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U.S. Under-17 WNT Defeats Norway 2-1 at U-16 Nordic Cup


OLSTYKKE, Denmark (July 8, 2010) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, consisting of players born in 1994 and 1995, won Group B at the 2010 U-16 Nordic Cup with a 2-1 victory over Norway. The USA swept all three group games, also defeating Holland 6-0 and Denmark 3-0, and by virtue of winning the group, will now face Germany for the championship on Saturday, July 10.

The USA’s first goal came in the 28th minute from Joanna Boyles who struck her shot over the ‘keeper into the upper right corner from around 25 yards out. The USA doubled its lead in the 37th minute after Ashley Spivey took a hard shot from the top of the penalty area. Norway goalkeeper Tina Firing knocked the ball down, and then stopped Amber Munerlyn’s attempt at a follow up, but she couldn’t hold that shot either and Munerlyn was able to finish the rebound on her second chance from seven yards out.

Norway made it a game in the 50th minute after a miscommunication between U.S. goalkeeper Cassie Miller and defender Haley Washburn allowed Asne Takle Eide to push the ball into the open net, but the young Americans were able to keep the Scandinavians off the board the rest of the game to book a trip to the final.

The tournament is featuring games with 40-minute halves. The other placement games will see Iceland play Norway for third, Sweden play the Netherlands for fifth and Finland play host Denmark for seventh.

Match: United States U-17 (’94) Women's National Team vs. Norway U-16
Date: July 8, 2010
Competition: Nordic Cup
Venue: Olstykke Stadium, Olstykke, Denmark
Weather: 70 degrees, showers with some sun

Scoring Summary:   1   2   F
USA                           2   0   2
NOR                          0   1   1

USA – Joanna Boyles (Isabel Farrell) 28th minute
USA – Amber Munerlyn 37
NOR – Asne Takle Eide 50

Lineups:
USA: 18- Cassie Miller; 3-Stephanie Amack, 14-Katie Naughton, 8-Cari Roccaro, 20-Haley Washburn; 10-Ashley Spivey, 11-Danielle Weatherholt (12-Laura Liedle, 68); 4-Summer Green (15-Maya Theuer, 77), 6-Joanna Boyles (Kodi Lavrusky, 57), 2-Isabel Farrell, 9-Amber Munerlyn (7-Reilly Parker, 73)
Subs not used: Lindsey Horan, Kelli Hubly, Kate Rowland
Head Coach: Mike Dickey

NOR: 12-Tina Firing (1-Thea Hestnes, 40); 2-Nora Byom-Nilssen, 7-Guro Reiten, 9-Martine Berget, 13-Stine Pettersen Reinas; 8-Marit Sandtroen (18-Nora Kvalsvik, 67), 6-Ingrid Bakke, 11- Asne Takle Eide, 15-Kristin Haugstad (5-Marit Jacobsen, 40); 14-Ada Hegerberg, 10-Caroline Graham Hansen
Subs not used: Ingrid Osterold Stenevik, Oda M. Buraas, Mia Voltersvik, Ida Konradsen
Head Coach: Tarjei Smagesjo

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 12 / 5
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 5
Offside: 2 / 0

2010 U-16 NORDIC CUP GROUP STANDINGS AND RESULTS

Group A MP W D L GF-GA Pts
Germany 3 2 1 9 6-4 7
Iceland 3 2 0 1 4-3 6
Sweden 3 1 1 1 8-8 4
Finland 3 0 0 3 5-8 0

Monday, July 5
Iceland 1, Finland 0
Germany 2, Sweden 2 (5-4 in PKs)

Tuesday, July 6
Sweden 4, Finland 3
Germany 1, Iceland 0

Thursday, July 8
Germany 3, Finland 2
Iceland 3, Sweden 2

Group B MP W D L GF-GA Pts
USA 3 3 0 0 11-1 9
Norway 3 1 1 1 6-4 4
Netherlands 3 1 0 2 1-9 3
Denmark 3 0 1 2 2-6 1

Monday, July 5
Netherland - USA 0-6
Denmark 2, Norway 2 (4-3 in PKs)

Tuesday, July 6
USA 3, Denmark 0
Norway 3, Netherlands 0

Thursday, July 8
Netherlands 1, Denmark 0
USA 1, Norway 0

Placement Matches
Saturday, July 10
Seventh Place Match Finland vs. Denmark
Fifth Place Match Sweden vs. Netherlands
Third Place Match Iceland vs. Norway
Championship Germany vs. USA

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