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San Diego youngsters shine in 3-0 USWNT victory over Colombia
Abraham Zepeda - October 29, 2023
San Diego youngsters shine in 3-0 victory over Colombia - Everything San Diego

The future looked bright for the USWNT after a strong display of young San Diego talent propelled the team to a 3-0 victory in the second half over Colombia.

Mia Fishel and Jaedyn Shaw were the highlights of the night, playing in only their second matches for the senior national team and both brought a fast pace and intensity that was lacking from the USWNT in the first half and their last match against Colombia.

Interim head coach Twila Kilgore put the two national team rookies on to start the second half which proved to be a decision that worked to perfection.

Shaw and Fishel made connections as soon as they came on and had good chances to start the second half and ultimately converted one in the 56th minute. Shaw took a corner kick that she passed lightly to Emily Sonnett just outside the top corner of the penalty box. Sonnett then made a great cross toward the back post that Fishel jumped to head in to take the 1-0 lead.

​​“It’s a dream for (my family) to just be able to watch me play. I know I’ve been hopping from UCLA to Mexico to England, so they don’t get a lot of opportunities to watch me in person,” Fishel said. “For them to be here for my first goal with the USWNT is a dream and it’s all for them honestly.”

Lindsey Horan scored the next goal after a cross from outside the box sailed toward her. Horan patiently waited and smashed a volley to make it 2-0 in the 62nd minute.

Shaw scored in the 83rd minute after a pass from Alyssa Thompson who she played with at the under-15 level for the U.S. Youth National Team. Thompson, alongside the other forwards, pressed high causing a lot of pressure on the Colombia defense. Thompson made a good defensive takeaway that left Colombia exposed in the middle. Shaw quickly ran into that open space and controlled the ball with a touch before sending it to the right of the goalkeeper to make it 3-0.

That moment was the loudest of the night and soon after celebrating with her teammates Shaw made a heart shape with her hands toward the fans in San Diego causing a chant of her name that rang throughout Snapdragon Stadium.

“It was surreal. I told my mom last camp ‘mom nobody knows my name, it's kind of weird’ and then now they all knew my name and it was amazing.”

Shaw, Girma and Morgan will return to Snapdragon Stadium on Sunday, November 5, when their home club San Diego Wave FC play in the NWSL semifinals against OL Reign.

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