Emory University senior Danielle Darius made her debut on Monday in the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, starting at center back for the Haitian National Team in the country's first-ever appearance in the U-20 World Cup.
Darius started and played all 90 minutes in a hard-fought defeat against China, 2-1, to open the group stage of the tournament. Haiti out shot China 23-13 including a 9-6 edge in shots on target. Darius played a key role in Haiti's first-ever World Cup goal, as she sent a far cross into the box where her Haitian teammate was tackled before having a chance to receive the pass. The referee awarded Haiti with a penalty kick following the tackle and Mondesir was able to convert to cut the deficit to one in the 78th minute.
If you missed Haiti vs. China live, Fox Sports 2 will be airing a replay of the game, in its entirety, at 5:30pm EST later today, Monday, August 6th.
Darius and Haiti continues group play later this week as the team takes on Nigeria on Thursday, August 9th and Germany on Monday, August 13th. Both match times are set for 4:30pm local time and 10:30am EST. The match against Nigeria will be broadcasted on Fox Soccer Plus with the match against Germany scheduled to air on Fox Sports 2. There will be a replay of the Haiti-Nigeria match on Thursday, August 6th at 6:30pm EST on Fox Sports 2.