Team USA U17 girls soccer clinch U17 World Cup berth


Stanford commit Kennedy Wesley served as team captain for the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team that qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay with a 3-2 win against Haiti in the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship semifinal in Brandenton, Fla. on Sunday.

Sunshine Fontes scored twice and Mia Fishel also scored for the Americans, who will meet Mexico on Tuesday for the regional title at IMG Academy. Mexico beat Canada, 2-1, earlier in the day.

Haiti took a surprise lead early in the first half via a long-distance free kick by Melchie Dumonay, who also scored a late tally to pull her team to within one with seconds left.

Fontes equalized for the young Americans just after the half-hour mark. Fishel and Fontes then put the game away with goals less than a minute apart inside the opening five minutes of the second half in what was an overall dominant display from the U.S., which had 73 percent of the possession.

Menlo Park resident Sophia Jones and Stanford commit Maya Doms each played the full game while Stanford commit Astrid Wheeler entered as a sub.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Soccer

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