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U.S. U-19 WNT Defeat China 4-0 to Finish Second in Philips Lighting Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (April 10, 2004) - The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team rolled over China, 4-0, in the final match of the 2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational to claim second place behind tournament champion Japan, which drew 2-2 with Holland in the first match of the day. Angie Woznuk, playing in her first match of the competition, paced the USA with two goals while 16-year-old Alexa Orand added another goal and China knocked one into their own net.

Playing with most of the consistent starters on the field for the first time in the tournament, the USA tallied just 42 seconds into the game as forward Kerri Hanks ran onto a pass from midfielder Yael Averbuch and raced past a defender into the right side of the penalty area.  Hanks hit a driven cross into the middle where Chinese defender Guo Yue, who was running back at her goal, inadvertently knocked the ball into her own net with her leg from three yards out.

The USA produced its best match of the tournament and had consistent possession throughout the game as the defense held China without a shot while the U.S. attack fired 11.  The U.S. dominated the air with a pair of 5-foot-11 defensive midfielders in Averbuch and Stacey Lindstrom, while Sheree Gray and Orand created danger down the flanks.

The USA could have had a few more goals if not for a few miss-timed final passes and a solid game from Chinese goalkeeper Weng Xiaojie.

The second goal came off a long throw-in from Lindstrom on the right sideline.  The ball was headed straight up in the air by defender Rachel Buehler and fell to the far post, where Orand bundled the ball into the net from close range for her second goal of the tournament.

Woznuk added a third in the 38th minute, taking a pass from left back Stephanie Lopez just outside the penalty area on the left side.  She turned towards the goal and smacked an 18-yard shot past Weng into the near post.

Woznuk added her second goal in the 68th minute, racing in on a breakaway after a fine pass from defender Becky Sauerbrunn before slotting the ball into the lower left corner.  It was her fifth career international goal at the U-19 level.

Bristyn Davis, who came on for Woznuk in the 75th minute, had two chances to add to the lead at the end of the game, but had one sliding shot snuffed by the goalkeeper and just missed with a bender from 16 yards out in the final minute.

U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris did not have to make a save, but did have to come out of the penalty area in the 90th minute to collect a ball with her feet and dribble past a forward before clearing it out of danger.  With the win, Harris upped her U-19 international record to 19-2-1.

Japan finished the tournament undefeated after an entertaining 2-2 tie with Holland.  Tournament MVP Aya Miyama bent in a 30-yard free kick into the upper left corner from the left side to open the scoring in the 13th minute. The Dutch had a goal called back in the 42nd minute after Anouk Hogendijk went over the back of a Japanese defender while heading home a free kick, but the Dutch got their equalizer in the 64th minute, scoring their first goal of the tournament on a counter-attack as Sylvia Smit put Manon Melis through on a 50-yard breakaway. Melis out-ran a Japanese defender and slotted her shot under charging Japanese goalkeeper Haruna Tsutsumi and into the lower right corner to tie the game.

Japan went back ahead just three minutes later as Mizuho Sakaguchi struck a hard shot that was batted down by Dutch goalkeeper Nadja Olthuis.  Mami Yamguchi pounced on the rebound to finish into the roof of the net from 12 yards out as Olthuis plowed into her.

Anouk Dekker pulled out the tie for Holland on a similar play in the 77th minute, finishing well after a hard cross had been batted down by Tsutsumi inside the penalty area.

Japan swept all four tournament awards, winning the championship and the Fair Play Award while team captain Miyama picked up the Top Scorer award as well as the MVP.

The next action for the U.S. U-19s will come at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship to be held in Canada from May 28-June 6, 2004.  The USA will be attempting to earn one of this region's two berths to 2nd FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship to be held in Thailand next November.  U.S. head coach Mark Krikorian will pick his 18-player squad just prior to the tournament as the team will come together on May 20 in Canada to prepare for the qualifying competition.
The USA opens the tournament on May 28 against the Dominican Republic in Ottawa.


Match-up:       USA vs. China
Competition:  2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational
Venue:           Home Depot Center - Field 5 - Carson, Calif.
Date:             April 10, 2004; Kickoff - 1:00 p.m. PT
Attendance:   500
Weather:       Overcast, cool - 68 degrees

Scoring Summary:
               1    2    F
USA       3    1    4
CHN      0    0    0

USA - Own Goal (Guo Yue)                          1st minute.
USA - Alexa Orand (Rachel Buehler)             10.
USA - Angie Woznuk (Stephanie Lopez)        38.
USA - Angie Woznuk (Becky Sauerbrunn)     68.


USA:  18-Ashlyn Harris; 4-Jen Buczkowski, 11-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Rachel Buehler, 6-Stephanie Lopez; 20-Stacey Lindstrom, 23-Yael Averbuch (17-Jen Redmond, 46), 16-Alexa Orand, 5-Sheree Gray (2-Stephanie Kron, 58); 10-Angie Woznuk (7-Bristyn Davis, 75); 9-Kerri Hanks (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46).
Subs not used: 1-Laura Comeau, 12-Nikki Krzysik, 19-Chioma Igwe.
Head Coach: Mark Krikorian

CHN: 1-Weng Xiaojie, 2-Goa Yan (14-Lou Xiaoxu, 74), 3-Guo Lin, 4-Sun Yongxia (10-Wang Dandan, 89), 5-Sun Ling (16-Zheng Wen, 84), 6-Hou Lija, 8-You Jia (18-Weng Zhinzhi, 51), 9-Xu Yuan, 11-Liu Sa (15-Wang Yihang, 75), 12-Guo Yue, 19-Fan Tingting.
Subs not used: 20-Zhang Yanru, 22-Shi Xuewen.
Head Coach: Wang Haimang

Statistical Summary:
Shots:                          11/0
Shots on Goal:              7/0
Saves:                          0/3
Corner Kicks:              6/0
Fouls:                         11/5
Offside:                        2/2

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Bristyn Davis (caution) 90th minute.

Referee: Baldomero Toldeo (USA)
Asst. Referee: Kim Oberle (USA)
Asst. Referee: Rachel Berg (USA)
4th Official: Sandra Serafini (USA)


Match-up:       Netherlands vs. Japan
Competition:  2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational
Venue:           Home Depot Center - Field 4 - Carson, Calif.
Date:             April 10, 2004; Kickoff - 11:00 p.m. PT
Attendance:   50 
Weather:       Cloudy, cool - 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                1    2     F
NED        0    2     2
JPN         1    1     2

JPN - Aya Miyama (Unassisted)        13th minute.
NED - Manon Melis (Slyvia Smit)        64.
JPN - Mami Yamguchi (Mizuho Sakaguchi) 67.
NED - Anouk Dekker (Unassisted)        77.


NED: 16-Nadja Olthuis, 2-Merel Snoeck, 4-Anouk Hogendijk (3-Laura Van Leeuwen, 46), 5-Petra Hogewoning 18-Jeanine van Dalen, 46), 14-Marjan Brouwer (12-Shary Bakker. 82), 6-Renee de Vries, 8-Janneke Bijl; 10-Kirsten van de Ven, 11-Sylvia Smit (17-Marije Brummel, 72), 7-Manon Melis, 9-Anouk Dekker.
Subs Not Used: 1-Loes Guerts.
Head Coach: Cornè Groenendijk

JPN: 1-Haruna Tsutsumi, 2-Sayaka Yamazaki, 3-Akiko Okuda (8-Rumi Utsugi, 72), 4-Nayuha Toyoda, 5-Maiko Higashiyama (14-Azusa Iwashimizu. 63), 6-Chiaki Minamiyama (19-Minako Ito, 46), 7-Aya Miyama-C (13-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 46), 9-Mami Yamguchi, 11-Mizuki Yoshida (17-Eriko Sato, 46), 15-Maiko Nakaoka, 20-Nahomi Kawasumi.
Subs Not Used: 10-Asuka Kubota.
Head Coach: Morinao Imaizumi

Statistical Summary: 
Shots:                          8/9
Shots on Goal:             3/4
Saves:                         2/1
Corner Kicks:             4/4
Fouls:                        17/19
Offside:                      0/4

Misconduct Summary:
JPN - Chiaki Minamiyama (caution) 20th minute.
JPN - Minako Ito (caution)       76.


Referee: Dallas Malhewsky (USA)
Asst. Referee: Sandra Serafini (USA)
Asst. Referee: Kim Oberle (USA)
4th Official: Rachel Berg (USA)

2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational Standings

Team  W  L  T   PTS   GF   GA   GD
JPN     2  0   1     7       5      3      +2
USA    2  1   0     6       6      1      +5
CHN   1  2   0     3       2      6       -4
HOL   0  2   1      1      2      5       -3

2004 Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational Standings Results

April 6
Japan 2, China 1
USA 2, Netherlands 0

April 8

China 1, Holland 0
Japan 1, USA 0

April 10
Japan 2, Holland 2
USA 4, China 0

Philips Lighting U-19 Women's Soccer Invitational Top Scorers
Player (Team)                 Goals
Aya Miyama (JPN)         2 (2 assists)
Alexa Orand (USA)        2 (1 assist)
Angie Woznuk (USA)     2 (0 assists)
Kerri Hanks (USA)        1
Liu Sa (CHN)                1
You Jia (CHN)              1
Asuka Kubota (JPN)     1
Mami Yamguchi (JPN)   1
Mami Yamguchi (JPN)   1
Manon Melis (NED)      1
Anouk Dekker (NED)    1
Own Goal                      1

Quote Sheet:
U.S. head coach Mark Krikornian

On two-goal scorer Angie Woznuk, who played her first match of the tournament after school commitments and a slight injury kept her out of the first two matches:
"She brings a little creativity and magic into the game for us.  She was pretty good today.  She can move the ball very well and she's a couple of passes ahead of the game.  She sees thing sooner than most players, she can find the seams and has the qualities of making the final pass and finishing, so those are pretty good qualities."

On achieving his evaluation goals for the tournament:

"It's a building process for us.  As I said the other day, this tournament was about evaluation and making sure than when we get to Canada, that we have explored all of the possibilities we have and I would say as a staff that we have a pretty good handle on who can do what."

On the defense, that did not allow China a shot:
"We are pretty certain that defending will be a big strength for us.  Even against the Japanese when they were all over us, we didn't give up a lot of dangerous chances, so I think with (goalkeeper) Ashlyn (Harris) and our back line that we are going to be pretty solid in that area."

On if his team is ready for CONCACAF Qualifying in Canada:
"You always want to have more time and the opportunity to train the players, but I am comfortable right now that I know the qualities of the players, who can play with who and which partnerships work the best."