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U.S. U-19 WNT Obtain Semifinal Berth in CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament With 11-1 Win Over Trinidad & Tobago

* Hanks Leads Way With Her Second Straight Hat Trick in Qualifying Tournament 
* U.S. Sits Atop Group B With Six Points, Ahead of Costa Rica With a Better Goal Differential
* Under-19s Will Next Face Costa Rica in Battle for First Seed in Group B in Montreal on Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. ET

MONTREAL, Canada (May 30, 2004) – The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team secured a spot in the semifinals of the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament this evening with a 11-1 victory over  Trinidad & Tobago in their second match of Group B at McGill University Molson Stadium in Montreal, Canada. Kerri Hanks led the attack for the U.S., scoring her second hat trick in as many games in the qualifying tournament and putting the U.S. atop of Group B with six points, ahead of Costa Rica with a better goal differential.

The U.S. will face Costa Rica, which also secured a trip to the semifinals with an 11-0 win over the Dominican Republic in the earlier match in Montreal, in their final match of Group B on Tuesday, June 1, at McGill University Molson Stadium at 7 p.m. ET. With a win or a tie, the U.S. will finish in first place in the group.

“The players came out again and did a great job of executing our game plan and getting our second win of the tournament,” U.S. Under-19 WNT head coach Mark Krikorian said. “I’m proud of the players for accomplishing our first goal of getting to the semifinals. We can’t relax though as we still have a tough final group match against Costa Rica that we will need to be prepared for as we’d like to finish atop our group as we move onto the crucial semifinal match.”

The outcome was never in doubt as the U.S. pressed forward from the opening whistle and outshot Trinidad & Tobago 27-1. Trinidad & Tobago struggled to hold the U.S. forwards at bay and didn’t help its cause as they committed two own goals, both by defender Kia Rigsby.

Along with Hanks’ hat trick and the two own goals, the U.S. got goals from Yael Averbuch, Angela Woznuk, Bristyn Davis (two), Megan Rapinoe and Rachel Buehler. Rapinoe, Stephanie Lopez and Nikki Krzysik each recorded two assists on the night, while Stacy Lindstrom, Chioma Igwe and Hanks added one.  

Averbuch broke open the scoring for the U.S. in the 8th minute as a poor save by Thomas allowed her 20-yard strike to slip through her grasp and trickle into the net. On the play, Lopez served in a curling ball from her left back position, leading Averbuch as the lanky midfielder streaked up the middle of the field. The ball bounced a couple times before Averbuch struck it first time and snuck it by Thomas.

Two minutes later, Woznuk got her first goal of the tournament after receiving a nice drop pass from Krzysik, who got her first start of the tournament. Averbuch had served in a corner kick and after a melee in the box, the ball squirted free to Krzysik, who alertly dropped the ball back to a wide-open Woznuk. The Portland midfielder ripped a shot that darted into the upper-right of the goal, giving Thomas no chance for a save.

In the 26th minute, Trinidad & Tobago suffered its first of two own goals on the day. A kick from U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris provided a 2-on-1 for Woznuk and Hanks, with Woznuk heading the ball over a defender and in stride to Hanks, who ripped a low shot that bounced back off the right post. In an attempt to clear the rebound, Rigsby accidentally knocked it into her own net.

In the final goal of the half, Hanks started her hat trick with a clinical finish after Krzysik sent her through with a firm pass up the middle of Trinidad & Tobago’s defense. Hanks took the ball in stride and with just Thomas to beat, placed into the left side of the goal.

At halftime, Krikorian made a few changes as he brought in Lindstrom and Igwe, who saw her first playing time of the tournament. He also moved Krzysik to a centerback position and had Rachel Buehler play right back as Logterman stepped up to right midfield and Bristyn Davis played up front with Hanks.  

Putting Davis up top brought instant dividends as the UCLA product scored the next two goals for the U.S. The first came five minutes into the half as – similar to Averbuch’s goal in the first half – she got a little help from a miscue in goal by Thomas. Lopez send in a cross from the left flank and Davis hit a first-time half volley at the top of the box, knocking the ball high in the air towards the frame. Thomas reached up to snag the ball, but it slipped through her fingers and into the goal. Her second strike came in the 64th minute, this one an 18-yard rocket into the upper-left side after Igwe was able to steal the ball in the penalty area and drop it back to Davis.

Three minutes later, Hanks struck again with the help of a great run by Lindstrom. Lindstrom beat a couple defenders and sprinted down the left flank before serving the ball to Hanks, who redirected it into the far-right post.

For the next U.S. goal, Buehler scored on her second header of the tournament off a set play, this time streaking to the near post and heading home a corner kick from Rapinoe in the 73rd minute.

After another own goal four minutes later by Rigsby as she tried to knock away a cross by Davis, Hanks scored her third and final goal of the game in the 85th minute, but Trinidad & Tobago struck back a minute later. On the U.S. goal, Hanks is sent through by Rapinoe and the speedy forward outruns her defender and then jukes Thomas as she came off her line before tapping the ball over the goal line. Moments after the resulting kickoff, Kennya Cordner was sent through on the right side of the penalty area and beat Kelsey Davis, who came on for Harris in the 62nd minute, low to the far post. The goal was the only shot attempt the U.S. gave up all game.

In the final minute, Rapinoe added her third goal of the tournament, knocking home a cross from Hanks after Logterman led her down the right sideline with a throw-in.

The other two semifinal teams were also set as Canada defeated Panama 7-0 and Mexico got past Jamaica 6-2 in Group A at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa. Canada and Mexico, bot with six points, secured advancement to the semifinals and will play each other on Tuesday in Ottawa to determine which team will win the group.

With a win or a draw, the U.S. would have the luxury of facing the second place finisher in Group A. The two semifinal winners will advance to the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand from Nov. 10-27.

“We definitely need to go in, be strong and get a win against Costa Rica as that will give us a better seed in the semifinals,” U.S. captain Ashlyn Harris said. “We’re going to set ourselves up as best as we can.”

- U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team Game Report -

Participants:  U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Competition: CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament
Location: McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal, Canada
Date: May 30, 2004
Attendance: 500
Weather: Sunny and warm; 65 degrees
                                                  1st     2nd     Final
United States                            4         7         11
Trinidad & Tobago                   0         1          1

USA –  Yael Averbuch (Stephanie Lopez)              8th minute
USA – Angie Woznuk (Nikki Krzysik)                      10th
USA –  Own goal                                                        26th
USA –  Kerri Hanks (Nikki Krzysik)                          39th
USA – Bristyn Davis (Stephanie Lopez)                 50th
USA – Bristyn Davis (Chioma Igwe)                        64th
USA – Kerri Hanks (Stacy Lindstrom)                     67th
USA – Rachel Buehler (Megan Rapinoe)                73rd
USA – Own goal                                                         77th
USA – Kerri Hanks (Megan Rapinoe)                     85th
TRI – Kennya Cordner                                               86th
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Kerri Hanks)                     90th
USA – 18-Ashlyn Harris (1-Kelsey Davis, 62); 3-Rachel Buehler, 6-Stephanie Lopez, 11-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Stephanie Logterman; 7-Bristyn Davis, 4-Nikki Krzysik, 12-Yael Averbuch (19-Chioma Igwe, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 10-Angie Woznuk (20-Stacy Lindstrom, 46), 9-Kerri Hanks.
Subs not used: 5-Sheree Gray, 13-Alexa Orand, 14-Kia McNeill, 16-Stephanie Kron.

TRI – 1-Ann Thomas; 2-Ayana Russell, 3-Kia Rigsby, 5-Katrina Meyer; 6-Jemilia Mathlin (4-Anastasia Prescott, 61), 8-Nadia James, 10-Dernelle Mascall, 13-Afiya Castle (14-Tandia Taylor, 76), 11-Aveann Douglas; 16-Shurell Burton, 17-Kermica Alexander (15-Kennya Cordner, 76).
Subs not used: 7-Niasha Rayes, 18-Amy Boisson
Injured: 12-Ahkeela Mollon
Not Eligible: 9-Maylee Attin-Johnson

Statistical Summary:
                                USA        TRI
Shots                        27           1      
Shots on goal          20           1
Saves                        0            9                
Corner Kick              9            1            
Fouls                         8            4          
Offside                      8            0            

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Nikki Krzysik (caution)                       48th minute
USA – Stephanie Logterman (caution)        90th 

Head Referee: Arlene Troya (Panama)
Assistant: Jackeline Saez (Panama)
Assistant: Rita Munoz (Mexico)
4th Official: Virginia Tovar (Mexico)

2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament
Group A
Team       GP   W   L   T    PTS   GF   GA   GD
Canada      2     2    0    0      6       11      0     +11
Mexico      2     2    0    0      6       11      3      +8
Jamaica     2     0    2    0      0       2       10      -8
Panama     2     0    2    0      0       1       12      -11

Group B
Team          GP   W   L   T    PTS   GF   GA   GD
USA             2     2    0     0      6       25     1     +24
Costa Rica    2     2    0    0      6       15     1      +14
T&T             2     0    2    0      0         2      15    -13
Dom. Rep.    2     0    2    0      0        0      25     -25

2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament
May 28
Group A
Mexico 5, Panama 1
Canada 4, Jamaica 0

Group B
Costa Rica 4, Trinidad & Tobago 1
USA 13, Dominican Republic 0

May 30
Group A
Mexico 6, Jamaica 2
Canada 7, Panama 0

Group B
Costa Rica 11, Dominican Republic 0
USA 11, Trinidad & Tobago 1

June 1
Group A
Panama vs. Jamaica (4:30 p.m. ET – Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa)
Canada vs. Mexico (7 p.m. ET – Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa)

Group B
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Dominican Republic (4:30 p.m. ET – McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal)
USA vs. Costa Rica (7 p.m. ET – McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal)

June 4
Group B Winner vs. Group A Runner-up (5:30 p.m. ET – McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal)
Group A Winner vs. Group B Runner-up (8 p.m. ET – McGill University Molson Stadium; Montreal)

June 6
Third Place Match (10 a.m. ET – Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa)

Final (1 p.m. ET – Frank Clair Stadium; Ottawa)