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2006 Women's Nike Friendlies Kick Off at The Home Depot Center

  • Day One Features 14 Matches, Including Three With U.S. Youth National Teams;
  • U.S. Under 15-GNT and Under-17 WNT Open Elite Event With Wins, U.S. U-16 GNT Falls to U-18 Slammers FC

CARSON, Calif. (September 28, 2006) - The 2006 Women's Nike Friendlies kicked off at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Thursday as 28 teams squared off on the first day of the inaugural event. Teams included three U.S. Youth National Teams, the California South Olympic Development squad and 24 elite Nike club teams from around the country.

In the first U.S. Youth National Team match of the day, the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team opened the Women’s Nike Friendlies with a 3-1 victory against the U-16 Colorado Rush. Forward Samantha Johnson opened the scoring with a goal just a minute before halftime. Mariah Nogueira won a head ball off a goal kick, sending it to Rachel Nuzzolese, who fed Johnson in the left side of the penalty area. The U.S. forward slid to shoot as a defender closed in and slipped her left-footed shot into the lower right corner to give the U-15s a 1-0 lead.

Midfielder Olivia Klei doubled it in the 67th minute as midfielder Brianne Rodriguez slipped her a pass behind the defense deep in the left side of the penalty area. Klei cracked her shot from a stiff angle, roofing her chance into the net at the near post. She added her second in the 73rd minute, this time after forward Victoria DiMartino slipped a ball behind the defense into the left side of the penalty area. This time Klei went far post, slotting her shot on the ground into the lower right corner.

The Rush pulled a goal back in the 77th minute after U.S. goalkeeper Lindsay Dickerson bobbled a cross in traffic and Britni Bothwell smacked in the rebound from close range. The U.S. U-15 girls will next face the Under-16 Cal South ODP squad Friday at 10 a.m.

The U.S. U-17 WNT played next, topping the Under-18 San Diego Surf SC, 4-0, as forward Alex Morgan assisted on a pair of goals and scored one of her own. Danielle Foxhoven had a big day as well with a pair of second-half goals (photos).

The U.S. got on the board in the 11th minute as Morgan broke through the Surf back line and squared a ball for Amanda DaCosta to hit home inside the far post from 10 yards out. Morgan got on the board after a great individual effort from Sinead Farrelly. Farrelly tapped the ball around her defender and made a 40 yard run down the right side of the field before crossing back to Morgan at the top of the penalty area. Morgan shielded of the defense and turned to fire a low shot inside the left post from 16-yards out in the 63rd minute.

Three minutes later, Morgan set up the first of Foxhoven’s two goals. Morgan flicked on a long ball out of the back that Foxhoven was able to settle away from her defender before she dribbled into the area all alone and finished to the right side of the net. In the 89th minute, Foxhoven tapped a 50-50 ball under the Surf goalkeeper after Teresa Nayola’s shot deflected off a defender.

Later in the day, the U.S. Under-16 Girls' National Team lost 1-0 to the Under-18 Slammers FC in the first game for both teams at the 2006 Women’s Nike Friendlies. The USA put eight shots on goal to the Slammers’ three, but it was the Newport Beach club that found the back of the net.

The Slammers got their goal in the 36th minute courtesy of a rasping shot from forward Christen Press, who laced her chance across the face of the goal from the right side of the penalty area, sticking it into the left side netting.

The match was an even affair with both teams attacking with energy, but the U.S. U-16s could not manufacture an equalizer as Slammers goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu played an excellent second half. The U.S. U-16s return to action tomorrow, facing the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team on Field 1 at The Home Depot Center at 2 p.m.

The Women’s Nike Friendlies is the first event of its kind for youth women’s players, and is modeled after the annual tournament for youth men staged in Bradenton, Fla. Each team will play three games in an environment which stresses quality soccer and player development over wins and losses. Tournament standings are not kept during the competition. Find match results and lineups for all games at's Women's Nike Friendlies homepage.

2006 Women's Nike Friendlies Results - September 28, 2006 

Under-18 - click for detailed results
U.S. U-17 WNT 4, U-18 Surf SC 0 Match Report | Photo Gallery ... more
U.S. U-16 GNT 0, Slammers FC 1 Match Report
Real Colorado 3, Danville Mustangs 1
Colorado Rush 0, Dallas Texans 2
San Juan SC 0, Seacoast United 0

Under-17 - click for detailed results
Irvine Strikers 0, Real Colorado 4
PDA 0, Dallas Texans 2
Sereno SC 2, Surf FC 2
Santa Rosa United 2, Slammers FC 0

Under-16 - click for detailed results
U.S. U-15 GNT 3, Colorado Rush 1Match Report
Neusport FC 1, Cal South ODP 8
Irvine Strikers 1, Crossfire 5
Slammers FC 0, Real So Cal 1
FC DELCO 0, Surf SC 2

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