Gilroy Plays Helper As U.S. Bounces Back In U-20 World Cup

Erin Gilroy (19) and the U.S. Starting XI. Photo: U.S. Soccer

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.

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.