The United States’ U-20 women's national soccer team defeated Nigeria 2-0 Tuesday morning to advance to the finals of the U-20 World Cup in Japan.
Two players on Penn State’s current roster, juniors Maya Hayes and Taylor Schram, are playing for the U.S. national team. Hayes leads the team in the tournament with four goals, including a three-goal effort against Ghana during group play.
In the semifinal match, goals by Virginia’s Morgan Brian and UNC’s Kealia Ohai propelled the U.S. team in their shutout of Nigeria.
The U.S. squad will go on to face defending World Cup champion Germany in the final on Saturday. The Americans will look to get revenge after being swept by the Germans in pool play, 3-0.
Hayes and Schram will most likely return to the Lions for the beginning of their Big Ten schedule against Wisconsin at home September 16th.