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Last-Minute Strike By Whitney James Lifts Under-14 Girls' Development Team to 4-3 Win Against Sereno

CARSON, Calif. (September 21, 2007) — The U.S. Under-14 Girls’ Development Team struck twice in the final three minutes to push past the Under-16 Sereno Golden Eagles and collect a 4-3 win in their second match of the 2007 Women’s Nike Friendlies on the “Mooch” Myernick Field at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Plano, Texas, native Whitney Jaynes took advantage of goalmouth scramble in stoppage time to keep the U-14’s undefeated after two matches against competition two years older.

The U-14’s jumped out to an early lead just two minutes into the contest when Alex Doll took control of a cross from Morgan Brian and navigated a tight space to finish from six yards out. The goal was Doll’s second of the Friendlies, having scoring the game-tying goal against Slammers FC the day before.

After both teams settled in following the goal, Sereno’s fortunes turned around quickly when a nifty through pass put Sarah Jackson in on goal. She made no mistake, beating U.S. goalkeeper Molly Poletto to even the score at 1-1 in the 10th minute.

The goal provided a lift to Sereno, who began to impose their will on their contest and took the lead just after the hour mark. A through ball from behind the midfield stripe sent Julie Johnson off to the races down the right flank, the striker cutting inside her mark before slipping a pass between the U.S. backline to the onrushing Kelsey Foo. Once again Poletto was left helpless as Foo easily converted in the 31st minute.

The U.S. came out firing from the outset of the second half, needing less than a minute to even the score. Sydney Payne controlled the ball deep in the Sereno end, making a nice cut back on the endline before picking out Schultz in the middle of the area. From their Schultz proved clinical, and the match was tied 2-2 in the 46th minute.

While the U.S. team continued to press the matter, it was Sereno who would take the lead for the second time in the match just past the hour mark. Taking advantage of a free kick, Samantha Kron delivered a cross into the box from the right flank that found the foot of Johnson, who smartly unloaded a volley that whizzed into the back of the net. The goal in the 62nd minute set the stage for the U-14’s dramatic comeback.

The rally started in the 87th minute when Schultz fired home from deep inside the Sereno penalty area, leveling the score at 3-3 and seemingly steering the match towards a draw. But the U.S. kept up the pressure, and a throw in from the right corner in the final minute precipitated a goalmouth scramble that ended with the ball on the foot of Jaynes. Showing great poise, she beat one defender before letting loose a low screamer that set off a loud celebration as the U-14’s snatched their first victory of the Friendlies.

U.S. Under-14 Girls' Developmental Team Match Report

Match-up: USA U-14 Girls' Developmental Team vs. U-16 Sereno Golden Eagles
Competition: 2007 Women’s Nike Friendlies
Venue: Home Depot Center - Carson, California
Date: Sept. 21, 2007; Kickoff – 1 p.m. PT
Weather: Sunny, 72 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1   2   F
USA U-14 GNT            1   3  4
U-16 Sereno                2   1  3

USA - Alex Doll (Morgan Brian)                2nd minute.
SER - Sarah Jackson                                10.
SER - Rachel Quinn (Julie Johnson)     30.
USA - Olivia Schultz (Indiana Mead)       46.
SER - Julie Johnston                                 63.
USA - Olivia Schultz (Sydney Payne)       83.
USA - Whitney Jaynes (Sydney Payne)   90.

USA: 24-Molly Poletto; 21-Marie MacKenzie, 23-Brittany Von Rueden, 6-Michaela Cowgill, 11-Morgan Brian; 13-Haley Rosen, 19-Stephanie Hepfer, 12-Alex Doll, 15-Shelby Payne; 10-Lo'eau LaBonta, 22-Cate Parchinski
Reserves: 9-Olivia Schultz, 7-Jen Gonzalez, 16-Shea Groom, 20-Sydney Payne, 8-Katy Colas, 2-Kristi Abbate, 5-Indiana Mean, 17-Sarah Molina, 3-Haley Cooper, 4-Casey Morrison, 14-Whitney Jaynes, 18-Megan Kufeld, 1-Bryane Heaberlin

SER: 15-Sam Fearer; 4-Swagatika Dash, 25-Rachel Quinn, 18-Samantha Kron, 2-Arianna Romero; 11-Meleana Shim, 22-Ellen Parker, 17-Kayla Johnson, 10-Chelsea Kelly; 7-Sara Jackson, 14-Julie Johnson
Reserves: 19-Cheyenne Biehl, 25-Kelsey Foo, 77-Sandra Lee

Statistical Summary:    USA    SER
Shots:                                 10         6
Shots on Goal:                    6         4
Saves:                                   1         2
Corner Kicks:                       6         0
Fouls:                                    2        12
Offside:                                  4         0

Misconduct Summary:

Match Officials:
Refree: Samantha Moos
AR1: Juan Guzman
AR2: Felisha Mariscal
4th: Cesar Calderon