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Alyssa Naeher Backstops USWNT To 2-0 Win In Final Group Stage Game Of 2019 World Cup

Penn State women’s soccer alumna Alyssa Naeher started in between the sticks for the United States Women’s National Team’s third and final game in the 2019 Women’s World Cup group stage, which ended in a 2-0 victory for the Americans.

The USWNT faced its toughest test yet in Sweden, the No. 9 team in FIFA’s global rankings. Both teams entered Thursday’s game with their spots in the round of 16 secured with six points from two games, but the USWNT topped Group F with the victory.

Unlike her first two appearances, Naeher got involved early against the Swedes. She made two saves in the first half, but Sweden’s attack failed to record a single shot on target in the second 45 minutes of the contest. The United States once again dominated in terms of possession, finishing with 62 percent of the ball against a strong Swedish side.

Head coach Jill Ellis’ side got off to strong starts in both halves of Thursday’s game. Lindsey Horan opened the scoring in the third minute before Tobin Heath’s shot was deflected by a Sweden’s Jonna Andersson, who was credited with own goal in the 50th minute, to double the USWNT’s lead.

She may have been an unused substitute on Thursday, but fellow Penn Stater Ali Krieger made headlines with a strong vote of confidence for her national side. Krieger said the United States had the “best team and the second-best team in the world” in reference to the United States’ depth at every position. All 20 outfield players on the USWNT played in some capacity during the group stage, but Naeher has been the only goalkeeper Ellis has used so far.

After today’s victory, the United States will take on Spain in the round of 16. That game is slated to begin at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24 in Reims, France, and you’ll be able to watch the game on FOX Sports 1.

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Mikey Mandarino

In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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