USA Wins Group C and Is Only Team To Win All Three Group Matches; Team Leaves for Chiang Mai Tomorrow
PHUKET, Thailand (November 18, 2004) - The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team played a chess match with European Champion Spain in the final game of Group C, getting a first-half goal from Jessica Rostedt that held up in the 1-0 victory at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship 2004.
With the win, the USA clinches the top spot in Group C and a meeting in the quarterfinals with Australia on Sunday, Nov. 21 in Chiang Mai (Kickoff at 7:45 p.m. local / 7:45 a.m. ET). In the other Group C match, South Korea won its first game of the tournament, downing Russia, 2-0, but it was not enough to push the Asian champions through as Russia finished second in the group based on goals scored and Spain, who needed just a draw against the USA to go through, was also eliminated.
The U.S. was the only team in the tournament to win all three group games.
The U.S. goal came a little more than a minute before halftime on great solo run by Rostedt, who slipped behind the Spanish defense courtesy of a Stephanie Lopez pass. Rostedt ran at a defender in the left side of the penalty area, cut back into the middle across the six-yard box and struck her shot into the left corner past off-balance Spanish goalkeeper Lucia Munoz to give the USA the lead heading into halftime.
The U.S. got a stellar match from goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who saved all nine of Spain's shots on goal and made several big stops in the second half to preserve the victory.
On a much cooler evening than the previous two matches, U.S. head coach Mark Krikorian rested his midfield general Angie Woznuk and gave a start to Kerri Hanks at forward along with Rostedt. Rostedt’s goald was her third goal of the tournament after tallying twice against Russia.
Spain played low-pressure defense in a 4-4-2 formation and the young U.S. team found it extremely difficult to penetrate. The U.S. team didn't get its first good chance until 15 minutes into the game when Lopez played a ball down the wing to Rostedt, who burned her defender, cut hard to the near post, and then deftly played a short pass back to the charging Hanks, but she skied her shot over the bar from eight yards out.
Spain had its best chance of the first half in the 29th minute when Miriam Dieguez spun a shot at the U.S. goal from the top of the penalty area after a nice build up. The spinning ball took an odd bounce, hit the diving Harris in the arm and started to roll tragically toward the goal. Harris had to crawl back and bat the ball off the goal line before Rachel Buehler could clear it away from danger.
In the 35th minute, Rostedt foreshadowed her goal, streaking past two players down the left flank and beating another player inside with a fantastic cut move. Unfortunately, her point-blank shot was kicked saved by Munoz.
Spain's first-half tactics consisted mostly of letting forwards Veronica Boquete and Jade Boho run at the U.S. back four by themselves, with the midfield giving little support, and while both players are crafty dribblers, the U.S. back line led by Buehler and Becky Sauerbrunn plugged up the middle well.
Desperately needing a goal to stay in the tournament, Spain sent more numbers forward in the second half and had six shots on goal after the break, putting consistent pressure on the U.S. goal the entire half. The U.S. would have had more of a cushion if second half substitute Amy Rodriguez had finished her chance just 36 seconds into the half, beating Munoz to a bouncing ball at the top of the penalty area, only to watch her shot skipped wide left of the goal.
Rodriguez had another chance in the 70th minute as she once again out-raced the Spanish defense on a breakaway, but her shot slapped off Munoz' hands and slipped just outside the left post.
The USA had a goal called back in the 49th minute as Meghan Schnur, who had replaced Woznuk in the lineup, chipped a ball over the Spanish back line. Hanks ran onto the bouncing ball and popped it over the 'keeper and into the net, but the flag was up for offside, one of nine times the USA was caught in the match.
Midway through first half, Krikorian switched Schnur and Alexa Orand, moving the USA's youngest player into the attacking midfielder slot where she played, and played well, for the rest of the match.
Spain pushed for an equalizer in the final 20 minutes, but Harris was there every time. Boho popped free in the left side of the penalty area and her driven shot drew a fine save from Harris, who dove to knock the low shot away before Buehler was once again there to clear.
Spain had a flurry in the 74th minute as the ever-dangerous Boho got behind the U.S. defense in the left side of the penalty area and roared in on Harris. The U.S. goalkeeper beat her to the rolling ball and slid to knock it away with her right hand, but not out of play. With Harris scrambling to get back in the goal, the USA defenders slid to block two shots before the ball was cleared out of danger.
In the 86th minute, Harris rushed off her line to grab a bouncing ball and defuse a dangerous break, but she still had work to do on the evening. One minute later, Spain got a crack off a poor U.S. clearance, driving a ball at the goal from the top of the penalty area, but once again Harris had it covered, diving to knock the shot down before Sauerbrunn swept it away.
The USA travels to Chiang Mai in the northern part of Thailand tomorrow in preparation for facing Australia in the quarterfinals on Sunday, Nov. 21. Fans can follow all the action on www.ussoccer.com's MatchTracker presented by Philips Electronics. Australia finished third in Group A, losing to Canada, 2-1, falling to Germany 4-0 and defeating Thailand 5-0. In the three other quarterfinals match-ups, Germany will face Nigeria, Canada will face China and Brazil takes on Russia.
U.S. UNDER-19 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. Spain
Competition: FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship 2004 - Group C
Venue: Sarakul Stadium; Phuket, Thailand
Date: November 18, 2004; Kickoff - 5:00 p.m. Local / 5:00 a.m. ET
Weather: Cloudy, breezy - 78 degrees
1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
ESP 0 0 0
USA - Jessica Rostedt (Stephanie Lopez) 44th minute.
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris; 19-Meagan Holmes, 3-Rachel Buehler, 11-Becky
Sauerbrunn, 6-Stephanie Lopez; 5-Sheree Gray, 12-Alexa Orand, 8-Stephanie Logterman,
14-Meghan Schnur (4-Jen Redmond, 58); 9-Kerri Hanks, 17-Jessica Rostedt (16-Amy
Subs not used: 1-Kelsey Davis, 2-Stephanie Kron, 7-Megan Rapinoe, 10-Angie
Woznuk, 13-Yael Averbuch, 15-Nikki Krzysik, 20-Stacy Lindstrom, 21-Laura Comeau.
Head Coach: Mark Krikorian
ESP: 1-Lucia Munoz; 5-Ruth Garcia, 14-Silvia Doblado, 15-Ane Berbara,
18-Zurine Gil Garcia; 4-Miriam Dieguez, 7-Natalia Pablos (11-Ana Romero, 74), 8-Nuria
Zufia (12-Irine Murua, 56), 10-Iraia Iturregi; 3-Veronica Boquete, 9-Jade
Subs not used: 2-Irantzu Castrillo, 6-Aintzane Encinas, 13-Maria Sanchez,
16-Carmen Ferrer, 17-Julie De La Paz, 19-Judith Acedo, 20-Irene Sampietro,
Head Coach: Ignacio Quereda
Shots on Goal: 4/9
Corner Kicks: 5/2
Misconduct Summary: None.
Referee: Virginia Tovar (Mexico)
Asst. Referee: Rita Munoz (Mexico)
Asst. Referee: Charlene Douglas (Canada)
4th Official: Anna de Toni (Italy)
FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship 2004
Final Group Results and Standings
x-Qualified for Quarterfinals
Team W L T PTS GF GA GD
x-GER 2 0 1 7 13 3 +10
x-CAN 2 0 1 7 12 4 +8
x-AUS 1 2 0 3 6 6 0
THA 0 3 0 0 0 1 8 -18
Germany 6, Thailand 0
Canada 2, Australia 1
Germany 4, Australia 0
Canada 7, Thailand 0
Germany 3, Canada 3
Australia 5, Thailand 0
Team W L T PTS GF GA GD
x-BRA 2 1 0 6 6 5 +1
x-CHN 2 1 0 6 4 3 +1
x-NGA 1 1 1 4 4 4 0
ITA 0 2 1 1 3 5 -2
China 1, Nigeria 0
Brazil 2, Italy 1
China 2, Italy 1
Nigeria 3, Brazil 2
Brazil 2, China 1
Italy 1, Nigeria 1
Team W L T PTS GF GA GD
x-USA 3 0 0 9 8 1 +7
x-RUS 1 2 0 3 5 7 -2
KOR 1 2 0 3 3 5 -2
ESP 1 2 0 3 3 6 -3
USA 3, South Korea 0
Russia 4, Spain 1
USA 4, Russia 1
Spain 2, South Korea 1
USA 1, Spain 0
South Korea 2, Russia 0
Quarterfinals Match-ups (all matches on Nov. 21):
Match 19 Germany vs. Nigeria Chiang Mai - 700th Anniversary Stadium
Match 20 Brazil vs. Russia Bangkok - Supachalasai Stadium
Match 21 USA vs. Australia Chiang Mai - 700th Anniversary Stadium
Match 22 Canada vs. China Bangkok - Supachalasai Stadium