Americans Abroad: Tarah Patterson helps Albania's Vllaznia achieve historic result

Tarah Patterson scored the first goal to help Albania's Vllaznia beat Ukraine's Vorskla-Kharkiv, 2-1, and advance to the group stage of the UEFA Women's Champions League.

It marks the first time an Albanian club has reached the last 16 of a UEFA competition since the KF Tirana men's team in the 1989-90 European Cup.

Patterson, who played for Division II UC-Colorado Springs, was one of three Americans to start for Vllaznia along with Kaylin Williams-Mosier (Eastern Michigan) and Meghan Cavanaugh (South Florida).

Denmark's Koge played four Americans in its 2-0 loss to Italian champion Juventus. They include former Stanford and Georgetown star Kyra Caruso, who now plays for Ireland internationally.

Three other teams used Americans in Wednesday's second leg of the final round of qualifying. Sixteen teams will compete in the UEFA Women's Champions League group stage, which will be played for the second time this fall.
Vllaznia, Albania (2-1 vs. Vorskla-Kharkiv, 3-2 on aggregate)
Kaylin Williams-Mosier, 90 minutes
Meghan Lee Cavanaugh, 90 minutes
Tarah Patterson, 90 minutes, 1 goal

Koge, Denmark (0-2 at Juventus, 1-3 on aggregate)
Bridgette Skiba, 90 minutes
Kyra Caruso, 90 minutes
Maddie Pokorny, 86 minutes
Mollie Belisle, sub-1 minute

Valur, Iceland (0-0 at Slavia Prague, 0-1 on aggregate)
Cyera Hintzen, 72 minutes

Rangers, Scotland (1-2 at Benfica, 3-5 on aggregate)
Madeline Nolf, 34 minutes

KuPS, Finland (2-2 at St. Poelten, 2-3 on aggregate)
Jada Talley, 82 minutes
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