GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 23, 2004) - The U.S. Under-17 '87 Men's National Team defeated Wake Forest University 2-1 on Friday evening in front of 2,913 fans at Wake Forest University. Forward Rodrigo Hidalgo led the way with two goals, one in each half, as the Under-17s got their first win during their trip to Greensboro, N.C.
Wake Forest dominated the first half of play, but U.S. 'keeper Marcus Rein, who will begin at Wake Forest in the fall, came up with a number of huge saves to keep the Deamon Deacons out of the net.
The U.S. took the lead for good in the 30th minute when midfieder Dax McCarty found Rodrigo Hidalgo with a through ball that put the forward in on goal. Hidalgo coolly placed the ball into the left corner of the goal to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, the U.S. began controlling most of the possession and took control of the match. Hidalgo notched his second goal of the game off a free kick in the 68th minute. His strike deflected off a Wake defender and got past the helpless 'keeper.
The U.S. was outshot by the Deacons 25-6, but the U.S. defense, led by Wake-bound Julian Valentin, was able to keep them out of the net until the 88th minute when Scott Sealy scored unassisted to cut the U.S. lead to one.
The Under-17 '87s will play one final match on Saturday when they face a local Greensboro club team.
- U.S. Under-17 '87 Men's National Team Game Report -
Participants: U.S. Under-17 ‘87s Men’s National Team vs. Wake Forest University
Location: Spry Stadium; Greensboro, N.C.
Date: April 23, 2004
Weather: Warm, 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1st 2nd Final
Wake Forest 0 1 1
USA 1 1 2
USA – Rodrigo Hidalgo (Dax McCarty) 30th minute
USA – Rodrigo Hidalgo 68th
WF – Scott Sealy 88th
USA – 1-Marcus Rein; 3-Greg Folk, 4-Julian Valentin, 13-Blake Wagner, 12-Adam Sloustcher; 8-Dax McCarty, 19-Cameron Jordan (34-Michael Farfan, 70), 32-Anthony Ampaipitakwong, 37-Jonathan Villanueva (35-Gabriel Farfan, 60); 9-Rodrigo Hidalgo (14-Taylor Waspi, 52), 38-Brett King (25-Cesar Nunez, 59).
WFU - Brian Edwards; Wes Allen, Ryan Solle, Matt Koh; James Riley, Amir Lowery, Justin Moose, Stephen Keel, Steven Curfman; Scott Sealy, Somy Szczypiorski.
Statistical Summary: WF USA
Shots 25 6
Saves 2 13
Corner Kick 8 5
Fouls 23 20
Offside 4 5
WF – #6 (caution) 35th minute
WF – #5 (caution) 38th
USA – Blake Wagner (caution) 83rd
WF – #20 (caution) 85th