CHICAGO (March 8, 2014) -- The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team mounted an epic comeback after falling behind 3-0 after 63 minutes, scoring three times in just over a half-hour, including an 86th minute equalizer from Imani Dorsey, to tie the Sweden U-19 WNT 3-3 in its first match of the 10 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.
The friendly competition features three matches for each of the teams and the U.S. is playing against players that are one year older.
Sweden took the lead in the 15th minute off a nice finish from the left side of the penalty box into the lower right corner from Stina Blackstenius and it stayed 1-0 until the 55th minute when Blackstenius doubled the lead.
She ran onto the ball in the penalty area and beat the first defender with a nice cut back. U.S. goalkeeper Rose Chandler came out to smother at her feet, but the ball squirmed loose and Blackstenius latched onto the free ball to push it into the empty net from six yards out.
Sweden seemingly had put the game out of reach in the 63rd minute after Lina Hurtig took advantage of a free ball that had been tackled away from one of her teammates, dribbled into the right side of the box and slotted into the left corner.
Two minutes later the younger U.S. side began its comeback.
In the 65th minute, Amber Munerlyn crossed from the right side on the ground into the penalty area and Darian Jenkins ran over the ball leaving it for the crashing Rebecca Rasmussen, who first-timed it into the net from six yards out.
The USA pulled to within one goal in the 76th minute on a mistake in the back by Sweden as Kayla Cappuzzo picked off a back pass and finished to make it 3-2.
The USA equalized with four minutes left, as Cappuzzo crossed the ball from the right and Dorsey headed home at the far post from the top of the six-yard box.
Up next for the USA is a match against the Norway U-19s on March 10 followed by a game on March 12 against the France U-19s.
- U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team Match Report -
: U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Under-19 Women’s National Team
Date : March 8, 2014
Competition : Ten Nations Tournament
Venue : La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field A
Weather: 60 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 3 3
SWE 1 2 3
SWE - Stina Blackstenius (Lotta Okvist) 15th Minute
SWE - Stina Blackstenius 55
SWE - Lina Hurtig 63
USA - Rebecca Rasmussen (Amber Munerlyn) 65
USA - Kayla Cappuzzo 76
USA - Imani Dorsey (Kayla Cappuzzo) 86
USA: 1-Rose Chandler; 2-Gabrielle Matulich, 16-Jessica Vigna, 22-Megan Keeth (4-Kaleigh Riehl, 46), 5-Maddie Elliston (17-Ellie Jean, 46); 9-Jaye Boissiere (10-Emily Ogle, 85), 7-Katie Cousins, 8-Jordan DiBiasi; 19-Amber Munerlyn (12-Kayla Cappuzzo, 75), 6-Annie Kingman (11-Rebecca Rasmussen, 46), 3-Darian Jenkins (15-Imani Dorsey, 66)
Substitutes not used: Anna Bialczak, Casey Murphy, Carlyn Baldwin
Head Coach: April Heinrichs
1-Zecira Musovic; 2-Elin Bjorklund (17-Anna Oskarsson, 82), 3-Julia Ekholm, 4-Elin Karlsson, 5-Nellie Karlsson; 7-Filippa Curmark (18-Tove Almqvist, 76),
6-Julia Wahlberg, 8-Fanny Andersson (14-Julia Zigotta Olme, 62), 15-Lotta Okvist (16-Olivia Welin, 62); 9-Stina Blackstenius (11-Moa Hedell, 62), 10-Lina Hurtig
Substitutes not used: Matilda Hadlund, Nathalie Bjorn, Ida Andersson, Filippa Angeldal
Head Coach: Calle Barrling
Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 2 / 4
Offside: 3 / 2
Referee: Henrikke Nervik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Anniken Haugen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Marit B. Folstad (NOR)
Fourth Official: R. Kjorstad
CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will compete in the 10 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, traveling to Europe from March 3-13 to face Under-19 teams from Sweden (March 8), Norway (March 10) and France (March 12).
U.S. Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 20 players, all but two born in 1996, which is the age cut-off year for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Four of the players on the roster are currently in college: defender Niki Romero (UNC), forward Amber Munerlyn (UNC), forward Darian Jenkins (who scored 11 goals for UCLA last season) and Rebecca Rasmussen, who enrolled early at the University of Georgia this spring. Munerly and Jenkins, both members of the U.S. team at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, are the two players born in 1995.
The U.S. U-18s will arrive in La Manga as the U.S. U-23s are finishing their competition which will see the oldest of the USA’s Youth National Teams play Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5).
U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Rosemary Chandler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Casey Murphy (PDA; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6) : Anna Bialczak (Maryland United FC; Lutherville, Md.), Madeline Elliston (OMA Elite Girls’ Academy; Omaha, Neb.), Megan Keeth (MVLA; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Niki Romero (UNC; Las Vegas, Nev.)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Jaye Boissiere (MVLA; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond Kickers; Lynchburg, Va.), Jordan DiBiasi (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Annie Kingman (PSV Union FC; Woodside, Calif), Emily Ogle (Internationals SC; Strongsville, Ohio), Jessica Vigna (PDA; Farmingdale, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5) : Kayla Cappuzzo (Albertson Fury; Merrick, N.Y.), Imani Dorsey (Freestate United; Elkridge, Md.), Darian Jenkins (UCLA; Riverton, Utah), Amber Munerlyn (UNC; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.)
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 two games, starting both, and her one goal was an important one as it was the lone score in the 1-0 victory over Canada in the championship game … Has 17 career U-17 caps and six career international goals … Scored the winning goal against the Netherlands U-19s during a tournament in La Manga, Spain in March … … Played for the U.S. U-17s at the 2010 Nordic Cup, helping the USA to the title … Played with the U.S. U-15 GNT in 2010 … Attended U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. Camp in 2009.
Personal: Full name is Amber Briana Munerlyn … Part of the National Honor Society as a junior … As a freshman, she was the track and field league MVP while running the 200M and 4 x 100M and helped her squad win the league title … Enjoys shopping, getting her nails and toes done, watching movies and going to the beach … Her dad played professional baseball for the Oakland A’s … Three words that best describe her off the field are “outgoing, laughing and humble” … Three words that best describe her on the field are “fast, determined and hard-working” … Her motto is “everything happens for a reason” … Aspires to be a heart surgeon … Favorite class is anatomy and physiology … Her craziest ambition is to be a cheerleader her senior year … Favorite foods are mac and cheese and corn … Favorite snack is chocolate covered almonds … Favorite soccer players are Alex Morgan and Lionel Messi … Best parts about being a soccer player are “having a toned body and meeting new people” … Greatest soccer experience so far was scoring the winning goal in the championship game of CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying in Guatemala … Has two dogs named Flex (and English Spring Spaniel) and Teddy (a maltipoo) … Favorite superhero is Ironman … Favorite cereal is Lucky Charms … Favorite dessert is anything with chocolate.
College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend Stanford in the fall of 2013 … Attends Santiago High School in Corona, Calif. … Was First-Team All-League, Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-CIF … Was also an NSCAA All-American … Has scored more than 50 goals in two years of high school soccer so far, but only played a few games of high school soccer her junior year due to national team commitments.
Club: Has played from U-11s through U-18s with the SoCal Blues … Played with the Power for U-10s … Won the West Region championship with the Blues in 2009 … As U-13s, the Blues won the State Cup as part of a streak of winning 17 tournaments in a row.
Date of Birth
Jan 15, 1995