Bauer on U.S. U17 team

Mater Dei High sophomore defender Maddie Bauer, a Newport Beach resident, is preparing for a possible World Cup run in girls' soccer.

Bauer is a member of the United States Under-17 women's national team, which is in training camp this week at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

The U.S. U17s played Loyola Marymount Wednesday and play Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at 4 p.m. These are key games as the U17s are preparing to attempt to qualify for the 2012 U17 FIFA Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan.

Bauer also plays club for the Newport Beach-based Slammers FC. She is ranked No. 2 among all Southern California high school sophomores by

The U17s also played against Germany in Florida in early February, defeating the German side, 3-1.

— From staff reports

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