LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2014) – Forward Lindsey Horan scored twice and Harvard freshman Margaret Purce added another as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated China PR 3-0 in the first of two friendly matches during the USA’s training camp in Florida.
The USA opened the scoring in the 24th minute as midfielder Rachel Hill slipped a pass behind the China defense to Horan, who was making a diagonal run. Horan went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, touched it around her and rolled the ball into the net from six yards out.
The young Americans had to wait until the 76th minute to double the lead and it came off an assist from 15-year-old Mallory Pugh, who is in her first camp since getting called up from the U-17s. She won the ball at the top of the penalty box on the right side and took a long touch to the end line before whipping a cross low and hard into the middle. There was a bit of scramble before the ball popped out to Purce, who finished with pace to make it 2-0.
Horan clinched the match two minutes later when she headed the ball over the ‘keeper off a Stephanie Amack cross from the right wing.
Horan’s two goals upped her career total to 18 at the U-20 level in just 20 matches. Purce’s goal was her fifth in nine U-20 caps.
The teams will meet again on Sat., March 1, at 1 p.m. ET.
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. China U-20 WNT
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Weather: 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
CHN 0 0 0
USA-Lindsey Horan (Rachel Hill) 24th minute
USA-Margaret Purce (Mallory Pugh) 76
USA-Lindsey Horan (Stephanie Amack) 78
USA: 18-Katelyn Rowland; 8-Andi Sullivan (2-Laura Liedle, 46), 14-Cari Roccaro, 22-Katie Naughton, 11-Brittany Basinger, 19-Stephanie Amack, 12-Rose Lavelle (20-Mallory Pugh, 46), 13-Rachel Hill (5-Morgan Andrews, 64), 9-Summer Green (4-Margaret Purce, 46), 15-Lindsey Horan, 17-Savannah Jordan (3-McKenzie Meehan, 64)
Subs not used: 1-Morgan Stearns, 6-Christina Gibbons, 7-Maddie Bauer, 10-Claire Wagner, 16-Mallory Weber, 21-Jaycie Johnson, 23-Ashley Meier, 24-Jane Campbell
Head Coach: Michelle French
CHN: CHN: 1-Lu Feifei, 12-Lo Xiang, 3-Zhong Xiudong, 4-Wang Xi (15-Lyu Siqi, 70), 2-Yao Lingwei (13-Li Mengwen , 55), 16-Zhao Xinzhai (11-Shi Tianlun, 87),
21- Tan Ruyin, 20-Lv Yueyun (14-Wu Chengshu, 33), 17- Zhu Beiyan, 18-Tang Jiali, 10- Song Duan (19-Xiao Yuyi,55)
Subs not used: 5-Sun Shudan, 6-Jiang Tingting , 7-Liu Yanqui, 8-Dong Jiabao, 9-Zhang Chen, 22-Wang Xin, 23-Li Mengyu
USA / CHN
Shots: 7 / 2
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 9