FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Friday, April 12, 2002) - The U.S. Under-19 Women's National put on a goal scoring show today against the Jamaican U-19s, pounding in seven goals in the first half and five in the second, in the second-to-last match before the team participates in CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship.
Both the USA and Jamaica will be in Trinidad & Tobago from May 7-11, 2002, for the regional qualifying tournament in hopes of earning one of the two available berths to the first-ever world championship for youth women, to be held in three Canadian cities from Aug. 17 - Sept. 1, 2002. The USA will compete in Group B in T&T while Jamaica is in Group A.
The USA will face Canada on Sunday in Ft. Lauderdale, giving U.S. head coach Tracey Leone one last look at her team before naming the 18 players who will travel to T & T.
"It was a good tune-up for May," said midfielder Annie Schefter (Yakima, Wash./Strikers), who went the full 90 minutes. "Today's game gets us even more excited for qualifiers."
Jamaica put up a gallant fight, but the match was over early in the first half as the USA scored three times in the first 11 minutes, then three more in a four-minute span midway through the period.
The U.S. U-19s feature a quintet of dynamic forwards and they accounted for 11 of the team's 12 goals. Lindsey Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich./Gazelle TKO) and Kelly Wilson (Odessa, Tex./Univ. of Texas) both scored hat tricks while Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J./PDA Splash) and Megan Kakadelas
(Carlsbad, Calif./USC) added two goals each. Kerri Hanks (Allan, Tex./Dallas Texas), who is coming off a separated shoulder injury, showed she was fit for selection by scoring one goal. Defender Jill Oakes (West Hills, Calif./SA Strikers) was the only one to crash the forward's scoring party, tallying off a corner kick from Schefter. U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla./Seminole Ice) was forced to make just one save.
"It was a great performance and a great result for our team and another valuable experience in CONCACAF regional play," said Leone, who has been working with her team for a year and half in preparation for qualifying. "We learned about a new style of play against Jamaica and finished well. As always, we are proud of the team and ready for Tobago. We have one game left on American soil and this team is beaming with energy."
The USA will travel to T & T on April 30 and begin the qualifying tournament on May 7 against Suriname. The USA faces Haiti on May 9 and Costa Rica on May 11. All Group B matches will be at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet on the island of Tobago. The two group winners advance to Canada.
"Each game we look to improve," said Tarpley, the U.S captain. "We focus on different things with the goal and determination of being at our peak during the qualifiers."
"Canada is always tough," said Leone of her Sunday opponent and U-19 Women's World Championships hosts. "They are physical and have a lot of heart. They've had a lot of matches as well and are very excited to put on a good show in their home country this fall. The last year and half has been valuable for a lot of players. Definitely some have emerged as impact players and many have made a strong run for a roster spot. Picking the final team will not be an easy task."
The Under-19s recently announced a major initiative to use the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship as a platform to help raise awareness for the prevention of skin cancer. As a young team, playing outdoors every day, the team has partnered with The Skin Foundation to spread the word through clinics, appearances at schools and interaction with the media. The U.S. U-19 Women have made it a team goal to inform the public that almost all skin cancers are preventable and curable when detected and treated early.
U.S. UNDER-19 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Participants: U. S. U-19 National Team vs. Jamaica Under-19 National Team
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sunrise Hilton Hotel - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Date: April 12, 2002 - Kickoff 10:00 a.m. ET
Weather: Overcast, humid - 80 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1st 2nd Final
USA 7 5 12
JAM 0 0 0
USA - Heather O'Reilly (Unassisted) 2nd minute.
USA - Heather O'Reilly (Unassisted) 9.
USA - Lindsey Tarpley (Unassisted) 11.
USA - Lindsey Tarpley (Lori Chalupny) 23.
USA - Kelly Wilson (Leslie Osborne) 24.
USA - Lindsey Tarpley (Unassisted) 26.
USA - Kelly Wilson (Heather O'Reilly) 30.
USA - Jill Oakes (Annie Schefter) 57.
USA - Megan Kakadelas (Jill Oakes) 60.
USA - Megan Kakadelas (Unassisted) 75.
USA - Kerri Hanks (Kelly Wilson) 81.
USA - Kelly Wilson (Kerri Hanks) 90.
USA - Ashlyn Harris, Jessica Ballweg (Amy Steadman, 46), Jill Oakes, Kendall Fletcher (Jessica Trainor, 46), Leslie Osborne, Annie Schefter, Lori Chalupny, Manya Makoski (Alison Graham, 46), Kelly Wilson, Lindsey Tarpley (Kerri Hanks, 46), Heather O'Reilly (Megan Kakadelas, 46).
JAM - N/A.
Statistical Summary: USA ... JAM
Shots 37 ... 1
Saves 0 ... 11
Corner Kicks 14 ... 0
Fouls 4 ... 4
Offside 0 ... 3