The United States bounced back in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a convincing 6-0 win over Paraguay on Thursday in Concarneau, France.
Bellmore’s Erin Gilroy, in the starting lineup for the second straight match, played a key role in two of the American’s three goals in the first half.
In the 39th minute with the U.S. holding a 1-0 lead, Gilroy played the ball to Sophia Smith who was able to get a shot on goal that was saved by Paraguay’s keeper Isabel Ortiz. But an onrushing Savannah DeMelo would poke home the rebound from six yards out to give the U.S. a two-goal lead.
Signed and sealed by Erin Gilroy, delivered by Savannah DeMelo. 🎁pic.twitter.com/Vg9fmJ58Mb
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) August 9, 2018
Five minutes later, Gilroy was again playing creator. She received the ball off of a throw-in on the left flank and made a nice run down the end line, lifting the ball over the foot of a defender before racing towards the near post. Gilroy then cut a pass back to DeMelo who spun her left-footed shot into the lower right corner from just outside the six-yard box.
The U.S. would go to the half with a 3-0 lead.
DeMelo would finish the match with a hat-trick while Smith had two goals and Ashley Sanchez chipped in with a goal.
Gilroy was subbed out of the match in the 61st minute, replaced by Brianna Pinto, with the U.S. already leading 4-0.
With the win, the Americans currently sit in second place after two matches with three points, having lost to Japan 1-0 in the opening match. The U.S. will close out play in Group C against Spain on Monday, August 13, at Clos Gastel Stadium in Dinan-Léhon and needs a win to ensure advancement to the knockout stage.
Should the U.S. defeat Spain, the Americans would vault over the Spanish side based on goal differential.