US SoccerUS Soccer

U.S. U-20 WNT Defeats Mexico Twice at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (May 22, 2010) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team swept both games of a two-game series against the Mexican U-20 Women’s National Team during a now-completed training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center outside of San Diego. The USA won 2-1 on May 20 and 4-0 on May 22.

Both teams are preparing for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Germany this summer.

In the first match, the USA got a dramatic stoppage time goal from midfielder Amber Brooks to pull out the deserved result, but the Americans did not open the scoring until the 78th minute. The goal came off a direct free kick from midfielder Teresa Noyola, who bent the ball into the net from 25 yards out.

Mexico tied the match in the 81st minute on a penalty kick after U.S. defender Toni Pressley was called for a handball in the penalty box. U.S. goalkeeper Adrianna Franch guessed correctly, diving to her right, but was unable to get a hand on Renae Cuellar’s low drive into the corner.

The winner came the 91st minute after a Mexican defender tired to clear a bouncing ball inside her own penalty area, but instead hit it into the chest of Kayla Grimsley. She dribbled to the end line on the right side of the goal and cut back a pass to the six yard line for Brooks who was crashing the goal. The gritty U.S. midfielder finished the ball in the middle of the net as the ‘keeper was stuck covering the near post.

Two days later, the match was not nearly as dramatic as the U.S. team ran roughshod over the Mexicans, out-shooting them 22-0 while scoring twice in each half.

The USA once again scored off a direct free kick, but this one came from Kristie Mewis after Courtney Verloo was taken down just outside the penalty area. Mewis struck her left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty box on the right side, bending it around the wall just inside the right post to make it 1-0 just 10 minutes into the game.

In the 23rd minute, Zakiya Bywaters ran onto a long pass from Sade Ayinde, brought the ball down and beat both central defenders. She shot from just inside the penalty area, sending the ball high into the left side of the net over the ‘keeper's head.

The USA made it 3-0 in the 71st minute as Pressley sent a perfect cross from the right just inside the USA’s attacking half all the way to the top of the six-yard box where Verloo got a sliding touch on the ball. Mexican goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago made a kick save, but Veloo scrambled to her feet and put the rebound low past the ‘keeper.

The USA once again scored in the 91st minute, but the game was well in hand this time when Vicki DiMartino took the ball to the end line on the left side of the field and crossed to the back post where Grimsley got her head on the ball and sent it flying into the net, scoring on her first touch of the game.

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will now choose a 20-player squad to travel to Germany from June 6-14 to get a taste of what the team will face during the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup being held from July 13-Aug. 1 in four German cities. While in Germany, the USA will face two of the world’s top U-20 teams in Japan (on June 10) and Germany (on June 13).

Match Report
Match: United States U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: May 20, 2010
Competition: Domestic Training Camp
Venue: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, California
Weather: 70 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:     1     2     F
USA                            0     2     2
Mexico                         0     1     1

USA – Teresa Noyola                             78th minute
MEX – Renae Cuellar (penalty kick)          81
USA – Amber Brooks (Kayla Grimsley)     91

USA: 24-Adriana Franch; 21-Casey Short (10-Teresa Noyola, 46), 4-Crystal Dunn, 2-Toni Pressley, 6-Kendall Johnson (22-Mollie Pathman, 57); 12-Zakiya Bywaters (23-Tiffany McCarty), 11-Christine Nairn (8-Samantha Mewis, 61), 5-Amber Brooks, 7-Kristie Mewis (15-Kayla Grimsley, 66); 20-Vicki DiMartino (16-Maya Hayes, 46), 19-Sydney Leroux (13-Courtney Verloo, 69)
Subs not used: 1-Bianca Henninger, 3-Rachel Quon, 9-Jenna Richmond, 14-Sade Ayinde, 17-Kelly Conheeney, 18-Bryane Heaberlin
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

Mexico: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 13-Jimenez Olivia (11-Arianna Romero, 37), 4-Maryann Diaz, 14-Monica Alvarado, 5-Valeria Miranda; 10-Mar Rodriguez, 16-Ashley Kotero, 7-Nayeli Rangel, 17-Natalia Gomez-Junco; 9-Renae Cuellar, 8-Angelica Figueroa (19-Natalie Lagunas, 50; 18-Mayra Virgen, 84)
Subs not used: 2-Bianca Sierra, 12-Brissa Rnagel, 20-Wendy Espejel
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / Mexico
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 4
Offside: 5 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

Match Report
Match: United States U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: May 22, 2010
Competition: Domestic Training Camp
Venue: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, California
Weather: 64 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:     2     2     F
USA                            2     2     4
Mexico                         0     0     0

USA – Kristie Mewis                             10th minute
USA – Zakiya Bywaters (Sade Ayinde)    23
USA – Courtney Verloo (Toni Pressley)  71
USA – Kayla Grimsley (Vicki DiMartino)  91

USA: 1-Bianca Henninger; 23-Tiffany McCarty (15-Kayla Grimsley, 68), 4-Crystal Dunn (17-Kelly Conheeney, 68), 14-Sade Ayinde (2-Toni Pressley, 46), 22-Mollie Pathman (6-Kendall Johnson, 46); 12-Zakiya Bywaters (21-Casey Short, 46), 5-Amber Brooks, 9-Jenna Richmond (11-Christine Nairn, 46), 7-Kristie Mewis (10-Teresa Noyola, 46); 13-Courtney Verloo (20-Vicki DiMartino, 68), 16-Maya Hayes (19-Sydney Leroux, 46)
Subs not used: 18-Bryane Heaberlin, 24-Adrianna Franch
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

Mexico: 1-Cecilia Santiago (20-Wendy Espejel, 70); 2-Bianca Sierra (15-Alexandra Duran, 70), 4-Maryann Diaz, 3-Alina Garciamendez, 5-Valeria Miranda; 18-Mayra Virgen (11-Arianna Romero, 32), 10-Mar Rodriguez, 7-Nayeli Rangel, 14-Monica Alvarado (16-Ashley Kotero, 51), 17-Natalia Gomez-Junco (19-Natalie Lagunas, 80); 9-Renae Cuellar
Subs not used: 8-Angelica Figueroa, 12-Brissa Rnagel, 13-Olivia Jimenez
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / Mexico
Shots: 22 / 0
Shots on Goal: 10 / 5
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 8
Offside: 3 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Alina Garciamendez (caution) 10th minute