LA MANGA, Spain (Feb. 6, 2009) -- The U.S. U-23 Women's National Team swept both its matches in La Manga, Spain, defeating the England U-23s by a 3-0 score on Feb. 6 after downing the Norwegian U-23s, 1-0, on Feb. 4.
The USA took the lead just five minutes into the game as midfielder Brittany Klein took a pass from Christen Press and hit her shot into the lower right corner from 18 years out. Forward Amanda Cinalli doubled the lead with five minutes left in the half off a corner kick from Yael Averbuch that bounced around in the box before the St. Louis Athletic draft pick hammered it home.
The clinching goal came just two minutes from time, also off an Averbuch corner kick. This time the ball flew to the head of defender Kasey Moore, who headed it back into the goal mouth for Lorraine Quinn, the shortest player on the roster at 5-2, to head into the net.
These were the first two international matches of the year for the U-23s, who will reconvene for a training camp in Portland, Ore., April.
- U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team Match Report -
Match: United States U-23 Women's National Team vs. England
Date: Feb., 6, 2009
Competition: La Manga Tournament
Venue: La Manga, Spain
Weather: 62 degrees, windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 1 3
ENG 0 0 0
USA – Brittany Klein (Christen Press) 5th minute
USA – Amanda Cinalli 40
USA – Lorraine Quinn (Kasey Moore) 88
USA: 1-Val Henderson; 21-Katherine Reynolds (20-Jessica Tsao, 62), 2-Nikki Krzysik, 16-Kasey Moore, 4-Stephanie Logterman; 10-Brittany Bock (6-Lorraine Quinn, 73), 11-Brittany Klein (17-Amy Smerdzinski, 86), 8-Yael Averbuch (capt.), 9-Kelley O’Hara (7-Parrissa Eyorokon, 69); 19-Christen Press (15-Katie Larkin, 62), 12-Amanda Cinalli (5-Kia McNeill, 77)
Subs not used: 18-Kelsey -Davis
Head Coach: Bill Irwin
ENG: 1-Helen Alderson; 2-Dunia Susi, 6-Sophie Bradley, 15-Fern Whelan, 11-Claire Rafferty (3-Sophie Perry, 90+); 4-Kim Dixon Right, 14-Lizzie Edwards (9-Gemma Davison, 62), 17-Dannil Bird, 8-Rachel Williams (10-Brooke Chaplen, 80), 12-Natasha Dowie, 18-Becky Hall (7-Jess Clarke, 80).
Subs not used: 5-Lawrence, 13-Hourihan, 16-Young
Head Coach: Brent Hills
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 17 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 2 / 8
Corner Kicks: 11 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 8
Offside: 6 / 0
USA -- Kasey Moore (caution) 29th minute
ENG --Rachel Williams (caution) 64