Gagnet Starts in France’s 4-0 Defeat of New Zealand
MONTREAL – Kansas sophomore Aurélie Gagnet started and played all 90 minutes of the French National Team’s 4-0 drubbing of New Zealand Saturday evening in the U20 Women’s World Cup. Gagnet helped her squad move to 2-0 in group play with the win.
Gagnet, who earned her sixth-career start for her national team, played as the left-back defender and aided the squad to the shutout. One of her biggest contributions, other than her lockdown defense, occurred in the 83rd minute. Gagnet took the ball on a long run down the right side into the attacking third, where she then suffered a foul at the hands of a New Zealand defender. The foul earned France a free kick from 25 yards outside the penalty box, which it converted into its fourth and final goal of the match.
Gagnet and the rest of her French teammates will hit the pitch for the final match of group play when they take on Paraguay on Tuesday, Aug. 13 in Edmonton. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. (CT).
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