CORDOBA, Mexico (January 23, 2006) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Soccer Team got two goals apiece from Lauren Cheney and Jessica Rostedt, and another from Carrie Dew on Monday afternoon to defeat El Salvador, 5-0, and win Group B at the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Final Round Qualification Tournament.
Finishing atop the group, the U.S. will face Group A runner-up Mexico in the semifinals on January 25 at Veracruz‘s Luis Pirata Fuentes Stadium. The match kicks off at 3 p.m. local time / 4 p.m. ET and fans can follow it live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
Mexico lost to Canada, 3-2, in the final Group A match on January 22, and will face the USA with a berth to the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship on the line. In the other semifinal match, Canada will take on Jamaica, who finished second in Group B.
The two semifinal winners and the winner of the third-place match earn CONCACAF’s three berths to the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. The third-place play-off game between the two losing semifinalists will also be at Luis Pirata Fuentes Stadium, on January 27, in a match for the final spot in Russia, before the two finalists meet for the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 crown later in the day.
The USA and Mexico also met in the semifinal of the 2004 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, then a U-19 event, with the Americans coming away with a 6-0 victory and a berth to the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand. The U.S. team then fell to Canada in the championship game, the first time a U.S. women’s team failed to win a CONCACAF title after making it to the championship game.
U.S. Under-20 Head Coach Tim Schulz made a number of changes once again in the line-up, as every player on the roster saw a considerable amount of time during the group stage. The line-up changes didn’t affect the U.S. as they were clearly the dominant team once again. They continually pushed forward into the attack and outshot El Salvador 28-5 for the match.
“I thought the girls played well once again and keep getting better every day, which is fantastic,” said Schulz. “We stuck to our game plan all the way through and I’m very pleased. As we concentrate on Mexico in the semifinals, I don’t think we change much. Everybody has played almost an equal amount of minutes, so we are fresh and ready to go. We’ll need to be ready because Mexico is a crafty team up front and solid in the back. I think it will be a close game.”
After almost a third of the game without a goal, Lauren Cheney buried a service from Meghan Holmes to put the U.S. on the scoreboard in the 28th minute. Holmes had the ball near the top of the penalty area and sent a cross in for Cheney, who was at the six-yard box, and buried her close range attempt into the left side of the goal.
Four minutes later, Cheney scored her second goal of the match, and third of the tournament, when her teammates found her open near the six-yard box once again. Kelly O’Hara served in a cross from the right side that Cheney locked onto and half-volleyed past the El Salvador goalkeeper.
Just before halftime, the U.S. made it 3-0 when central defender Carrie Dew scored her first ever goal for the U.S. Under-20s, finishing off a corner kick. Sarah Wagenfuhr curled the ball into the box and Dew was able to out-jump her defender and head the ball into the back of the net.
In the second half, Jessica Rostedt put her stamp on the tournament with an impressive display up front, which included two goals in the 55th and 82nd minutes, to earn ussoccer.com Woman of the Match honors. On her first goal, she got herself in the right position at the right time to put away a scramble in front of the El Salvador net. Danesha Adams brought the ball inside the box and put a shot on goal that was deflected by a defender, but it fell to Rostedt, who didn’t hesitate to bury it home.
Her second goal came off a stunning strike from the top of the penalty area. Amanda Poach found Rostedt near the left side of the 18-yard box and the forward quickly spun and unleashed a rocket that went inside the far right post past the stunned ‘keeper.
“I thought the game went pretty good,” said Rostedt. “I think we could have scored more, but as a team we played really well. As we get ready for Mexico, we just need to work on the things Tim has been talking to us about and relax. Mexico is one of the toughest teams, but we know that if we play as a team we have a good chance of qualifying for the World Championship.”
U.S. forward Amy Rodriguez sat out the match on suspension after being ejected in the USA’s second group game against Surinam, but will be ready to go for the USA’s match against Mexico.
U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. El Salvador
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Final Qualifying Tournament
Venue: Rafael Murillo Vidal Stadium; Cordoba, Mexico
Date: January 23, 2006; Kickoff – 2:30 p.m. CT
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 75 degrees
1 2 F
USA 3 2 5
SLV 0 0 0
USA – Lauren Cheney (Meghan Holmes) 28th minute
USA – Lauren Cheney (Kelly O’Hara) 32.
USA – Carrie Dew (Sarah Wagenfuhr) 44.
USA – Jessica Rostedt (Danesha Adams) 55.
USA – Jessica Rostedt (Amanda Poach) 82.
USA – 1-Val Henderson; 17-Sarah Wagenfuhr, 4-Carrie Dew – Capt. (20-Kasey Moore, 46), 3-Stephanie Logterman, 19-Meagan Holmes; 6-Brittany Taylor, 11-Brittany Bock (7-Amanda Poach, 46), 15-Lindsey Beam, 16-Kelley O’Hara; 8-Lauren Cheney (9-Danesha Adams, 46), 14-Jessica Rostedt.
Subs not used: 2-Jordan Angeli, 5-Nikki Kryzsik, 10-Allie Long, 13-Tina DiMartino, 18-Kelsey Davis
Suspended: 12-Amy Rodriguez
Head Coach: Tim Schulz
SLV – 25-Ana Yanci Bermudez, 2-Elizabeth Irma Coto Garcia, 3-Elena Cristina Caceres – Capt., 5-Ana Silvas Chicas (16-Adriana Melissa Flores, 65); 8-Patricia Gabriela Cardona, 11-Patricia Elizabeth Campos, 12-Milagro Del Carmen Fuentes, 13-Jael Eunice Gomez, 14-Miriam Patricia León Serpas, 15-Celenia Floridalma Rodriguez (10-Jenny Carolina Urias, 80), 20-Ana Del Carmen Najarro.
Subs not used: N/A
Head Coach: Jose Ricardo Herrera
USA / SLV
Shots: 28 / 5
Shots on Goal: 13 / 3
Saves: 3 / 8
Corner Kicks: 17 / 2
Fouls: 15 / 20
Offside: 4/ 2
SLV – n/a (caution) 41st minute
Referee: Shane de Silva (TRI)
AR 1: Cindy Mohammed (TRI)
AR 2: Charlene Douglas (CAN)
ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Jessica Rostedt
2006 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Qualifying Tournament Standings
Team W L T Pts GF GA GD
CAN 3 0 0 9 16 3 +13
MEX 2 1 0 6 14 3 +11
TRI 1 2 0 3 4 10 -6
PAN 0 3 0 0 1 19 -18
Canada 7, Trinidad & Tobago 1
Mexico 10, Panama 0
Canada 6, Panama 0
Mexico 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0
Trinidad & Tobago 3, Panama 1
Canada 3, Mexico 2
Team W L T Pts GF GA GD
USA 3 0 0 9 13 1 +12
JAM 2 1 0 6 13 5 +8
SLV 1 2 0 3 4 8 -4
SUR 0 3 0 0 0 16 -16
El Salvador 3, Surinam 0
USA 4, vs. Jamaica 1
Jamaica 3, El Salvador 1
USA 4, Surinam 0
Jamaica 9, Surinam 0
USA 5, El Salvador 0
Canada vs. Jamaica (1 p.m. ET) Veracruz
USA vs. Mexico (4 p.m. ET) Veracruz
Third Place Match (1 p.m. ET) Veracruz
Final (4 p.m. ET) Veracruz