Mallory Pugh showed why she is, at the age of 17, in line for a starting job on the U.S. women's national team sooner rather than later as she used her devastating package of skills to set up
Alex Morgan for a dramatic stoppage-time goal that gave the USA a 1-0 win over France in front of a crowd of 25,363 fans at Nashville's Nissan Stadium.
The game seemed to be headed
to a scoreless draw when young French center back Griedge Mbock Bathy, starting in place of injured captain Wendie Renard, failed to control a ball in midfield. Pugh picked up the loose
ball and charged into the French half before quickly pushing the ball ahead to Morgan, who beat onrushing goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi with a left-footed shot into the lower right corner.
First, Hope Solo pushed Louisa Necib's free kick over the crossbar, and after the ensuing corner kick, a ball was played into the area that was deflected off the left post by
Carli Lloyd. Solo then saved Marie-Laure Delie's point-blank attempt off the rebound with a flying dive to her left, and Eugenie Le Sommer put her shot wide.
has now won all eight games it's played in 2016 by shutouts.
The USA will face Germany in its third and final match of the SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN3) at FAU
Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. Germany has beaten France, 1-0, and England, 2-1.
TRIVIA. The game marked Solo's 97th career shutout and 146th win, extending her U.S. records in both
March 6 in Nashville, Tenn. USA 1 France 0. Goal: Morgan 90+1. USA -- Solo; O'Hara (Press, 85),
Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg; Brian, Horan (Dunn, 85), Heath, Lloyd, Pugh (Engen, 90+3), Morgan. France -- Bouhaddi; Houara, Georges, Mbock Bathy, Majri; Thomis (Asseyi, 75),
Hamraoui (Bilbault, 77), Abily, Le Sommer (Bussaglia, 86), Necib (Lavogez, 76), Delie. Att.: 25,363.