Aug. 12, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A pair of Badgers continued their journey on the world stage, as both Rose Lavelle and Kinley McNicoll helped their respective countries advance out of group play and into the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Canada on Tuesday.
Lavelle had a memorable performance for the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team, scoring her first international goal at the U-20 level and helping Team USA to a 3-0 win over China in Moncton.
The sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, fielded a pass from teammate Lindsey Horan, then took an impressive dribble and cut to evade a defender before striking from 12 yards out for the score in the 49th minute. It marked Lavelle's first goal of the year in 10 international games.
Merely hours later, captain McNicoll and Canada's U-20 Women's National Team qualified for the quarterfinals themselves with a 1-0 win over Korea DPR. McNicoll was yet again in the Starting XI, as she's held the honor of leading the host country and wearing the captain armband.
Lavelle also started in all three matches of group play for the U.S.
Both the U.S. and Canada begin play in the knockout stages Aug. 16, as Team USA's quarterfinal match will be against North Korea in Toronto and Canada will head to Edmonton to face Germany.