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U.S. U-20 WNT Sweeps New Zealand Winning Second Match 4-0 at The HDC

CARSON, Calif. (May 15, 2010) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated New Zealand for the second time in three days, winning 4-0 in an international friendly at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

U.S. forward Sydney Leroux opened the scoring in the 24th minute with her 22nd international goal in just her 27th U-20 cap. The ball came off a goal kick from U.S. goalkeeper Adrianna Franch that bounced into the attacking third to the feet of Vicki DiMartino. With her back to goal, DiMartino made a tight turn towards net and cut a ball into the feet of sprinting Leroux, who slipped a ball into the lower left corner.

New Zealand showed plenty of heart and created more than a few scoring chances of their own, but the Americans put the game away with three goals in the second half.

The U.S. made it 2-0 in the 66th minute when Teresa Noyola dribbled the ball across the field from the right wing to the central part of the field before playing a pass back to Samantha Mewis. The 5-foot-10 Mewis took a touch and smashed a knuckling right-footed shot from 25 yards out into the right side of the net past flying Kiwi goalkeeper Erin Nayler.

Substitute forward Tiffany McCarty scored the third goal in the 72nd minute after Kristie Mewis played a perfectly weighted through ball, splitting the New Zealand center-backs. McCarty ran onto the one-v-one chance and tried to round the ‘keeper to the left, but Nayler got a piece of the ball. McCarty was able to toe-poke the loose ball to the end line, latched onto it again, and then drove her shot into the net from a sharp angle at the near post.

The final goal was perhaps the best of the game and it came from a free kick that Noyola took from near the end line on the left side. She lofted her cross to the far post where defender Sade Ayinde met it with a crushing volley into the roof of the net that gave Nayler no chance.

Following the match, the team traveled to San Diego where it will hold a week of training camp at The Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. The USA will then face the Mexico U-20 WNT twice at the OTC, on May 20 and May 22, both at 4:00 p.m. PT.

The USA, New Zealand and Mexico are all preparing for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in four German cities from July 13-Aug. 1. The USA was drawn into Group D with Ghana, Switzerland and the Korea Republic. New Zealand is in Group B with Brazil, Korea DPR and Sweden while Mexico is in Group C with Japan, Nigeria and England.

Match Report
United States U-20 Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: May 15, 2010
Competition: Domestic Training Camp
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Weather: 68 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:     1     2     F
USA                             1     3     4
New Zealand                 0     0     0

USA – Sydney Leroux (Vicki DiMartino)     24th minute
USA – Samantha Mewis (Teresa Noyola)    66
USA – Tiffany McCarty (Kristie Mewis)       72
USA – Sade Ayinde (Teresa Noyola)         77

USA: 24-Adriana Franch (18-Bryane Heaberlin, 46); 4-Crystal Dunn (Danielle Hubka, 82), 14-Sade Ayinde, 2-Toni Pressley, 6-Kendall Johnson; 7-Kristie Mewis (15-Kayla Grimsley, 76), 11-Christine Nairn (Samantha Mewis, 46), 5-Amber Brooks (9-Jenna Richmond, 76), 21-Casey Short (10-Teresa Noyola, 46); 20-Vicki DiMartino (23-Tiffany McCarty, 46), 19-Sydney Leroux (16-Maya Hayes, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Bianca Henninger, 3-Rachel Quon, 12-Zakiya Bywaters, 13-Courtney Verloo, 17-Kelly Conheeney
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

New Zealand: 20-Erin Nayler; 2-Elizabeth Milne (7-Caitlin Campbell, 76), 5-Briony Fisher, 6-Bridgette Armstrong (4-Chelsey Wood, 61), 3-Anna Green; 13-Nadia Pearl, 9-Hannah Wall (8-Sarah McLaughlin, 76), 10-Annalie Longo (15-Emily Cooper, 68); 14-Hannah Wilkinson (17-Katie Rood, 46), 11-Rosie White, 16-Renee Leota
Subs not used: 1-Victoria Esson, 12-Claudia Crasborn
Head Coach: Tony Readings

Stats Summary: USA / New Zealand
Shots: 15 / 8
Shots on Goal: 9 / 4
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 2
Offside: 2 / 4

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