U.S. U-20 Women's National Team Comes from Two Goals Down to Tie Germany, 2-2
Hamburg, GERMANY (June 26, 2009) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell behind by two goals in the first 10 minutes of its match against the German Under-19s before scratching back into the game with two goals of its own, the equalizer coming with just five minutes left from forward Sydney Leroux.
The U.S. team found itself down 1-0 after just four minutes when German midfielder Marina Hegering played a ball from the right wing across the six yard box through several U.S. players. Valeria Kleiner was left open at the far post and placed the ball low past the keeper into the left side of the net from six yards out.
The second German goal came just six minutes later on a remarkably similar play, this time from the left flank. Midfielder Turid Knaak played a ball across the top of the six yard box to Dzsenifer Marozsan, who was the top scorer at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. The lethal German was by herself near the right side of the goal, took one touch and placed the ball low past the U.S. ‘keeper Taylor Vancil into the right corner.
Despite the poor start, the U.S. team clamped down on the German attack for the rest of the match and pulled a goal back 10 minutes before halftime. It came after Leroux ran onto a through ball down the left wing from Casey Short, who had enetered the match just one minute prior. Leroux collected the ball just inside the penalty area, took a touch and hit a hard shot on frame. German ‘keeper Desiree Schumann made the initial save, but could not hang onto the ball and Tiffany McCarty crashed hard, knocking the rebound low into the middle of the net.
With time running out, Leroux, who was the top scorer at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, pulled off a world class finish to earn the USA a draw. Midfielder Elizabeth Eddy took off on a dribble down the right wing and crossed about ten yards from the end line. Leroux was waiting just inside the penalty area and hit a screaming full volley into the upper right corner. Schumann made a valiant dive for the ball, but she had no chance on the perfectly placed shot.
"We certainly learned a lot about ourselves in this match,” said U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis, whose squad also defeated the England U-19s, 4-1, on the tour. “Germany is two weeks away from their World Cup qualifying and they looked sharp and played in. We have many things to work on, but our resolve to come back from giving up two early goals was impressive. Our second half was certainly much better and Sydney Leroux had just a fantastic finish off the cross from Eddy."
The U.S. U-20s will come together next in mid-July for a training camp in Colorado run concurrently with the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team that will feature several matches against the Canada U-20s.
Match: United States U-20 Women’s National Team vs. U-19 German Women’s National Team
Date: June 26, 2009
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Wolfgang Meyer Stadion, Hamburg, Germany
Kickoff: 1:00pm GMT (7:00am ET)
Weather: 66 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
Germany 2 0 2
GER -- Alexander Popp (Marina Hegering) 4th minute
GER -- Turid Knaak (Dzenifer Marozsan) 10
USA -- Tiffany McCarty (Sydney Leroux) 35
USA -- Sydney Leroux (Elizabeth Eddy) 85
USA: 1-Taylor Vancil; 15-Courtney Verloo, 5-Cloee Colohan, 4-Crystal Dunn, 21-Beth West; 9-Teresa Noyola (12-Elizabeth Eddy, 74), 13-Christine Nairn, 11-Samanth Mewis (16-Jenna Richmond, 66), 10-Kristie Mewis (20-Casey Short, 34); 8-Sydney Leroux, 14-Tiffany McCarty (6-Maya Hayes, 62)
Subs not used: 18-Cat Parkhill, 3-Lauren Alwine, 7-Cami Levin
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
Germany: 1-Desiree Schumann; 20-Bianca Joswiak, 4-Steffi Mirlach, 5-Valeria Kleiner, 15-Alexandra Popp (25-Svenja Huth, 78); 19-Turid Knaak (18-Selina Wagner, 62), 13-Lena Wermelt, 17-Marina Hegering, 6-Marie-Louise Bagehorn (2-Angelina Lubcke, 73); 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan, 7-Jessica Wich (22-Sylvia Arnold, 62)
Subs not used: 3-Laura Brosius, 8-Kristina Gessat, 9-Tabea Kemme, 11-Isabelle Linden, 12-Almut Schulth, 14-Julia Arnold, 16-Marith Prieben,
Coach: Maren Meinert
Stats Summary: USA / Germany
Shots: 13 / 13
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 9 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offside: 3 / 1