One of our newest Reading FC Women stars has been flourishing on the international scene in recent weeks as part of an England Under-20 side which earned bronze in the World Cup out in France.
Left-back Mayumi 'Maz' Pacheco joined the Royals from WSL2 winners Doncaster Rovers Belles this summer – the 19-year-old, who started her career at Liverpool, won the Women's second tier with the Belles last season.
And she played an active part in England topping Group B out in Brittany. A 3-1 win over defending champions North Korea was followed by a clash against Brazil which England led until a stoppage time strike from substitute Ariadina Borges which earned Brazil a 1-1 draw.
But Pacheco remained unbeaten after a 6-1 thrashing of Mexico saw England through to the knockout stages where two first-half goals from Georgia Stanway helped England reach the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Holland.
Pacheco had started in every game and was named in Mo Marley’s eleven again for a last four encounter with Japan, but two first half goals denied the U20 Lionesses at the same hurdle which tripped up Gareth Southgate’s men earlier this summer.
However, Maz was part of the eleven which held hosts France - Les Bleuettes – in the play-off for third place and secured bronze with a penalty shootout win that followed a 1-1 draw at the Stade de la Rabine, Vannes.
Japan went on to lift the Under-20 World Cup with a 3-1 victory against Spain in the final, and Pacheco returns to home soil to rejoin her Royals teammates now following considerable success on the international scene.
Having beaten Manchester United in the cup on Saturday, Reading FC Women are next in action when their league campaign kicks off on Sunday 9th September when Kelly Chambers' side take on Yeovil Town Ladies at Adams Park in the WSL1.