GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (Jan. 21, 2010) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team kicked off its run at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with a 6-0 victory over Jamaica at Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City. Christine Nairn and Sydney Leroux, who were both part of the team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, each scored a brace and Teresa Noyola and Tiffany McCarty added one goal apiece.
With the dominating win, the USA takes control of Group B and will next face Trinidad & Tobago in its second first round match at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 23. The match will be streamed live on CONCACAF.com and fans can also follow along via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
In the first Group B game of the evening, Mexico came from behind to defeat Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 after allowing a goal in just the first minute of play, but the Americans sit atop the group based on goal differential. Host Guatemala leads Group A after a 2-1 win against Cuba in their first match, while Canada is in second place after a 1-0 win over Costa Rica.
“It was a fantastic start to the tournament,” said U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Jill Ellis. “There were some good goals and I was happy that we didn’t concede any. I thought there was a little anxiety, but we settled the game pretty quickly. The early goal was good for us and I think some of the personalities started to emerge…This is about getting through the group stage. Now we will recover and look forward to the next game.”
Nairn opened the scoring for the U.S. in just the ninth minute when Zakiya Bywaters tore past her defender on the right flank and served a ball to McCarty on the ground into the center of the penalty box. She took a touch and then cut sharply to lose a defender before rolling the ball right into the path of Nairn, who stroked her shot into the right corner of the net from 12 yards out.
Jamaica pressed for the equalizer and nearly found it in the 24th minute when Sashana Campbell rocked a free-kick off the crossbar just over the hands of U.S. goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, but the U.S. defense reacted well and cleared the rebound out of danger. Just seconds later, the U.S. quickly took a throw-in that Noyola sent to Leroux on the left flank. The speedy striker dribbled centrally, losing several defenders in the process and then smoked a 20-yard shot that hit the inside of the left post and bounced in.
The U.S. attack was relentless throughout the match, with Bywaters and Rachel Quon serving numerous crosses from the right flank, but it was Henninger who created the third goal when she launched a punt that sailed deep into the Jamaican half in the 35th minute. The Jamaican defenders failed to get a head on the towering service and it bounced high at the top of the penalty area. Jamaican goalkeeper Sashagay Spence was slow off her line while Leroux was fast, darting under the ball to nod it past the charging ‘keeper and into the open net. It was Leroux’s 14th career goal in just 17 U-20 internationals.
In the 43rd minute U.S. defender Vicki DiMartino earned the lone yellow card of the match for a tug on Semone Honeghan.
The U.S. came out attacking in the second half and found the net after just four minutes. Leroux played a beautiful ball from the right wing over the Jamaican defense to Noyola, who was making a run into the left side of the penalty area. The U.S. midfielder settled the ball in stride, took a few touches and found herself in a one-on-one situation with Spence. The Jamaican ‘keeper got a piece of the shot, but couldn’t turn it away as it rolled slowly over the goal line to make it 4-0 in the 49th minute.
Ellis made her first substitute in the 57th minute, taking off Noyola in favor of Kristie Mewis, who would later pound a shot off the left post with just two minutes to play.
In the 72nd minute Nairn lined up a free kick from 20 years out to the left of the penalty arc after DiMartino had been cut down on the dribble. Nairn had seen a few dangerous crosses into the penalty area go unrewarded and had several shots barely miss the frame, but this one was perfect. She calmly spun a perfect shot with her favored left foot over the wall and just inside the left post, giving the diving Spence no chance.
Ellis used her final sub in the 74th minute, bringing in Amber Brooks for Toni Pressley at center back. Nine minutes later, the U.S. rounded out the scoring when Hayes dribbled up the right side and passed to Bywaters, who played a nicely weighted pass to McCarty into the right side of the penalty area. McCarty lost her defender with a quick burst forward, and from a tough angle with the ‘keeper charging at her feet, struck a perfect shot that stuck in the left side netting at the far post.
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Date: January 21, 2010
Competition: 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship
Venue: Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City, Guatemala
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. ET)
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 3 6
JAM 0 0 0
USA – Christine Nairn (Tiffany McCarty) 9th minute
USA – Sydney Leroux 25
USA – Sydney Leroux (Bianca Henninger) 35
USA – Teresa Noyola (Sydney Leroux) 49
USA – Christine Nairn 72
USA – Tiffany McCarty (Zakiya Bywaters) 83
USA: 1-Bianca Henninger; 6-Rachel Quon, 4-Crystal Dunn, 11-Tony Pressley (5-Amber Brooks, 75), 3-Vicki DiMartino; 12-Zakiya Bywaters, 13-Jenna Richmond, 17-Christine Nairn (capt.), 9-Teresa Noyola (15-Kristie Mewis, 57); 19-Sydney Leroux (capt.) (16-Maya Hayes, 62), 7-Tiffany McCarty
Subs not used: 8-Samantha Mewis, 10-Casey Short, 14-Morgan Marlborough, 24-Taylor Vancil
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
JAM: 13-Sashagay Spence; 2-Lia Blake, 4-Zovel Hyre, 6-Takesa Small (5-Katrina Rose, 56), 7-Semone Honegan, 8-Shanise Foster (39-Shushana Dobson), 9-Shereen Clarke (capt.) (18-Teashian Thomas, 61), 11-Sashana Campbell, 12-Cathryn Rogers, 19-Monique Pryce, 20-Nicole Campbell
Subs not used: 1-Leigh-Ann Jaggon, 14-Shenika Williams, 15-Trudi Carter, 17-Jamilia Campbell-Henny
Head Coach: Vin Blaine
Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 21 / 3
Shots on Goal: 12 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 7
Offside: 1 / 1
USA – Vicki DiMartino (caution) 42nd minute
Referee: Erika Vargas (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Jacqueline Saez (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lesbia Tzul (GUA)
Fourth Official: Arelene Troya (PAN)
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