LYON, France -- Tobin Heath, a 2006 Ridge High School graduate who has a soccer field named after her at Pleasant Valley Park, is part of the United States Women's Soccer Team competing in the Sunday's World Cup final against the Netherlands.
A right wing, Heath has started five of the team's six games in the 2019 World Cup. She has one assist and two shots on goal in the tournament. She wears uniform No. 17.
Game due to be broadcast at 11 a.m. on Sunday
The World Cup championship game between the United States and the Netherlands will be broadcast live at 11 a.m. ET Sunday on FOX.
In more than 150 matches for Team USA, Heath has scored 30 career goals. She plays professionally for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League.
Soccer writer Ezra Fischer, on the DearSportsFan.com blog, called Heath "an extraordinary one-on-one player" and "a well-balanced attacking midfielder with the ability to score with her head and her feet, up close and from far away."
Heath had visited Basking Ridge and greeted hometown fans in July 2015 one week after scoring the final goal in July 5th's World Cup Team USA women's soccer victory over Japan.
She also attended the official renaming of a township soccer field in her honor in September 2016. Heath started school at Oak Street elementary school and moved through the township school system before graduating from Ridge High School, having played on many Bernards Township fields.
At that time, Athletic Director Rich Shello, the Katie Donahue, who was the Ridge Red Devils girls soccer coach, and Todd Hebden, Heath's coach while she played for the girls soccer team at the high school - spoke of how she supported other players on the team who weren't as skillful as her.