HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (April 24, 2007) – The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team cruised to its second win in as many games at the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama, defeating the Trinidad & Tobago full Women’s National Team by a 2-0 score at the Alabama A&M Football Field.
The USA used goals from forward Kelsey Carpenter, her second in as many matches, and midfielder Angie Wonzuk, to win the match and Bracket A, giving them a spot in the championship of this six-team tournament on April 28 at Baker High School in Mobile against either Argentina’s full Women’s National Team or Canada’s Olympic Development Team.
The Canada ODT and Argentina’s WNT tied, 1-1, in the day’s other match. Mexico’s U-21s and Argentina will play the final match of Bracket B on April 26. A tie or Mexico win in that match would send Canada to the championship game while Argentina will need a win.
U.S. head coach Bill Irwin made eight changes from the starting lineup that defeated China’s U-21s two days ago, and made the nine allowed substitutes during the match, with goalkeeper Joanna Haig and team captain Rachel Buehler the only U.S. players going the full 90 minutes. The USA’s team had a sputtering start to the game which was made even more choppy by constant whistles and some sub-par finishing from the Americans.
“There was no intensity in the first half,” said Irwin. “We had loads of chances, we should have been up after five minutes and we almost scored 20 seconds into the second half, but the finishing just wasn’t good enough.”
The U.S. got a goal and an assist from Woznuk, who had a spectacular tournament at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand, winning the Silver Ball as second best player in the tournament and the Bronze Shoe as the third best scorer.
“It was a really ugly game,” said Woznuk, who has one cap for the U.S. WNT. “The field wasn’t good and at the start, T&T came out with a lot of energy while we didn’t. We made some changes middle of the half and halftime and those girls brought a lot of energy to the team. That allowed us to get control of the game, knock it around more and we took control.”
It was Woznuk who finally made a dent, firing in a free-kick from just outside the penalty area on the left side with 20 minutes left in the game, bending her shot into the upper right corner to make it 1-0.
“I think the goalkeeper lost sight of the ball,” said Woznuk of her goal. “Earlier today we practiced some free kicks and that was where I was hitting them, so it felt good. The goal kind of opened up the game. Once we got that, we got the second one pretty quick.”
Woznuk set up the second goal just six minutes later, gaining control about 40 yards from the net before lifting the ball over the defense to Carpenter, who ran past her defender, took a few dribbles and hit her shot low into the right corner from about 15 yards out.
The U.S. team now awaits its opponent for the championship game, where Irwin will be looking for a better performance from the oldest youth team in the Women’s National Team programs.
“I want them to come out committed, ready to work and out-work the other team,” said Irwin. “We need to put them on under all sorts of pressure, but first they all need to come and roll up sleeves, raise their level and do the work. Today, there was no intensity, we thought we could just step on the field and win this game. All of sudden, they found themselves getting out-hustled and we could have been a goal down. Hopefully, after the little chat we had at halftime and at the end of the game, the group I put out there will work their tails off in the final.”
Irwin is preparing the U-21s for the annual Nordic Cup, which this year will be held in Finland from July 18-24. The USA won seven Nordic Cup titles in a row before falling last summer to Germany in the title game.
U.S. UNDER-21 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA U-21 vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Competition: 2007 Futbol Internacional
Venue: Alabama A&A Football Stadium – Huntsville, Alabama
Date: April 24, 2007; Kickoff – 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: Hot, humid – 78 degrees
1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
TRI 0 0 0
USA – Angie Woznuk (unassisted) 70th minute.
USA – Kelsey Carpenter (Angie Woznuk) 76.
USA: 24-Joanna Haig; 10-Nkechi Kanu (2-Manya Makoski, 61), 15-Rachel Buehler – Capt., 25-Chioma Igwe (9-Kendall Fletcher, 46), 20-Marissa Abegg (16-Stephanie Logterman, 34); 17-Angie Woznuk (14-Natalie Capuano, 83), 13-Kara Kabellis (4-Lisa Sari, 46), 8-Amanda Poach (22-Sarah Huffman, 39); 29-Tiffany Weimer (19-Kiki Bosio, 46), 7-Danesha Adams (12-Kelsey Carpenter, 34), 5-Kelley O’Hara (6-Rachel Rapinoe, 68).
Subs not used: 1-Cori Alexander, 11-Danielle Collins, 18-Kelsey Davis, 26-Courtney Hooker.
Head coach: Bill Irwin
T&T: 1-Kimika Forbes; 4-Katrina Meyer (15-Sadjr Williams, 48), 2-Ayana Russell, 16-Jemilia Mathun (11-Avianne Douglas, 52), 3-Anastasia Prescott; 12-Nadine Liverpool (13-Patrice Superville, 79), 9-Dernelle Mascall, 18-Jenelle Nedd, 8-Mauricia Nicholson (9-Shurell Burton, 17); 6-Leslie-Ann James, 10-Tasha St. Louis.
Statistical Summary: USA/TRI
Shots on Goal: 9/2
Corner Kicks: 9/1
TRI – Jenelle Nedd (caution) 30th minute.
TRI – Avianne Douglas (caution) 66.
Referee: Amy Willing (USA)
Referee Asst.: William Walker (USA)
Referee Asst.: Steven Zinder (USA)
4th Official: Marlene Duffy (USA)
2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament
Bracket A W L T Pts. GF GA GD
USA U-21 2 0 0 6 4 0 +4
Trinidad & Tobago 0 1 0 0 0 2 -2
China U-21 0 1 0 0 0 2 -2
Bracket B W L T Pts. GF GA GD
Canada ODT 1 0 1 4 2 1 +1
Argentina 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
Mexico U-21 0 1 0 0 0 1 -1
Date Match-Up Venue (Stadium) Kickoff (All times CT)
April 22 Canada ODT 1, Mexico U-21 0 Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
April 22 USA U-21 2, China U-21 0 Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
April 24 USA U-21 2, T&T 0 Huntsville, Ala. (Alabama A&A Football Stadium)
April 24 Argentina 1, Canada ODT 1 Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery YMCA Soccer Complex)
April 26 China U-21 vs. T&T Tuscaloosa, Ala. (U. of Alabama Soccer Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 26 Mexico U-21 vs. Argentina Decatur, Ala. (Jack Allen Soccer Stadium) 7:30 p.m.
April 28 5th place Match Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 2:00 p.m.
3rd Place Match Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 5:00 p.m.
USA vs. TBD Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS Stadium) 7:30 p.m.