LA MANGA, Spain (Feb. 25, 2011) – With a starting lineup that featured seven players from Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 4-2 in its first match of the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. It was the first international match of the year for the U-23s, which got two goals from Melissa Henderson, one from Sarah Hagen and one from Casey Nogueira.
The match featured a flurry of four goals in 15 minutes in the middle of the first half that staked the Americans to a 3-1 halftime lead. The USA opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Nogueira crossed the ball into the penalty box from the right side and Henderson beat the Sweden ‘keeper to the ball to touch it just past her into the net from eight yards out. Nogueira then converted a penalty kick in the 27th minute to make it 2-0. The USA made in 3-0 in the 34th minute when Hagen finished a rebound off a 20-yard shot from Nogueira, stuffing it home from five yards out.
One minute later, Emma Berglund pulled a goal back for the Swedes, but just two minutes into the second half Henderson bagged her second of the game off an assist from Sinead Farrelly. Three minutes after that Sofia Jakobsson scored Sweden’s second and final goal.
The USA faces England next on Feb. 27. U.S. head coach Bill Irwin has brought a roster of 18 players to Spain, 10 of whom will be playing WPS this upcoming season.
U.S. U-23 Women's National Team Match Report
Match: United States U-23 Women's National Team vs. U-23 Sweden Women’s National Team
Date: February 25, 2011
Competition: La Manga Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Holiday Inn & Suites; La Manga, Spain
Weather: Sunny, windy - 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
SWE 1 1 2
USA – Melissa Henderson (Casey Nogueira) 21st minute
USA – Casey Nogueira (PK) 27
USA – Sarah Hagen 34
SWE – Emma Berglund 35
USA – Melissa Henderson (Sinead Farrelly) 47
SWE – Sofia Jakobsson 50
USA: 18-Bianca Henninger; 11-Meghan Klingengberg, 21-Lauren Fowlkes, 15-Nikki Marshall (2-Amber Brooks, 53), 22-Elli Reed; 14-Ingrid Wells, 16-Casey Nogueira, 12-Becky Edwards, 6-Sinead Farrelly (Katie Bethke, 75); 7-Melissa Henderson (5-Katie Schoepfer, 53), 8-Sarah Hagen (9-Stephanie Ochs, 70)
Subs not used: 1-Adriana Franch, 10-Kylie Wright, 19-Keelin Winters
Head Coach: Bill Irwin
SWE: 1-Susanne Nilsson; 15-Petra Larsson, 2-Matilda Agne, 5-Malin Levenstad, 9-Tilda Heimersson; 3-Emma Berglund (13-Lisa Klinga, 64), 14-Emmelie Konradsson, 10-Sofia Jakobsson (17-Olivia Schough, 82), 6-Elin Borg (4-Catrine Johansson, 64); 8-Louise Fors (7-Emilia Appelqvist, 69), 16- Linnea Liljegard (18-Sara Storck, 64)
Subs not used: 11-Kristin Karlsson, 12-Malin Reuterwall
Head Coach: Lilie Persson
Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 16 / 6
Shots on Goal: 11 / 4
Saves: 2 / 7
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 7 / 10
Offside: 1 / 0
SWE – Petra Larsson (Caution) 55th minute