The U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team defeated the Sweden U-23 WNT, 1-0, in its final match at the Four Nations Tournament as Stanford University forward Christen Press scored the lone goal of the game in the 21st minute. It was Press’ third goal of the tournament.
With the victory, the USA won the four-team competition that also included England and Norway. In its first game, the USA defeated England, 3-0, on two goals from Press and one from Elli Reed, and fell to Norway, 2-1, in its second match.
The USA, Norway and Sweden all ended the round-robin competition on six points, with England at zero points, but the USA finished atop the table with a better goal difference on the strength of its 3-0 victory over the English.
The lone goal came when Melissa Henderson received ball on left wing and ran with it to just inside of the penalty box. Henderson then sent a pass on the ground through the goal area to Press was crashing to smash her shot low in the right corner of the goal.
U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. U-23 WNT Team vs. Sweden U-23 WNT
Date: July 12, 2010
Competition: Four Nations Tournament
Venue: University of Warwick; Coventry, UK
Weather: 67 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
SWE 0 0 0
USA – Christen Press (Melissa Henderson) 21st minute
USA: 18-Alexa Gaul; 14-Elli Reed, 12-Jessica Schuveiller, 2-Jackie Carron, 3-Lauren Barnes; 5-Colleen Flanagan, 8-Kylie Wright (capt.), 11-Ingrid Wells; 7-Christen Press, 21-Katie Schoepfer (10-Sarah Hagen, 79), 19-Melissa Henderson (9-Danielle Foxhoven, 51)
Subs not used: 1-Natalie Kulla, 6-Tori Huster, 4-Lauren Fowlkes, 15-Rachel Shipley, 16-Keelin Winters.
Head Coach: Bill Irwin
SWE: 1-Stephanie Ohrstrom; 6-Emelie Olander (10-Emmelie Konradsson, 46), 2-Karin Lissel, 4-Marina Pettersson, 3-Emma Berglund; 8-Sofie Persson, 9-Josefin Johansson, 7-Maja Krantz, 18-Petra Larsson; 14-Linda Fransson, 11-Nazanin Vaseghpanah
Subs not used: 12-Maria Gederholm, 5-Anna Gindbuom, 13-Rebecca Johnson, 15-Emma Lunbh, 16-Matilda Rosqvist
Head Coach: Malin Andersson
Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11 / 6
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 14 / 9
Offside: 3 / 1
USA – Colleen Flanagan (caution) 20th minute