A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship and earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan ... Played in four matches at qualifying (240 minutes total), starting three and scored one goal with two assists while setting up both goals in the 2-1 comeback victory over Canada in the championship game ... Scored two goals against Switzerland and one goal against Norway in at the La Manga tournament in Spain in February ... Scored against New Zealand in May ... Was a part of the U.S. Under-18s in 2010 ... A member of the U.S. Under-17s in 2010 ... Also played for the U.S. Under-15s in 2007.
CHICAGO (March 1, 2014) - The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won its first match at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating Japan 1-0 on a 56th-minute goal from Kealia Ohai, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NWSL College Draft by the Houston Dash.
In a match that saw a skillful Japan squad dominate possession, the U.S. defense and goalkeeper Abby Smith of the University of Texas held strong to earn the shut-out, while Ohai, who scored the game-winning goal in the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Final against Germany, did so again 11 minutes into the second half.
The goal was set up by former Wake Forest star forward Katie Stengel when she dribbled to the right side of the six-yard box, drawing the Japanese goalkeeper out, before squaring to Ohai who scored into the empty net.
The U.S. roster featured six players from the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, which was coached by current U-23 WNT head coach Steve Swanson. Three more U-23 age-eligible 2012 world champions – midfielders Samantha Mewis and Sarah Killion of UCLA and Morgan Brian of Virginia – are with the full U.S. WNT at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
Swanson’s starting 11 featured seven players who will be playing in the NWSL next season – four 2014 College Draft picks and three one-year veterans – including Meleana Shim of the inaugural-season champion Portland Thorns FC. 2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year Erika Tymrak came on at halftime for Stanford’s Chioma Ugobagu.
The USA will continue the competition with matches against the Under-23 teams of Sweden on March 3 and Norway on March 5.
-U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Match Report-
: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Japan Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date : March 1, 2014
Competition : Six Nations Tournament
Venue : La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field A
Weather: 64 Degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
JPN 0 0 0
USA 0 1 1
USA – Kealia Ohai (Katie Stengel) 56th Minute
USA: 18-Abby Smith; 14-Arin Gilliland, 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 6-Kassey Kallman, 17-Caprice Dydasco; 10-Chioma Ubogagu (15-Erika Tymrak, 46), 9-Meleana Shim (16-Jenna Richmond, 46), 4-Danielle Colaprico (2-Shea Groom, 71); 7-Kealia Ohai; 5-Maya Hayes (22-Jennifer Hoy, 46), 27-Katie Stengel (8-Emily Sonnett, 80)
Substitutes not used: Aubrey Bledsoe, Amanda Frisbie
Head Coach: Steve Swanson
1-Rei Takenaka; 11-Yoko Tanaka (13-Mai Kyokawa, 73), 9-Mina Tanaka (15-Kaede Sato, 86), 10-Chinatsu Kira, 8-Hanae Shibata (16-Miki Irie, 78), 12-Saki Ueno
(5-Chisato Takamura, 58), 14-Natsuki Yoshimi (6-Chiaki Shimada, 64), 7-Ami Sugita, 2-Saki Ishii, 3-Ruka Norimatsu, 17-Hisui Haza
Substitutes not used: Mana Mihashi, Nene Inoue
Head Coach: Nakamura Jun
Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 11 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 3 / 9
Offside: 3 / 0
USA – Danielle Colaprico (caution) 35th minute
Referee: Marte Soro (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Birgitta Solberg (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sonia Khan (NOR)
Fourth Official: T. Christensen (DEN)
CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will open its 2014 campaign with a challenging trip to La Manga, Spain, for the Six Nations Tournament running from Feb. 24-March 6. The USA will play three international matches, facing the U-23 sides of Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5).
U.S. head coach Steven Swanson will bring a 20-player roster to Spain featuring a mix of young pros and top collegiate players. Swanson named nine NWSL players, six that are heading into their rookie season and three that played in the league last year in Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns FC), Jennifer Hoy (Chicago Red Stars) and Erika Tymrak (NWSL Rookie of the Year with FC Kansas City). Tymrak just completed a three-week stint with the senior Women’s National team and currently has three caps and one goal for Tom Sermanni’s team.
The roster includes four first round picks from the 2014 NWSL Draft including No. 2 overall in forward Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), No. 5 in defender Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City), No. 6 in forward Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC) and No. 7 in defender Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign FC). Additional draftees include: midfielder Jenna Richmond, who went in the second round at No. 16 overall to FC Kansas City and midfielder Frances Silva who was the first pick of the third round, going No. 19 overall to FC Kansas City.
The roster also includes five members of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan: Ohai (who scored the game-winner in the World Cup Final), Kallman, Hayes, Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith and Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu.
The remainder of the roster is completed by some of the top collegians in the country, including 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA.
The U.S. U-23 WNT will be followed into La Manga by the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team, which will play international matches there on March 8, 10 and 12.
U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign FC; McKinney, Texas), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Castle Rock, Colo.), Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City; Woodbury, Minn.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jenna Richmond (FC Kansas City; Centreville, Va.), Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns FC; Honolulu, Hawaii), Frances Silva (FC Kansas City; Overland Park, Kan.); Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City; Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (6): Shea Groom (Texas A&M; Liberty, Mo.), Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC; West Orange, N.J.), Jennifer Hoy (Chicago Red Stars; Sellersville, Pa.), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas)
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Full name is Kealia Mae Ohai … Nickname is Kea or K … Her name is of Hawaiian origins (her father Ben grew up in Hawaii) and there is a beach on the island of Kauai named Kealia … As a freshman, she was also named to the All-ACC Academic Team and honored on the 2010-11 ACC Academic Honor Roll … Enjoys reading, cooking, and baking … Her specialties are desserts and especially red velvet cake … Loves to watch movies … Favorite movies are A Knight’s Tale, Just Friends, and Sex and the City … Favorite TV shows are Revenge and Vampire Diaries … Sister Megan was a part of the University of Southern California women’s soccer team that won the NCAA title in 2007 … Favorite foods are sushi, steak, and crab legs … Likes listening to The Killers, Tegan and Sara, and The xx.Played and started 20 games as a sophomore for UNC while scoring six goals and with six assists … Named First-Team All-ACC as a freshman at UNC when she played in all 24 games with 22 starts and led UNC in goals with 14 … Voted to the ACC All-Freshman Team … Also earned First-Team Soccer America All-Freshman Team honors … Was Parade All-American at Alta High School … She was also named NSCAA All-American, NSCAA High School Player of the Year, and Gatorade Player of the Year for Utah … She was the Division 5A MVP … Won the Utah state championship all four years of high school... Club: Played from U-11 through the present time for the Utah Avalanche … Won the state title four times.