Casey Murphy made her nationwide crew debut ultimate week, the earlier Rutgers standout goalkeeper inserting collectively a powerful shift in a 3-0 win on the freeway over Australia.
It was Murphy’s first look for the United States, who’re the defending World Cup champions and acquired bronze within the latest Olympics.
Murphy made eight saves in Friday’s win, a formidable worldwide debut given that it was at among the many greatest nationwide crew packages on this planet.
“Well, to be honest, I tried to play it cool but inside I was so excited,” Murphy told reporters after the game.
“Obviously, I’ve been training for a very long time for this chance and this opportunity. And I just want to make the most of it for the team and for our country. So, yeah, I was obviously so excited to get the chance to start tonight.”
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At Rutgers, Murphy took a redshirt as a senior to play inside the U20 World Cup. The standout goalkeeper, who turned 25-years outdated this April, has carried out professionally in Europe and is now with the North Carolina Courage inside the NWSL.
The short-turnaround for the nationwide crew is an issue as a result of the players had been solely collectively for just some days sooner than participating in in direction of Australia. With a great deal of new players coming in, the principle goal was about getting everyone on the an identical internet web page quickly in direction of an Australian nationwide crew that’s no doubt one of many best on this planet.
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“The focus for the team was obviously a lot on us. In the few days we had to train together, what we needed to do to be successful. And so we did try out a few different styles and building out and, you know, if it didn’t work, we skip it and move on to something else. And obviously, it was a lot of trial and error. But you know, once we found something that was working then we would keep with it,” Murphy talked about.
“That’s the biggest thing, especially when you’re playing such a good opponent like this, we know it’s going to be tough. We know it’s going to be a battle. First thing we can control is our work rate. And so that was definitely there tonight. And then obviously, the tactical piece of it was tremendous in helping us put together a good game plan in a short amount of time so we could find success in the game today.”