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U.S. U-20 WNT Sweeps Two-Game Series against China PR with 5-1 Win in Florida

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (March 1, 2014) – Forward Lindsey Horan scored twice and 15-year-old Mallory Pugh added two more goals as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team also benefited from a China PR own goal to win 5-1 in the second of two friendly matches at the USA’s training camp in Florida. The Americans won the first game 3-0 on the strength of two Horan goals and one from Margaret Purce.

On the day the USA and China were drawn into the same group at the upcoming 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Chinese took an early lead, scoring in the 7th minute to go up 1-0.

The USA equalized in the 15th minute when center back Cari Roccaro played a long ball in behind the Chinese backline to Horan, who brought it down on her chest in the penalty box before striking a smart finish low into the lower left corner from 15 yards out.

The Americans had to wait until the 51st minute to take the lead, but it started a deluge of four goals in 26 minutes that put the game away.

The game-winner came off an out-swinging corner kick from Andi Sullivan. Her service from the left side found Horan, who sent a six-yard header between the goalkeeper and the player standing at the right post.

Less than five minutes later Pugh put a Chinese center back under high pressure and stripped the ball at the top of the penalty box. She took a single touch and struck a shot high into the upper right corner from 15 yards out.

Pugh made it 4-1 in the 71st minute off an assist from Summer Green, who attacked down the left flank and slipped the ball between two defenders. Pugh ran onto it and bounced her first-time shot low and hard into the lower left corner.

The goals were the first for Pugh at the U-20 level in just her second U-20 cap after being called up from the U.S. U-17 WNT. Horan, the USA’s only professional player, scored her 19th and 20th goals in her 21st U-20 cap.

The USA added a fifth goal in the 77th minute ball when a Chinese defender inadvertently knocked the ball into her own net trying to clear a cross on the ground.

The next training camp for the U.S. U-20s will take place the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., in mid-April as the young Americans continue preparations for the upcoming U-20 Women’s World Cup at which they will face Germany, Brazil and China PR in Group B play.

- U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team v. China Under-20 WNT
March 1, 2014
International Friendly
Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
60 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          1 4 5
CHN                          1 0 1

CHN – n/a 7th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan (Cari Rocarro) 15
USA – Lindsey Horan (Andi Sullivan) 51
USA – Mallory Pugh 56
USA – Mallory Pugh (Summer Green) 71
USA – Own Goal (CHN) 77

USA: 18-Katelyn Rowland (24-Jane Campbell, 46); 8-Andi Sullivan, 14-Cari Roccaro, 22-Katie Naughton (7-Maddie Bauer, 69), 11-Brittany Basinger (2-Laura Leidle, 61); 19-Stephanie Amack (5-Morgan Andrews, 46), 12-Rose Lavelle, 20-Mallory Pugh (23-Ashley Meier, 74); 16-Mallory Weber (9-Summer Green, 69) 15-Lindsey Horan, 17-Savannah Jordan (4-Margaret Purce, 74)
Subs not used: 1-Morgan Stearns, 6-Christina Gibbons, 10-Claire Wagner
, 21-Jaycie Johnson, 3-McKenzie Meehan
Head Coach: Michelle French

CHN: 1-Lu Feifei, 3-Zhong Xiudong, 15-Lyu Siqi, 2-Yao Lingwei (13-Li Mengwen, 46), 16- Zhao Xinzhai (11-Shi Tianlun, 46), 21- Tan Ruyin, 17-Zhu Beiyan (7-Liu Yanqui, 69) 18-Tang Jiali, 10-Song Duan, 8-Dong Jiabao,, 6-Jiang Tingting
Subs not used: 4-
Wang Xi, 5-Sun Shudan, 9-Zhang Chen, 12- Lo Xiang, 14-Wu Chengshu , 19-Xiao Yuyi, 20- Lv Yueyun, 22-Wang Xin, 23-Li Mengyu

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 12/ 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: n/a
Offside: 5/3
Saves: 2/6

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