CHICAGO – The field for next summer’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is set after Chicago Red Stars midfielder Rosie White led New Zealand to a win in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup Final over Fiji.
White and New Zealand were dominant throughout the tournament, opening their campaign with a 11-0 route of Tonga. White scored the opening goal in the 8th minute before adding another seven minutes later. New Zealand would go on to win the group with a 6-0 win over the Cook Islands and a 10-0 victory over Fiji.
In the semi-final White once again scored a brace, helping her team reach the finals in a comfortable 8-0 triumph over New Caledonia.
That victory set up a rematch with Fiji in the final. Similar to their first matchup, New Zealand’s quality was too much for their opponents to overcome and the Football Ferns punched their ticket to the Women’s World Cup with an 8-0 victory. White opened the scoring in the 2nd minute of the game and completed her brace in the 90th minute. She finished the tournament with six goals, bagging a brace in three games.
Rosie White joins her Chicago Red Stars teammates Sam Kerr (Australia), Julie Ertz, Casey Short, Morgan Brian and Alyssa Naeher (USA) in the tournament taking place next year. With all 24 teams qualified the Women’s World Cup Draw is set to take place on Saturday, December 8.