Hat trick against Thailand in the Paris Olympics Asian 2nd qualifying round
Casey Eugene Fair (16), who is considered the future of Korean women’s soccer, is being reborn as the successor to ‘living legend’ Ji So-yeon (32). She continues to set milestones that rival Ji So-yeon’s record as the youngest.
The women’s national soccer team, led by coach Colin Bell, defeated Thailand 10-1 in the first match of Group B of the Paris Olympics Asian second qualifying round held at the Egret Stadium in Xiamen, China on the 26th (Korean time).
Casey Eugene Fair, who failed to score a goal at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup between Australia and New Zealand last August, appeared as a starter in this Olympic qualifier match against Thailand and led the attack.
Her debut goal of the A match came in the 33rd minute of the first half. In the penalty arc, she received the ball from Ji So-yeon, turned away from the opposing defense, and fired a low shot into the net. It was the second youngest scorer in a women’s A match (16 years, 119 days), following Ji So-yeon’s goal against Taiwan in 2006 (15 years, 282 days).
She scored goals in succession in the 11th and 21st minutes of the second half to complete a hat trick. She scored her second goal by robbing the opposing goalkeeper of the ball under pressure, and then completed her third 10 minutes later with a composed shot from a one-on-one opportunity after receiving a pass from Lee Geum-min. It was the youngest Korean player to score a hat-trick in an international match among men and women.
Casey Fair is following Ji So-yeon’s path. She is also second in the record for youngest player to participate in a women’s soccer A match. Ji So-yeon played against Canada in the Peace Queen Cup held in Masan on October 30, 2006 and ranked first at 15 years and 251 days. Casey Fair played against Colombia on July 25 at the last Women’s World Cup and ranked second at age 16 years and 26 days. Raised it.
With voices calling for a generational change growing after being eliminated in the group stage of the Women’s World Cup last August, Casey Fair’s performance is expected to bring a new wind to her national team. Ji So-yeon and other key players on her current national team are considered the golden generation of women’s soccer. Together with them, they achieved the feat of advancing to the round of 16 for the first time at the 2015 Canada Women’s World Cup, but were subsequently eliminated in the group stage at the 2019 France Tournament and the 2023 Australia-New Zealand Tournament.
Casey Fair was born in 2007 to an American father and Korean mother, and joined the Korean women’s 15-year-old national team under coach Kim Eun-jung in October of last year. She first wore her Taegeuk flag in a friendly match against the Australian Women’s Under-15 national team and quickly emerged as a promising prospect. Attention is focused on whether Casey Fair, a leading figure in Korean women’s soccer, will continue her goal hunt in the upcoming Olympic qualifiers.굿모닝토토 주소