QUEENS, N.Y. –Rachel Daly, the most decorated player in the history of the St. John’s women’s program, was named to Team Great Britain’s football squad ahead for the Tokyo Olympics, the British Olympic Association announced Thursday morning.
The Red Storm’s all-time leading scorer, will be the first St. John’s women’s soccer player to represent her country in the Olympics. The women’s touurnament kicks off July 21.
Daly was the most prolific player to play for the Johnnies. Despite playing only three seasons, she set a slew of school records including, career goals (50) and points (111).
“Since Rachel first set foot on our campus, you could tell the determination she had to reach the very top of her sport,” head coach Ian Stone said. “Being selected to represent Great Britain in the 2021 Olympic Games is a very worthy recognition for one of the best women’s soccer players in the world today.”
As a senior, Daly helped lead the Johnnies to a school-record 15 wins, the program’s first Big East regular season championship and a home game in the NCAA Division I ournament. She ranked third nationally in goals (19), sixth in points (43) and led all Division I players with 6.0 shots per game. Daly capped off her career with the Red Storm as a unanimous selection for Big East offensive player of the year. Daly also took home first team NSCAA All-American honors and finished as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
Following her senior campaign in 2016, Daly became the first Red Storm women’s soccer player to be drafted by a National Women’s Soccer League, as she joined the Houston Dash after being selected with the sixth overall pick. Houston’s captain most recently became the club’s leading scorer, breaking former Dash forward Kealia Watt’s record of 28 goals.
Daly also has earned minutes in 38 matches for the Lionesses. During England’s semifinal run at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Daly saw action in five of the team’s seven matches, including two starts.
The team will kick off its Olympic journey with three group stage games against Chile July 21, Japan July 24 and Canada July 27. Should Great Britain progress, the quarterfinals will take place July 30, the semifinals Aug. 2 and final, Aug. 6.