USA Women’s Soccer kicks off Gwangju Games with win over South Africa
GWANGJU, South Korea – The USA Women’s Soccer team kicked off the 2015 World University Games with a 1-0 victory over South Africa on Thursday, July 2, at Honam University Football Field.
Lauren Milliet struck for the only goal of the game in the 34th minute, finishing a give-and-go with Kaeli Vandesluis from the middle of the box.
Milliet led all players with four shots, all of which were on frame.
USA finished with a 13-6 advantage in total shots and a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
Goalkeeper Rowan Frederiksen stopped the only three shots the RSA put on target.
She also came up with a big play in the 80th minute when she came off her line to break up a dangerous corner kick.
The South Africans controlled long sections of the second half and had good scoring chances in the 47th, 51st and 55th minute.
Jessie Ayers had a golden chance to double Team USA’s lead in the 70 minute, but her shot was blocked by an RSA defender in the box.
In the other Pool D contest, Canada posted a 2-0 victory over France at Boseong Public Stadium.
USA Team plays France on Saturday, July 4, at 4:30 p.m. local time, 1:30 a.m. MT.
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