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SheBelieves Cup 2017

Published On March 2, 2017 | Sports

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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[Photo credit: Michael Green]

[Article by David Miller]

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