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U.S. U-23 WNT Routs Sweden 6-0 in La Manga, Spain

CHICAGO (March 4, 2013) -- The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won its second game in as many matches at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating Sweden 6-0. It was the biggest margin of victory for the U.S. U-23s in an international match since 2009.

Santa Clara forward Morgan Marlborough scored the first of her two goals in just the second minute while Julie Johnston, Zakiya Bywaters, Samantha Mewis and Colleen Williams added single goals.

The USA first two goals came off corner kicks from University of Illinois midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo. The opening goal came after DiBernardo’s service was won by the 5-foot-11 Mewis in the air, who nodded the ball to Malborough for the finish.

In the 20th minute, DiBarnado’s cross found the crashing Johnston, who made a great run and finished with a strong header to make it 2-0.

Four minutes later, a corner kick again led to a U.S. goal after Sweden failed to completely clear the cross. The ball bounced out and the Americans reset, playing an early ball from DiBernardo into the right side in the penalty box. Johnston chased it down and hit low a cross on ground. Sweden goalkeeper Emelie Almesjö flailed at the ball and it fell to Marlborough to finish for her second of the game.

Two minutes before halftime, Zakiya Bywaters, the first pick in the NWSL College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars, put the game out of reach, making it 4-0 after her shot-cross from the left wing flew into the net at the near post.

The USA made it 5-0 in the 71st minute through Mewis, a UCLA midfielder and the younger sister of U.S. WNT midfielder Kristie Mewis. A pass was played through the middle of Sweden’s defense by the University of Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian to Stephanie Ochs, who dribbled up the field, and then back-heeled the ball to Mewis who hit a fantastic curling left footed shot into the side netting.

The final goal came in the 80th minute from Colleen Williams, a fourth round pick in the NWSL College Draft by the Washington Spirit. University of Florida striker Havana Solaun ran a pass down on the right side, beats her defender to the end line and cut a cross back to Williams who re-redirected the ball past the goalkeeper from the top of the six-yard box. Ochs, the top pick in the NWSL Supplemental Draft by the Washington Spirit, had two assists.

Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith went the distance in goal for the USA.

The U.S. roster features eight players from the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, including Johnston, who captained the side and won the Bronze Ball as the third-best player in the.

Five players on the roster are currently on preliminary rosters for NWSL clubs, having been acquired in the various roster acquisition mechanisms as the teams continue to build their squads.

The USA will finish up the four-team tournament against England on March 4.

Match Report

Match: United States U-23 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden U-23 Women’s National Team
Date: March 2, 2013
Competition: Four Nations Tournament
Venue: La Manga Club, Spain
Weather: 60 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA        4 2 6
SWE        0 0 0

USA – Morgan Marlborough (Samantha Mewis) 2nd minute
USA – Julie Johnston (Vanessa DiBernardo) 20
USA – Morgan Marlborough (Julie Johnston) 24
USA – Zakiya Bywaters (Stephanie Ochs) 43
USA – Samantha Mewis (Stephanie Ochs) 71
USA – Colleen Williams (Havana Solaun) 80

USA: 18-Abby Smith; 3-Camille Levin (capt.), 8-Julie Johnston (2-Natasha Anasi, 65), 5-Toni Pressley, 4-Kassey Kallman, 13-Vanessa DiBernardo (14-Morgan Brian, 46), 15-Samantha Mewis, 16-Sarah Killion (19-Jenna Richmond, 46), 10-Morgan Marlborough (17-Tiffany McCarty, 46), 11-Zakiya Bywaters (7-Havana Solaun, 65), 12-Stephanie Ochs (9-Colleen Williams, 73)

Subs Not Used: 1-Jami Kranich

Head Coach: Randy Waldrum

SWE: 12-Emelie Almesjö; 13-Catrine Johansson (14-Sanna Svensson, 46), 2-Hanna Glas, 4-Mia Carlsson (capt.), 16-Elin Borg, 19-Malin Diaz Pettersson (17-Thèrese Boström, 83), 6-Petra Andersson (3-Lisa Klinga, 46), 8-Julia Lyckberg, 18-Kristin Karlsson (9-Jenny Hjohlman, 58), 15-Fridolina Rolfö (10-Jennifer Egelryd, 46), 20- Pauline Hammarlund (7-Hanna Terry, 76)

Subs Not Used: 1-Jessica H ö glander

Head Coach: Calle Barrling

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 16 / 3
Shots on Goal: 13 / 3
Saves: 3 / 7
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 8
Offside: 4 / 0

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Christina Pedersen (NOR)
Assistant Referee: Birgitta Solberg (NOR)
Assistant Referee: Monica Løkkeberg (NOR)
Fourth Official: Hanna Peltonen (FIN)