It was an eventful day for Pearl City’s Sunshine Fontes.
Before signing her national letter of intent to play collegiately at UCLA, the Pearl City High School senior scored two goals to help lead the United States national team to a 3-0 win to open the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.
Team USA defeated Cameroon to open pool play.
After the match was completed Fontes made her verbal commitment to UCLA official by signing her letter of intent which was later announced by the school.
Fontes scored her first goal on a spot kick before the half to give USA a 2-0 lead.
Fontes then clinched the match in the 81st minute with a spectacular 32-yard chip shot that caught substitute goalkeeper Olga Ngo Esse far off her line and billowed the back of the net in the air.
The two goals for Fontes, the first player from Hawaii to make a Youth Women’s World Cup roster, upped her U.S. YNT career record for U-17 WNT goals to 24 and gave her 22 for the year.
She is this cycle’s most-capped player with 30 U-17 international games under her belt.
The only female U.S. Youth National Team player to score more goals in a calendar year was Kelly Wilson in 2002 when she scored 23 on the way to helping lead the USA to the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup title.
Lindsay Tarpley scored 21 international goals that year.
Next up, Group C continues as the USA takes on reigning U-17 Women’s World Cup champion Korea DPR in Colonia on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 a.m. HST.
The match will be broadcast on FS2 and Universo as well as streamed on TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo Deportes App.