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United States Defeats Gambia 6-0 in Second Group Match at 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Update: Summer Green initially scored a hat trick, but it was later ruled that one of her tallies was an own goal. 

  • Summer Green Scores 18th, 19th Career Goals 
  • Amber Munerlyn, Morgan Stanton, Toni Payne Add Goals as USA Finds Net Five Times in Second Half
  • USA Faces Korea DPR in Group B Finale on Sept. 29 at Bayil Stadium (8 a.m. ET on ESPN3) with Berth to Quarterfinals on the Line

BAKU, Azerbaijan (Sept. 25, 2012) – The United States scored five second-half goals and defeated Gambia 6-0 on Tuesday at Dalga Arena in its second match of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Summer Green scored two goals, Amber Munerlyn, Morgan Stanton and Toni Payne each added a single tally and the USA benefited from an own goal in setting up a crucial Group B finale against Korea DPR on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The USA’s match against North Korea kicks off at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Bayil Stadium in Baku. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Earlier in the day, Group B leader Korea DPR and France played to a 1-1 draw. North Korea (1-0-1) leads the group with four points and a plus-11 goal difference after walloping Gambia on the first day of matches. The U.S. (1-0-1) also has four points, but sits at plus-6 in goal difference. Third-place France (0-0-2) is very much in the mix with two points, but with a game against Gambia on Sept. 29. The top two teams in Group B advance to the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.

The U.S. can only guarantee advancement to the quarterfinals with a win on Saturday against Korea DPR, which would also earn Albertin Montoya’s side first place in the group.

The U.S. can still advance with a tie as long as France does not put up a big win against Gambia and overtake the USA in goal difference.

If the teams are also tied on goal difference at the end of group play, goals scored would be the next tiebreaker. If somehow the USA and France were to be tied on points, goal difference and goals scored, lots would be drawn to determine which country advances in second place in the group.

The U.S. could potentially advance in second place with a loss on Saturday, but only if Gambia were to defy the odds with a tie or a win against the heavily favored France squad.

Against a gritty Gambia, the Americans struggled to find a rhythm early on and Green started the scoring by burying a penalty kick in the 25th minute after left back Brittany Basinger had been bundled down in the box while hitting a cross.

The USA players quickly put the sluggish first period behind them, getting a goal from Amber Munerlyn just 25 seconds into the second half. Darian Jenkins had raced down the left side and crossed back into the middle, where Munerlyn then spun her first-time shot into the net from six yards out.

The USA then put away Gambia with four goals in 25 minutes in a second half that featured one-way traffic for an American team infused with increased urgency,

Green, who threatened the Gambia goal all match, attacked the goal in the 61st minute as she raced down the right wing and struck a hard shot from a sharp angle that deflected off the leg of Gambian captain Amy Jaju before skipping past wrong-footed goalkeeper Aminata Gaye and into the near post. Green initially was awarded a goal, but it was later ruled that Jaju was responsible for an own goal.

Jenkins made blistering runs down the flanks all game and she notched her second assist of the match in the 71st minute on a play similar to the one in which she set up Munerlyn, but this time found Green who finished from four yards out.

Midfielder Morgan Stanton scored her first international goal in the 83rd minute off a combination from two substitutes. Forward Emily Bruder raced down the left side before playing a ball into the penalty area for Lauren Kaskie, who beat the Gambian goalkeeper to the ball with a touch that took her almost to the end line. Kaskie then whirled toward the goal and found Stanton in the middle with a short pass and she spun her shot into the open net with the outside of her right foot from nine yards away.

Payne, who played an active match in the midfield for the USA, capped off the scoring in the 86th minute on a breakaway, capitalizing on a superb long-distance pass from Brittany Basinger over the Gambia back line. She raced all the way to the six-yard box before plowing her shot into the back of the net over the sliding Gaye.

A small but vocal Gambia supporters group created a vibrant atmosphere in the small stadium, but the USA took control of the match after Sainey Sissohore toe poked a shot wide right of the U.S. goal about a minute into the game.

The USA could have scored a few more times in front of the crowd of 4,100, but struck several shots right at Gaye and hit the crossbar or post on several occasions.

In the fifth minute, Jenkins clanged a dipping shot off the right post that Gaye might have gotten a hand on, and then Jenkins smacked her breakaway chance right at the Gambia goalkeeper from 12 yards out in the 14th minute.

Around the 50th minute, Andi Sullivan had her point-blank shot turned away by Gaye and she also drove a shot off the crossbar in the 60th minute. Minutes later, Stanton hit a blast from distance that clipped the top of the crossbar.

Tall center back Lizzy Raben had two chances off set plays during the game, but hit a volley and a header outside the frame.

Payne had a golden opportunity for a seventh goal in the 90th minute, but after a series of crafty dribbles in the box, smacked her shot right into Gaye’s arms from 10 yards out.

Additional Notes:

  • The six goals are the most the USA has scored in this tournament, topping the previous high of four when the Americans defeated South Korea 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya made several changes to the starting 11 that featured against France in the first World Cup match. He brought in Morgan Reid at right back and moved Brittany Basinger to the left, gave Morgan Stanton the start in the midfield, rested captain Morgan Andrews and inserted Amber Munerlyn up top.
  • Summer Green’s two goals now give her 19 career international tallies at the U-17 level.
  • Backup goalkeeper Cassie Miller replaced Jane Campbell at the start of the second half after Campbell got a kick in the face while coming out to challenge a cross.
  • The USA out-shot Gambia 26-4 for the match.
  • The USA will face North Korea in a FIFA event for the third time this year with the Olympic Team defeating Korea DPR 1-0 in group play in Glasgow, Scotland, and the U.S. U-20s winning 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Saitama, Japan.

- U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Gambia
Date: Sept. 25, 2012
Competition: 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup; Group B
Venue: Dalga Arena; Baku, Azerbaijan
Kickoff: 8 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 4,200
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny, warm

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 5 6
GAM                        0 0 0

USA – Summer Green (penalty kick)            25th minute
USA – Amber Munerlyn (Darian Jenkins)      46
USA – Own goal (Amy Jaju)                       61
USA – Summer Green (Darian Jenkins)        71
USA – Morgan Stanton (Lauren Kaskie)        83
USA – Toni Payne (Brittany Basinger)          86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell (18-Cassie Miller, 46); Morgan Reid, 5-Maddie Bauer (capt.), 13-Lizzy Raben, 3-Brittany Basinger; 17-Andi Sullivan, 11-Toni Payne, 16-Morgan Stanton; 6-Summer Green (9-Lauren Kaskie, 82), 8-Amber Munerlyn (2-Emily Bruder, 70), 21-Darian Jenkins
Subs not used: 4-Joanna Boyles, 7-Gabbi Miranda, 10-Morgan Andrews, 12-Mandy Freeman, 14-Morgan Reid, 15-Claire Wagner, 19-Margaret Purce, 20-Morgan Stearns
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya

GAM: 1-Aminata Gaye; 2-Amie Jarju (capt.), 11-Awa Tamba (3-Anna Nyassi, 63), 16-Serreh Jatta, 17-Fatou Fatty; 5-Binta Colley (14-Veronic Malack, 72), 7-Fatou Darboe, 9-Sainey Sissohore, 19-Metta Sanneh; 10-Adama Tamba, 12-Awa Demba (20-Isatou Jallow, 55)
Subs not used: 4-Mariama Bojang, 6-Ndey Beyai, 8-Penda Bah, 13-Maria Camara, 15-Fatoumata Gibba, 18-Mariama Ceesay, 21-Fatim Jawara
Head Coach: Buba Jallow

Stats Summary: USA / GAM
Shots: 26 / 4
Shots on Goal: 12 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 16 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 10
Offside: 6 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Etsuko Fukano (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Liu Hsiu Mei (TPE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chie Ohata (JPN)
Fourth Official: Finau Vulivuli (FIJ)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match:
Toni Payne

Post-Game Quotes: U-17 U.S. WNT vs. Gambia

U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Gambia
2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Dalga Arena; Baku, Azerbaijan
Sept. 25, 2012


U.S. head coach ALBERTIN MONTOYA
On if the team felt the pressure to score a lot of goals against Gambia:
“We didn’t feel the pressure. Our goal was to play much better football than we did in the first game and I think we improved on that. Obviously, we would have liked to have a few more goals, but the three points were important and we go into our final group game needing a win against North Korea. It’s going to be a challenge for us and something our team is looking forward to.”

On improving during the tournament:
“This tournament is all about getting better and improving as you go on. I think we’ve done that so far and we’re hoping to get much better for the North Korea game. They have a very strong side and it will be an entertaining match.”

On the two group games so far:
“Various teams will improve throughout the tournament and that is one of our goals. We started out against an excellent team against France. We had our chances, but they played a very good game against us. We went back, looked at some film, and spoke to the players about what was needed for this next game. We improved in this game as it went on, and now we have three days of preparation for this game against North Korea. Now our job is to get our team ready and to play even better against North Korea…now it comes down to who executes the game plan the best, but I think the two teams that come out of this bracket will be very dangerous all the way through the tournament.”

On the difference in the second half:
“In the second half I thought we had a lot more urgency and we played much better as a team and finished our chances, something that we didn’t do in the first half. Although, in the first half, we created opportunities early, but then a little frustration set in and individuals tried to do a little too much on their own and we didn’t play so much as a team. At halftime, we got into them a little bit and made sure they understood that they needed to work as a team, combine with each other and use our outside forwards, who are really dangerous. We wanted them to share the ball a little bit and told them good things would come out of that, and that’s what ended up happening. The overall intensity, the desire to get forward and the commitment to get into the box was much better in the second half.”

On the substitutes coming in and making an impact:
“We expect all of our players to come in and make a difference and have an impact on the game and that’s exactly what (Lauren) Kaskie and Emily Bruder did, and Cassie (Miller) played very well in goal as well. It may be three different players next game, but that’s one of the strengths of our team.”

On the first goal of the second half that came less than 30 seconds after the restart:
“The first goal in the second half is exactly what we asked for and what we needed. We wanted a goal in the first five minutes. We asked them to get into the box and be more aggressive getting forward. We wanted them to play with more passion and heart and that first goal came as I was walking to the bench and that set the tone and relaxed us. After that, we had some great goals as far as combining and getting around the outsides with or speed.”

U.S. midfielder TONI PAYNE
On the match:
“We were a little slow in the first half, but in the second half we picked it up. We were like a whole new team when we came out. We were more focused and just put out more effort. We’re in a tough group, so it all comes down to this last game against North Korea.”

On Gambia:
“They were a really physical team. In the first half, it was really hard to break them down, but once we got into the second half and started combining with each other it was a lot easier to get around them and we scored some goals.”

U.S. midfielder MORGAN STANTON
On the match:
“I thought in the first half it was a little frantic and we all came out a little nervous. I think we didn’t have as much possession as we would have hoped for. In the second half, we came out fired up, we knew what we had to do and we got it done.

On breaking down the Gambians:
They played a lot of girls in the middle and so we had to play balls wide and their defense came high, so we had to play balls over the top more. It was difficult for us at first, but we figured it out.”

On scoring five goals in the second half:
“If you believe it, you can do it. That’s a big thing for the U.S. teams. Today, coming in the second half, our goal was to score in the first five minutes and we all believed it and we scored in the first 30 seconds.”

U.S. forward SUMMER GREEN
On the second half:
“We got back into the locker room at halftime and got together and heard the words from our coaches, basically telling us to go back out there with intensity and spirit and try to score as many goals as possible.”

On her hat trick:
“Being out there and playing with everyone was how I got my goals. That hard run from Darian (Jenkins) just stunned me. She owned it out there. That goal was all her. The effort from Britt (Basinger) to get all the way up there (from left back) was great and it was just an overall team effort.”

U.S. National Teams: A member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Guatemala and qualified for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, she played in all five games while making three starts … Played with the U-15 GNT in 2010 and attended the U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. Camp in 2009.

Personal: Full name is Morgan Danielle Stanton … Nickname include Lil’Mo, Morg and Morgs … Has helped coach the D’Feeters U-10 girls team since they were U-5s (her sister is on the team) … Loves playing with her four dogs … She has two  Shih-poos named Nike and Lily, a Cocker Spaniel named Mia Hambone and a Australian Shepherd/Bernese Mountain Dog mix named Koda … Also has a bunny named Elvis … The three words that best describe her off the field are “funny, nice, prankster” … Says while she likes pranks, they are always “harmless” and mostly she pranks Midge Purce … The three words that best describe her on the field are “worker, skillful and feisty” … Few people know that she loves to play the video game Temple Run on her iPod and is pretty good at it … Her favorite class is history … Her dream job is to be a judge on X-Factor … Her favorite food is pasta … Her favorite snack is fruit snacks … Does not like seafood … Favorite soccer players are Brandi Chastain and Lionel Messi … Best part about being a soccer player are “meeting people and the great experiences and memories” … Greatest soccer moment so far was making the U.S. U-17 National Team … Favorite super hero is Captain America … Favorite cereal is Krave … Favorite dessert is ice cream.

College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend Santa Clara in the fall of 2013 … Attends Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, Colo. … Is currently her team’s captain … An NSCAA All-American, an All-League selection and Team MVP in 2011 … Only play high school soccer as a sophomore and part of her junior year.

Club: Played from U-11 to present for the Colorado Rush Nike … For U-10s, she played for the Gold Rush … From U-4 through U-9 she played for the Shooting Stars … In 2011 and 2009 she won Colorado state titles with the Rush … MVP of the State Cup in 2009 … Has been her club’s captain since U-11.

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