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U.S. U-17 WNT Off to Flying Start with 4-0 Win against China PR at NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team rolled to a comprehensive victory against China PR in its first match of the 2014 Women’s NTC Invitational, winning 4-0 as forward Kelcie Hedge and midfielder Mallory Pugh both scored twice.

In the other match of the day, Japan defeated New Zealand 5-0 on goals from Rikako Kobayashi, Yui Hasegawa, Hina Sugita, Meika Nishida and Asato Miyagawa.

The USA, which out-shot China 18-2 and had seven corner kicks to the visitor’s zero, opened the scoring in the 13th minute, as forward Madison Haley raced down the right side and crossed on the ground. The ball skimmed off the foot of Hedge, hit midfielder Michelle Xiao in the foot and then bounced back to Hedge who finished smartly into the lower left corner from seven yards out for her third international goal.

Pugh, the USA’s leading scorer in this cycle, made it 2-0 just two minutes later after center-back Natalie Jacobs played a long pass into the left side of the penalty area for midfielder Taylor Racioppi, who took the ball to the end line before cutting it back into the middle. Pugh initially got the ball caught under her feet for a moment, but made up for it by smashing a right-footed shot into the roof of the net from 13 yards out.

Hedge got her second in the 34th minute after midfielder Marley Canales nutmegged a defender on the left wing before sending in a cross. Hedge made a nice run to score off a first-time half-volley with her left foot 11 yards out, rolling the ball into the lower left corner to make it 3-0 heading into halftime.

It didn’t stay that way for long as Pugh – the U.S. captain – scored her 13th international goal at the U-17 level in the first minute of the second half. This time it was Hedge who played the ball to Pugh inside the penalty area and she skillfully touched it around the goalkeeper before slotting home from eight yards for the final 4-0 margin.

The U.S. team defense did not allow a shot on goal.

The USA will face New Zealand on Friday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. PT, while China plays Japan in the first match at 3 p.m. PT. The young Americans finish the tournament on Sunday, Feb. 9, against Japan at 4 p. m. PT, preceded by New Zealand vs. China at 1 p.m. PT. All matches are free to the public and are being played on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

This will be the last U-17 event for players born in 1997 and 1998 as they will then transition to the U-18 and U-20 Women’s National Teams. The ’99-born players will then become the primary age group for the U-17s as they start preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

- U.S. U-17 Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-17 Women's National Team vs. China U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
February 5, 2014
Competition:
2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational
Venue:
Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer National Training Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff:
6 p.m. PT
Weather:
57 degrees, windy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
CHN 0 0 0

USA – Kelcie Hedge (Michelle Xiao) 13th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh (Taylor Racioppi) 15
USA – Kelcie Hedge (Marley Canales) 34
USA – Mallory Pugh (Kelcie Hedge) 46

Lineups:
USA:
18-Kat Hess; 12-Tegan McGrady, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 9-Zoe Morse, 10-Ellie Jean; 14-Taylor Racioppi (2-Dorian Bailey, 63), 4-Marley Canales (16-Karlie Paschall, 82), 17-Mallory Pugh (19-Anika Rodriguez, 78); 11-Michelle Xiao (22-Maddy Schultz, 63), 3-Maddie Haley (15-Zoe Redei, 46), 8-Kelcie Hedge (20-Leah Pruitt, 78)
Subs not used: Ashley Sanchez, Taryn Torres, Frankie Tagliaferri, Mia Gyau, Alana Cook, Chloe Castaneda, Lauren Rood

Head Coach: BJ Snow

CHN: 1-Pan Jingying: 2-Tang Hui (16-Liu Yan, 46), 5-Yao Wei, 14-Wan Ruyi (4-Zhao Yuxin, 53), 3-Wang Ying; 6-Fan Yuqui, 9-Qin Manman, 7-Liu Jing (11-Xu Jiameng, 46); 17-Hu Yuanxin, (12-Wu Ye, 76) 24-Li Gong, 8-Cui Yuhan
Subs not used: Liu Jing, Wang Xueting, Liu Mengxue, Peng Shimeng, Li Jianghong, Dai Chenying, Xiao Jingfang, Ma Li, Chen Yuden, Gong Li, WuRiLiGe
Head Coach: Gao Hong

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 18 / 2
Shots on Goal: 7 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 4
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary: 

Officials:
Referee: Jasmine Peralta (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kate Chapman (USA)
Fourth Official: Rebekah Friedrich (USA)

U.S. Soccer to Host Four-Team U-17 Women's Tournament at National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from Feb. 5-9

CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2014) – U.S. Soccer will host the 2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational from Feb. 5-9 in Carson, Calif., and feature U-17 Women’s National Teams from the United States, China PR, Japan and New Zealand. All the matches will be staged on Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Each of the match days – Feb. 5, 7 and 9 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing the second game of the day. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first tiebreakers being overall goal differential and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking.

 

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Location (U.S. Soccer NTC at StubHub Center)

Wed., Feb. 5

Japan vs. New Zealand

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Wed., Feb. 5

USA vs. China PR

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 7

China PR vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 7

USA vs. New Zealand

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun., Feb. 9

New Zealand vs. China PR

1 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun., Feb. 9

USA vs. Japan

4 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

China, Japan and New Zealand have all qualified for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup taking place in March in Costa Rica. The young Americans had their World Cup dreams halted due to a penalty kick loss to Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, a tournament that saw the USA win four games and draw one (which went to penalties) while scoring 24 goals and allowing just one.

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has called in 24 players for the tournament, 17 of whom were on the USA’s qualifying team. Twenty of the players were born in 1997 or 1998, while four were born in 1999. This will be the last event for the ’97s and ’98s as U-17s before transitioning to the U-18s and U-20s. The ’99s will become the primary age group for the U-17s as they start preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position
2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational

GOALKEEPERS (2)
: Kat Hess (LA Premier; Newport Beach, Calif.), Lauren Rood (Washington Timbers; Camas, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8)
: Alana Cook (Match Fit Chelsea; Far Hills, N.J.), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Spring, Md.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA SC; San Jose, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7)
: Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Chloe Castaneda (LA Premier; Encino, Calif.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (7)
: Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier; Post Falls, Idaho), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Maddy Schultz (Crossfire Premier; Edmonds, Wash.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.)

Additional Notes:

  • Each team is allowed to name 24 players on its tournament roster but will be able to suit up just 21 for each of its three matches.
  • Teams will be allowed six total substitutions per game with no re-entry. In the second half of the matches, a team may stop the game a maximum of three times to make substitutions. During each of these stoppages, a team may make more than one substitution, up to the limit of the six total per match.
  • Players eligible for the 2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1997, which is the age cutoff for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.

U.S. U-17 WNT Opens 2014 at the National Training Center

CHICAGO (Jan. 6, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will begin its 2014 programing with a training camp running from Jan. 11-19 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

This group of U-17s, who were born in 1998 and 1997, will have just two events in 2014 before transitioning to the Under-18s and Unders-20s, after which the players born in 1999 and after will start their U-17 cycle under head coach B.J. Snow.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, are age-eligible for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

This training camp will serve as a preparation event for a four-team U-17 international tournament currently being finalized to be held at the U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at StubHub Center running from Feb. 1-10.

Snow has called in 24 players for this January camp, fifteen of which were on the U.S. team that failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup despite winning four games, tying one (which it lost in penalty kicks) and allowing just one goal at the qualifying tournament. The USA, which out-scored its opponents 24-1 over five games, lost in the semifinal round on a penalty kick shootout to Mexico, which ended up winning one game and tying four (in regulation) while triumphing in PK shootouts in both the semifinal and the championship game.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kat Hess (LA Premier; Newport Beach, Calif.) Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Match Fit Chelsea; Far Hills, N.J.), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Springs, Md.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA SC; San Jose, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Ally Prisock (Legends FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission Kans.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Chloe Castaneda (LA Premier; Encino, Calif.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select FC; Naperville, Ill.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier; Post Falls, Idaho), Milan Moses (Pleasanton Rage; San Leandro, Calif.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Maddy Schultz (Crossfire Premier; Edmonds, Wash.), Jennifer Westendorf (GSA; Montgomery, Ala.)

U.S. U-17 WNT Dominates Jamaica 8-0 to take Third-Place at CONCACAF Championship

  • Mallory Pugh, Taylor Otto and Madison Haley Each Score Twice
  • Marley Canales and Civana Kuhlmann Add Single Goals
  • USA Finishes Tournament Out-Scoring Opposition 26-1 

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Nov. 9, 2013) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team rebounded from a crushing penalty kick loss to Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a dominating 8-0 victory against Jamaica to take third place in the tournament.

The shootout setback on Nov. 7 meant that the United States did not advance to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, but the Americans finished the tournament in style and were ahead 4-0 before 28 minutes were gone in a match that saw the USA comprehensively dominate every facet of the game.

The young Americans needed less than two minutes to open the scoring as midfielder Mallory Pugh played a cross in from the right side on the ground and center-back Taylor Otto touched it home from close range for her first goal of the tournament.

The USA made it 2-0 in the 10th minute after a nice build-up ended with midfielder Anika Rodriguez striking a shot on the ground from 16 yards out. Jamaican goalkeeper Sanay Ricketts spilled the ball to her left and forward Madison Haley pounded her shot into the open net.

In the 22nd minute, Haley got free behind the Jamaican defense but defender Sashine Smith clipped her down from behind. Smith was eventually shown the red card for being the last defender and denying an obvious scoring opportunity. Pugh stepped up and nailed her penalty kick shot into the lower left corner to make it 3-0 in the 25th minute and Jamaica had to play a woman down for the remaining 65 minutes of the match.

It took less than a minute for Pugh to score again. This time Rodriguez slipped a pass into the right side of the penalty box to forward Kelcie Hedge, who back-heeled a perfect pass to the onrushing Pugh, who powered her shot into the near post from 12 yards out.

Otto added her second goal of the game and the tournament off a corner kick from the right side that was taken by defender Tegan McCrady. Haley got the first head on the ball, sending her shot off the crossbar. The 5-10 Otto then outvjumped Haley for the rebound and looped a header over the goalkeeper, off the right post and into the net.

Haley added her second of the game in the 53rd minute after Pugh ran onto a pass that was slipped into the middle of the penalty area. She smoothly rounded the Jamaican goalkeeper to her right and then rolled a pass across the six-yard box for Haley to push into the open net.

Midfielder Marley Canales made in 7-0 in the 83rd minute after taking a short corner kick from Civana Kuhlmann. She dribbled into the left side of the penalty area and hit a shot through traffic that bounced off the inside of the right post and rolled over the goal line. It was the second goal of the tournament for Canales.

The USA scored its eighth and final goal in the 90th minute as right back Ellie Jean dribbled all the way to the end line before cutting a pass back into the seam for the 14-yeard-old Kulhman who spun her first-time shot into the lower left corner to cap off the USA’s tournament with a 26-1 goal difference.

Additional Notes:

  • Mallory Pugh and Zoe Redei led the USA in scoring in the tournament with five goals each.
  • Pugh also finished the tournament four assists, tied with Madison Haley for the team-high.
  • Madison Haley finished the tournament with four goals and four assists.
  • All 20 players on the U.S. roster played in the tournament.
  • Twelve different players scored in the tournament for the USA.
  • Eleven different players had assists.
  • Defender Mia Gyau, forward Maddy Schultz and defender Zoe Morse were not able to be selected for the match due to illness.
  • The USA was not shut out in any match during this U-17 cycle in 2013.
  • U.S. head coach B.J. Snow used three subs, all in the second half. Civana Kuhlmann replaced Anika Rodriguez in the 54th minute, Frankie Tagliaferri replaced Madison Haley in the 56th and Gabby Carreiro came on for Mallory Pugh in the 77th.
  • Fourteen-year-old Civana Kuhlman had two goals in the tournament.
  • Defender Natalie Jacobs was the only U.S. player to play all 450 minutes of the tournament.
  • Taylor Racioppi received her second yellow card of the tournament in the last match and was not eligible for the third-place game.
  • The USA out-shot Jamaica by 41 shots, 40-1.
  • The USA is 18-0-2 all-time in the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. 

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Nov. 9, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship – Third-Place Match
Venue: Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 2,000
Weather: 82 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:   1    2    F         
USA                            0    0    0        
JAM                           5    3    8         

USA – Taylor Otto (Mallory Pugh)                          2nd minute
USA – Madison Haley (Anika Rodriguez)                10
USA – Mallory Pugh (penalty kick)                          25      
USA – Mallory Pugh (Kelcie Hedge)                         26
USA – Taylor Otto (Madison Haley)                        40
USA – Madison Haley (Mallory Pugh)                     53
USA – Marley Canales (Civana Kuhlmann)              83
USA – Civana Kulhman (Ellie Jean)                        90

Lineups:
USA: 18-Kat Hess; 10-Ellie Jean (capt.), 6-Natalie Jacobs, 13-Taylor Otto, 12-Tegan McGrady; 4-Marley Canales, 2-Dorian Bailey, 17-Mallory Pugh (5-Gabriella Carreiro, 77); 8-Kelcie Hedge 3-Madison Haley (25-Frankie Tagliaferri, 56), 19-Anika Rodriguez (11-Civana Kuhlmann, 54)
Subs Not Used: 1-Lauren Rood, 9-Zoe Morse, 15-Zoe Redei
Suspended: 14-Taylor Racioppi
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

JAM: 13-Sanay Ricketts; 2-Sashine Smith (ejected, 22), 4-Cachet Lue (20-Amoya Johnson-Craword 46), 5-Konya Plummer, 9-Asia Lee-Fatt, 10-Felicia Davidson, 11-Khadija Shaw (capt.), 12-Jorja Hughes, 14-Deneisha Blackwood, 19-Robyn-Anne Whittaker (16-Cheyenne Wakeland-Hart, 72), 21-Jessica Johnson (7-Petagay Planter, 8)
Subs not used: 1-Lotteafa Clarke, 6-Melissa Hamilton, 8-Asheina Nelson, 15-Calletia Savizon, 17-Samantha Sanfilippo, 18-Camille Nurse,
Head Coach: Merron Gorden

Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 41 / 1
Shots on Goal: 19 / 1
Saves: 1 / 11
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 7
Offside: 7 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
JAM – Sashine Smith (ejection)                     22nd minute

Officials:
Referee: Sheena Dickson (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Woman of the Match: Marley Canales

U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Canada: Post-Match Quotes - Nov. 4, 2013

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-17 WNT vs. Canada
CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Nov. 4, 2013

U.S. U-17 WNT Head Coach B.J. Snow
On the match:
“We had to be really well organized. We knew that Canada was going to try to move the ball around, their team shape was very good, and we had to execute the plan both offensively and defensively to give ourselves a chance to win. I was really proud of the girls taking the plan and executing. There are definitely a lot of things we can take from game that we still really need to work on.”

On learning and looking forward:
“Every game is a snapshot. One of our goals to win the group and to be at the top of the group is a tremendous accomplishment for this group and hopefully it gives us momentum heading into the Mexico game on Thursday."

On continuing to improve:
“Part of this is a process. We sat down as a group yesterday and talked about what we learned in the first week. Getting the nerves out, and not making this event bigger than it is because it’s a game they’ve played since they were little kids. Once they are able to relax, you are able to see a performance like you saw tonight. Our job now is to clip the game and see what we need to do get better and starting Thursday we’ll try to improve on this performance.”

On adapting quickly as a team while playing three games in five days:
“You don’t have a lot of time to prepare between these games and each of our opponents has been quite a bit different. So sometimes we have to adjust on the fly. They were able to take the information without being able to really practice it due to the short amount of time and they were able retain it and execute it. That’s a real credit to the girls and something I’m most proud of.”

On the match:
“Anytime you play a team like Canada who has great technical players all over the field, great shape and they are very well coached, to be able to minimize the time they had on the ball and the space they had was certainly one of the goals. Overall, I was proud of the team.  There are some things we need to review from this game that we need to improve on.  I think the patience and game management was a struggle at times, but overall the aggressive and mentality of the players I was really, really proud of. They set the goal to win the group, came out here today to do it and they did it.”

On the U.S. team never losing in this tournament:
“Certainly we are proud of the history and tradition of our program, but at the same time, it’s a new group of individuals who have never been in the spotlight before. This is the first time they’ve played in this environment so for them it’s new. It’s great that they can hear the stories about the past, but ultimately it’s theirs to go out there and try to win and so far I’ve been proud of their efforts because we’ve had some speed bumps along the way where we’ve learned a lot about ourselves. They are the first ones to be retrospective about it and I’m really proud of them for that.”

On the goals of the team during its two days of rest before the semifinal:
“Recover. Tomorrow is a big recovery day. It’s the coaches’ job to prepare for Thursday and it’s the players’ job to prepare by getting their bodies to get ready to play. So that’s the focus. We’re going to enjoy it tonight and then get back it.”

On facing Mexico for a berth in the U-17 Women’s World Cup:
“We’ve always had a very friendly relationship with Mexico and they’re very well coached. We played them earlier in the year, but they have a completely different team and so do we so at this point we’re just going to prepare ourselves the best we can for how we want to play and certainly put together a game plan that will hopefully benefit our players the most.”

U.S. midfielder MARLEY CANALES
On the match:

“I thought our team did tremendous. We came into this one with a very strong game plan, every single person on the team executed it perfectly and we got the result we wanted.”

On winning the group:
“Winning the group is a great achievement. It was one of our key points, and it’s just one step closer to the ultimate goal, and the only way we could accomplish this was as a team and that’s how we did it.”

On the two goals:
“Both of the goals were complete team goals. Every person did their part. Those players and the rest of the team stepped up tremendously and I’m really proud of my whole team today.”

U.S. defender ELLIE JEAN
On the match:

“Everyone played amazing tonight. Even the subs on the bench were amazing in their talk to the players on the field. Everyone just supported each other during the match, we had great communication on the field and I think we did great tonight as a whole.”

On winning the group:
“We definitely wanted to win the group. That was one of our goals here at qualifying. We had a good plan and we executed it perfectly.”

On the two goals:
“I assisted Zoe’s goal and that was an amazing feeling. Mall’s goal was amazing as well. We worked so hard to get those chances and once we finished them, we were just ecstatic. Our celebrations are great and we have so much enthusiasm.”

On Canada:
“Canada is a great match. They are a great team. They came out hard and we were expecting that. We did not underestimate them at all, but we were able to find gaps and execute and finish.”

U.S. forward ZOE REDEI
On the match:

“Canada is a really good team. They pushed hard and were really organized so they were tough to play against. We were really aggressive and won the ball and were able to play around them and finish our chances to goal.”

On her goal:
“I saw Ellie running down the right side and I saw her cut to the end line, so I sort of just faked the defender and gave her support so she was able to pass me the ball and it was practically an open goal.”

On winning the group:
“One of goals that B.J. gave us was to win the group and we did that. So our next goal is to win the semifinal and eventually win the tournament. I think we are doing a really good job but we are taking each game one step at a time."

U.S. U-17 WNT Defeats Trinidad & Tobago 8-0 to Open CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship

  • Seven Different Players Score a Goal, Led by Mallory Pugh’s Brace
  • U.S. Sits Atop Group With Canada as Both Teams Post Eight-Goal Victories
  • USA Continues Group B Play Against Guatemala on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Oct. 31, 2013) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team opened play at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a rousing 8-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago as seven different players scored a goal to lead the USA to a comfortable win at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Mallory Pugh led the way with two goals, including the opening score in the 32nd minute that finally broke the T&T bunker, and a blistering strike in the 81st minute that put a stamp on the match. Anika Rodriguez and Marley Canales also tallied first-half goals. Forward Madison Haley, who also had three assists including on both of Pugh’s goal, 14-year-old Civana Kuhlmann and defenders Zoe Morse and Natalie Jacobs found the net in the second half.

“I was really, really proud of our energy,” U-17 WNT head coach B.J. Snow said. “I thought the spirit of the team was excellent going into the game and sometimes the spirit can get the best of you when you start a qualifying tournament especially, when there are 14-, 15- and 16-year-olds involved. I was pleased to see them push through, build the game and continue to be patient, and when we got that first goal there was a big sigh of relief and then we could just play.

“The involvement of our team over 90 minutes was excellent,” he said. “We were able to find spaces to penetrate, whether it was the width or inside to find those pockets. Overall, I was very pleased.”

In the other Group B match, Canada defeated Guatemala 8-0, so both the USA and its northern neighbor sit atop the group with three points and tied on goal differential.

The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals. The teams will cross over with the first-place team in Group A playing second in Group B and vice-versa, with the semifinal winners earning CONCACAF’s two berths to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup being held next March in Costa Rica.

Guatemala is up next for the USA on Saturday, Nov. 2, in a match that can be seen live on FOX Soccer Plus and online at FOX Soccer 2GO at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The USA dominated the match in the mid-80-degree heat with heavy possession while Trinidad often kept nine field players deep inside its own half. For more than 30 minutes, the U.S. found plenty of room down the flanks with some excellent ball movement, but either could not connect with a runner or shot right at T&T goalkeeper Nicolette Craig.

Pugh’s fancy bit of dribbling opened the flood gates for the young Americans as she ran onto a pass from Haley inside the penalty area, swiveled around Craig and slotted the ball home for a 1-0 lead.

Six minutes later, Rodriguez finished well as she laced home a rebound off of a Pugh shot that had struck the right post and rolled toward the top of the penalty area. Just three minutes before the break, Canales sent the USA into half with a 3-0 lead, as Haley poked the ball back at the top of the penalty area on the left side and she struck a left-footed shot that deflected off of a Trinidad defender and found the left corner of the net.

After setting up her teammates in the first half, Haley became the beneficiary to start the second with her first goal of the tournament. In the 52nd minute, Rodriguez powerfully dribbled into the left side of the box, gliding past a pair of Trinidad defenders before a rolling square pass to Haley, who took one quick touch and drilled the ball past Craig inside the left post for a 4-0 lead. Haley now has five international goals in six U-17 WNT matches.

Snow sent on the 14-year-old Kuhlmann on the 73rd minute and it took her less than eight minutes to find the net, stuffing her shot into the left corner after some nice work on the left flank from 61st minute substitute Maddy Schultz. It was Kuhlmann’s first international match at the U-17 level and of course her first goal. She is the youngest player ever to score for the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team program in international competition.

Pugh made it 6-0 in the 81st minute with her blast from just inside the penalty area and then the Americans finished the scoring with two headers from its center-backs, both off Tegan McGrady corner kicks from the right side. The first came just a minute after Pugh’s second goal as Morse powered home her header and then Jacobs did her best Abby Wambach impression two minutes from time to cap the scoring.

With both the USA and Canada scoring eight times, goal difference in the second round of Group B games will take on added importance as Canada faces T&T and the USA takes on Guatemala.

Additional Notes:

  • Pugh is the leading goal scorer on this U-17 WNT with eight career goals in only six games.
  • The USA out-shot T&T 39-0 and had 16 corner kicks to T&Ts zero.
  • This is the first major international tournament for this group of U-17 players.
  • The age cut-off for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997. Twelve of the 20 players on the roster were born in 1997, six were born in 1998 and two in 1999.
  • U-17 WNT head coach B.J. Snow went with a 4-3-3 formation that featured a front line of Taylor Racioppi, Madison Haley and Anika Rodriguez.
  • Rodriguez and starting midfielder Marley Canales are tied for the team lead with eight U-17 WNT caps.
  • Maddy Schultz entered the match in the 61st minute for Racioppi. It marked Schultz’s third-career international appearance with the U-17s.
  • The USA’s two 14-year-olds both saw the pitch in the second half as Frankie Tagliaferri joined Kuhlmann on the field for the final eight minutes after she replaced Mallory Pugh. It was the third international appearance for Tagliaferri.


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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date:
Oct. 31, 2013
Competition:
CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship
Venue:
Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff:
6 p.m. CT
Attendance:
1,000
Weather:
86 degrees, humid, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

USA                         3 5 8
TRI                          0 0 0

USA – Mallory Pugh (Madison Haley)       32nd minute
USA – Anika Rodriguez (Mallory Pugh)     38
USA – Marley Canales (Madison Haley)     42
USA – Madison Haley (Anika Rodriguez)   52
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Maddy Schultz)  76
USA – Mallory Pugh (Madison Haley)        81
USA – Zoe Morse (Tegan McGrady)          82
USA – Natalie Jacobs (Tegan McGrady)     88

Lineups:
USA:
1-Lauren Rood; 10-Ellie Jean (capt.), 9-Zoe Morse, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 12-Tegan McGrady; 2-Dorian Bailey, 4-Marley Canales, 17-Mallory Pugh (25-Frankie Tagliaferri, 83); 14-Taylor Racioppi (22-Maddy Schultz, 61), 3-Madison Haley, 19-Anika Rodriguez (11-Civana Kuhlmann, 73)
Substitutions Not Used: 5-Gabriella Carreiro, 7-Mia Gyau, 8-Kelcie Hedge, 13-Taylor Otto, 15-Zoe Redei, 18-Kat Hess

Head coach: B.J. Snow

TRI: 21-Nicolette Craig; 2-Tamara Johnson, 3-Renee Mike, 4-Natisha John (19-Chelcy Ralph, 62), 5-Amaya Ellis, 7-Dennecia Prince, 8-Summer Arjoon, 9-Zoe Swift (capt.) (10-Jahra Thomas, 90+3), 11-Eden Charles, 14-Chevonne John, 15-Corel Carmichael (17-Maya Matouk, 80)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Rebecca Almandoz, 6-Abishai Guy, 12-Khaline Jacob, 13-Chelsea Frederick, 16-Kelsey Henry, 18-Jasandra Joseph
Head coach: Marlon Charles

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 39 / 0
Shots on Goal: 16 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 16 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 7
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Gillian Martindale (BRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Yajaira Astacio Pena (DOM)
Fourth Official: Cardella Samuels (JAM)

Woman of the Match: Mallory Pugh

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