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U-19 WNT Beats Holland 2-0 in Opening Match of Philips Lighting Invitational


CARSON, Calif. (April 6, 2004) - The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team defeated the Netherlands, 2-0, in its first match of the 2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational at the Home Depot Center.  The USA got a goal in the 3rd minute from Kerri Hanks then added a clincher in the 79th, to record the win over a tough and organized Dutch side. 

The USA got on the scoreboard just 155 seconds into the match as Alexa Orand sprinted with the ball down the left sideline and crossed into the penalty area.  Hanks collected it calmly with her back to the goal, spun around as she beat a defender and then struck a left-footed shot into the upper corner from 16 yards out. For Hanks, a member of the USA's 2002 U-19 World Championship Team, it was the 12th U-19 goal of her career.

The USA dominated possession for most of the match as the back line, marshaled by co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn, allowed the Dutch just two shots on the night, neither dangerous.  U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris picked up the shutout as she improved her full international record to 18-2-1.

Playing in a 4-5-1 formation, the USA got good flank play from Orand, the only high school sophomore on the team, and Julia Schnugg, while Sheree Gray created some danger from the attacking midfielder position.  Hanks served as the lone striker in the first half, and Bristyn Davis filled that role in the second.  Yael Averbuch and Jen Redmond also played well as dual holding midfielders for the USA.

Second half substitute Carrie Schmitt, who came on for Redmond, almost scored just six minutes after entering the match, hitting the right post from a stiff angle with her shot in the right side of the penalty area after winning a bouncing ball and dribbling around Dutch goalkeeper Loes Geurts.

The USA scored its second goal after 66th minute substitute Chioma Igwe, who was playing in her first full U-19 international, sprung Orand down the right flank with a fine pass.   Orand then hit a "shot-cross" that flew over Guerts, hit inside of the right post and bounced into the goal.  It was Orand's second international goal at the U-19 level.

The match marked the first age-group international for the USA U-19s this year as they continue preparations for the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship that will be held in Thailand in November.  The USA will travel to Canada from May 28-June 6, 2004, in an attempt to earn one of this region's two berths to Thailand.

The USA played without consistent starters Angela Woznuk, who had school commitments, defender Stephanie Lopez, who arrived in camp yesterday, and forward Megan Rapinoe, who got the night off.

The USA faces Japan, a 2-1 winner over regional rival China in the afternoon's first game, on Thursday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the Home Depot Center as the Philips Lightning U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational continues.  China will face the Netherlands at 4 p.m.

In the Asian grudge match, China actually scored first when Liu Sa won the ball from a defender in the 15th minute in the right side of the Japanese penalty area, pushed past another defender and shot the ball off the goalkeepers hands and into the lower left corner.

Japan pulled a goal back just before halftime as team captain Aya Miyama launched a free kick from the left corner for Asuka Kubota to head home, bouncing the ball into the lower left corner from eight yards out past Chinese goalkeeper Weng Xiaojie.

Japan put together an attacking flurry in the 65th minute, as Mami Yamguchi shot just wide left on a semi-breakaway. One minute later Rumi Utsugi fired a shot that the Weng had to dive to knock away, followed by a low drive from Miyama that forced the Chinese goalkeeper into a collapse dive to corral the ball.

Japan, which out-played China while producing a 17-4 shot margin, got the winning goal in the 80th minute.  All the work was down by Miyama, whose long dribbling run sucked several defenders into the middle before she played the ball to her left to Yamguchi.  The Japanese forward coolly rounded Weng and slotted the ball home from close range.


- U.S. UNDER-19 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT -

 
Match-up:          USA vs. The Netherlands
Competition:      2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational
Venue:               Home Depot Center - Field 5 - Carson, Calif.
Date:                 April 6, 2004; Kickoff - 6:30 p.m. PT
Attendance:       250 
           Cool, breezy - 68 degrees

Scoring Summary:                1    2     F
USA                                           1    1    2
NED                                           0    0    0

USA - Kerri Hanks (Alexa Orand)        3rd minute.
USA - Alexa Orand (Chioma Igwe)      79th  

Lineups:
USA:  18-Ashlyn Harris, 4-Jen Buczkowski, 11-Becky Sauerbrunn, 20-Stacy Lindstrom (12-Nikki Krzysik, 46), 3-Rachel Buehler; 23-Yael Averbuch, 17-Jen Redmond (14-Carrie Schmit, 46), 16-Alexa Orand, 21-Julia Schnugg, 5-Sheree Gray (19-Chioma Igwe, 66), 9-Kerri Hanks (7-Bristyn Davis, 46).
Subs not used: 8-Stephanie Logterman, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 24-Kelsey Davis.
Head Coach: Mark Krikorian

NED: 1-Loes Guerts, 2-Merel Snoeck (12-Shary Bakker, 46), 3-Laura Van Leeuwen (18-Jeanine van Dalen, 46), 5-Petra Hogewoning, 6-Renee de Vries (17-Marije Brummel, 75), 7-Manon Melis, 8-Janneke Bijl (15-Kristen van den Berg, 84), 9-Anouk Dekker (19-Lisanne Vermeullen, 46), 10-Kirsten van de Ven (14-Marjan Brouwer, 66), 11-Sylvia Smit, 13-Christa Stuart.
Subs Not Used: 16-Nadja Olthuis.
Head Coach: Cornè Groenendijk

Statistical Summary:           USA/NED
Shots:                                           13/2
Shots on Goal:                              4/2   
Saves:                                            2/2
Corner Kicks:                                3/1
Fouls:                                            8/15
Offside: 7/0

Misconduct Summary:
NED - Renee de Vries (caution)         49th minute.

Officials:
Referee: Mark Arblaster (USA)
Asst. Referee: Kim Oberle (USA)
Asst. Referee: Dallas Malhewsky (USA)
4th Official: Rachel Berg (USA) 

- PHILIPS LIGHTING UNDER-19 WOMEN'S INVITATIONAL GAME REPORT -

Match-up:          China vs. Japan
Competition:      2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational
Venue:               Home Depot Center - Field 5 - Carson, Calif.
Date:                 April 6, 2004; Kickoff - 4:00 p.m. PT
Attendance:       50
Weather:           Sunny, breezy - 78 degrees

Scoring Summary:               1    2     F
CHN                                          1    0    1
JPN                                           1    1    2

CHN - Liu Sa (Unassisted)                  15th minute.
JPN - Asuka Kubota (Aya Miyama)     44.
JPN - Mami Yamguchi (Aya Miyama)  80.

Lineups:
CHN: 1-Weng Xiaojie, 2-Goa Yan, 4-Sun Yongxia, 5-Sun Ling (15-Wang Yihang, 77), 6-Hou Lija, 8-You Jia, 9-Xu Yuan, 11-Liu Sa, 12-Guo Yue, 14-Lou Xiaoxu (19-Fan Tingting, 52), 18-Weng Zhinzhi (3-Guo Lin, 87).
Subs not used: 10-Wang Dandan, 16-Zheng Wen, 20-Zhang Yanru, 22-Shi Xuewen.
Head Coach: Wang Haimang

JPN: 18-Hoshimi Kishi, 4-Nayuha Toyoda (3-Akiko Okuda, 46), 5-Maiko Higashiyama, 7-Aya Miyama-C, 8-Rumi Utsugi, 10-Asuka Kubota (6-Chiaki Minamiyama, 77), 14-Azusa Iwashimizu, 15-Maiko Nakaoka, 16-Natsuko Iseki (13-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 46), 17-Eriko Sato (9-Mami Yamguchi, 46), 19-Minako Ito (20-Nahomi Kawasumi, 46).
Subs Not Used: 2-Sayaka Yamazaki, 12-Maiko Otomo.
Head Coach: Morinao Imaizumi

Statistical Summary:           CHN/JPN
Shots:                                            4/17
Shots on Goal:                             1/10   
Saves:                                           8/0
Corner Kicks:                               4/4
Fouls:                                           18/17
Offside: 1/3

Misconduct Summary:
None.

Officials:
Referee: Sandra Serafini (USA)
Asst. Referee: Amy Willing (USA)
Asst. Referee: Rachel Berg (USA)
4th Official: Kim Oberle (USA)

2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational Standings
Team    W    L    T    PTS    GF    GA    GD
USA      1     0    0      3         2       0      +2
JPN      1     0     0      3         2       1      +1
CHN     0     1     0      0         1       2      -1
HOL      0    1     0      0          0       2      -2

2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational Standings Results
April 6   
Japan 2, China 1            
USA 2, Netherlands 0 
  
April 8
China vs. Holland    4:00      Field 4
USA vs. Japan        6:30     Field 5

April 10   
Japan vs. Holland    11:00     Field 4
USA vs. China        1:00     Field 5

Quote Sheet:
U.S. head coach Mark Krikorian

On his approach to the tournament:
"We are looking at this tournament in a lot of different ways.  Of course you always want to win, but we are looking at it as preparation and evaluation for CONCACAF Qualifying.  We're going to give everyone a chance to play over the next couple of games.  We'll go back and look at the tape, we'll assess some of the things we saw and start to draw conclusions because the next roster we choose is the big roster."

On the team's performance vs. the Netherlands:
"It was a pretty good performance.  We had a good last camp where we did a lot of work on positioning and team defending and I think that showed through tonight.  Our back four was very solid and we didn't give up many chances.  We also had a lot of different dynamic ways to attack, sometimes with the long ball, sometimes through combinations and sometimes with the dribble through Sheree (Gray)."

On what the team can improve:
"The transition wasn't quite good enough, especially from attack to defense.  When we attack sometimes, we sometimes forget that there might be a counter-attack coming and we just throw numbers forward. We have to do a better job of defending the counter while we are in the attack."

On molding the team for qualifying:
"We know we have a lot of different types of different talent and right now it's about figuring out how to get that talent on the field playing together.  If we can do that, we'll be alright."

On defensive midfielder Yael Averbuch:
"She's done a great job.  She's a very good distributor of the ball.  She can hit 40-50 year ball with her left and right foot sending people in and she's great on free kicks.  Yael has established herself as an important player on the team."

On defender Rachel Buehler, a veteran of the USA's 2002 U-19 World Championship Team:
"She did a great job.  She's hard, she's tough, she's mean and her distribution was quite good.  We played her on the left side and she's a right-sided player, and we know she can play in the middle, so her versatility is an added quality for us." 

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