Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Post Falls product Kelcie Hedge helps lead U17 WNT to tourney title

Post Falls' Kelcie Hedge helped guide the US U17 Women's National Team to the championship at the Women's NTC Invitational in the past week. The Post Falls Thunder and Spokane Shadow product scored twice in the squad's opening win of the three-game event as they went on to sweep for the title at the Glenn Myernick Field in Carson, California.

In the opening game against China, the 2012 Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year award winner a year ago scored the opening goal 13 minutes in and pushed the lead to three in the 34th minute of the game. She wasn't done there, adding an assist a minute into the second half, setting up Mallory Pugh's second of the game as they posted the 4-0 victory. Pugh would finish with four goals on the week.

Hedge departed the opener after 78 minutes and went on to start the other two games, playing 61 minutes in a 2-0 win against New Zealand and 66 minutes in the deciding final game, a 2-1 victory over Japan.

This was the last event for the U-17 players born in 1997 and 1998, as they will then transition to the U-18s and U-20s. Players born in 1999 will then become the primary age group for the U-17s and begin preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Video Highlights - USA v China