One of the community's own helped the United States women's soccer team win the 2019 World Cup.
Mallory Pugh, a 2016 graduate of Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, played in three matches during the tournament and scored in the June 11 win over Thailand, according to the Colorado High School Activities Association.
The U.S. team beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final game in France on July 7, claiming its fourth Women's World Cup crown, the most of any country, CHSAA reports. The team set a tournament record with 26 goals.
Pugh, who plays forward, was named national high school soccer player of the year as a junior at Mountain Vista and recruited to the senior national team as a senior, according to CHSAA. She stayed devoted to her fellow Golden Eagles and attended practices and games that her scheduled allowed.
Pugh went on to represent the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics and at 18 years old became the youngest American to score, according to CHSAA. That fall, she started college at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Pugh's hometown school district praised the star on social media following the team's July 7 victory.
“We are proud of your dedication and teamwork,” Douglas County School Board member Anne-Marie Lemieux posted on Facebook.
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