AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — Women's soccer is kicking into high gear and you can thank Women's US Soccer team winning the World Cup for that.
“It felt, like, really good because like, we won,” said Lilly Scorsone.
One under-12 girls Amherst travel team paid close attention to the national team and even learned a thing or two.
“I love soccer. So, it like really inspired me and I kind of learned skills,” said Siena Zgoda an 11-year-old on the team.
For a lot of these players, it was great to see women athletes succeeding and receiving national attention.
“They inspire us,” said Bella Jurek.
The young soccer players are certainly paying attention when it comes to the gender pay gap.
“I feel like it should be more equal,” said Nikita Suharu, the soon-to-be 7th grader.
And these girls have done their homework on the subject.
“Four-million dollars compared to $38-million. Come on, let's make them a little more equal,” said Scorsone.
“Not a lot of people watch women's sports as much as men’s. So, I think they’re probably going to be paid a little bit less because they're (men) getting so much. But, I'm hoping for a world one day where everything is fair,” said Savannah Hensley, an 11-year-old on the team.
The women of the last two World Cup champion teams looked up to the 1999 team. And these girls are certainly paying attention to this team and everything they're fighting for.