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U.S. U-20 Women Fall To Mexico, 3-2, at Pan American Games, Still Finish First in Group B And Will Face Canada in Semifinal

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (July 20, 2007) -- The U.S. Under-20 Women’s Soccer Team suffered its first defeat of the 2007 Pan American Games, falling to Mexico by a 3-2 score in its final match of Group B play, but still won the group and will play Canada in the semifinal on July 23 at Maracana Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. ET).

The USA, Mexico and Argentina all finished with a 3-1-0 record and nine points in the group, but the USA took first place based on a superior goal difference, running up a plus-10 to Mexico’s plus-7 and Argentina’s plus-four.

Brazil thrashed Canada, 7-0, in the final match of Group A, as 2006 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Marta scored five times, including three goals in the final 13 minutes, to secure first place for the hosts. Brazil will face Mexico in the other semifinal. Brazil, playing with most of its full Women’s National Team players, has scored 26 goals in four matches and allowed zero.

The U.S. team went ahead 2-0 on goals by forwards Casey Nogueira in the 24th minute and Kelley O’Hara in the 57th minute, only to give up three goals, and the lead, in the last 28 minutes of the match.

Nogueira got her third goal of the tournament on a strike from 18 yards out that had originated from a U.S. corner kick, while O’Hara came off the bench at halftime to score her fourth goal of the competition on a long, weaving run through the Mexican defense.

Mexico out-shot the USA 24-10 for the game and the pressure paid off in the second half as the Mexicans tied the match in a three-minute span when Juana Evelyn Lopez tallied in the 62nd and 64th minutes. U.S. goalkeeper Chantel Jones made 12 total saves, but could do nothing on the winning goal as Veronica Charlyn Corral converted a penalty kick 11 minutes from the end to provide the winning margin.

“Our team struggled to keep the ball and Mexico exploited that,” said U.S. Head Coach Jillian Ellis. “We weren’t able to maintain possession or keep pressure on the Mexico team, but those are signs of us being a young team that lacks experience. This is a great experience for our young team, being able to play in Maracana and compete against other full national teams. It was a good challenge, but now we need to move forward to the next round.”

Canada is playing with its full Women’s National Team, including all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair, UCLA star Kara Lang and the leading scorer from the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand, Brittany Timko.


Match-up: USA vs. Mexico
Competition: 2007 Pan American Games – Group B
Venue: Maracana Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: July 20, 2007; Kickoff – 12:30 p.m. local
Attendance: N/A
Weather: Sunny - 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:
           1    2    F
USA   1    1    2
MEX   0    3    3

USA – Casey Nogueira 24th minute.
USA – Kelley O’Hara 57.
MEX – Juana Evelyn Lopez 62.
MEX – Juana Evelyn Lopez 64.
MEX – Veronica Charlyn Corral 79.

USA -- 18-Chantel Jones; 2-Brittany Taylor, 6-Nikki Marshall, 16-Lauren Wilmoth, 10-Michelle Enyeart - Capt., 11-Tobin Heath, 15-Becky Edwards, 3-Nikki Washington (4-Kaley Fountain, 35), 7-Casey Nogueira, 9-Jessica McDonald (5-Teresa Noyola, 76), 14-Gina Dimartino (17-Kelley O’Hara, 46).
Subs not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 12-Kylie Wright, 13-Lauren Barnes.
Head Coach: Jillian Ellis

MEX -- 12-Anjuli Ladron de Guevara; 2-Leslie Anne Munoz (3-Rubi Marlene Sandoval, 76), 4-Monica Christine Gonzalez Capt., 5-Maria de Jesus Castillo, 14-Maria Isabel Valdez, 15-Liz del Rosario Saucedo, 6-Monica Vergara (18-Veronica Charlyn Corral, 46), 7-Juana Evelyn Lopez (16-Maria Arelli Martinez, 91+), 8-Carmelita Padilla, 9-Monica Ocampo, 10-Teresa Worbis.
Subs not used: 1-Pamela Tajonar, 11-Tania Paola Morales, 17-Christine Yvette Nieva.
Head Coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Statistical Summary:
Shots: 10 / 24
Shots on Goal: 8 / 15
Saves: 12 / 6
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 13 / 4
Offside: 4 / 0

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Hector Pacheco (PER)
Asst. Referee: Luis Abadie (PER)
Asst. Referee: Carlos Herrera (ECU)
4th Official: Carlos Vera (ECU)

2007 Pan American Games Women’s Soccer
Final Group Standings
Group A
Team W L T Pts GF GA GD
BRA  4   0   0   12   26   0   +26
CAN  3   1   0    9    22   8   +14
JAM   1   2   1    4     3   17   -14
ECU  1   3   0    3     4   17   -13
URU 0   3   1     1    3   16    -13

Group B
Team W L T Pts GF GA GD
USA    3   1   0   9   15   5     +10
MEX    3   1   0   9   10   3      +7
ARG    3   1   0   9    8    4     +4
PAN    0   3   1   1    2    8      -6
PAR    0   3   1   1    3   18    -15

2007 Pan American Games Women’s Soccer Schedule

July 12, 2007 Venue
Argentina 2 vs. Panama 0 Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex
Jamaica 1, Ecuador Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex
Brazil 4, Uruguay 0 João Havelange Stadium
USA 7, Paraguay 1 João Havelange Stadium

July 14, 2007 Venue
Uruguay 0, Canada 7 Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex
USA 3, Panama 1 Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex
Brazil 5, Jamaica 0 João Havelange Stadium
Paraguay 0, Mexico 5 João Havelange Stadium

July 16, 2007 Venue
Panama 1, Paraguay 1 Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex
Jamaica 1, Uruguay 1 Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex
Canada 4, Ecuador 0 João Havelange Stadium
Mexico 0, Argentina 1 João Havelange Stadium

July 18, 2007 Venue
Panama 0, Mexico 2 Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex
USA 3, Argentina 0 João Havelange Stadium
Brazil 10, Ecuador 0 João Havelange Stadium
Jamaica 1, Canada 11 Zico Football Center - CFZ

July 20, 2007 Venue
Argentina 5, Paraguay 1 Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex
Ecuador 4, Uruguay 2 Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex
Mexico 3, USA 2 Maracanã Stadium
Brazil 7, Canada 0 Maracanã Stadium

July 23, 2007 Venue
USA vs. Canada Maracanã Stadium
Brazil vs. Mexico Maracanã Stadium

July 26, 2007 Venue
Finals Maracanã Stadium