Today marked the opening match for the United States Women's National Soccer Team in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, and it was a great start, as the Americans beat North Korea 2-0 in Dresden, Germany.
With that occasion, MaxPreps takes a look at where the players on this year's roster went to high school.
California leads the way with six players, and New Jersey has five. Indianapolis has two players on the roster as well.GK - Hope Solo, Richland (Wash.)
The 1999 graduate didn't play goaltender in her high school days. Instead, she lit up the scoreboard 109 times as a forward at Richland. Solo was a Parade Magazine All-American twice and in her senior year she scored 38 goals on the way to a state title. Her team also took fourth in her sophomore year in addition to making the state tournament all four seasons. She went on to play at the University of Washington, where she was moved to goalkeeper. Solo also played basketball.D - Heather Mitts, St. Ursula Academy (Cincinnati)
Mitts graduated in 1996 after earning all-state honors in her junior and senior years at St. Ursula. Her team went 70-5-10 during her tenure there and won the state title in 1993. Mitts went on to play at Florida.D - Christie Rampone, Point Pleasant Boro (Point Pleasant, N.J.)
Rampone was a three-sport star, earning all-league honors in soccer, basketball and field hockey. She also competed in track. Amazingly, she led the Shore Conference in scoring in all three sports her senior year, 1993. She was also the New Jersey Female Athlete of the Year as named by the New Jersey Nets. Rampone played her college soccer at Monmouth.D - Becky Sauerbrunn, Ladue Horton Watkins (St. Louis, Mo.)
Sauerbrunn, a 2003 graduate, was the Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year and first-team All-St. Louis Post-Dispatch her senior year after scoring 21 goals and dishing 19 assists. Sauerbrunn, a two-time Parade All-American, was also the conference player of the year in basketball and volleyball. She played her college soccer at Virginia.F - Kelley O'Hara, Starr's Mill (Fayetteville, Ga.)
The 1996 grad was all-league, all-county and all-state every year in high school and was a Parade All-American in her junior and senior years. O'Hara led the Panthers to a state title in 5A her senior year with 20 goals and 16 assists. She was also the Gatorade Georgia State Player of the Year in 1996. O'Hara played her college soccer at Stanford.D - Amy LePeilbert, Prairie Ridge (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
LePeilbert holds school records for total goals (53) and assists (37) and the 2000 grad also holds single-season basketball marks in assists and steals. LePeilbert went to Arizona State for college soccer.MF - Shannon Boxx, South (Torrance, Calif.)
Boxx, a 1995 graduate, was a Parade Magazine All-American her senior year. She also played volleyball, basketball and softball before moving on to Notre Dame.F - Amy Rodriguez, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Rodriguez was the nation's top player as the 2004 Gatorade and Parade Magazine High School Player of the Year. She was home-schooled for part of her senior year so she could play in the U-19 World Championships. Both the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times chose her as the High School Player of the Year as well. Rodriguez played her college soccer at USC.MF - Heather O'Reilly, East Brunswick (N.J.)
O'Reilly was the Parade Magazine National Player of the Year and the Gatorade National Player of the Year her senior year, 2002. O'Reilly scored 143 goals in high school and was the New Jersey Player of the Year her junior year. She was all-conference, all-county and all-state all four years and helped lead her team to a state title in 2001. O'Reilly played at North Carolina in college.MF - Carli Lloyd, Delran (N.J.)
Lloyd graduated in 2000 after earning the Girls High School Player of the Year award from the Philadelphia Enquirer. She made the Parade Magazine All-American team in her junior and senior years and was the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Midfielder of the Year in 2000. Delran went 18-3 in 2000 and was a state Group 2 runner-up in Lloyd's senior year. She played her college soccer at Rutgers.D - Ali Krieger, Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.)
Krieger was the Virginia Gatorade State Soccer Player of the Year as a senior in
2003 and she was a first-team All-Metro pick as a junior and a senior. Krieger played collegiately at Penn State.
F - Lauren Cheney, Ben Davis (Indianapolis)
Cheney graduated early from Ben Davis, halfway through her senior year, to focus on the U-20 World Championships. Before that, she was dominant. She earned the Gatorade National Player of the Year award for 2005-06 and finished with 118 goals in four seasons, each of which ended with being named to the all-state team. Cheney was the Indianapolis Star's West Girls Soccer Player of the Year her final three years of high school and also starred in basketball. Cheney went to UCLA for college soccer.F - Alex Morgan, Diamond Bar (Calif.)
Morgan is the youngest player on the team. She was a three-time all-league player at Diamond Bar, east of Los Angeles.D - Stephanie Cox, Elk Grove (Calif.)
Cox was the Delta River League MVP her final two seasons, graduating in 2004. Cox was named a McDonald's All-American and Parade Magazine All-American her senior season, and the Sacramento Bee All-City MVP. Cox played her college ball at the University of Portland.MF - Megan Rapinoe, Foothill (Palo Cedro, Calif.)
Rapinoe did not play for the high school team, opting instead to stick to the club ranks. Palo Cedro is in one of the more rural parts of California. Still, Rapinoe was a McDonald's All-American in 2004 and a Parade All-American her junior and senior years. The 2004 graduate moved on to the University of Portland.MF - Lori Lindsey, Pike (Indianapolis)
Lindsey finished in 1998 as the all-time leading scorer in Indiana history, making the all-state team four times. She was also a Parade All-American pick. Lindsey went to Virginia for college soccer.MF - Tobin Heath, Ridge (Basking Ridge, N.J.)
Heath graduated in 2006 but didn't play her senior year, instead training with male players. Before that, she was a three-time Parade All-American and was the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. Heath helped lead Ridge to a state title and was the New Jersey Star Ledger Player of the Year before heading off to North Carolina.GK - Nicole Barnhart, Boyertown (Pa.)
Barnhart didn't play on the girls team at Boyertown, instead competing on the boys' team all four years. She was a lacrosse All-American, and played basketball as well. Barnhart went to Stanford.D- Rachel Buehler, Torrey Pines (San Diego)
Buehler graduated in 2003 and was a Parade All-American her final two seasons. She was a two-time Palomar League Player of the Year as well. Buehler went to Stanford in college.F - Abby Wambach, Our Lady of Mercy (Rochester, N.Y.)
Wambach starred as the National High School Player of the Year and the Gatorade State Player of the year in 1997. She scored 142 goals in her career, including 34 her senior season. Wambach went on to become the fourth all-time leading scorer in international soccer history and she still has time to score more. She went to college at Florida.GK - Jillian Loyden, Vineland (N.J.)
Loyden was a 2003 grad and earned the Daily Journal Player of the Year award in 2001. She was a first-team All-State player and also a three-time All-South Jersey player. Loyden went to Villanova for college.