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U-23 WNT Takes Four Nations Tournament Title in Norway

The U-23 WNT came away with two wins and one draw at the 2015 Four Nations Tournament in Sarpsborg, Norway. After a short, yet successful, appearance in Norway, the team is happy to have represented the United States well before the start of the 2015 WWC.

U-23 WNT Draws Norway 2-2 at Four Nations Tournament in Norway

CHICAGO (May 29, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team tied host Norway 2-2 in its second match of a three-game tournament being held in Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg, Norway in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo.

The USA was coming off a 2-1 victory against Sweden in its first match, but fell behind 1-0 in the 11th minute as Andrine Hegerberg converted a penalty kick.

The USA roared back to take the lead on two second half goals from forward Chioma Ubogagu, who is currently playing her club soccer in England with the Arsenal Ladies.

The USA equalized in the 51st minute after a Norway clearance was won by Daphne Corboz, who fed the ball to Katie Stengel near the top of the penalty area. Stengel in turn found Ubogagu, who took a few touches and put a shot that deflected off the goalkeeper’s arm into the net.

The USA took the lead in the 75th minute, once again after winning possession of a clearance. Ashley Meier touched it to Rose Lavelle, who turned and fed the ball past a defender to Ubogagu on the left side. Ubogagu took a few touches and tucked it past the goalkeeper.

Norway only took three minute to equalize as Cathrine Dekkerhus gained possession of the ball and fed it through the U.S. back line to Synne Hansen. She received the ball about 30 yards out, fought off two defenders, and slipped the ball past U.S. goalkeeper Jane Campbell near the penalty spot.

The USA still has a chance to win the tournament as it finishes up its three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium.

- U.S. U-23 Womens National Team Match Report -

Match:U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Norway Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date: May 29, 2015
Competition: U-23 Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Sarpsborg Stadium, Sarpsborg, Norway

Scoring Summary:                   1          2          F
USA                                         0          2          2
NOR                                         1          1          2

NOR - Andrine Hegerberg (penalty kick)                                      11th Minute
USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Katie Stengel)                                      51
USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Rose Lavelle)                                      75
NOR - Synne Hansen (Cathrine Dekkerhus)                                 78

USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 13-Christina Gibbons; 21-Christen Westphal; 2-Cari Roccaro (capt.); 19-Andi Sullivan; 4-Michaela Hahn (6-Daphne Corboz, 46); 11-Alexis Shaffer (8-Ashley Meier, 64); 10-Rose Lavelle; 14-Taylor Smith; 25-Katie Stengel (22-Jaycie Johnson, 64); 16-Margaret Purce (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Kayla Mills, Abby Smith, Jessie Scarpa
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield

NOR: 1-Nora Gjoen; 13-Tuva Hansen (Cecilie Kvamme, 46); 4-Stine Reinas; 14-Ingrid Stenevik; 5-Nora Byom Nilssen; 7-Guro Reiten (19-Synne Hansen, 46); 20-Anja Sonstevold; 16-Maria Brochmann (8-Cathrine Dekkerhus, 62); 17-Lisa Naalsund (11-Victoria Ludvigsen, 77); 10-Andrine Hegerberg (capt.); 9-Andrea Thun (18-Vilde Fjelldal, 62)
Substitutes Not Used: Ane Walsoe, Kristine Nostmo
Head Coach: Goril Kringen

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 16 / 10
Shots on Goal: 7 / 5
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 10
Offside: 4 / 4

USA - Rose Lavelle (caution)                 34th Minute
NOR - Victoria Ludvigsen (caution)        90

Referee:  Fatemeh Zangeneh (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rikke Melby (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sonia Kahn (NOR)
Fourth Official: Ole Valen (NOR)

U-23 WNT to Norway for Four Nations Tournament

CHICAGO (May 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will travel to Norway for a four-team tournament running from May 27-31 that also includes Norway, Sweden and England. The matches will be held in Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg in the southeast region of the country, about 60 miles south of Oslo and close to the border with Sweden. Both stadiums have artificial turf. 

The USA’s 22-player roster features 19 college players in addition to three current professionals, all whom play outside the United States: Daphne Corboz (Manchester City), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal) and Kate Stengel (Bayern Munich). Ubogagu and Stengel were members of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. University of Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith was also on that squad. 

The roster features seven members of the U.S. team that got knocked out on penalty kicks by Korea DPR in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell, Duke defender Christina Gibbons, Notre Dame defender Cari Roccaro, Stanford defender/midfielder Andi Sullivan, Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle, Florida forward Savannah Jordan and Harvard forward Margaret Purce. 

The USA opens the competition on May 27 against the Sweden U-23 WNT at Fredrikstad Stadium, faces England on May 29 at Sarpsborg Stadium, and finishes up the three-games-in-five-days set on May 31 against England at Fredrikstad Stadium. 


May 27
USA vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
Norway vs. England at Sarpsborg Stadium 

May 29
Sweden vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. Norway at Sarpsborg Stadium

May 31
Norway vs. Sweden at Fredrikstad Stadium
USA vs. England at Fredrikstad Stadium 

U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Jaycie Johnson (Nebraska; Lake Winnebago, Mo.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Carson Pickett (FSU; Fleming Island, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Daphne Corboz (Manchester City FC; Greenbrook, N.J.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Claire Falknor (Florida; Dayton, Ohio), Michaela Hahn (FSU; Titusville, Fla.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech; Strongsville, Ohio), Alexis Shaffer (Virginia; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (7): Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal; Coppell, Texas), Christen Westphal (Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)

U.S. U-23 WNT Wins Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain with 2-1 Victory Against Norway

CHICAGO (March 5, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, by defeating Norway 2-1 on goals from Portland Thorns FC midfielder Meleana Shim and former Wake Forest star Katie Stengel.

The win was the third in three games at the tournament for the USA, which also defeated Japan 1-0 and Sweden 2-1 earlier in the competition.

Shim’s goal, her first at the U-23 level, came just before halftime. Midfielder Danielle Colaprico crossed from the end line to the top of the penalty area where Stengel laid a pass off to Shim, who scored into the right corner.

Stengel’s goal, also her first for the U-23s after a solid U-20 career in which she scored six times in 20 caps, came in the 75th minute and would prove to be the game-winner. The goal came after Chioma Ubogagu played a ball down the left wing to Carpice Dydasco, who fed Stengel about 10 yards out for a first-time shot that beat the goalkeeper low.

Norway pulled a goal back three minutes later as U.S. goalkeeper Abby Smith hit a clearance from the goal mouth that went short to Martine Flakk who passed to Victoria Ludvigsen and she finished from 14 yards out, but the USA, which held Norway to just two total shots on goal, was able to salt the game away.

The U.S. U-23 WNT also won this tournament last year, and now will make way for the U.S. U-18 WNT that will arrive in La Manga to play in the 12 Nations Tournament, which features three friendly matches for each of the competing teams.

Seven players on head coach Steve Swanson’s roster will now head to pre-season camps with their respective NWSL teams and the U.S. U-23s will gather again in June for a domestic training camp that will feature mostly college-aged players.

- U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match : U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Norway Under-23 Women’s National Team
: March 5, 2014
: Six Nations Tournament
: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field G
68 degrees; windy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
NOR 0 1 1

USA - Meleana Shim (Katie Stengel) 44th Minute
USA - Katie Stengel (Caprice Dydasco) 75
NOR - Victoria Ludvigsen (Martine Flakk) 78

18-Abby Smith; 14-Arin Gilliland (12-Amanda Frisbie, 46), 8-Emily Sonnett, 6-Kassey Kallman, 19-Jaelene Hinkle (11-Frances Silva, 77); 7-Kealia Ohai (17-Caprice Dydasco, 46), 9-Meleana Shim, 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Danielle Colaprico (15-Erika Tymrak, 63); 27-Katie Stengel, 5-Maya Hayes (10-Chioma Ubogagu, 58)
Substitutes not used: Aubrey Bledsoe, Jennifer Hoy

Head Coach: Steve Swanson

NOR: 1-Guro Pettersen; 2-Cecilie Brattland Liane, 3-Ina Gausdal, 4-Ida Jeanett Fjordbakk (13-Elrin Bjerkreim Kleppa, 58), 14-Mali Lilleas Naess (5-Anette Tengesdal, 46); 15-Martine Flakk, 20-Marita Holmen Iversen (6-Tonje Pedersen, 70), 9-Ina Skaug, 16-Camilla Christensen (17-Victoria Ludvigsen, 77); 19-Lisa Marie Karlseng Utland (18-Andrea Thun, 67), 10-Andrine Stolsmo Hergerberg
Substitutes not used: Guro Reiten, Melissa Bjanesoy, Emile Bosshard Haavi, Josefine Ervik
Head Coach: Goril Kringen

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 12 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 9 / 2
Fouls: 2 / 3
Offside: 2 / 1


Referee: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Runa Kristin Stefansdottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Birna Bergstad Thormundsdottir (ISL)
Fourth Official: Sonia Khan (NOR)

U23 WNT vs Sweden Highlights Reaction March 3 2014

The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won its second match at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating Sweden 2-1 on goals from Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu and FC Kansas City draft pick Frances Silva.

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 three games at qualifying, tallying two goals and one assist in 169 minutes … Her dramatic 89th minute score in the championship game earned the regional title for the USA with the 2-1 victory over Canada ... Scored against Switzerland and Norway in La Manga, Spain in February … Scored two goals in two games against China in April … Scored against New Zealand in May … Heads into the Women’s World Cup as one of the team’s top scorer with eight goals in 11 U-20 caps … Was a part of the U.S. Under-18 team from 2008 to 2011.