GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (Feb. 26, 2005) - Preston Zimmerman scored a hat trick to lead the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team over the Aurora reserve squad 5-1 this afternoon at the Estadio del Ejercito in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The match was the final of a three-match tour for John Hackworth's squad.
After falling behind by a goal in the 17th minute, Zimmerman opened up the scoring for the U.S. with a strike two minutes later.
Quavas Kirk broke open the tie in the 27th minute, converting a penalty kick created by Ryan Soroka, who was taken down after dribbling past defenders just inside the 18-yard line on the left side.
Zimmerman notched his second goal off a pass from Kyle Nakazawa right before the end of the first half, and then buried his third goal in the 72nd minute after stealing a poor pass deep in Aurora's defensive half.
Nikolas Besagno scored the U-17s final goal of the game five minutes from the final whistle, finishing a service from Nakazawa.
The U.S. went undefeated during tour, snagging three wins and outscoring their opponents 16-4.
- U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team Game Report -
Participants: U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team vs. Aurora
Location: Estadio Del Ejercito; Guatemala City, Guatemala
Date: Feb. 26, 2005
Weather: Breezy, 80 degrees
1st 2nd Final
USA 3 2 5
AUR 1 0 1
AUR - #12 (#9) 17th minute
USA – Preston Zimmerman (Quavas Kirk) 19th
USA – Quavas Kirk (penalty kick) 27th
USA – Preston Zimmerman (Kyle Nakazawa) 44th
USA – Preston Zimmerman 72nd
USA – Nik Besagno (Kyle Nakazawa) 85th
USA: 1-Bryant Rueckner; 13-Blake Wagner (14-Amaechi Igwe, 46), 3-Kevin Alston (David Arvizu, 46), 5-Ofori Sarkodie (26-Richard Edgar, 81), 7-Carlos Borja; 8-Kyle Nakazawa,, 16-Nik Besagno, 33-Omar Gonzalez (21-Neven Subotic, 81); 6-Quavas Kirk (12-Eddie Ababio, 86), 9-Preston Zimmerman (17-Jeremy Hall, 78), 11-Ryan Soroka.
Shots 13 5
Saves 4 5
Fouls 6 1
Corner Kicks 17 16
Offside 3 1
USA – Carlos Borja (caution) 33rd minute
USA – Omar Gonzalez (caution) 36th
AUR - #13 (caution) 40th
USA – Kyle Nakazawa (caution) 43rd
AUR - #3 (expulsion) 83rd
USA – Eddie Ababio (caution) 87th