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U.S. Under-20 Women Defeat England, 1-0, on Noyola Goal

LA SERENA, Chile (February 11, 2008) - The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team opened its three-game run at the Four Nations Tournament in La Serena, Chile, with a 1-0 victory over England on a goal from midfielder Teresa Noyola in the final minute of the first half.

The U.S. U-20s are currently in preparations for CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, to be held in Chile from Nov. 20-Dec. 7.

The 17-year-old Noyola, who is the youngest player on the roster, got on the end of a cross from Nikki Washington and hammered her first-time volley into the net from eight yards out. In a fairly even match where the USA perhaps created a few more dangerous chances, American ‘keeper Alyssa Naeher was forced to come up with big saves twice in the second half to preserve the shutout.

It was the first international win for the U.S. U-20s under new head coach Tony DiCicco.

“I am pleased with the three points against a solid and committed England team, although there are a number of areas that we need to improve on,” said DiCicco. “Our goal is to get better with each game, but I am proud of our team because they found a way to win, and there were some very good individual performances.”

The USA will take on Norway in the next match on Feb. 13. Norway drew with hosts Chile, 3-3, in the other match of the day.

Match-up: USA vs. England
Competition: Four Nations Tournament
Venue: Estadio La Portada; La Serena, Chile
Date: February 11, 2008; Kickoff – 10:00 a.m. local / 8:00 a.m. ET
Attendance: 2,500
Weather: Warm, cloudy – 77 degrees

Scoring Summary:   1   2   F
USA                              1   0 1
ENG                             0  0 0

USA – Teresa Noyola (Nikki Washington) 45th minute.

USA – 1-Alyssa Naeher; 3-Lauren Barnes, 6-Nikki Marshall, 2-Lauren Fowlkes, 7-Elli Reed; 9-Teresa Noyola, 19-Keelin Winters (13-Ingrid Wells, 62), 15-Casey Nogueira, 11-Nikkie Washington – Capt., 12-Melissa Henderson (10-Kelley O’Hara, 46), 14-Michelle Enyeart (8-Ashlee Elliott, 80).
Subs not used: 18-Kristin Olsen, 5-Kasey Johnson, 4-Ella Stephan, 16-Rachel Shipley.
Head Coach: Tony DiCicco

ENG – 1- Danielle Hill; 2-Stephanie Houghton – Capt., 3-Chelsea Weston, 5-Kelly Lawrence, 6-Sophie Bradly, 4-Danielle Buet (12-Claire Rafferty, 67), 10-Remi Allen, 8-Elizabeth Edwards, 7-Ellen White, 11-Jessica Clark, 9-Natasha Dowie.
Head coach: Maurine Marley

Statistical Summary:
Shots: 11 / 9
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 5
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 11 / 14
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary: None.

2008 Four Nations Tournament Standings – La Serena, Chila
Team   W    L    T   Pts.   GF   GA   GD
USA      1    0     0     3       1      0     +1
NOR     0    0     1     1       3      3      0
CHI       0    0     1     1       3      3      0
ENG     0    1     0     0       0      1     -1

U.S. Schedule 2008 Four Nations Tournament– La Serena, Chila
Date         Match-Up                                             Venue
Feb. 11    U-20 USA 1, U-20 England 0          La Serena, Chile
Feb. 13    U-20 USA vs. U-20 Norway             La Serena, Chile
Feb. 15    U-20 USA vs. U-20 Chile                 La Serena, Chile