Former St. John’s Star Daly, England Qualify For World Cup

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Rachel Daly. Photo: Lionesses Twitter page.

Former St. John’s women’s soccer star Rachel Daly and her England teammates have qualified for the Women’s World Cup.

The Lionesses stamped their ticket to the 2019 tournament in France by defeating Wales 3-0 on August 31. Four days later, England closed out World Cup qualifiers by defeating Kazakhstan 6-0 with Daly, now with the NWSL’s Houston Dash, scoring the game’s second goal in the 35th minute.

The goal is the second for Daly in an England kit. Her first came in her national team debut in June 2016, a 7-0 win over Serbia in Euro 2017 qualifying.

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Daly, whose goal came off of a cross from defender Hannah Blundell, was in the Starting XI for England and was subbed out of the match in the 67th minute. She also came off the bench late in the win over Wales.

With the win over Kazakhstan, England finished top of Group 1 with seven wins and a draw in eight matches. In addition, the Lionesses are now unbeaten in 59 qualifiers dating back to a World Cup playoff defeat to France in 2002.

During her three years at St. John’s Daly set school career records for goals (50) and points (111). She also holds St. John’s single-season records for goals (23) and points (50), which she set in 2013.