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U.S. U-17 Women Look To Rebound Against Paraguay at Under-17 Women's World Cup

United States U-17 Women’s National Team
Notes from Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 1, 2008

U.S. U-17 WOMEN LOOKS TO REBOUND AGAINST PARAGUAY AT U-17 WWC: Undoubtedly still smarting from its opening game loss to Japan, the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will look to reverse its fortunes against Paraguay in its second Group C match on Nov. 2 at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand. The match kicks off at 1 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) and fans can follow the action on’s MatchTracker immediately following the full Women’s National Team match against South Korea from Richmond, Va. The Americans will not only need a win, but will likely need to score more than a few goals as France defeated Paraguay, 6-2, in their group opener.

U-17 HIGHLIGHTS ON FIFA.COM: For the first time at a FIFA women’s youth event, will offer free video highlights to fans and media around the world. Shortly after the final whistle for all 52 matches of the U-17 Women’s World Cup, a high resolution two-minute video with all the goals and exciting plays will be available on the individual match detail page.

GROUP C SCENARIOS: The U.S. currently sits third in Group C, outside of the coveted top two spots that will earn quarterfinal berths, but of course with two matches still to come and six points up for grabs, things can change dramatically before the end of group play. A best-case scenario for the U.S. in this second round of group games would be a convincing win over a feisty Paraguay team that hung tough with France despite the 6-2 loss, combined with a Japanese win over France. That would send the U.S. to its final group match against France in Auckland needing a win, or perhaps even a tie depending on goal difference, to advance to the quarterfinals. For full group standings and results, please visit the U-17 WWC competitions page on

2008 U-17 Women’s World Cup
Group C Standings
Team    W    L    T    GF    GA    GD    PTS
FRA      1      0   0     6        2      +4      3
JPN      1      0   0     3         2     +1      3
USA      0      1   0     2         3     -1       0
PAR      0      1   0     2         6     -4       0

Group C Schedule
Date          Match                           Venue; City                                      Local Time / ET
Oct. 30      Japan 3, USA 2            Waikato Stadium; Hamilton               --
Oct. 30      France 6, Paraguay 2  Waikato Stadium; Hamilton                --
Nov. 2       Paraguay vs. USA        Waikato Stadium; Hamilton               1 p.m. / 8 p.m.
Nov. 2       Japan vs. France         Waikato Stadium; Hamilton                4 p.m. / 11 p.m.
Nov. 5       Paraguay vs. Japan     QEII Park; Christchurch                     4 p.m. / 10 p.m.
Nov. 5      USA vs. France             North Harbour Stadium; Auckland     4 p.m. / 10 p.m.

How They Got Here: Finished third in final South American qualifying tournament after finishing second to Brazil in first stage group
Last Meeting vs. United States: Never met at the U-17 level
Head Coach: Carlos Baez

Key Players: G Zulma Orue, D Erika Rolan, D Cris Marbel Flores, D Paola Genes, M Jacqueline Gonzalez, F Rebecca Fernandez, F Gloria Villlamayor.

United States vs. Paraguay Fast Facts: Both teams are coming off tough losses and both teams know any more dropped points could be the end of their World Cup so an emotional match is expected at Waikato Stadium … Paraguay is playing in it’s first-ever FIFA women’s world championship … Early in Paraguay’s opening game against France, it looked like double-figure goals were in the cards as the French scored three times in the first 17 minutes, but couldn’t get another before halftime … Jacqueline Gonzalez bent a perfect free-kick into the upper left corner at the stroke of halftime to make it 3-1 going into the break … Gonzalez won’t play against the U.S. as she is on suspension after being ejected in the 87th minute for vociferously arguing with referee Pannipar Kamnueng of Thailand after a French goal was allowed despite several the Paraguayan players stopping when the assistant referee raised her flag for a foul that was never given by the Thai official on what was an odd play to say the least … France scored three more times in the second half, but Paraguay’s Paola Genes scored in stoppage time on a well-placed header … This group of U.S. U-17s have faced a South American side just once, defeating Brazil 4-1 in Brazil at the end of 2007 … Paraguay qualified in third place in the final South American group behind Colombia and Brazil … In the preliminary group, they finished ahead of Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela and behind Brazil, winning three games and losing only to Brazil by a 5-1 score … Amazingly, in the final group stage, Paraguay defeated Brazil 4-1, but lost to Colombia 7-2 and Argentina 2-1 … Still the win over Brazil was good enough for third place on goal difference in the four-team group and a trip to New Zealand … Paraguay scored an impressive 22 goals in qualifying, but allowed 17 … Sun and temperatures in the 60s are forecast for kickoff time.

U.S. Under-17 Women’s World Cup Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearney, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Center, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Rachel Quon (Lake Forrest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Fredrick, Md.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kate Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Mandy Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kristie Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.);
FORWARDS (4): Hayley Brock (Acton, Mass.), Vicki DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.).

Paraguay Under-17 Women’s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Zulma Orue, 12-Sara Torres, 21-Vivian Gonzales;
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Erika Rolan, 3-Cris Marbel Flores, 4-Noelia Cuevas, 5-Paola Genes, 13-Raquel Carreras, 15-Macarena Toldeo, 18-Jacqueline Rivas;
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Jacqueline Gonzalez, 8-Paola Zalazar, 10-Ana Fleitas, 14-Evelyn Armoa, 17-Maria Toledo, 19-Melissa Parada, 20-Mara Talavera;
FORWARDS (4): 7-Rebecca Fernandez, 9-Karen Ruis Diaz, 11-Gloria Villlamayor, 16-Mirna Diaz.

GROUP A UPDATE: It’s always a sad thing when the hosts go out of the tournament, especially after the inspired second half New Zealand played against Denmark, but that’s just what happened to the young Ferns in 2-1 loss to Danes on Nov. 1 in front of a rabidly supportive crowd of more than 11,000 in Auckland. The entertaining match featured about 30 shots between the two teams, but cruelly it was the Kiwis second one-goal loss of the tournament. With Canada and Denmark both on four points with a win and a tie, the Kiwis cannot advance, but will play their last game in front of the home fans on Nov. 4 in Wellington. Canada and Denmark will meet in on Nov. 4 in Hamilton with a lot on the line as a loss by either team, combined with a Colombia win over New Zealand, would send the loser of Canada-Denmark out of the tournament. Colombia is still very much alive with two points after two hard-fought ties and has shown very well in its first FIFA women’s tournament, drawing Canada 1-1 in Auckland on Nov. 1 before NZ’s loss to the Danes. The Colombians will need a win over the hosts to stay in the tournament, however.

GROUP B UPDATE: The Germans became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals, but it wasn’t easy, as they held off a talented Ghana side for a 3-2 victory in Christchurch. Forward Dzsenifer Marozsan scored two more goals to up her tournament-leading total to four. North Korea scrapped out a 2-1 win over Costa Rica and sits on four points, but must play the Germans next in Hamilton on Nov. 4. Ghana can only hope that Germany doesn’t rest too many players, as the Africans needs a convincing win over Costa Rica combined with a Germany win over North Korea in order to advance. The Costa Ricans, which finished second in CONCACAF Qualifying, will head home after its final group match against the Ghana in Wellington on Nov. 4.

GROUP D UPDATE: Like all the groups in this first U-17 Women’s World Cup, Group D had some interesting results in its first round of games. England took control of the group with an excellent 3-0 win over Brazil on Oct.30, scoring all three goals in the last 19 minutes of match while Nigeria scored on its first shot of the game against South Korea, just 20 seconds into the game, and eventually held on for a 2-1 victory. The Nigeria-England match on Nov. 2 could decide the group while Brazil faces Korea with both teams trying to earn three points to stay alive in the tournament. Should the USA qualify out of Group C, it will play a team from this group in the quarterfinals.

Quick Hits
  • As in all FIFA tournaments, if two teams are tied on points after the end of group play, the first tie-breaker is greater goal difference followed the greater number of goals scored.
  • U.S. forward Vicki DiMartino scored the first goal in U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup history when she tallied three minutes into the game against Japan. Cloee Colohan had the first assist, but it came off a throw-in, so the USA is still looking for its first assist from the feet.
  • U.S. defender Rachel Quon had the first yellow card in U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup history.
  • U.S. midfielder Sam Mewis fired the first shot in U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup history.
  • Goalkeeper Taylor Vancil made the first save in U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup history.
  • Defender Crystal Dunn, who missed the Japan match due to illness and goalkeeper Alexa Gaul, who missed the first match due to a foot strain, are both probable for the Paraguay game.
  • Midfielder Erika Tymrak, who had to leave the Japan game in the 32nd minute due to a hip/quad injury, is doubtful for the Paraguay game.
BLOG JR: Soccer, bloody cleat marks, glow worms and Halloween. It’s all on the YNT Blog. Check it out to read about the goings on in New Zealand on and off the field for the U.S. team at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

COMEBACK KID: U.S. defender Rachel Quon had what one would call a “bad moment” when she tore her ACL and broke her collarbone on the same play last year. She persevered through the injuries to earn her place on the 2008 U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup Team and started the USA’s first match against Japan. Read more about her story here on

MEET THE MEWIS’: They are sisters and they are both excellent soccer players, but the similarities pretty much end there for the Mewis sisters, the first sisters to represent the USA at a Women’s World Cup. Meet Samantha and Kristie on this special all_access video on

U.S. U-17 WNT Quote Sheet

U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi

On moving on from the opening game loss:
“We sat down with the team and had meeting to go over the issues coming out of game one. The kids on their own also met with each other to talk about it, so we’ve cleared the air as far as the first game and we are focusing on Paraguay. We’ve talked about their strengths and weaknesses and what we need to do to expose them. The kids are really motivated and they understand that they have gigantic mission in front of them right now. I think they are relishing that challenge and feel nothing but positive about what they can do moving forward.”

On what he wants to see from the team against Paraguay:
“Against Japan we had a slow start, so when that whistle blows (against Paraguay) we want to find our game right away. Unfortunately, against Japan it took us almost a whole half until we got things going. I hope that when the whistle blows against Paraguay, the team will be in synch and find their game right away and take it to the Paraguayans and get the upper hand right away. If we are lucky enough to get some early goals that will really help because later on goal difference can play a factor in moving on. So we are focused on trying to get a good result and get some goals tomorrow.”

U.S. midfielder Samantha Mewis:

On the Paraguay match:
“We are always going to stay positive and work together to get the result we need in this game. We know that we’ve worked too hard not to play our best in this game. Our goal is to keep improving each game in this tournament.”

U.S. midfielder Morgan Brian

On the Paraguay match:
“We are all super positive and want to get the job done tomorrow. We have to work together as a team and finish these two games strong. We sort of let go of controlling our own destiny when we lost to Japan and now we have get it back.”

U.S. midfielder Elizabeth Eddy

On what the team needs to do against Paraguay:
“We need to work our hardest, play some good soccer and create a bunch of chances. From here on in the tournament, we can’t afford to not finish well.”

SHE’S OFFICIAL: The U.S. will have the same referee as in the first game as Thalia Mitsi of Greece will run the middle. The assistant referees will be Maria Lisicka of Slovakia and Romina Santuari of Italy.

Stat of Note
Through the first round of games there were three total goals scored in Group A, eight goals scored in Group B, 13 goals scored in the USA’s Group C and six goals scored in Group D for an average of 3.75 goals per game.