LA MANGA, Spain (Feb. 27, 2011) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team tied England 1-1 in its second match of the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. The first half was marred by heavy rain and high winds that let up just a bit at halftime.
The USA’s lone goal came just before the break from Sarah Hagen, her second of the tournament. The goal came off a rebound of Sinead Farrelly’s strike from the left side of the penalty box. England ‘keeper Ashley Baker got a hand on the ball, but deflected it into the path of Hagen, who buried her shot from seven yards out.
England equalized in the 62nd minute on a header by Demi Stokes.
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. The USA finishes the tournament on March 1 against Norway.
U.S. U-23 Women's National Team Match Report
Match: United States U-23 Women's National Team vs. U-23 England Women’s National Team
Date: February 27, 2011
Competition: La Manga Four Nations Tournament
Venue: La Manga Stadium; La Manga, Spain
Weather: Wind, rain -- 60 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
ENG 0 1 1
USA – Sarah Hagen (Sinead Farrelly) 44th minute
ENG – Demi Stokes 62
USA: 18-Bianca Henninger; 11-Meghan Klingenberg, 21-Lauren Fowlkes, 12-Becky Edwards, 22-Elli Reed; 14-Ingrid Wells, 16-Casey Nogueira, 19-Keelin Winters (2-Amber Brooks, 67), 6-Sinead Farrelly (10-Kylie Wright, 57); 7-Melissa Henderson (5-Katie Schoepfer, 74), 8-Sarah Hagen (4-Katie Bethke, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Adriana Franch, 9-Stephanie Ochs, 15-Nikki Marshall
Head Coach: Bill Irwin
ENG: 13- Ashley Baker; 4-Chelsea Weston, 7-Fern Whelan, 10-Kerys Harrop, 11-Mel Sutcliffe (8-Gemma Bonner, 90), 2-Ashleigh Hinks (17-Toni Duggan, 77), 5-Dan Buet, 9-Jade Moore, 6-Demi Stokes; 14-Natasha Dowie, 15- Rachel Williams (12-Michelle Hinnigan, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Helen Alderson, 3-Brooke Chaplan, 16-Remi Allen, 13-Danielle Hill
Head Coach: Brent Hils
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 8 / 6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 11 / 8
Offside: 3 / 1
USA – Kylie Wright (caution) 82nd minute
USA – Meghan Klingenberg (caution) 90