Emily Bruder, the top 2013 girls' soccer player in Utah, made a big splash in her international competition debut Thursday night, scoring a goal to help the U-17 US National Team reach a 2-2 tie against Japan.
The forward, who plays for Juan Diego and the Utah Avalanche, is spending the week at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., trying to play her way on to the final national team roster. And when she was subbed in at halftime, Bruder found her moment.
A Japanese defender had the ball when she sudenly had a bad touch near the goal. Bruder pounced, stealing the ball, taking a step up to about 18 yards out and hitting a solid shot to the lower lefthand corner. The U.S. had been down 0-2 at the half, and Bruder's goal helped the Yanks rally.