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U.S. Under-17 Women Face Korea Republic in Under-17 Women's World Cup Quarterfinal

United States U-17 Women’s National Team
Notes from Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 8, 2008

U.S. UNDER-17 WOMEN FACE KOREA REPUBLIC IN U-17 WWC QUARTERFINAL: After finishing second in Group C at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. U-17s now look forward to what should be an entertaining clash with skillful South Korea on Nov. 9 at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand. The match will mark the last of four quarterfinals and kicks off at 4 p.m. local (10 p.m. ET on Nov. 8), following the England-Japan match at 1 p.m. local. It will be the first-ever knockout match for a U.S. team at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Should the knockout round game end in a tie after regulation, two 15-minute periods of overtime will be played. If the match is still tied at the end of the 30 minutes, penalty kicks will ensue. Fans can follow the U.S. match as it happens on’s MatchTracker. For full group standings and results, features and info on past matches, please visit the U-17 WWC competitions page on

U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup Quarterfinal - How They Got Here

(Second place in Group C)

Date Result USA Goalscorers City
Oct. 30 United States 2, Japan 3 DiMartino, K. Mewis Hamilton, New Zealand 
Nov. 2 United States 3, Paraguay 1 Own Goal, DiMartino, Verloo Hamilton, New Zealand 
Nov. 5 United States 1, France 1 DiMartino Auckland, New Zealand

(First Place in Group D)

Date Result Korea Rep. Goal Scorers City
Oct. 30 Korea Republic 1, Nigeria 2 Ji So Yun Wellington, New Zealand 
Nov. 2 Korea Republic 2, Brazil 1 Lee Min Sun, Lee Hyun Young Wellington, New Zealand 
Nov. 5 Korea Republic 3, England 0 Ji So Yun, Koh Kyung Yeon, Song Ari Auckland, New Zealand

How They Got Here: Defeated China in penalty kicks to take third at 2007 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship
Last Meeting vs. USA: Never met at the U-17 level
Head Coach: Kim Yong Ho

Key Players: G Lee Hyo Ju, D Seo Hyun Sook, D Lee Eun Kyung, D Song Ari, D Koh Kung Yeon, M Shin Mi Na, M Lee Hyun Young, F Lee Min Sun, F Ji So Yun.

USA vs. KOREA REPUBLIC FAST FACTS: This is a meeting of the only two teams in the tournament that lost their first games and still advanced to the quarterfinals … Both teams have scored six goals, with the Koreans building from one in their first game, two in their second and three in their third … Korea went into its final group match against England needing to win at least 2-0 to win the group, and got three goals to move into the top spot … The U.S. went into its final match needing a point just to advance, and got that in the 1-1 tie with France … The U.S. met South Korea in the group stages at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup, a 3-0 victory … The full U.S. Women’s National Team is currently in the midst of a three-game series against South Korea, having won the first match 3-1 and drawn the second 0-0 … The U.S. WNT kicks off against South Korea on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. ET from Tampa, Fla. and the U-17s kick off on Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. ET from Hamilton, New Zealand (4 p.m. local) … The Korean U17s have been together for quite some time, having qualified for this competition through the Asian U-16 Women’s championships in March of 2007 … The South Koreans grabbed the final U-17 WWC spot during Asian Qualifying, finishing second it its group to China, then falling to North Korea by a 4-1 score in the semifinal … The Koreans salvaged their World Cup dreams by avenging the 3-1 to China in group play, taking the third-place match to 1-1 at the end regulation and OT before prevailing 4-2 in penalties to book their tickets to New Zealand … The Koreans likely have some good team chemistry as 13 members attend the same school, the Dongsan Information Industry High School.

U.S. Under-17 Women’s World Cup Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Rachel Quon (Lake Forrest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kate Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Mandy Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kristie Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.);
FORWARDS (4): Hayley Brock (Acton, Mass.), Vicki DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.).

Korea Republic Under-17 Women’s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Lee Hyo Ju, 13-Lee Han Na, 21-Jung Bo Ram;
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Seo Hyun Sook, 3-Lee Eun Kyung, 5-Song Ari, 8-Shin Ma Na, 15-Oh Yu Sun, 19-Kim Jung In, 20-Koh Kyung Yeon;
MIDFIELDERS (8): 4-Oh Hye Jin, 6-Lee Young Ju, 7-Mok Hyun Su, 9-Lee Hyun Young, 12-Jeoun Eun Ha, 14-Cho Sun Hwa, 16-Oh Hye Mi, 17-Lee Mi Na;
FORWARDS (3): 10-Ji So Yun, 11-Park Hee Young, 18-Lee Min Sun.

U-17 HIGHLIGHTS ON FIFA.COM: For the first time at a FIFA women’s youth event, will offer free video highlights to fans and media around the world. Shortly after the final whistle for all 52 matches of the U-17 Women’s World Cup, a high resolution two-minute video with all the goals and exciting plays will be available on the individual match detail page.

FAVORITES RULE AS GERMANS AND NORTH KOREANS THROUGH TO SEMIFINALS: North Korea rolled past Denmark for a convincing 4-0 win to earn its berth in the semifinals while the powerhouse Germans put together 3-1 victory over Canada. The North Koreans benefited from a goalkeeper mistake early in the game when Lene Gissel spilled the ball in front of her own net for Jon Myong Hwa to knock in the rebound, but the Asian U-16 champions scored three great goals born out of intense pressure in the second half to seal the game, including two in the final five minutes. Denmark did not have a shot on goal in the match. The Germans scored in the fourth minute through top striker Dzsenifer Marozsan and never looked threatened, grinding out the victory over the always-tough Canadians. Marozsan is the tournament’s leading scorer with six goals in four games. Both victors now await their semifinal opponents.

2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Date Match Venue Kickoff
Nov. 13 North Korea vs. Japan or England QEII Park; Christchurch, New Zealand 4 p.m. / 10 p.m. Nov. 12
Nov. 13 Germany vs. USA or Korea Republic QEII Park; Christchurch, New Zealand 7 p.m. / 1 a.m.

Quick Hits:

  • The South Korea U-17s are the first women’s team from their country to qualify for the second stage of a FIFA final competition and to score three goals in one match.
  • Vicki DiMartino leads the U.S. in goals with three in this tournament.
  • Goalkeeper Taylor Vancil has played all 180 minutes for the U.S. so far
  • U.S. defenders Rachel Quon and Cloee Colohan head into the South Korea match each carrying a yellow card. If they receive one against the Koreans, and the U.S. prevails, they would be suspended for the semifinal.
  • South Korea’s Song Ari is the only player from her team on a yellow card.
  • For the first time in the tournament, the entire U.S. roster is healthy and ready for selection.
  • Goalkeeper Taylor Vancil and defender Cloee Colohan are the only U.S. players to play all 270 minutes so far.

SISTER ACT: Pick a U.S. Youth National Team roster over the past few years and odds are there was a DiMartino on it. The three soccer-playing sisters will soon make a bit of history. See why in this special feature on

all_access NZ: You can watch highlights of the U.S. matches on, but to get an inside look on the happenings in New Zealand, go to all_access video on for post-game reactions and some other fun videos.

REFEREES: The referee for the U.S.-South Korea match will be Kirsi Savolainen of Finland. The assistant referees are Ella De Vries of Belgium and Tonja Paavola of Finland. The fourth official is Finau Vulivuli of Fiji.
Stat of Note
83 goals were scored in the group stage of the 2008 FIFA Women’s World Cup, an average of 3.46 per game. Japan, with 17 goals, scored almost 20% of the goals scored thus far. In the stands, 136,593 fans watch the first 24 matches, an average of 5,691 per game.