OSAKA, Japan (June 20, 2012) – After falling to the Japan U-20 Women’s National Team 1-0 on June 17 in the first match of the two-game series against the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup hosts, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team rebounded with a 2-0 victory on goals from forwards Maya Hayes and Chioma Ubogagu.
The first goal came four minutes before halftime as central defender Julie Johnston played a long diagonal through ball up to Hayes who outpaced her defender and collected herself before evading the goalkeeper and slotting her shot into an empty net. The goal was Hayes’ 12th career international goal at the U-20 level.
The USA clinched the game in the 71st minute when forward Lindsey Horan received the ball from the right side at the top of the 18-yard box and chipped a pass over the defender to Ubogagu on the other side of the penalty box. Ubogagu smashed a first-time half-volley into the upper corner for her eighth career U-20 goal.
The USA and Japan – both considered among the tournament favorites – will be participating in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup taking place at five venues in Japan from Aug. 19-Sept. 8. Japan was placed in Group A with Mexico, New Zealand and Switzerland. The USA was drawn into Group D with Ghana, Germany and China PR.
The Americans will have one more domestic training camp before the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, coming together in July in Florida.
Match: United States U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Japan U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: June 20, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: J-Green Sakai National Training Center, Osaka, Japan
Weather: 77 degrees, overcast
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
JPN 0 0 0
USA – Maya Hayes (Julie Johnston) 41st minute
USA – Chioma Ubogagu (Lindsey Horan) 71
USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 8-Julie Johnston (capt.), 3-Cari Roccaro, 2-Mollie Pathman (19-Stephanie Amack, 72), 16-Sarah Killion (10-Mandy Laddish, 63), 12-Vanessa DiBernardo (15-Sam Mewis, 46), 6-Morgan Brian (13-Ashley Meier, 82), 20-Maya Hayes, 14-Katie Stengel (11-Lindsey Horan, 63), 7-Kealia Ohai (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 46)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kassey Kallman, 17-Olivia Brannon, 24-Jami Kranich, 18-Abby Smith
Head Coach: Steve Swanson
JPN: 12-Arisa Mochizuki (21-Manami Muraoka, 71); 17-Naoko Wada, 20-Mami Kanazawa, 3-Riho Sakamoto (2-Shiori Kinoshita, 68), 6-Ayu Nakada, 7-Nozomi Fujita (8-Hikaru Naomoto, 68), 18-Yu Nakasato (9-Yoko Tanaka, 28), 11-Hanae Shibata, 16-Haruna Kawashima (19-Ayaka Michigami, 46), 14-Chika Kato (10-Kumi Yokoyama, 74), 22-Asuka Nishikawa (13-Mina Tanaka, 74)
Subs Not Used: 1-Sakiko Ikeda; 15-Yushika Nakamura, 4-Tomoko Muramatsu, 5-Haruka Hamada
Head Coach: Hiroshi Yoshida
Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 7
Offside: 2 / 2
USA – Cari Roccaro (caution) 80th minute