Rachel Daly, playing against the USA’s Megan Rapinoe in the SheBelieves Cup earlier this year, came on in the 87th minute. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
LE HAVRE, France — Former St. John’s University standout Rachel Daly made her Women’s World Cup debut in England’s 1-0 win over Argentina in a Group D Friday night.
Daly, who plays for the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League, came on in for Nikita Parris the 87th minute for the first-place Lionesses (2-0-0, 6 points), who booked a spot in the knockout round. Third-place Argentina (1) dropped to 0-1-1.
Jodie Taylor slipped home Beth Mead’s pin-point cross from the left side to give England all the scoring it needed.
Argentine goalkeeper Vanina Correa kept her team in the game with several vital saves, including denying Parris on her 28th-minute penalty kick. Correa dove to her left to slap away the PK. She made six saves.
England, the third-ranked women’s team in the world, won the SheBelieves Cup in March.