Former Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross played in front of the biggest crowd of her footballing career on Saturday night as Scotland’s women took on the USA in a friendly in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jane played for 88 minutes in front of 18,606 people at EverBank Field as the Scots went down 4-1 to a US team ranked number one in the world.
The Scots trailed 2-0 at half time thanks to a double from US debutant Christen Press, and though Shannon Boxx made it three seven minutes into the second half, Scotland hit back almost immediately through Kim Little.
Though the gap in quality between the two teams was clear, the Scots - currently 21st in the FIFA world rankings - never stopped competing, and Jane herself had two good chances late in the match, shooting wide in 76 minutes before being denied by a fine save from US keeper Nicole Barnhardt three minutes from the end.
After the match Jane said on Twitter: “Thanks for all the pre/post match msgs-much appreciated! :) Was a tough match bt we workd hard for the 90mins!”
The second of two challenge matches between the sides takes place at the LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee this Wednesday, February 13.
More than ten thousand tickets have already been sold for Wednesday’s game, which will be streamed live at www.ussoccer.com.