Former St. John’s Standout Daly Makes World Cup Debut

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Rachel Daly. Photo: Lionesses Twitter page.

It was a big day at the Women’s World Cup for England on Friday, and it was a day that former St. John’s standout Rachel Daly will likely not forget.

The Lionesses 1-0 win over Argentina clinched a berth for England in the tournament’s knock out stage. The team has one match remaining in Group D play, June 19 vs. Japan.

The match against Argentina also served as Daly’s World Cup debut. The 27-yard old from Harrogate, England, who plays for the NWSL’s Houston Dash, entered the match in the 87th minute, replacing Nakita Parris.

The former St. John’s All-American also played her first match in front of Ian Stone, her head coach while she was a member of the Red Storm. In attendance at Stade Océane in Le Havre, France, with Stone — who in August will begin his 26th season at the Queens-based university — was his assistant coaches, Jen Bethea and Amy Marron.

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