Colts Neck soccer star’s other squad: Team USA
Frankie Tagliaferri is in her sophomore season at Colts Neck and she’s also playing for her country on the US Women’s Soccer Under 17 National team.
One of the most significant moments in women’s sports came in 1999 when the US Women’s National Soccer team won the World Cup in dramatic fashion and captured the country’s attention. Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy were dubbed “The 99ers” in soccer circles. Frankie Tagliaferri was born in 1999 and is the second youngest player on the US Under 17 National roster. US Soccer has dubbed her and teammate Civana Kuhlmann “The new 99ers”.
Tagliaferri took part in training camps in California for Team USA and played a pair of matched in late August and early September in South Korea, scoring a goal in Team USA’s 7-0 win in the second match on September 3rd. Right after that, she began her sophomore season with Colts Neck where she currently has 9 goals and 6 assists in nine matches as the Cougars are off to an 8-1 start. Her high school coach, Doug Phillips, praises Tagliaferri for having no ego and bringing the work ethic she learned at the national level and bringing it to Colts Neck high training sessions.
Only 15 years old, Frankie is already committed to play soccer at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are currently 12-1 and ranked 8th in the latest Division I national polls. The bigger picture is chasing the dream of playing for Team USA in the Olympics and World Cup. Ranked the #2 player in the country in the class of 2017 by the IMG 150, Phillips is grateful that the national caliber star is fully committed to playing for her high school team.