In a recent tournament halfway around the world, Maddie Bauer, a Newport Beach resident, proved she is one of the best teenage girls' soccer players in the world.
While playing center backfield for the U.S. Under-17 Women's National Soccer Team in early March at the La Manga Women's Under-19 Ten Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, the 16-year-old helped her team collect two shutouts in international play.
Team USA's U-17 team beat the U-19 women's team from France, 2-0, March 4. The Americans followed with a 1-1 draw with England — the U.S. lost in penalty kicks — and on March 9, the national team downed the Netherlands, 2-0.
The experience against older girls helped. What also helped was the fact the Mater Dei High junior played all 90 minutes in all three matches. She was one of only two players who played 270 total minutes, along with fellow defender and Boston College commit Morgan Andrews.