Nov. 23, 2016
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame’s women’s soccer team's three representatives at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will go head-to-head Friday when the United States and Mexico meet in the first round of elimination play in Papua New Guinea.
The U.S., which claims Sabrina Flores and Natalie Jacobs on the roster, advanced from Group C, posting one win and two draws to tie for the group lead with France. Mexico, which houses Monica Flores, went 2-1-0 in Group D, taking second to Germany and advancing to the quarterfinals.
Monica Flores has played every minute of all three matches so far for Mexico. Jacobs has made two appearances for the U.S.
The U.S. and Mexico will face off at 4 p.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) Friday at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
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Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication, and earned her master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2013.