RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (July 12, 2007) -- The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Soccer Team defeated Paraguay 7-1 in its first match at the 2007 Pan American Games as forward Lauren Cheney notched a true hat trick. The match marked the first game of the competition at the new João Havelange Stadium.
The U.S. went behind early as Paraguay shocked the Americans with a goal just three minutes into the match, but the U.S. team quickly recovered and calmed nerves in the first major international game for this group of players. Kelley O’Hara tied the game in the 17th minute, followed by the start of Cheney’s hat trick two minutes later. Cheney also scored in the 38th minute and then five minutes after the break. Cheney and O’Hara are veterans of the U.S. team that played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia.
“When the game first started the girls had some nerves to get out,” said U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis. “But as the game progressed the girls were able to play with more confidence and achieve our goal to win the first game and now it is on to the next match. We are excited to be in Brazil and I am looking forward to playing all of the games.”
Paraguay had few attempts on goal throughout the game and the U.S. dominated possession. Forward Casey Nogueira and Cheney weaved through Paraguay’s defense all game long and combined for 11 shots on goal, four of which found the net.
O’Hara got her second goal in the 52nd minute, Nogueira got her lone score in the 66th minute and forward Jessica McDonald put a capper on the game with the USA’s seventh goal just two minutes later. Defender Brittany Taylor anchored a U.S. defense that allowed just three shots on goal.
“This is a great opportunity for us to come out and play and it’s a huge honor,” said Cheney, who captained the U.S. team. “Paraguay was good competition and played with great spirit. I was really proud of my team for fighting back and how they reacted to get a win.”
The U.S. Under-20s will now focus on facing Panama on July 14, 2007 at Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex.
U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. Paraguay
Competition: 2007 Pan American Games – Group D
Venue: Joao Havelange Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: July 12, 2007; Kickoff – 6:15 p.m. (Brazil Time)
Weather: Cloudy, Rainy- 66 degrees
1 2 F
USA 3 4 7
PAR 1 0 1
PAR – Mirta Alarcon 3rd minute.
USA – Kelley O’Hara 17.
USA – Lauren Cheney 19.
USA – Lauren Cheney 38.
USA – Lauren Cheney 50.
USA – Kelley O’Hara 52.
USA – Casey Nogueira 66.
USA – Jessica McDonald 68.
USA -- 18-Chantel Jones; 2-Brittany Taylor, 4-Kaley Fountain (13-Lauren Barnes, 80), 6- Nikki Marshall, 7-Casey Nogueira; 8-Lauren Cheney – Capt. (9-Jessica McDonald, 61), 10- Michelle Enyheart, 11-Tobin Heath, Becky Edwards (3-Nikki Washington 70), 16-Lauren Wilmoth, 17-Kelley O’Hara.
Subs not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 5-Teresa Noyola, 12-Kylie Wright, 14- Gina Dimartino.
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
PAR -- 1-Gloria Rodriguez; 2-Myriam Vielma, 3-Mirta Alarcon, 4-Silvia Getto – Capt., 7-Nadia Rodas (13-Carmen Benitez, 85); 8-Veronica Riveros (16-Anabel Rodriguez, 77), 9-Dulce Maria Quintana, 10-Francisca Aguero (14- Gloria Villamayor, 60); 11- Karina Vega, 15-Joana Galeano, 17-Jessica Santacruz.
Subs not used: 5- Raquel Ramirez, 6-Carina Martinez, 12-Edda Vera, 18-Mara Talavera.
Head Coach: Cabrera Agustin
USA / PAR
Shots: 19 / 8
Shots on Goal: 13 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 5
Offside: 4 / 1
Misconduct Summary: N/A
Referee: Djalma Beltrame (BRA)
Asst. Referee: Aristeu Tavares (BRA)
Asst. Referee: Marco Gomes (BRA)
4th Official: Cesar de Oliveira Paulo (BRA)
Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Lauren Cheney
2007 Pan American Games Women’s Soccer Schedule
|July 12, 2007||Venue|
|Argentina 2 vs. Panama 0||Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex|
|Jamaica 1, Ecuador||Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex|
|Brazil 4, Uruguay 0||João Havelange Stadium|
|USA 7, Paraguay 1||João Havelange Stadium|
|July 14, 2007||Venue|
|Uruguay vs. Canada||Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex|
|USA vs. Panama||Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex|
|Brazil vs. Jamaica||João Havelange Stadium|
|Paraguay vs. Mexico||João Havelange Stadium|
|July 16, 2007||Venue|
|Panama vs. Paraguay||Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex|
|Jamaica vs. Uruguay||Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex|
|Canada vs. Ecuador||João Havelange Stadium|
|Mexico vs. Argentina||João Havelange Stadium|
|July 18, 2007||Venue|
|Panama vs. Mexico||Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex|
|USA vs. Argentina||João Havelange Stadium|
|Brazil vs. Ecuador||João Havelange Stadium|
|Jamaica vs. Canada||Zico Football Center - CFZ|
|July 20, 2007||Venue|
|Argentina vs. Paraguay||Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex|
|Uruguay vs. Ecuador||Miécimo da Silva Sport Complex|
|Mexico vs. USA||Maracanã Stadium|
|Brazil vs. Canada||Maracanã Stadium|
|July 23, 2007||Venue|
|July 26, 2007||Venue|