CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2013) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team drew 1-1 draw with its German counterparts for the second time in four days as midfielder Ella Stevens scored the lone goal for the Americans in the 7th minute.
It was the second full international match at the U-17 level for these players after the squad tied Germany 1-1 last Tuesday and these were the first matches under new full-time head coach B.J. Snow.
“The speed of play is something we will have to get used to,” said Snow. “With their clubs or high schools, they are used to being able to take three of four touches on the ball, but today every time they would pick their head up there were two players right on them. We have the ability to play out of pressure, they are just not used to it, so right now there is a disconnect between their head and their legs about how we are going to play.”
The match finished up a week-long camp that was the first for this group of players at the U-17 level as team starts its preparation for qualification for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in Costa Rica.
The USA was playing a team that was a bit older as the American roster consisted of players born in 1997 with a few 1998s and the Germans brought a team consisting of players born in 1996 and 1997.
The USA fell behind in last Tuesday’s match, but tallied early in this one when left back Tegan McGrady sprinted down the wing and crossed into the middle where Stevens struck a full-volley from nine yards out that deflected off the hands of German goalkeeper Julia Gornovitz and into the net.
Just three minutes earlier, Stevens had pushed a similar chance from a similar spot just wide right of the goal.
In the 25th minute, U.S. goalkeeper Samantha Leshnak has to dive to her right post to push away a well-struck free kick from just outside the left corner of the box by Elisabeth Mayr. Seconds later, Leshnak had to make another diving save, but spilled the shot in front of her goal and was fortunate that her defenders cleared the ball well away from the net.
In the 32nd minute Anika Rodriguez had a quality chance as she got behind the German defense into the left side of the penalty area, but lifted her shot wide right of the goal.
The Germans made seven changes at halftime and ramped up the pressure a bit on the young Americans. In the 58th minute, defender Ellie Jean had to clear a ball off the goal line after Germany got a great chance off a corner kick that bounced around the penalty area.
One minute later, Pauline Bremer fired high on an open chance from just inside the penalty area and then the pressure finally paid off with an equalizer in the 60th minute. Bremer raced down the left wing and rolled a hard service on the ground through the goal mouth to Nina Ehgotz, who smashed her shot home from close range at the far post.
The U.S. U-17 WNT will come together next for a training camp in early March in San Diego.
“For the most part, defensively we were sound,” said Snow. “We had to make a few adjustments at halftime, but the Germans had a really hard time breaking us down. So for us to get some of those concepts in just a few days, I’m really proud of their effort defensively. There’s some work to do offensively, but the pieces are there to be able to pick and choose the options that are there for them.”
-- U.S. U-17 WNT Match Report --
Match: U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Germany U-17 WNT
Date: Feb. 1, 2013
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. PT
Weather: 68 degrees, sunny, breezy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
GER 0 1 1
USA – Ella Stevens (Tegan McGrady) 7th minute
GER -- Nina Ehegotz (Pauline Bremer) 60
USA: 1-Samantha Leshnak; 7-Ellie Jean, 20-Alana Cook (capt.), 9-Michaela Abam (6-Amanda Visco, 65), 8-Tegan McGrady (17-Marley Canales, 65); 15-Ella Stevens (12-Katie Pingel, 46), 23-Taylor Racioppi, 13-Peyton Perea (10-Jayce Pederson, 58), 19-Kacie Tillman (4-Courtney Corrin, 46, 22-Mary-Alice Vignola, 85); 14-Anika Rodriguez (5-Mia Gyau, 65), 2-Bridgette Andrzejesk (16-Jennifer Westendorf, 46)
Subs Not Used: 3-Kate Morris, 11-Courtney Petersen, 18-Kate Hess , 21-Grace Hancock, 22-Danielle Marcano, 24-Jaelyn Cunningham, 25-Ainsly Wolfinbarger
Head Coach: B.J. Snow
GER: 1-Julia Gornovitz, 4-Michaela Brandenburg (2-Ricarda Walking, 46), 20-Michaela Specht (capt.) (15-Lisa Eiberger, 86), 7-Nina Ehegotz (17-Lara Junge, 68), 5-Melissa Friedrich (5-Johanna Tietge, 46), 14-Felicitas Rauch (3-Lisa Karl, 46), 18-Saskia Meir (6-Saskia Matheis, 46), 3-Anna-Sophie Fliege (8-Rieke Dickmann, 46), 11-Madeline Gier (9-Pauline Bremer, 46), 15-Elisabeth Mayr (10-Jasmin Sehan, 46), 15-Kathrin Becker (19-Alina Orgeta Jurado, 68)
Subs Not Used: 12-Manon Klett, 16-Michelle Ulbrich
Head Coach: Anouschka Bernhard
Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 9 / 8
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 5 / 4
Offside: 3 / 1
GER – Saskia Matheis (caution) 71st
Referee: Richard Sarfaraz (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Shawn Danbelli (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Hernadez (USA)
Fourth Official: Trevor Rappleye (USA)