramatic fashion.
In the evening’s second match-up, the USA WNT squared off against Germany. It was especially exciting for local fans to get to see Carli Lloyd, who hails from nearby Delran, NJ up close. Lloyd is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, 2015 FIFA Player of the Year and 2016 FIFA Player of the Year.
The match itself was timid in the first half with limited scoring chances and neither team able to break the 0-0 score. Things changed 9 minutes into the second half when forward Lynn Williams scored on Germany goalkeeper Almuth Schult to put the USA up 1-0. USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was strong in the net and kept Germany off the board to preserve a 1-0 win for the USA to the delight of the 16,318 fans at Talen Energy Stadium.
The action now moves to Redbull Arena in Harrison, NJ for the next round of games in the four team round robin tournament.
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[Article by David Miller]
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